The Mellon Curricular Committee

The Committee:

  • Krista Aronson, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Psychology
  • Andrew Baker, Assistant Professor of History
  • Noelle Chaddock, Chair, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion
  • Mathieu Duvall, Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Strategy and Analysis
  • Bridget Fullerton, Lecturer in Humanities and Assistant Director of Writing
  • April Hill, Wagener Family Professor of Equity and Inclusion in STEM (on leave winter 2021)
  • Malcolm Hill, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, ex-officio
  • Nicollette Mitchell, Director of Equity and Inclusion Education
  • Charles Nero, Benjamin E. Mays ’20 Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies & Africana (on leave winter 2021)
  • Hoi Ning Ngai, Associate Director, Employer Engagement and Business Advising
  • Clifford Odle, Lecturer in Theater and Dance
  • Therí Pickens, Professor of English
  • Mara Tieken, Associate Professor of Education.
  • Rachel Wray, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

The Charge:

The MCGC is charged with moving the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and humanistic interdisciplinary studies forward by creating sustainable structures, opportunities, and collaborations in alignment with the grant outcomes and the objectives set forth as follows:

  • Changing: 1) curricula offered by departments and programs, 2) diversity of students across majors, 3) pedagogical approaches to teaching, and 4) faculty capacity around equity, inclusion, and educational justice.
  • Completing curricular assessment at department, program, and individual faculty levels.
  • Increasing consensus and engagement with curricular transformation through informed and deliberative curricular change.
  • Programming, workshopping, and conferencing that results in building faculty capacity to identify and evaluate biases that influence teaching principles, student assessment, and foundational standpoints of a discipline. This will enhance the learning outcomes of all students, the removal of barriers particularly experienced by underrepresented minorities, and the advancement of our dedication to educational justice and accessibility in education.
  • Training faculty in racial equity, inclusive pedagogy, and curriculum review and transformation.
  • Working with faculty in redesigning an impactful number of courses and curricula.
  • Planning, scheduling, promoting, recruiting, implementing, and assessing efforts of this committee and that of the curriculum review and transformation processes.
  • Positioning Bates College as a thought and praxis leader in the work of curriculum review and transformation.