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Competencies Framework Will Help Students Build Personal Narratives

Joyce Jacobsen

Joyce Jacobsen

Wesleyan has developed a competencies framework to help students describe the skills that they can develop through their academic and co-curricular experiences, according to Joyce Jacobsen, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Certification of skills is a trend in higher education nowadays, particularly among providers of online education. While recognizing the importance of acquiring career—and life-building—skills, Jacobsen says Wesleyan’s approach also emphasizes the importance of helping students build a personal narrative about their Wesleyan experience.

“Competencies tie into current trends in higher education, regarding certification and acquisition of specific skills,” she adds. “We’re saying, however, that competencies should be acquired in a broader framework that speaks to the goals of liberal education. We’re trying to give students terms they can use to explain their liberal education to potential employers, to their families, to themselves.”

Cardinal Fit Team Sports Matching Apparel

The Cardinal Fit team “NoCoTen” is participating in a group walk this week. Team members, most from Academic Affairs, will wear their 100 percent polyester shirts during the walk, each sporting his or her own number.

The team members are: #1, Ruth Weissman, provost and vice president for academic affairs, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of psychology; #2, Joyce Jacobsen, the Andrews Professor of Economics, dean of the social sciences and director of global initiatives, interim director of Allbritton Center, professor of economics, tutor for the College of Social Studies; #3, Joy Vodak, assistant director of academic affairs; #4, Michael Whitcomb, director of institutional research; #5, Megan Flagg, executive assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and academic deans; #6, Lisa Sacks, coordinator of academic affairs; #7, Andy Curran, dean of the arts and humanities and director of curricular initiatives, professor of French; #8, Rommel Guadalupe, assistant director of institutional research; #9, Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion; #10, Karen Anderson, senior associate provost; #11, Eloise Glick, faculty resource specialist; #12, Ishita Mukerji, dean of natural sciences and mathematics and director of technology initiatives, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

The group’s team captains are Joyce Jacobsen and Andy Curran and the “official cheerleaders” are Eloise Glick and Ishita Mukerji.

For more information on the 2014 Cardinal Fit Challenge see this link.

Academic Affairs' Cardial Fit Team.

Academic Affairs' Cardial Fit Team.

Several Faculty Receive Promotions, Tenure

Wesleyan has announced the following promotions of faculty, effective July 1, 2010:

Promotion with Tenure

During the academic year, the Wesleyan Board of Trustees maintains an ongoing process of tenure case consideration. During its most recent review, the Board awarded tenure to one faculty member effective July 1, 2010.

Michael Singer, associate professor of biology, was appointed assistant professor at Wesleyan in 2004. Previously he was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science, in Tucson.

Singer’s research examines the evolutionary ecology of tri-trophic interactions between plants, herbivores and carnivores. In considering