Faculty Fellows 2018-21

 Engaged Listening (EL) Faculty Fellows Program

The EL Fellows program helps faculty acquire and employ the tools of listening and deliberation.  If we seek to expand the range of subjects that we will tackle as an intellectual community, we need to intentionally build the structure for those conversations.  Facilitation is an acquired skill, one that can look quite different from the role of subject matter expert that faculty usually inhabit.

At the outset of the grant, we imagined that some faculty would adopt Engaged Listening as the content of their courses (examples: environmental communication, sophomore seminar in the liberal arts, intercultural rhetoric), while others would focus on the process of their courses (example: courses on Foucault, Public Finance, or Genomics might incorporate some mix of deliberative dialogue, structured debate, or public speaking).  As of Spring 2021, most opted for the latter.


Every semester, we accepted a cohort of 9-10 faculty fellows. Each fellow received a salary stipend and support for a course. In exchange, each EL Fellow agreed to the following:

  • Participate in a two-day workshop (in August or January)
  • Attend six working lunches during the semester, approximately every two weeks. Lunches will involve some mix of debriefing, troubleshooting, and public presentation.
  • Employ and experiment with new techniques during the semester.

For an example of the questions we used in the application process, see:  EL-Fellows-application-questions Fall 2019


The second half of our three-year grant tackled questions of classroom dialogue during remote and multi-modal learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While learning new teaching technologies together, the fellows continued to work on structuring productive and engaging dialogue online, on Zoom, or behind masks.


Please be in touch with any of the current and past fellows to ask about the program!

Spring 2021 EL Fellows, Cohort A

  • Sandra Carletti, Italian
  • Martha Woodruff, Philosophy
  • Alex Draper, Theater
  • Natalie Eppelsheimer, German
  • Marybeth Nevins, Anthropology
  • Julia Berazneva, Economics
  • Linus Owens, Sociology
  • Chris Herdman, Physics
  • Genie Giaimo, Writing and Rhetoric

Spring 2021 EL Fellows, Cohort B

  • Cynthia Packert, History of Art and Architecture
  • Jane Chaplin, Classics
  • Florence Feiereisen, German
  • Irina Feldman, Spanish
  • Robert Moeller, Psychology
  • Sebnem Gumuscu, Political Science
  • Jenn Ortegren, Religion
  • Lida Winfield, Dance
  • Alex Lyford, Mathematics

The Fall 2020 EL Fellows and their connected courses:

  • Carrie Anderson: FYSE 1186, Printmaking in the time of Rembrandt
  • Ian Barrow: HIST/IGST 473, The 1940s
  • Erik Bleich: PSCI 219, Free Speech v. Racist Speech in US and Europe
  • Susan Burch: AMST 307, Issues in Critical Disability Studies
  • Luis Castañeda: SPAN 339, Peru: Identity, Ethnicity, History
  • Jason Grant: CSCI 454, Biometrics
  • Heidi Grasswick: PHIL 214, Science and Society
  • Jason Mittell: FMMC 104, Television and American Culture
  • Elizabeth Morrison: RELI 225, Chinese Religions
  • Michael Sheridan: ANTH 450, Anthropology of Development

The Spring 2020 EL Fellows and their connected courses:

  • Michole Biancosino (THEA), ARDV 116, The Creative Process
  • Mike Leonard (Baseball, Commons Head), Midd Baseball Team
  • Shawna Shapiro (WRPR), WRPR 206, Narratives in the News Media
  • Gary Winslett (PSCI), PSCI 304, International Political Economy
  • Joyce Mao (HIST), HIST 435, American Conservatism after 1932
  • Jamie McCallum (SOCI), SOCI 105, Society and the Individual
  • Gloria Estela Gonzalez Zenteno (SPAN), SPAN 318, Resistencia Latinex
  • Timothy Billings (ENAM), ENAM 103, Reading Literature
  • Amy Briggs (CSCI), CCSI 150, Computing for the Sciences
  • J Finley (AMST), AMST 210, Modern American Culture, 1830-1919

The Fall 2019 EL Fellows and their connected courses:

  • Tara Affolter (EDST), EDST 215, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Dima Ayoub (ARBC), ARBC 235, Gender Politics in the Arab World
  • Dan Brayton (ENVS), ENAM 243, Maritime Literature and Culture
  • Christal Brown (DANC), FYSE 1441, The Good Body
  • Will Nash (AMST), AMST 252, African American Literature
  • Nicolas Poppe (SPAN), SPAN 0370, Stars and Stardom in Latin America
  • Erin Sassin (HARC), HARC 341, Faust’s Metropolis: Berlin
  • Rebecca Tiger (SOAN), SOCI 288, Deviance and Social Control
  • Tracy Weston (EDST), EDST 206, Environmental Education

The Spring 2019 EL Fellows and their connected courses:

  • Jonathan Miller-Lane (Ed Studies): EDST 115, Education in the USA
  • Edward Vazquez (History of Art and Architecture): HARC 100, Monuments and Ideas in Western Art
  • Antonia Losano (English/ American Literature and Gender Studies): ENAM 205, Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory
  • Ata Anzali (Religion): RELI 258, The Qur’an
  • Maggie Clinton (History): HIST 475, Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism in Asia
  • Chong-suk Han (Sociology): SOAN 376, Politics of Identity
  • Kemi Fuentes-George (Political Science): PSCI 372, Gender of International Relations
  • Martin Abel (Economics): ECON 405, Economics of Discrimination
  • Carly Thomsen (Gender, Sexuality, Feminist Studies): GSFS 289, Introduction to Queer Critique