Clustering Is Not Just For Grapes Anymore

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

This workshop includes
1) presentations by faculty members who have worked with students electing the course cluster option--what worked and what did not; 2) opportunities for faculty to strategize how to advise students to think about courses that might be "cluster friendly," including perhaps one or two of their own courses; and 3) discussion of possible projects that creatively meet learning outcomes set for this Integrative Thinking requirement.

To register, please e-mail Linda Miller
( no later than Monday, January 5, 2015. Space is limited and we will be accepting registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lunch and a stipend of $150.00 will be provided to each faculty participant.

Co-sponsored by JCCTL and the Provost's Office.

Faculty Highlights

Shelli Frey

The Luther W. and Bernice L. Thompson Distinguished Teaching Award is presented annually to a recently tenured faculty member. The recipient of this award traditionally delivers the Fall Honors Day address. This year’s award winner is Professor Shelli Frey.

Professor Frey is a native of rural upstate New York, “in the middle of nowhere” in her words. She showed an early interest in science through her hunting of frogs from a nearby pond. She and her sisters “raised” these frogs in the family kiddie pool until they escaped or were appropriated by neighborhood boys to be fed to a snake.

Although her initial interest lay in molecular biology, upon arrival at Haverford College Shelli discovered a love of general chemistry when she found how simple chemical rules explain everything. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry from Haverford in 2001, she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. Following a year as a visiting instructor at Wabash College, Shelli arrived at Gettysburg as an assistant professor in 2008.

She describes herself as a biophysical chemist who uses chemical and physical tools to answer fundamental questions in biology/biomedicine. The courses she teaches range from general chemistry to biochemistry to physical chemistry to biophysics.

Under the auspices of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education grant, Professor Frey (with co-teachers in physics and biology) has introduced three new interdisciplinary courses into the science curriculum.  These interdisciplinary ventures demonstrate her commitment to students learning to address scientific problems that blur the lines between disciplines.

Shelli notes that as an undergraduate she benefitted from having key mentors who shaped her development by providing the tools for problem solving rather than rote memorization. She continues this through her own work, regularly working with 2-3 students in her lab at any given time and giving them the freedom to find their own way, make mistakes and ultimately discover the “magic” of science as the project moves forward. Her approach of providing not only technical skills but also critical thinking skills and the freedom and responsibility to apply these skills has made her a highly sought mentor for students conducting research and is representative of what we strive for at liberal arts institutions. Read more.

Office information

Breidenbaugh Hall
Room 110
P: (717)337-6341
8:30 a.m -4:30 p.m.
Campus Box 2960

Walk-in Hours:

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

eGuide to Gettysburg
Quick reference guide for new faculty

Teaching Tip

Difficult material is learned best through reading rather than through lecture, and learning is enhanced with study questions designed to result in a thoughtful, integrative study of the material.  The crucial goal is to have students think about what they are reading.  McKeachie's Teaching Tips by Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert J. McKeachie

Suggestions and Comments

Do you have an idea for JCCTL programming or would like to share thoughts about a recent event? Follow this link to submit your suggestions and comments.

Upcoming Events

Spring 2015 Event Schedule

Wednesday, Jan. 14
Clustering isn't Just For Grapes Anymore
Faculty Training Workshop
Register with Linda Miller
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Wednesday, January 21
Adjunct Brown Bag Lunch
12:00 am - 1:00 pm
Breidenbaugh 112