Teaching First-Year College Students
by Bette LaSere Erickson, Calvin B. Peters, and Diane Weltner Strommer

Experience has shown that students arriving on campus for the first time flourish when they feel welcomed, challenged, and supported.  However, If they feel abandoned and overwhelmed, they escape to a place that is more comfortable and affirming.  Read more.

Faculty Highlights

Timothy J. Shannon

Tim Shannon

This academic year’s recipient of the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning Excellence in Teaching Award is Tim Shannon, who holds the position of Department Chair and Professor of History.  Tim Shannon stands out for his conscientious and highly effective teaching, while maintaining an active research agenda and providing significant service to the college.

Professor Shannon teaches Early American, Native American, and British history. His most recent books are The Seven Years’ War in North America: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford, 2014), and with David N. Gellman, American Odysseys: A History of Colonial North America (Oxford, 2014).   His book Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754 (Cornell, 2000) won the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize from the New York State Historical Association  Read more.

Office information

Dr. Julia Hendon
Plank 306
P: (717) 337-6188

Walk-in Hours:
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
or by appointment

Administrative Assistant:
Paula Baer
Breidenbaugh Hall
Room 107A
P: (717) 337-6341
8:30 a.m -4:30 p.m.
Campus Box 2960


Teaching Tip

It’s the first day of class. You walk into the classroom. Ten, fifteen, thirty young people await you. More trickle in as they find their way to the depths of Plank or the upper reaches of Briedenbaugh. They settle in, maybe even pull out a notebook and pen, and make sure their phone is within easy reach. You clear your throat and all those faces turn to you. Now what?  Read more.

JCCTL Advisory Board

Members of the Board are always interested in hearing from you. Please feel free to contact them with your suggestions, questions, or creative ideas.

Kurt Andresen

Clint Baugess

Sharon Birch

Rob Bohrer

Julie Hendon

Craig Lair

David Powell

Radi Rangelova

GailAnn Rickert

Barbara Sommer

Upcoming Events

Sept. 4
"In The Classroom" Discussion
"So, How Was Your First Week?"
3:45pm - 4:45pm
Breidenbaugh 311

Sept. 10
"In The Classroom" Discussion
What’s it Like to Do a Course Cluster?
4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Glatfelter 001

Sept. 16
"Bringing Digital Humanities to Life:
Craft Beer, Data,

Caffeine, Research – A Report on the ILiADS Experience"
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Penn Hall Lyceum


Grant Deadlines

Johnson Teaching Grant
Oct. 20; Feb. 20

JCCTL Department/Program Funding
April 1

Johnson Creative Teaching Technology Assistance Program
Oct. 15; Jan. 15; Mar. 15

Johnson Creative Teaching Summer Fellowship
Feb. 27

Johnson Information Literacy Grant
Nov 22, 2015