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.  The result is that for at least the past two decades colleges and universities have been paying special attention to the first-year experience, and at the center of any first-year student's experience, of course, is teaching and learning, the focus of Teaching First-Year College StudentsRead 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 and the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars. His articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, the New England Quarterly, and Ethnohistory.  His work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Carter Brown Library, and the Huntington Library.  Professor Shannon is currently working on a biography of eighteenth-century Indian captive Peter Williamson. 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.

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Good teaching requires not only practice, practice, practice, but it also requires feedback.  Be sure to read your end-of-the-semester evaluations!

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Spring 2015 Event Schedule

April 22
JCCTL Luncheon
JCCTL Fellowship And Grant Presentations
12:00 - 1:00
Penn Hall Lyceum
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May 13
Spring Workshop
"Reaching all Students: a Universal Design Paradigm”
9:00am - 4:00pm
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