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Kenyon College
Kenyon College
Gambier, OH 43022



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GAMBIER — A new summer seminar at Kenyon College offers high school teachers a professional development opportunity at one of Ohio’s most renowned colleges for teaching excellence on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses.

The first Kenyon College Summer Teaching Institute will focus on helping teachers prepare their students for writing at the college level. The intensive, week-long seminar, on June 23-29, includes collaborative sessions helping teachers explore the unique challenges and requirements of both high school and college writing classrooms. The focus is on how the latest thinking in analytical writing pedagogy can guide and improve practices in both.

Sessions will guide participants in helping teachers prepare high school student writers to be ready for successful college writing, with practical suggestions for curriculum to be used in their home classrooms. Continuing education credit will be available for participants.

The seminar, open to teachers in all disciplines, will be led by two experts in the field of analytical writing, Ivonne M. Garcia, Kenyon assistant professor of English, and Marisa Cull, assistant professor of English at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.

Garcia, director of the Teaching Institute, has won the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award and the Whiting Teaching Fellowship at Kenyon. She is an expert in 19th century U.S. literature, postcolonial studies, and Latino and Latina studies. She is a former high school teacher. While earning her doctorate at the Ohio State University, Garcia helped train teachers in first-year writing. At Kenyon, she has led several faculty workshops on analytical writing and is involved in the faculty Writing Essentials Initiative.

Cull has research interests that include Shakespeare and his contemporaries, British nationalism and national identity, Welsh and Irish history and literature, and textual editing. An avid and experienced teacher of writing, Cull leads workshops on Randolph-Macon’s first-year writing program for colleagues from many disciplines. In addition, as a mentor for students who are pursuing their student-teaching requirements in area high schools, she regularly deals with challenges in secondary teaching.

There is a cost for the Summer Teaching Institute which includes tuition for the course and all instructional materials, a private room on the Kenyon campus, three meals per day, and a number of gatherings and receptions. Local teachers who do not require room and morning and evening meals (lunch will be included) may register for the course at a discounted price.

Participants in the Kenyon Summer Teaching Institute can register online and find more information at To learn more, contact Garcia at or 740-427-5613.

Published on April 5, 2013


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