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Online access to course and teaching evaluations is now available in the e-portfolio.  Evaluations must be completed by 10:00 a.m. on May 8, 2009.  Students who fail to complete all evaluations by the May 8 deadline will not be able to view their final grades through the e-portfolio until after June 19.

The evaluation is intended to assist your instructor in evaluating his or her teaching effectiveness, and to assist those responsible for promotions and course assignments. Your instructor would appreciate a thoughtful response.  Your evaluation will:

  • give the instructor direct feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the course and its organization;
  • offer your perspective on the quality and effectiveness of the teaching in this course; and
  • provide valuable information that will be used in the evaluation of the faculty member’s teaching.

Please keep these objectives in mind as you write your responses.  Students should note that:

  • evaluation results are not available to instructors until grades have been submitted;
  • courses taught by multiple instructors have a separate evaluation for each instructor;
  • all responses are anonymous.

If you have questions about the evaluation or experience any technical difficulties, please contact Eloise Glick.

Due to the fire that occurred last night, the Hall-Atwater building has been temporarily shut down while the causes are investigated and the damage assessed. Information on where classes are being relocated during the shutdown is available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/HallAtwater.html.

“The class demonstrated the power and life of theater. Through visits to different community centers I witnessed the way in which theater goes from text to touching the lives of people- from the old to the young” – Joelle Minott, ’09

Activism and Outreach Through Theater (THEA 205)
Taught by Professor of Theatre, Dr. Ron Jenkins
Offered in Fall 2009, Wednesday from 1:10 – 4:00 p.m.
Or Tuesday from 1:10-4:00 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to put social activism into practice by working with incarcerated women on the plays of Shakespeare and other writers. Readings will include Shakespeare Behind Bars by Jean Trounstine and Theater of the Oppressed by Agosto Boal, the Brazilian actor/activist who has pioneered techniques advocating theater as a force for social change. Students need no theatrical experience but can use whatever artistic interests they possess (acting, puppetry, drawing, writing, story-telling, vocal and instrumental music)

There are no prerequisites for this course, and non-Theatre majors are encouraged to join! Anyone with an interest in bettering the community, check out the class on a WesMaps near you!

Seminars in Physical Science is an NSM General Education course. This course is a refined version of A Random Walk Through Science last taught in the Spring of 1999. Each student will give one 50 minute talk on a topic they choose in Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, or Mathematics. Students will consult with the instructor on the choice of their topic and in the organization of their presentation. Topics in Biology, Molecular Biology, or Medicine will not be acceptable seminar topics. There are two reasons for this a) students are usually already familiar and comfortable with these topics and I wish to push them into exploring science that would be a challenge for them, and b) biological science is outside the instructor’s expertise. Class attendance is required. The audience of students will fill out a written critique of each talk during the last 15 minutes of each class. After the instructor has gone over these forms they will be passed on to the seminar speaker for that day. Possible topics might include (chosen at random): The origin of the periodic table; the transition from alchemy to chemistry; “cold fusion”; various Nobel Prize in Chemistry or Physics topics; dark matter; dark energy; the nature of galaxies; why do stars shine?; what are the roles of amateurs in modern astronomical research?; visualizing the fourth dimension; Einstein’s “greatest blunder”; Bose-Einstein condensates; the race towards absolute zero; the interaction of radiation and matter; the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle; how are prime numbers used in cryptology?; the discovery of C60; the list is almost inexhaustible. Due to the number of Tu/Th class periods and required lead-time, the class will be limited to 18 students.

Tu/Th 10:30 a.m, – 11:50 a.m.
ESC 139
Stewart Novick
Prerequisites: None
General Education: NSM
Essential Capabilities: Information Literacy, Speaking
Grading Mode: Pass/Fail

The Online Teaching Evaluations System is now open.  As you know, all teaching evaluations are now collected electronically.

To access the online teaching evaluation system:

  • Go to your E-Portfolio and open My Student Portfolio.
  • Navigate to the Wesleyan Career list then
  • Click on Teaching Evaluations

You may submit evaluations anytime between now and December 10 at 11:59 pm.

In order to encourage student participation, you must submit an online evaluation for each of your courses which are part of the online teaching evaluation process before December 10 in order to be able to see your Fall 2008 grades during fall break.   Faculty will not have access to any evaluations until they have submitted final grades.

If you have any questions about the teaching evaluation process, please contact Eloise Glick at eglick@wesleyan.edu or by phone at ext. 2708.

“The class demonstrated the power and life of theater. Through visits to different community centers I witnessed the way in which theater goes from text to touching the lives of people – from the old to the young” – Joelle Minott, ’09

Activism and Outreach Through Theater (Thea 205)
Taught by Professor of Theatre, Dr. Ron Jenkins
Offered in Spring 2009 Wednesday from 1:10-4:00

Students will have the opportunity to put social activism into practice by working with incarcerated women on the plays of Shakespeare and other writers. Readings will include Shakespeare Behind Bars by Jean Trounstine and Theater of the Oppressed by Agosto Boal, the Brazilian actor/activist who has pioneered techniques advocating theater as a force for social change. Students need no theatrical experience but can use whatever artistic interests they possess (acting, puppetry, drawing, writing, story-telling, vocal and instrumental music)

There are no prerequisites for this course, and non-Theatre majors are encouraged to join! Anyone with an interest in bettering the community,  Check out the class on a WesMap near you!

Now that the Drop/Add period is over, all students are required to confirm the accuracy of their class schedules. To confirm your schedule, login to your e-portfolio and navigate to Current Classes & Schedule (EP > Student > Wesleyan Career > Current Classes & Schedule) and click on either the “Schedule is Correct” or “Schedule is NOT Correct” button. If you click on the “Schedule is NOT Correct” button, you will be provided with instructions on how to correct your schedule.

You must confirm your Fall 2008 schedule to be eligible to participate in the November scheduling phase of course pre-registration process for the Spring 2009 semester.

BIOL 104 Animal Architecture
Professor Stephen Devoto
Thursdays, 7:00 PM- 9:50 PM
Shanklin 201

No pre-reqs
NSM credit

Animals have structures that are optimally suited for their functions. Many human-made objects also have structures optimally suited for their functions. This course will examine the similarities and differences between the processes that shape the form and function of animals and the form and function of human-made structures. Examples from art and architecture will be compared to examples from biology. The course will consists of lectures and discussion. There will be two exams, a writing assignment, and a creative art project.

Please email bmeslin@wesleyan.edu if you are interested in this course.

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