Student-Faculty Partnerships Program

Student Faculty Partnerships


Berea’s Student-Faculty Partnerships Program, piloted in the spring of 2017 and supported by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation starting in fall 2017, brings students and faculty together to explore teaching and learning in new ways. Based on the premises of respect, reciprocity, and shared responsibility and modeled after the successful program at Bryn Mawr developed by Dr. Alison Cook-Sather (Cook-Sather, A., Bovill, C., & Felten, P., 2014), students are paired with faculty partners to engage in dialogue about the student partner’s observations of class session and the faculty partner’s pedagogical goals for and questions about the course and student learning and engagement. Students participate in a quarter-credit, a semester-long course focused on deepening their understanding of pedagogy, student learning, and student-faculty partnerships. Two Mellon-funded post-baccalaureate fellows, Mia Rybeck and Khadijah Seay, along with CTL Director Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens, worked to create structures, resources, and deepened opportunities for faculty and students to develop informed dialogues and partnerships to explore teaching and learning at Berea College. Working together with other stakeholders on campus, the program will continue to study and share students’ perspectives on learning and help lead and facilitate existing programs devoted to fostering partnerships.


For more information, please contact Dr. Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens.