The Big Day is Finally Here!

For the past two and a half months our staff here at the ExCollege has been eagerly anticipating today. Why, you might ask? Today is the deadline for visiting lecturer proposal applications! It’s the day when we get to see what exciting topics various people have come up with to teach to our Tufts undergrads. Here is a sampling of some course titles that I’ve seen so far today: “Protecting Your Rights with the Constitution and a Computer”, “Eros of the Impossible”, “Lady Gaga: The Art of Performance and Fame”, and “The Catholic Church in Nicaragua”. Needless to say we have quite a variety of topics to choose from! While we do a lot of interesting things here at the ExCollege, getting to see the different topics that are proposed each semester is definitely the highlight of working here. Continue reading

Apply to Join the ExCollege Board!

I must be losing my mind.  For the second year in a row, I sought and obtained an appointment to the ExCollege Board.  I mean, everyone knows that  “board meetings” always become “bored meetings.”  Who could possibly want to sit through more meetings than they absolutely have to?

I could.  In fact, I always look forward to my ExCollege board meetings.

They are one of the few times when I know I’m having a direct positive impact on the learning opportunities offered to my fellow students.  In fact, the ExCollege Board is the only board I’ve encountered in which faculty and students to work together to guide an academic department, and student participation on the board is part of what makes the ExCollege special. Continue reading