Faculty scholarship, measured in ‘clicks’

Goshen College faculty clearly engage students on this campus – and with online tools, can reach far beyond. They are providing research material and informing classroom lesson plans by providing access to their knowledge online.

Students and teachers who search the internet for information on animal dissection for search purposes have for years found Professor of Biology James Miller’s on-line “Fetal Pig Dissection Guide” posted through www.goshen.edu. Another popular Web destination is Professor Emeritus of Art Marvin Bartel’s essays and resources related to teaching art to children – an “online book of ideas, innovation and inspiration for teachers and parents.”

Professor of English Beth Martin Birky was recently contacted by a public school teacher from Portland, Ore., who wished to use material from the GC English department’s Web site in her lesson plan on “using evidence from a text to support ideas in a character analysis.” The teacher planned to post the information from “Literature and Writing Essay Resources Analyzing a Passage (The Color of Water and The Bluest Eye)” online, with credit to GC.

Web browsers also find online resources from Goshen faculty about Anabaptist-Mennonite life and theology, the Amish and peace and justice studies.

Anita Stalter, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, said, “Our faculty place significant emphasis on teaching, but they are also scholars with distinctive areas of expertise who make valuable contributions to their fields. We are also fortunate to have resources to help them share knowledge, through Internet technology, with passionate learners beyond our campus.”