My Big Debut on the Digital Town Hall Scene

It’s the first day of classes! I’m overwhelmed with writing syllabi, preparing a newletter, answering a long string of neglected emails, etc. So I’ll just post some resources I sent to my Albion College colleagues on December 12, 2017. It describes my big adventure of the week before.

 Teaching Our Changing Student Body. On December 7, I introduced and facilitated this Digital Town Hall meeting of about 30 colleagues from across the Great Lakes Colleges Association. In the first 10 minutes of the video recording, I share my understanding of students’ encounters with the culture of liberal arts learning. The conversation takes off from there!


“The Coming Vocabulary Crisis and What to Do About It.” Albion College’s Ian MacInnes stresses the central role of vocabulary in gaining proficiency, not only in communication but also in thinking. What to do about students’ limited vocabulary and therefore limited thinking? Ian makes some useful suggestions.

GLCA Colleagues Respond. Concrete ideas for helping first-year students learn the ropes, connecting them to resources, and cultivating a growth mindset.

Resources for Teaching a Diverse Student Body. You may recall having received this list from me, maybe twice. Here it is online, for easy access!

“Town Hall Meeting, December 7, 2017.” Greg Wegner (GLCA Director of Program Development) summarizes the discussion.


This was a new and exciting experience for me. I’m so thankful that it led to some helpful reflection and the sharing of some practical ideas!

About Jocelyn McWhirter

Jocelyn McWhirter is the Stanley S. Kresge Professor of Religious Studies at Albion College in Albion, Michigan.
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