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CTL Staff Present Keynotes

Ruth Shields, assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and Sam Vann, coordinator of student services, recently provided keynote lectures as part of the Central New York State Academic Support Professionals Best Practices Seminar and Networking Meeting. The event, hosted by Ithaca College’s Academic Enrichment Services, gathered academic professionals from college learning centers throughout Central New York State.

Shields presented, “The HWS Teaching Fellows Program,” and Vann’s talk was titled, “The Benefits of Managed Data- Tutor Trac.”

“It is exciting for the work of the CTL to be recognized by colleagues at other institutions. Our model is progressive, highly utilized and well supported, all of which makes us stand out as a leader in the field of supporting student learning,” says Susan M. Pliner, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. “It is no surprise that the work Ruth and Sam do is recognized and valued.  I am delighted we have made a name for ourselves outside of HWS as well.” 

Other presentations during the meeting focused on training and supervising peer tutors, supplemental instruction and peer-facilitated learning, online tutorial support, study skills and assessment.

Shields coordinates the Teaching Fellows program, where she works closely with faculty, teaching fellows, and students. She is also responsible for CTL’s Writing Colleagues and the Oral Communications program, and assists in the daily operations of the CTL. Shields has a B.A. in history and mathematics from Ball State University, a MAT in secondary education from Miami University, and a M.S. in higher education administration from Syracuse University.

Vann schedules and proctors exams for students with disabilities and helps provide other educational accommodations. In addition, Vann is responsible for recruiting and training peer tutors and study mentors. He oversees the use and programming of the online TutorTrac program used for teaching fellow sessions, Writing Colleagues, study tables, and study mentors. During the summer, he teaches “Study Strategies for College Success” for the Summer Institute sponsored by HEOP. Vann earned his B.A. from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, and a M.Ed from SUNY Brockport.