Director Appointed to HWS Center for Teaching and Learning – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Director Appointed to HWS Center for Teaching and Learning

Anita Cañizares, former consultant for the Organization of American States, will serve as director of tutoring center at Hobart and William Smith beginning July 1.

May 30, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—Bringing teaching, administrative, advising and research expertise, Anita Cañizares joins Hobart and William Smith Colleges as the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning on July 1.

At Hobart and William Smith, Cañizares will lead a new center for the enhancement of teaching excellence and the support of student learning. She will oversee direct student services, including tutoring and writing support. She will establish student workshops on time management, study skills and research-based writing, and act as an advocate for students with disabilities, assisting them in the development of self-advocacy skills.

Most recently, Cañizares, a native of Colombia, worked for the Organization of American States (OAS) as the national coordinator for a self-evaluation and improvement project that involved 25 schools in that country. She also served as deputy director of program development for the secretariat of education in Bogotá. OAS is an international organization that aims to achieve peace and justice, promote solidarity and defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Americas.

Prior to her work in Colombia, Cañizares served as a member of the research team at Syracuse University working on violence prevention. Before that she served as the director of the Learning Skills Center at Jefferson Community College and as tutor coordinator of the HEOP Learning Center at Syracuse University Continuing Education and supervisor of the Education Resource Center at the School of Education at Syracuse University. Cañizares also has taught classes in qualitative research methods, intercultural education, Spanish as well as English as a second language. She is the author of several journal articles on such topics as multicultural and public education, the Higher Education Opportunity Program, minority needs and disability services.

A Fulbright Scholar, Cañizares holds a Ph.D. in education from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in foreign language education from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in modern languages from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.