Hobart and William Smith’ academic support program now spans 16 departments, with both in-person and remote sessions.
Beyond the support of expert faculty and staff, HWS students rely on direct, ongoing academic assistance from their trained peers through the Teaching Fellows program. Coordinated by the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), the program has been a tutoring resource for more than a decade, expanding further this semester with fellows now representing 16 departments.
“The Teaching Fellows started with five departments in 2007 and has continued to grow, evolve and adapt to support student success at HWS,” says Ruth Shields, associate director of the CTL. With hundreds of students utilizing Teaching Fellows services annually, Shields says “we are excited to welcome six new departments to the program this year, offering students more resources in more disciplines than ever. No matter where students are in their academic career, we are here to make sure they have the tools to get to the next level.”
Teaching Fellows are peer-learning facilitators, nominated by faculty within specific departments and trained by CTL staff. They direct conversations, ask questions to challenge students and gauge foundational knowledge, provide feedback, and suggest study strategies.
Teaching Fellows hold regular, group-oriented evening hours in the departments they support Sunday through Thursday and are available to all students. To allow students and tutors to engage with faculty and access necessary resources, Teaching Fellows are situated in each department’s academic building.
The program’s expansion this semester is supported by a gift from HWS Trustee-elect Josephine Grayson P’18 and her husband Peter Grayson P’18.
Teaching Fellow-supported departments include:
Chemistry (Introductory and Organic)
Media and Society