Connecticut College Magazine · Winter 2004


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Eugene V. Gallagher

Eugene V. Gallagher
Eugene Gallagher

Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies
Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Joined CC faculty: 1978

We’re lucky at Connecticut College because the culture here prizes and promotes good teaching. Teaching is not a private act; it’s a public act. It is not always easy to do well, and you need all the help you can get. The Center for Teaching and Learning is a place where our faculty can work on becoming better teachers. It helps them make the transition from graduate school to the front of the classroom. Graduate school is a place where you learn a whole lot about a whole little. But teaching skills are not necessarily cultivated there. It’s not just about the mastery of content but about interaction. The Center endorses active learning.

I like teaching a lot — and even after all these years I like to find ways to do it even better.”

Professor Gallagher was named the Connecticut Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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