The Pathways Community: Living the Mission of General Education
I am continuously inspired by members of the Pathways community.
I am inspired by faculty like Dr. Rebecca Hester who is working to bring her own transdisciplinary real-world experiences, perspectives, and passions to students. By developing a Pathways Minor in Displacement Studies, Dr. Hester hopes students will examine their own connection to displacement both globally and right here on the Virginia Tech campus. And as evidenced by this year’s Pathways grantees list, she is not alone in developing exciting and challenging new courses and minors on such timely topics as technology ethics, environmental justice, COVID-19, food, and even death.
I am inspired by instructors like Meg Emori who continue to develop new innovative ways to engage students in the classroom, particularly in the virtual environment. Instead of providing students with the typical final exam study guide, Dr. Emori challenged her students to work through digital “escape rooms” to review important biology material while also solving puzzles, placing science in its sociocultural context, and taking a journey around the world.
I am inspired by each of the more than 200 instructors, advisors, administrators, staff, and students who came together for this year’s Summer Institute in May. Through student and faculty panels, plenaries, workshops, and discussion groups, attendees were challenged to face the real, lived experiences of members of our community before taking steps to achieve Inclusive Excellence campus-wide.
I am inspired every time I meet with the Pathways committees, collaborate with our student interns like Renn Kennedy that support the program, and sit in on workshops (e.g. Ethical Reasoning Workshop) surrounded by colleagues that care about our students and improving the learning experience for students.
I’m inspired to do and be better. I hope as you read these stories, you’re inspired as well.
Director of General Education
General ItemMore than 600 courses approved for Virginia Tech students
The courses provide a range of relevant, interdisciplinary courses for our undergraduates to meet their general education requirements.
General ItemThe Pathways Grants for the 2021 and 2022 Academic Year
We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Pathways Grants. The grants are awarded to individuals or teams of faculty members to design or redesign courses and minors. Recipients then work throughout the year as an interdisciplinary cohort to contribute to the university and the dialogue on teaching and learning in general education.
The Office of General Education would like to recognize the members of the Pathways General Education Curriculum Review Committee for their ongoing contributions in reviewing proposed courses and minors. We sincerely thank the members of the 2020 - 2021 Pathways General Education Curriculum Review Committee:
- Gary Costello and the staff at the Office of the University Registrar
- Anna Taylor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Robert Jordan Jacks, College of Architecture and Urban Studies
- Tracy Sebring, College of Engineering
- Lisa Kathleen Burns, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
- Cathy Barker, College of Natural Resources and Environment
- Michel Pleimling, College of Science
- Julia Acton, Pamplin College of Business
- Sara Vandyke, University Honors