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25-27 october

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Advising workshop

Advising workshop in the framework of the Seminar on "Practices of Liberal Education" (58-60 Galernaya Street).

This workshop will explore the role that academic advising plays in a liberal arts education. Together, we’ll examine the ways in which academic advising is and is not like teaching, the role that advising plays in fostering student choice, the relationship between advising and student-centered pedagogy, and the ways in which we can, as academic advisers, contribute to our students’ development as critical readers, writers, and thinkers.

And because faculty often work alone, grappling with important advising questions without the support of a vital learning community, the workshop will also be experiential and collaborative. We’ll write together, exchange ideas and respond to one another through writing as we engage Bard College Institute for Writing & Thinking best-classroom practices – focused free writing, double-entry notebooks, believing and doubting, and group work – and ask ourselves how these practices can expand and deepen both learning and advising.

Workshop leaders

David Shein came to Bard College in 1999. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Tutoring (now the Learning Commons). He has served as the Disability Coordinator, Dean of Students, Associate Dean of the College. As Associate VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of Studies, he works directly with students as an academic advisor and oversees student academic affairs, including academic support. He works extensively in the Bard College network and also teaches in the Philosophy Program.

Denis Akhapkin currently teaches in the Arts and Humanities Program at St.Petersburg State University. His interests include modern Russian literature with an emphasis on poetry and poetics, literary linguistics and cognitive literature studies. As a Faculty Associate of Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking (USA) he led workshops in Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Russia and USA. He was a visiting research fellow of Helsinki University Collegium (2007) and The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, University of Edinburgh (2014). He holds both B.A. and Ph.D. in Russian Language from St.Petersburg State University.