The NEH/Harry Jack Gray Teaching Enhancement Grant


Distinguished Visiting Humanists

Distinguished Teaching Humanists

- Spring Workshops
- Summer Workshops

- Bulletin Board

Outstanding Teacher Awards



University of Hartford

Virginia Hale
Distinguished Teaching Humanist, 1992-93

In my two year term, I was privileged to initiate a series of brown bag discussions which seem to have evolved into teaching round tables and which have, in one form or another, been a permanent feature of the activities sponsored by the grant.

I offered workshops on the preparation of a teaching portfolio for the faculty when the document was just coming into its own as an important undertaking for every faculty member on campus.

I established the Harry Jack Gray Teaching Effectiveness Center which maintains a small but ever-expanding library of materials on teaching -- books, periodicals, videocassettes, teaching tips, sample portfolios -- and is housed in the west end of the Senior Common Room, open for the use of any faculty member.

I served as a consultant for any faculty wishing to discuss their teaching, and opened my own classes to those who wished to observe my particular methods.

As a result of the summer workshop, I twice conducted a coordinated project with students in English at the University and students in English at Hartford Public High School around Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.