Who Teaches Calderwood Seminars


The course satisfied its purpose (and then some). Student writing improved, my writing improved, student confidence in their writing increased, their reading abilities expanded, and their engagement with and acceptance of critique improved. It was a highly successful class in terms of intellectual growth and skill development. I’m actually amazed by how much we all learned.

Since the program’s inception, over 130 faculty from a wide range of disciplines have taught Calderwood Seminars.

They have designed courses in American studies and art history, chemistry and classics, economics and environmental studies, mathematics and music, and many more.
The majority of Calderwood faculty have never taught writing or a writing-intensive course before taking on a seminar. But even without formal training in composition or rhetoric, and in some cases even when English is not their first language, faculty find they have much to offer their students. In addition to their academic expertise, they are skilled at conducting research and making arguments, and good public writing requires just that.
“I found teaching my seminar to be a rich and often thrilling pedagogical experience—one that demanded a steep learning curve but that offered a striking opportunity to witness the talents and ambitions of my students unfold in a way I hadn’t seen before. That, for me, is the single most valuable thing about this semester’s work: the chance to witness and admire—and, I hope assist—these students as, thanks to this collaborative course model, they came into their own as thinkers, writers, and editors.”
– Richard Millington, professor of English, Smith College

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