Campus-Wide Faculty Enrichment
Faculty enrichment is a campus-wide effort. We collaborate with and encourage individual faculty to connect to the many offices and programs across the college that support faculty and their students.
Academic and Career Advising (ACA)
The Office of Academic and Career Advising in the Elliott Center helps students who have not declared a major, who transfer to Keene State College, who apply to graduate school, or who search for an internship or job. Students can arrange one-on-one consultations or attend workshops and fairs. ACA works closely with faculty who teach service-learning and internship courses such as by offering Service-Learning Mini-Grants to faculty, assists faculty who want to integrate academic and career planning into the curriculum, and trains faculty in how to use Student Planning technology and advise first-year and transfer students.
Academic Technology (AT)
Academic Technology, housed in the Mason Library, partners with faculty to research, design, and develop technology-rich projects that support teaching, learning, and pedagogical innovation. Through workshops, summer institutes, open office hours, and one-on-one consultations, faculty are guided toward technologies that are simple to use and support learning by giving students agency with their own digital projects. AT includes the college’s learning management system, Canvas, as well as open education initiatives, blogging platforms, web conferencing, social media, and video capture tools, just to name a few.
American Democracy Project (ADP)
The American Democracy Project for Civic Engagement at Keene State College fosters civic engagement and democratic skills, raises awareness of issues of public policy, and provides opportunities for direct participation with community partners. Keene State College has been a member of this national multi-campus initiative since 2008. ADP works with faculty to integrate its events into coursework, especially during presidential and New Hampshire political election years.
Aspire and Trio
Aspire and Trio in the Elliott Center provide students with extra academic support. Services include peer tutoring, educational counseling, study skills development and special event programming, time management and organizational support, course advising, financial literacy, a summer bridge program, and a 2-credit "College 102" course that assists students in their transition to college.
Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST)
The Building Excellence in Science and Technology program at Keene State College helps recruit and retain students in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics. BEST students have access to peer mentoring, engage in research with faculty, and participate in extra-curricular activities and a living-learning community. Faculty are also involved by applying for BEST Transformative Teaching grants to enhance their curriculum for gateway courses in those disciplines.
Campus Safety in Keddy House offers 24-hour, year-round response to emergencies or requests for assistance. To promote safety and prevent crime and victimization, Campus Safety also provides more than 10 educational programs and services for all members of the campus community, including faculty. Examples include training in behavior intervention, defensive driving, active shooters, and rape aggression defense for women and resisting aggression with defense for men.
Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI)
The Center for Creative Inquiry fosters a culture of undergraduate research and creative inquiry by supporting transformative academic experiences that focus on the collaboration between students and faculty. Among many things, CCI grants fund faculty mentors and their students to collaborate on research together (whether over the summer or a shorter-term project) as well as organizes and hosts campus events that showcase their work, such as "First Fridays."
Center for Health and Wellness and the Counseling Center
The Center for Health and Wellness and the Counseling Center in the Elliott Center provide professional healthcare to students, including (but not limited to) patient exams and evaluations, medical tests, prescription services, nutrition coaching, psychological counseling, and educational outreach related to sexual violence prevention, suicide prevention, eating disorders, alcohol and other drug use, stress management, and other issues. College health professionals and peer student educators work with faculty to integrate health and wellness education into the curriculum.
Center for Writing
The Center for Writing behind the Student Center promotes effective writing and thinking by offering a variety of services for both students and faculty. For example, the director of the Center for Writing meets one-on-one with faculty, partners with other faculty to facilitate faculty institutes, workshops, and book clubs about the teaching of writing, as well as offers a physical space for faculty to write-on-site in the Writers’ Nook. Peer student writing tutors can also run in-class workshops for the classes that faculty teach, such as peer student tutors are assigned to particular ITW courses.
Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Mason Library was founded in 1987. The Cohen Center serves as a research and resource center by providing materials for teachers at all levels and running educational events for the local, regional, and international community. Programs that frequently involve faculty include a monthly study group, a one-week summer institute, annual memorial lectures by distinguished speakers, and the Cohen Center Fellows.
The Corporate Relations Office builds collaborative relationships between Keene State College faculty, students, and employers in the region, around New Hampshire, and beyond. From biotech to finance to advanced manufacturing, business partners invest the time to get to know the college. For example, students and faculty attend the monthly Career Speaker Series to learn about specific companies, various professions, and developments in business that relate to curriculum. Corporate Relations also works closely with the Office of Academic and Career Advising who can help students develop resumes, LinkedIn accounts, and other tools for their professional development.
Disability Services (ODS)
The Office of Disability Services in the Elliott Center is where students with documented disabilities can request accommodations provided under federal laws that enable equal access to college programs and activities. Common accommodations are note takers, extended time on exams or separate testing areas, adaptive technology such as screen readers and speech to text software, alternative formats for textbooks, accessible classrooms, and adjustments to housing. ODS also provides faculty with resources about how to make accommodations in the classroom.
Diversity and Multiculturalism
The Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism, the Office of Multicultural Student Support, and the Title IX Office located respectively in Hale building, the Student Center, and the Elliott Center work to support underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. They respond to bias related incidents, offer educational programming (e.g. Title IX workshop for faculty), and develop policies and procedures. Check out the "Don’t Cancel That Class!" presentation series that faculty can incorporate into classes even when the instructor is absent. Many faculty also facilitate Safe Space Trainings to advocate for the LGBTQ community and receive grants to run campus-wide events related to diversity and multiculturalism.
Global Education (GEO)
The Global Education Office in Cheshire House at 67 Winchester Street creates and supports opportunities for students and faculty to learn in global settings. GEO works with Keene State College students who study away at other institutions, assists international exchange students, and helps Keene State College faculty who teach global engagement courses.
The Office of Human Resource Management in the Fiske Annex serves employee needs by administering benefits and compensation, assisting in the hiring of new colleagues, developing and implementing policies about the workplace, and providing education and on-campus training. Some professional development for faculty and staff to enroll in cover compliance topics such as Title IX and supervisory skills for managers, deans, and directors.
Institutional Research and Assessment
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment in Hale Building provides evidence to inform decision making and leads the college’s efforts to assess student learning. For instance, campus climate data is gathered and surveys of current students and alumni are administered to understand Keene State College student experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. This office specifically supports faculty when consulting with departments about best practices in learning outcomes and assessments as well as running reports related to majors.
Integrative Studies Program (ISP)
All Keene State College students, no matter their major, are required to complete a total of 40 credits within the Integrative Studies Program. Faculty who teach ISP courses are encouraged to participate in professional development programs run by the director of the ISP and the coordinators of the writing and quantitative literacy ISP courses, or at any time faculty can arrange one-on-one consultations with them.
Keene State College Adjunct Association (KSCAA)
The Keene State College Adjunct Association is the collective bargaining union representing adjunct faculty at Keene State College. A copy of the current collective bargaining agreement may be found here. Adjunct faculty who who have questions about any aspect of the collective bargaining agreement, want to become a member, or who wish to learn more about KSCAA, should contact the current President of KSCAA: Mitch Speaks
Keene State College Education Association (KSCEA)
The Keene State College Education Association is the collective bargaining union representing tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, librarians, and resident artists at Keene State College. KSCEA is an affiliate of the National Education Association of New Hampshire. A copy of the current collective bargaining agreement may be found here. Faculty who have questions about any aspect of the collective bargaining agreement, want to become a member, or who wish to learn more about KSCEA, should contact a KSCEA officer. KSCEA officers for Academic Year 2018-2019 are the following: President: Niall Moran, Vice President: Pete Stevenson, Secretary: Philip Barker, Mentor: Armağan Gezici, Grievance Chair: Loren Launen, Negotiations Chair: Shirley McLoughlin, Contract Chair: Lynn Richardson, Communications: Nora Traviss, Treasurer: Linda Hadden, Social Chair: Angela Barlow, Trustee Observer: Vincent Ferlini, and Disciplinary Board: Ockle Johnson.
Mason Library and Academic Technology
Mason Library acquires and loans books, periodicals, DVDs/CDs, special archives, as well as digital materials to students and employees of Keene State Colleges. Some faculty services include course resources on copyright and fair use, research and information literacy activities for faculty to incorporate into their classes, and interlibrary loan. The library is also home to Academic Technology (AT). AT partners with faculty to research, design, and develop technology-rich projects that support teaching, learning, and pedagogical innovation. Through workshops, summer institutes, open office hours, and one-on-one consultations, faculty are guided toward technologies that are simple to use and support learning by giving students agency with their own digital projects. AT includes the college’s learning management system, Canvas, as well as open education initiatives, blogging platforms, web conferencing, social media, and video capture tools, just to name a few.
The Math Center at 88 Winchester Street offers free drop-in math tutoring for students, provides mathematical proficiency testing for several majors, assigns peer course assistants to faculty who teach 100-level mathematics classes, and is a space for students to take make-up math exams if requested by faculty.
Morris-August Honors Program
The Morris-August Honors Program in Carroll House provides academically motivated students with exemplary intellectual experiences. A highlight of the program is the required annual Global Engagement course that is taught by a Keene State College faculty member who travels abroad with the students and another faculty member. Many faculty also serve on the Honors Council, which advises the curriculum and director of the Honors Program.
Redfern Arts Center
The Redfern Arts Center, located on Brickyard Pond, has performances, residencies, and related arts programs for both the college and the Monadnock region. The box office is open Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and two hours before each performance, except when closed for the summer. Tickets are $5 for current students with a KSC ID. Faculty and their students can even interact with visiting artists through the Redfern’s community engagement program, Creative Connections. Creative Connections activities invite creative inquiry, enhance cultural awareness, and challenge students to think critically and reflect on their learning. For more information, contact Redfern’s Assistant Director Sharon Fantl.
Sponsored Projects and Research (OSPR)
The Office of Sponsored Projects and Research at 115 Winchester Street supports the research culture at Keene State College by developing related policies and procedures, assisting faculty in writing external grant proposals and managing their awards, and offering other professional development opportunities for faculty to nurture their scholarly agendas. Faculty are also members of the Research Advisory Council that functions as an advisory board for the office.
Student Involvement and Activities
The Office of Student Involvement in the L.P. Young Student Center provides students with opportunities for organizational leadership, personal growth, and community service. This office oversees more than 100 registered student activities and organizations at Keene State College, including fraternities and sororities as well as honors societies. Many faculty serve as advisors to the student organizations and can partner with the Community Service Office.