TAC Program Has New Director

Posted: January 3, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

Susan Warshauer recently became the new director of Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC), a program that assists faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences to create assignments that require students to use technology to enhance their learning of course content. She comes from West Virginia University, where she was an assistant professor in English. The previous director of TAC was Jim Sparrow, who left Mason to finish his dissertation in history from Brown University.

In addition to teaching English, Warshauer was director of West Virginia University’s Center for Literary Computing, which promotes the use of digital media for presenting and distributing literary material. “I enjoyed working at the intersection of traditional disciplines and new media,” says Warshauer.

“Susan brought the kind of expertise with technology and the liberal arts that we needed for this job,” says Dee Holisky, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Her teaching in English was also a plus because we wanted someone with an understanding of faculty.”

Created in 1998 with funds provided by Gov. Jim Gilmore, the program solicits project proposals from faculty members in nontechnical programs and awards small grants to those whose proposals are accepted. In addition to providing funds, the program has a cadre of graduate assistants who assist faculty members in developing technology-based assignments.

While part of the goal of the TAC program is to help students in nontechnical programs to develop strong technology skills, the program stresses that the assignments should actually help students learn course content. “I am very impressed by the commitment of George Mason’s administration to integrating technology into the curriculum in ways that make sense,” says Warshauer. “The most successful universities care about keeping up with technology without sacrificing educational standards.”

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