New Wheelock Centers Announced

September 12, 2007

Wheelock College has announced the launch of two new Centers this fall - the Center for Interdisciplinary Learning (CIL) and the Center for Scholarship and Research (CSR) - that will build on Wheelock’s expertise and leadership in advancing its mission to impact the lives of children and families through expanded community partnerships and funded projects that offer opportunities for research and faculty scholarship.

The CIL will engage in innovative program development, community engagement and internal and external partnerships that advance Wheelock’s mission. During its first year, the Center will focus on building on the work of the Math and Science Education Initiative; developing the Health and Wellness agenda of children and families; and focusing on Early Childhood Education and Care initiatives. Marta Rosa, Wheelock's Director of Government Affairs, has been named Interim Director. The Center is funded by the Mass Development Association and private donations.

The goals of the CSR are to provide direct services and programs to support individual and collaborative faculty research, scholarship, and creative production; to facilitate and support faculty development and interconnected initiatives in teaching and scholarship; and to engage with mission-oriented partners in collaborative research efforts and through provision of professional services. The CSR will enable Wheelock to extend its work as a contributor to the knowledge bases of its disciplines and professions; further define and share its models of scholar-teacher and scholar-activist; and provide support and services on specific projects. Suzanne Pasch has been appointed Founding Director of the CSR.

“We are all looking forward to working with Marta and Suzanne in their new responsibilities in launching the Centers and to the collaborative opportunities that develop in expanding our commitment to teaching, research and scholarship, and community service related to children and families,” said Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College.

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