Author: Britt Andreatta

Career Opportunities Start in the First Year

Guest Contributor: Britt Andreatta, MA, Ph.D.   First-Year Experience instructors have a tough challenge when it comes to talking about post-graduation career opportunities. On the one hand, first-year students (and often their family members), come in with some set goals and strong opinions about how to get that “high-paying job” at graduation. On the other hand, most of their opinions are based on misinformation, and can actually undermine students’ educational experience. We have all seen the myopic focus on two or three fields like medicine, law, and engineering, which narrows intellectual exploration and may disregard a student’s natural interests and aptitude. The Read More…


Teach Research Skills—Inspire Curiosity and Lifelong Learning

Guest Contributor: Britt Andreatta, MA, Ph.D.   When we teach college students about research, we have the opportunity—no, obligation—to develop them into life-long learners. The mistake most instructors make is that they dive right in to the nuts and bolts of the research process and bypass the most important part—cultivating curiosity. When you think about it, research is one of the many tools we use to satisfy our curiosity. Dian Fossey was curious about gorillas and Stephen Hawking is curious about space. All humans have an innate need to learn and that’s what we want to fuel in our students. When Read More…


Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Setting

Guest Contributor: Britt Andreatta, MA, Ph.D. Teaching in a culturally diverse setting is both an honor and an important responsibility. You have the opportunity to provide college students with crucial experiences and that will make them better citizens for a lifetime. While your students may represent a wide range of demographics, they may not come from a community or school that is diverse in the same ways that your campus is. This means you should approach everyone as an eager learner who could benefit from some pointers. You also need to stand firmly in your role as facilitator, Read More…