The Center for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching (CAST) at Goucher College opened in January 2017 to assist faculty in developing skills to improve as teachers and scholars. At CAST, we believe that faculty success is at the root of student success.
Our programming focuses on evidence-based approaches that encourage the performance and engagement of all students, but particularly students from historically under-represented backgrounds. CAST actively collaborates with other offices on campus such as the Center for Race, Equity and Identity (CREI) and the Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) to offer workshops and programs to address these goals.
Have an idea? CAST welcomes faculty and students to contribute to our resources and programming. Your feedback, ideas, and expertise are critical to our mission.
Robin Cresiski is the Director of CAST and an Associate Professor of Biology at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. CAST supports faculty in their goals of being the most inspiring, effective, and inclusive professors they can be for our Goucher students. She provides workshops, observations, and consultations to faculty, helping them design and redesign courses, assignments, and classroom approaches to enhance student success. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2017, she was a faculty member, department chair, vice provost and interim provost at Nevada State College, a small public access college outside of Las Vegas. She completed her doctorate in Immunobiology at Yale University in 2007 and her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Haverford College in 2001.
“The kind of practices that CAST will be helping faculty employ are really designed and have been shown to be successful in making a very rigorous [curriculum] accessible to all students from diverse backgrounds.” –Robin Cresiski
Johnathan Baker is an artist working mainly in lens based media. Using photography, video, and 3D animation, his work explores popularity and coolness through the frame of the screen, as well as mass media and its effects on one’s orientation to the world. Johnathan was raised in rural East Central Indiana before moving to Indianapolis to obtain his BFA in Photography from Herron School of Art and Design. Four years later he moved to Baltimore to receive his MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and has resided here ever since. He currently teaches in the First Year Experience department at MICA, and is excited to be the new Digital Arts and Technology Specialist at Goucher College.
Ana Bauer is a writer and recent graduate of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Originally from North Carolina, Ana is new to Baltimore. She is excited to support faculty as the new Operations Assistant for CAST.