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Student Engagement

Davis Grant


Providence College has secured a $250,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation​ to support Fostering a Culture of Student Engagement in learning. Use of the Davis funds will coincide with academic goals highlighted in the College's Strategic Plan, which stresses student engagement in learning as a major element in the pursuit of academic excellence.

Please click here to view the fall 2011 Student Engagement newsletter.





Rey Junco: Social Media and Student Engagement in Learning​


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On Monday, October 24, Student Engagement hosted a speaker presentation and panel discussion on social media as part of the Provost's Forum on Engaged Learning Speaker Series. Keynote speaker, Dr. Rey Junco, an internationally recognized leader in understanding the impact of social media on higher education, led an exciting discussion among PC faculty, staff and students. The main topic of the disucssion was with regards to using social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, as learning tools within higher education.


For more information about this event, as well as about Dr. Rey Junco, please visit the following:


Upcoming Events


The Third Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity

April 25, 2012​


spring celebration.JPGThe Third Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity will take place on April 25, 2012. This celebration showcases outstanding examples of academic achievement from a variety of majors and programs. Come see the outstanding work being done by our Providence College students.

Call for nominations coming soon!








Faculty Seminar on Student Engagement

​Faculty Seminar 2011-2012: Student Engagement in the Core

The Student Engagement Advisory Committee and the School of Arts and Sciences together are pleased to collaborate on the second Faculty Seminar on Student Engagement. This year’s theme is Student Engagement in the Core, with the goal of helping faculty add student engagement opportunities into courses in the College’s new core curriculum. ​ 

Faculty Seminar Members 2011-2012:
  • ​Deborah Johnson, Art and Art History/Women's Studies (Leader)
  • Paul Czech, Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Raymond Hain, Philosophy
  • Terence McGoldrick, Theology
  • Heather McPherson, Art
  • Kevin O'Connor, Secondary Education
  • Adrian Weimer, ​History

Faculty Seminar 2010-2011
Last year, the faculty seminar on student engagement brought together 9 faculty members from across the disciplines to discuss ways of increasing student engagement in learning. They discussed “student engagement” in every sense of the term: how to run better discussions, how to give more interesting and interactive lectures, how to involve students in co-curricular experiences, and how to encourage more student research. Seminar leader Dr. Stephen Lynch, Director of the Honors Program said, “The most remarkable aspect of the seminar for me has been to listen to committed and passionate colleagues speak about effective teaching within their own disciplines.” Similarly, participant Dr. Fred Drogula added “by meeting together and taking time to seriously discuss the theories behind particular engagement strategies, the members of the seminar worked together to think of ways different disciplines might make use of new methods of student engagement.”

To hear more of what past participants have said about the seminar, click on their name below.









Previous and Currently Funded Grants
May 2011

  • Friar Phage Hunters​: A Research-Based Biology Laboratory Experience- $4,000
    Project Leader: Kathleen Cornely
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  • Enhancing Student Engagement through Oral History in DWC- $5,500
    Project Leader: Colin Jaundrill
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  • A Celebration of the Senior Honors Thesis in History - $2,480
    Project Leader: Sharon Murphy
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  • Multi-Media Experiments in Psychology- $2,916
    Project Leader: Shannon Rauch
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  • Using Personalized Genome Sequencing to Understand the Genetics of Evolution, Ancestry and Disease Risk- $414
    Project Leader: Charles Toth

November 2010

  • A Workbook for Village Physics: Meaningful Student Engagement in Conceptual Physics - $4,308
    Project Leader: Stephen Mecca
  • Studying Development in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells - $3,881
    Project Leader: Charles Toth
  • Increasing Engagement in a Course on Special Needs: Simulation-Based Learning & Workshop Development/Delivery - $2,402
    Project Leader: Kevin O'Connor
  • The Damnoni Excavation Project - $2,000
    Project Leader: Thomas Strasser
  • Digital Large Format Photography - $2,786
    Project Leader: Eric Sung
  • Experiencing Community Piano Group Classes - $1,320
    Project Leader: Sang Woo Kang

May 2010

  • SMARTBoards, TI-Nspire, & Navigator: Creative Integration of These Amazing Technologies - $6,150
    Project Leader: Gail Broome
  • Comprehensive Digital Glossary for Spanish Golden Age Literature - $4,200
    Project Leader: Alison Caplan & Nuria Alonso-Garcia
  • Disability Dialogues - $3,400
    Project Leader: Licia Carlson
  • Marketing – Art – Philanthropy - $3,100
    Project Leader: A. Cemal Ekin
  • Psychological Perspectives of Native Americans: The Lakota-$4,950
    Project Leader: Mary Harmon-Vukic
  • Digital Sketchbook/Mobile Studio - $1,800
    Project Leader: James Janecek
  • The Community Lens​: Photography and Global Service-Learning - $2,000
    Project Leaders: Nicholas Longo & Eric Sung
  • Expanding the Laboratory Experience in Undergraduate Electronics - $3,220
    Project Leader: Theresa Moreau
  • Changing the Culture of Engagement: A New Student-Faculty Lecture Series - $2,600
    Project Leader: Sharon Murphy
  • Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Technology Knowledge Exchange - $3,800
    Project Leader: Siobhan Ross
  • School of Professional Studies Common Text Project - $4,350
    Project Leader: Marcy Zipke

January 2010

  • Understanding Optics or How to Build Your Own Light Microscope: An Interactive Educational Experience - $4,995
    Project Leaders: Joseph DeGiorgis & Patrick Ewanchuk
  • Music Education – Technological Enhancement to Increase Student Teaching Effectiveness in the Classroom - $2,632
    Project Leader: T.J. Harper
  • Undergraduate Conference on Health and Society - $2,818
    Project Leader: Deborah Levine
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