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Your Gifts at Work: Teaching and Learning

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Academic excellence and intellectual curiosity are at the heart of a Carleton education. Some of the ways your gifts enriched the College’s teaching and learning in 2008-09 are:

  • Carleton established a new major in Environmental Studies that encompasses a wide spectrum of classes and interests from chemistry and biology to economics, music, and history.
  • The College added four tenure-track faculty members, part of the campaign goal to expand the faculty by 15 tenure-track members.
  • Carleton’s Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QuIRK) initiative received a gift from Henry H. Porter Jr. P’85, trustee emeritus, to support student fellowships in quantitative reasoning. The gift was matched by Carleton parents Jack and Renate Schuler P’87, who last year issued a $2 million matching gift challenge to parents.
  • The Visualizing the Liberal Arts initiative launched with the support of a $777,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The initiative helps faculty develop and refine visual approaches to teaching and learning.

Profiles in Giving: Teaching and Learning

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Each gift to Carleton helps inspire teaching and learning—supporting new faculty and fellowships, research opportunities, and innovations in the classroom. 

Pamela Kiecker '80: “I’m a social scientist, so the idea of supporting postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities was appealing to me. We wanted our gift to support a College priority." Kiecker and her partner, William Royall, recently committed $300,000 to support a $1.5 million matching grant Carleton received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Read more about the postdoctoral program Kiecker’s gift will support.