Carol A. Hurney, Ph.D. Founding Director

Carol returns to New England after living in Virginia for over 25 years to join the Colby academic community as the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Originally from New Hampshire, Carol left to study Biology at the University of Rochester.  She then went on for a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Virginia. After a research postdoc at the Northwestern School of Medicine in Chicago, she returned to Virginia to follow her passion for teaching. 

For the past 19 years, Carol has enjoyed a fulfilling faculty career in the Biology Department at James Madison University where she taught introductory Biology to majors and non-majors, developed a new core curriculum, integrated a writing curriculum into the first semester lab course and studied salamander tail development. Carol also discovered a new passion while at JMU – faculty and educational development. 

Carol’s work directing the Center for Faculty Innovation offered her a new perspective on the role of faculty in the academy.  She worked side by side with faculty from all disciplines to help them enhance the academic culture at JMU and reach career milestones. Carol is eager to work collaboratively with the faculty and students at Colby to enhance the academic culture through the work of the CTL.  She is also happy to be back “home” and yes she knows that it will get cold here!

Select Teaching and Learning publications:

  • Ezell, JD, Lending, D, Dillon, TW, May, J, Fulcher, KH, and Hurney CA. 2018. Developing Measurable Cross-Departmental Learning Objectives for Requirements Elicitation in an Information Systems Curriculum. Journal of Information Systems Education. In press.
  • Pelaez N, Anderson TR, Gardner SM, Yin Y, Abraham JK, Bartlett EL, Gormally C, Hoover M, Hurney CA, Long TM, Newman DL, Sirum K, and Stevens MT. 2018. A Community-Building Framework for Collaborative Research Coordination Across the Education and Biology Research Disciplines. CBE-Life Sciences. In press.
  • Hurney CA, Brantmeier, EJ, Good, MR, Harrison D, and Meixner, C. 2016. The Faculty Learning Outcome Assessment Framework. Journal of Faculty Development. 30(2): 69-77.
  • Hurney CA, Nash, C, Hartman, CB, and Brantmeier, EJ. 2016. Incorporating Sustainability Content and Pedagogy via Faculty DevelopmentInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.  17(5): 582-600.
  • Hurney CA, Harris NL, Prins SCB, and Kruck SE. 2014. The Impact of a Learner-Centered, Mid-Semester Course Evaluation on Students. Journal of Faculty Development. 28(3): 55-62.
  • Hurney CA, *Ganev, S, and *Higgins, A. 2013.  Renewing Curiosities, Marveling at the Wonders of Biology, and Promoting Deep Approaches to Learning with Non-Science Majors. Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education. 8(Winter).
  • Hurney CA. 2012. Learner-Centered Teaching in Non-Majors Introductory Biology: The Impact of Giving Students Choices. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. 13(2): 133-141.
  • Hurney CA, Brown, JW, Griscom, HP, Kancler, E, Wigtil, CJ and Sundre, DL. 2011.  Closing the Loop: Involving Faculty in the Assessment of Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning Skills of Biology Majors.  Journal of College Science Teaching 40(6): 18-23.
  • Seifert, K, Hurney, CA, Wigtil, CJ, and Sundre, DL. 2009. Using the Academic Skills Inventory (ASI) to Assess the Biology Major.  Assessment Update, Volume 21, Number 3.