Benjamin S. Grossberg of West Hartford, an associate professor of English in the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences, was honored with an Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award at the University’s annual Faculty/Staff Kickoff on Wednesday, Aug 29. The award honors faculty members who have shown exceptional dedication, innovation, and effectiveness in their teaching, as well as extensive interaction with students.
Grossberg has created a class designed to help graduating seniors understand what it means to be a career writer. Students have a variety of class requirements designed to expose them to potential career paths. They research job openings and work with career counselors to prepare practice applications. They participate in a term-long community service teaching assignment at the University High School of Science and Engineering on campus. They also welcome professional writers into the classroom and interview them about their career arcs. Meanwhile, students ply their own writing and begin the task of finding audiences for it. This involves researching publication venues, incorporating extensive revision, and submitting their work to the literary marketplace.
Grossberg’s class is prudently pragmatic in that it goes beyond teaching writing to how the skill can translate into a career, providing preparation and guidance for new graduates to become independent and successful.