Hamilton awarded Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship

Claire Hamilton, associate professor, teacher education and curriculum studies, was awarded a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship for the 2018 calendar year, according to John McCarthy, interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

These fellowships seek to cultivate future campus leaders by offering a half-time, one-year, temporary appointment to an administrative area on campus and by providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units. In addition, fellows are expected to launch a significant program during the fellowship year. Hamilton will be working with associate provost Martha Stassen in the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment on campus initiatives related to the direct assessment of student learning outcomes. In addition, Hamilton, extending her role as chair of the General Education Council, will be assisting Carol Barr, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, on the implementation of the newly adopted General Education diversity requirement.

Hamilton joined the faculty in the College of Education’s department of teacher education and curriculum studies in 2005 as an associate professor. Her research and scholarship focus on teacher preparation, early literacy development and the social/emotional contexts which support early learning and development. An important aspect of Hamilton’s work is the translation and application of her research to early childhood curricular development. An early literacy program she designed and assessed with her colleagues was independently evaluated and is one of few curricular models recognized by the U.S. Institute for Educational Sciences as a literacy program effective in supporting the foundational reading skills needed by early elementary school students.

Hamilton has provided service to her department, the College of Education, the campus and the university system in a variety of roles. Within the College of Education, she has chaired the college academic matters committee and served as chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. At the campus level, she is currently chair of the General Education Council, has co-chaired the Joint Administrative Task Force on Student Learning Outcomes Assessment and the Joint Task Force on Student Success Learning Outcomes. Hamilton has also been active in the UMass pilot participation in the Value Initiative, a multi-state project coordinated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the State Higher Education Executive Officers and the Multi-State Collaborate to Advance Quality Student Learning. At the national level she has also participated in the AAC&U Value Initiative as a member of the faculty scoring team for quantitative reasoning. Hamilton has had an ongoing interest in innovative technology and has served the campus as a mentor in the General Education Fellows program, a participant and presenter in the Innovation Fellows program, and as a faculty representative to various committees sponsored through Information Technology.

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