Teaching at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education
Dear URI-ASFCCE Instructor,
Welcome to teaching at URI’s ASF College of Continuing Education, a great place to teach and learn! Our campus may be small, but we have a lot to offer: motivated students, dedicated teachers, friendly and helpful staff, and a state-of-the-art facility.
For over 60 years, ASFCCE has served adults returning to school, and is one of the oldest and most respected degree-granting continuing education programs in the U.S. We offer degree programs in both day and evening sessions, in order to adapt to the needs of busy adults who are working, parenting, or most likely juggling both roles, as well as going to school.
Our student body is one of the most interesting in Rhode Island. With programs like LEAP (a readiness assessment program) and the Feinstein Scholars program, we have been able to assist a number of adults fulfill their dreams. Many of our students never thought they would have the opportunity to attend the university. We are very proud of our diversity and outreach, and of the achievements of our students.
Our students have enthusiasm and motivation unparalleled in most classrooms, as well as a wealth of practical experience that enriches discussions. Often our students are juggling multiple roles, taking care of parents, partners, and children and managing hectic schedules with amazing skill and grace. Yet most consider their coursework and their degree program at the top of their professional goals, and manage to stretch their schedules to stretch their minds!
We have found that the involvement of CCE students in the classroom experience can also lead to a better understanding of why we are teaching, what is important to teach, and how better to teach it. As our students ponder and question the ideas we share with them, we have the opportunity to grow ourselves, and that is teaching at its best!
As on the Kingston campus, our courses are taught by a mix of URI faculty, advanced graduate students, and part-time instructors from the wider community. As a group diverse in interests and life situations ourselves, we sometimes feel the need for more connection to the places where we teach. This section of our Web site is designed to try to fill in some of the links, and to encourage more connections. You’ll find specific information about policies and procedures, calendars, and the like, but you’ll also find some hints about teaching and getting together with others.
Our limited space on campus prevents assignment of offices, but we can offer a number of services. We encourage you to sign up for our electronic bulletin board, which offers announcements of interest and opportunities to discuss academic matters. To sign up for the listserv, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, we hold an orientation prior to the fall term to welcome our new instructors and get reacquainted with our returning ones.