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Wade Institute for Teaching and Learning

The Wade Institute for Teaching and Learning creates and implements new ways for faculty to teach and students to learn. The innovative program enables you to engage in your education as you work with faculty and community leaders to develop new opportunities for skill development and experiential learning.

As part of the institute, you could be trained as a Student Teaching Fellow, running your own experiential learning project, help session or discussion group. You’ll also hear from alumni and other community scholars who partner with BC to prepare our students for life after graduation. That preparation could include creating a personalized portfolio of knowledge and skills employers are seeking.

But the Wade Institute for Teaching and Learning is more than just a bunch of programs. It’s a place you can come with your ideas and dreams, and we’ll try to help you make them happen. Do you have a passion for something and want to do something about it? Do you want to start a new club? Find help raising funds for a research project? Work on a project with faculty? Learn about something or master a skill? We’ll work together to make it happen.

About Ben and Janice Wade

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Ben and Janice Wade are proud graduates of Bridgewater College's class of 1957. Dr. Ben F. Wade is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. After graduating with a bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion from the College, he earned a master of divinity from United Theological Seminary in 1960, a master of sacred theology from Boston University in 1961, a master of science from Columbia University in 1966 and a doctor of philosophy from Hartford Seminary Foundation in 1966.

After serving several institutions as a member of the faculty and administration, Dr. Wade returned to the College in 1979 to serve as the Executive Assistant to the President (1979-1985) and the College's first Provost (1982-1985).

Mrs. Janice Wade is a native of Washington, D.C. After graduating with a bachelor of arts in French from the College, she earned a master of education from the University of Hartford in 1963. Mrs. Wade taught elementary school, Adult Basic Education and college courses in elementary education.

The Wades are passionate about teaching excellence, and it served a top priority for Dr. Wade during his tenure as the College's Provost. The Ben and Janice Wade Outstanding Teaching Award, established by the Wades in 1998, is given annually to a Bridgewater College faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding teaching in the classroom during the academic year. The Wades also founded the Albert and Goldie Wine Senior Ministerial Scholarship in 2004, in memory of Janice’s parents. The Wade Institute for Teaching and Learning is named in honor of their lifelong dedication to education.

Mrs. Wade's father, J. Albert Wine, and brother, Dr. John J. Wine, were members of the Bridgewater College classes of 1930 and 1955, respectively. Ben and Janice Wade have two daughters, Andrea and Laurel.

Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Jim Josefson, Director of the Wade Institute for Teaching and Learning
540-828-5322
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