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Center for Engaged Learning | College Catalog

The Center is the administrative home for a number of programs designed to facilitate and promote interand non-disciplinary student engagement. Student engagement is defined by enthusiastic, creative participation in practices that apply knowledge and skills to challenges other than those outside a student’s major curriculum. By finding connections between existing programs and developing new ones, the Center works to build opportunities for students to experience and appreciate the joys of a Bridgewater liberal arts education. The Center houses the Zane D. Showker Institute for Responsible Leadership, the Kline-Bowman Institute for Creative Peacebuilding and the Wade Institute for Teaching and Learning. These institutes, all backed by endowments, provide resources for student and College programming to cultivate a culture of engaged learning. In addition, the Center facilitates the missions of the Foundations in the Liberal Arts (FILA) general education program, the Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) program, the Flory Honors Program, the Office of Career Services, the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of Sustainability, and the Endowed Lectures, Lyceum and Convocations programs.

Zane D. Showker Institute for Responsible Leadership

The Zane D. Showker Institute for Responsible Leadership offers the student opportunities to develop into an outstanding leader—on campus and in the “real world.” The student’s evolution into a leader involves honing their skills in four major focus areas: academic, student life, research and community involvement. The myriad opportunities are linked by a common theme: ethical leadership. The College seeks to create leaders who will graduate and go out into the world to make it a better place, taking what they’ve learned as undergraduates and implementing it as alumni.

Kline-Bowman Institute for Creative Peacebuilding

The Kline-Bowman Institute for Creative Peacebuilding advocates the study and understanding of peace and justice issues in communities ranging from the local to the global. The Institute brings guests to campus who are involved with the analysis, promotion and practice of peacebuilding around the world. It supports exciting course offerings in the realm of peace studies.

It also encourages students to get involved in activities and organizations—both on and off campus, and both nearby and internationally—that deal with such themes as conflict resolution, nonviolence, interfaith dialogue and environmental sustainability.

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 students to work with faculty and community leaders to develop new opportunities for skill development and experiential learning. The Institute supports Student Teaching Fellows, who run their own experiential learning projects, help sessions or discussion groups. It also brings alumni and other community scholars to campus who partner with BC to prepare students for life after graduation.

Endowed Lectures, Lyceums and Convocations

The endowed lecture program at Bridgewater College brings nationally renowned speakers and best-selling authors to Bridgewater College who address issues of the day and share their experiences with the entire campus community. Talented musicians perform at select lyceums. Convocations feature on-campus speakers and presentations relevant to all the areas of study featured at Bridgewater College and much more.