MCLA Hosts Artist-In-Residence Through Jan. 30


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) today welcomed Dr. Alke Groppel-Wegener, a professor of arts and creative technologies and the senior lecturer in contextual studies at England's Staffordshire University, as this semester's artist-in-residence.

This artist-in-residence program is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment. It will run through Thursday, Jan. 30.

According to Dr. Monica Joslin, dean of academic affairs, this residency provides a wonderful opportunity for both faculty and students. Groppel-Wegener will work with visual art and arts management students enrolled in a variety of courses, including "Senior Art Project," "Grants and Fundraising" and "Designing an Arts-Based Educational Program" to explore writing skills directly related to the unique needs of artists.

In addition, Groppel-Wegener will lead fine and performing arts faculty in a professional development workshop on integrating writing strategies for the arts into their classes, as well as two other workshops for interested faculty members.

At Staffordshire University, Groppel-Wegener is responsible for introducing first-year undergraduate students to academic research and contextual studies through award-specific study skills. She also teaches "Animation Studies" in the second year, supervises third-year animation reports and leads a master's course, "Research Methods Seminar."

She is on the editorial board of the Innovative Practice in Higher Education journal and a member of both the RiT journal club and the TSL Group of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design.

In addition, Groppel-Wegener completed a post-graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education at Staffordshire University in June 2011, before being awarded a Teaching Excellence Fellowship in September of the same year.

Groppel-Wegener earned her Ph.D. from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, a MPhil by research at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in performing arts from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 1999.

In addition, Groppel-Wegener creates artist's books, one of which is held in the Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The Hardman Family Endowment generously supports several initiatives at MCLA, including the Hardman Lecture Series each fall; the journalist-in-residence program in the spring; a yearly, full scholarship for a journalism student; preservation and archiving of local journalism material in the Freel Library, as well as funding for faculty initiatives.

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