We’re exploring new ways to learn. As part of the Collaboratory, you won't be locked into the same strict schedule or enclosed in the same four walls.
You'll study, learn, and travel with your professors and classmates. Imagine, reading Thoreau at Walden Pond, getting hands-on research experience in the lab, or walking where history happened.
Experience a new way to learn.
Learn with (and from) professors
As part of the Collaboratory, you'll learn from four pioneering faculty members. Whether it’s testifying as a known expert in front of Congress or leading wilderness learning trips, our professors have a lot to share.
But more than that, they believe they have a lot to learn from you too. They’ll serve as advisors through your college experience and together you’ll explore, experience, and experiment both in the classroom and on the road to shape new ways to learn.
connect with classmates
You’ll dive into your first semester of college with 15 of your peers. Together, you’ll take the same four classes. Not only will you learn together, you will build a foundation for friendships that will last throughout (and beyond) your
four years at Davidson.
say hello to a new kind of coursework
Collaborate locally, travel nationally, and think globally in the Davidson First-year Collaboratory.
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN LITERATURE
With Dr. Annie Merrill
Discover a range of American literary works from multiple time periods, genres, authors, and traditions while traveling to the places that inspired them. This course will explore important issues of diversity, inclusivity, and social justice, and meets the literature requirement.
With Dr. Barbara Lom
Learn foundational principles of cellular, molecular, and developmental biology by examining the stunning biological processes by which eggs transform into complex and diverse animals. Students will design and conduct experiments examining how environmental agents affect tadpole and/or fish development. BIO 107 fulfills the natural science requirement without expecting prior college science experience.
REVOLUTIONARY LITERATURE & POLITICS
With Dr. Shelley Rigger
Globalize your semester with a collaborative, comparative look into the history of two world-changing historical events: the Russian Revolution (100 years old in October 2017) and Japan’s 19th century Meiji Restoration. While the material we will study comes from the past, the course will use cutting-edge digital tools borrowed from the information revolution that is reshaping our world today.
With Dr. Suzanne Churchill
A required course for every Davidson first-year student, WRI 101 teaches the skills and strategies necessary to become a successful college writer. Writing assignments will be related to other course work in the collaboratory, offering students opportunities to explore topics of interest to them, to compose multimodal arguments, and to utilize open source digital tools and platforms.
meet your instructors
Together, professors and students will explore, experience, and experiment both in the classroom and on the road to shape new ways to learn.
DR. ANNIE MERRILL
Introduction to American Literature
Dr. Annie Merrill is an expert in her fields of English and Environmental studies. Covering a wide range of interests Dr. Merrill has been published on topics ranging from 19th-century American women writers, environmental literature, ecocriticism, experiential learning, and environmental justice.
The Collaboratory is not her first time incorporating immersive experiences into her teaching. Her previous courses have included community-based projects and wilderness leadership training, and she served as the director of Davidson’s Semester in India study abroad program.
DR. BARBARA LOM
Dr. Barbara Lom is a developmental neurobiologist focused on the ways the nervous system forms. Dr. Lom teaches her students by emphasizing hands-on research in the lab and starting at the beginning to understand how a single cell (the fertilized egg) has all the resources necessary to coordinate the development of a complex organism. Understanding how animals develop not only provides basic scientific information but provides fascinating glimpses into evolution and informs clinical research on topics such as stem cells, birth defects, and tissue engineering.
She invests in students both in the classroom and through hands-on research in her lab.
DR. SHELLEY RIGGER
Revolutionary Literature & Politics
Dr. Shelley Rigger is looked to throughout the country as an expert in Chinese Politics. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rigger keeps a busy schedule with public service projects for the government. She trains military officers, participates in conferences, and has testified before Congress several times.
She has written many books and articles on Taiwan and is currently researching the effects of cross-strait economic interactions on Taiwan people’s perceptions of mainland China.
DR. SUZANNE CHURCHILL
Teaching one of Davidson’s core classes, Writing 101, Dr. Suzanne Churchill has laid the foundation of for countless Davidson students liberal arts experience. With a research focus in modernist magazines Dr. Churchill has published books and articles on modern periodicals, poetry, and pedagogy.
Working as a co-collaborator with her students, she has studied the racial silencing in the little magazine Contempo as well as investigating Mina Loy’s migration from Italian Futurism to New York Dada, publishing completed works with her students.
the collaboratory is open to all
We respect and celebrate our differences, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and religion.
We believe learning, growth and collaboration can only happen in a nurturing, challenging and diverse community.
Ownership in a one-of-a-kind learning experience
Relationships and personalized advising from top-tier faculty
A close-knit academic cohort of fellow change-makers
stimulating and interdiscplinary coursework
An environment that embraces experimentation and collaboration
A Liberal Arts launch pad for the rest of their Davidson career and beyond
we are looking for students who desire:
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