Faculty & Courses
Psychology and College Success (3 credits)
The content of the course is based on classic and recent research in psychology that pertains to the college transition. Some of the broad topics include motivation, learning, memory, stress, biological rhythm, and brain chemistry. In addition to required readings, students participate in a variety of experiences to learn about their own styles and mental habits. Students also write reflection papers to connect the psychology concepts to practical implications on their short and long-term goals.
Dr. KinHo Chan started teaching at Hartwick college in 2002 after completing his doctoral training at Purdue University and post-doctoral training at Rutgers University. Dr. Chan's scientific research focuses on the neural bases of learning and memory and teaches a variety of courses like Biological Psychology, Psychological Research Methods, Research in Learning, and Psychology and College Success.
Introduction to College Composition and Reading (2 credits)
Introduction to College Composition & Reading will cover the basics of writing effective, cohesive, college-level academic work. Students will gain experience in writing different types of work: from informal exploratory journaling to the major rhetorical modes (description, argument, compare/contrast, etc.). Students will also develop tools and techniques for analyzing texts, researching topics, and revising academic work -- both through in class discussions and activities and one-on-one tutoring.
This class is taught by Jeff Simonds, who teaches Composition and Creative Writing at Hartwick College and Holyoke Community College. He received his B.A. in English from Hartwick College and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College.
Personal Fitness and Wellness (1 PHED credit)
This course integrates the basic components of wellness in order to achieve lifelong patterns of well-being. This class offers current information in areas of healthy living that include exercise, lifestyle modification, healthy nutrition, weight management, stress management, hypokinetic diseases, and care and prevention of injuries. Emphasis is on application of knowledge through the use of decision-making and behavior modification skills in order to make healthy choices.
This class is taught by Assistant Football Coach Daniel Brainard '12. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from Hartwick College.
SOAR 101 (0 credits)
The purpose of SOAR 101 is to help new students make a successful transition to the College, both academically and personally. The course aims to foster a sense of belonging, promote engagement in-and-out of the classroom, articulate resources and expectations of the campus community, and engage students in a structured curriculum focused on academic success strategies and life skills enhancement. Current students, like Brittni Rhoden '15, serve as peer mentors during SOAR program. The peer leader role is to assist students in their academic and personal transition to college life.
Dean of Student Success Robin Diana brings 30 years of higher education experience to her role leading Hartwick's Center for Student Success. She obtained her B.S. in Communications from SUNY-Brockport and her master's degree in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College.