13-14 Teaching & Learning Highlights


In and out of the classroom, Coe is committed to helping all students succeed in their academic endeavors.

  • 95% of Coe's faculty hold terminal degrees.
  • As Coe's student population becomes more and more diverse, we are committed to supporting and educating all students.
  • Coe continues to be a top producer of Fulbright Scholars in the nation. In fact, Coe has produced 12 Fulbright Scholars in the last three years, while most schools our size would be happy to produce three or four.
  • Coe has one of only 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters in the country - a national organization only found at America's leading colleges and universities. In addition, Coe is one of only five small colleges in Iowa with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Coe is continually recognized as one of the country's premier institutions by leading college publications:
    • The Princeton Review's "The Best 379 Colleges"
    • „U.S. News and World Report Top National Liberal Arts Colleges „Forbes America's Top Colleges
    • „America's Best Kept College Secrets

We have a lot to be proud of at Coe College, and your donations Make It Possible.



Angela Ziskowski, Assistant Professor of HistoryAngela Ziskowski first stepped on Coe's campus as a new faculty member in the fall of 2012. She was hired to create the archaeology curriculum for what will eventually be a new anthropology/archaeology major, and she has quickly made her mark at Coe.

Every other year, Ziskowski and Professor of Humanities Emeritus Ed Burke lead a group of students to Greece for May Term. Their goal? To discuss whether or not "archaeology tells the same story as historical text." During the experience, students are able to live in Athens, absorbing and interacting with the culture there, while visiting historical sites through the lens of two different disciplines. For the archaeologist, these trips are invaluable. "Any opportunity to get students off campus opens their eyes to a whole new world and gives them confidence in themselves as learners and travelers," said Ziskowski.

Additionally, Ziskowski is on a team of archaeologists who are in the process of obtaining a permit for an excavation site in Greece. Her hope is to take students there for a dig in the region of Corinth in the summer of 2016. As well, she is working with Vice President for Advancement David Hayes on a possible alumni trip to Greece down the road.

Ziskowski is acutely aware of the fact that her endeavors would not be possible without the support of Coe's donors and administration. "Everything I do - from field exercises in class to the May term to securing the excavation site - is supported by Coe and by our donors," noted Ziskowski.

Your contributions helped Coe hire Professor Ziskowski in the first place, and your donations ensure that her outstanding work can continue and grow. Your gifts also help bring high-quality learners to her door, one aspect of Coe she has found most appealing about teaching here. "The students at Coe are open- minded, excited and willing to consider all kinds of new ideas and topics. The environment here is both encouraging and supportive," Ziskowski concluded.

As donors, YOU are Making It Possible for Professor Ziskowski and her students to Make it Happen.



Fulbright Scholars

Coe leads the pack once again with five Fulbright Scholars for 2013-14.

Coe has established itself as a leading national producer of Fulbright scholars, with 12 awardees in the past three years alone.

Four of the five recipients received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant for the 2014-15 academic year.

  • „Megan Sioned Curoe '14 of Bernard, Iowa, an Asian studies and creative writing major, is teaching in Thailand
  • Hilary Gehin '12 of Madison, Wisconsin, a biology major, is teaching in Turkey
  • Sandra Krueger '14 of Madison, Wisconsin, who holds an interdisciplinary major in social development, is teaching in Malaysia
  • Max Stanford '14 of Superior, Colorado, an elementary education major, is teaching in Malaysia
  • „Heidi Heaton '14 received a special scholarship to France through the Fulbright program, but had to decline the opportunity. Heaton majored in French with a minor in secondary education.

All of the Coe award recipients received guidance from Professor Ann Struthers, who serves as the college's Fulbright Program advisor. Along with Struthers, each alumni recipient points to numerous faculty members who helped make the Fulbright happen for them.

Krueger says several Coe professors substantially shaped her education, but she is particularly thankful to Teacher Education Professor Terry McNabb, German Professor John Chaimov, Political Science Professors Kimberly Lanegran and Lynda Barrow, and Sociology Professor Emily Bowman.

"The list of influential forces at Coe is laughably long," says Krueger. "Each of my professors has played a major role in honing my academic skills."

Gehin agrees, giving specific mention to Biology Professors Randy Christensen and Paul Storer, Rhetoric Professor Robert Marrs, Theatre Professor Dennis Barnett, and Physics Professors Ugur Akgun and Steve Feller.

"My professors at Coe nurtured my love of science, writing and education. They taught me the importance of making global connections," said Gehin.

Stanford says he has benefited from fantastic teaching during his time at Coe. He credits the entire faculty from the education department for always challenging him to analyze and reflect on his teaching experiences.

"The faculty continuously pushed me to make interdisciplinary connections," said Stanford.

Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the peoples of other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program, providing funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research and teaching. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sends approximately 1,500 students per year to more than 140 countries.



New Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Coe's student body continues to become more and more diverse. With that comes some exciting opportunities and challenges, and Coe President David McInally is committed to providing access to a quality education for all.

As part of this commitment, Coe recently created a new Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which will be overseen by Coe's Chaplain, Kristin Hutson. Hutson works alongside Multicultural Affairs Coordinator Steven Shelby and International Student Advisor Becky Stonawski, and they have embarked on the task of developing this office to "take initiative and partner with other offices, departments, committees, and organizations to examine how Coe College welcomes, educates, encourages and empowers all students, staff and faculty regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, health or illness, or any other characteristic which may be used to impede one's success, comfort, power or position." (From the Office of Diversity and Inclusion mission statement.)

The office is aptly named as the three have set out to change the climate to truly be one of inclusion. To start, they are assessing our current climate. "We are building relationships and asking questions right now, and we are finding that one question often leads to another and another," said Hutson. The group finds this both exciting and challenging as they envision their work to be one of collaboration with all areas of campus, from physical spaces, to faculty and classrooms, to Admission and Residence Life.

"Our first goal will be to look at our struggles and our successes; what can we do better and what do we currently do well," said Hutson. "We will then create processes and systems to track student success and continually determine what it’s like to be a student at Coe and how we can best support and include all students."

Hutson, Shelby and Stonawski realize that their new direction is due in large part to the generosity of our donors, and they are thankful for that. Donors have already made possible the outstanding Diversity Leadership Scholarship which provides financial support to students from diverse backgrounds. This scholarship and Coe's commitment to diversity have resulted in nearly 30% of our current student population being from diverse backgrounds. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited about their work and what the continued generosity of you, our donors, will make possible.

Once again, you are helping Make it Possible, so they can Make it Happen.

Christopher Brummitt '13, Justin Snorton '13, Jacob Fuentes '13

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