Dr. Beth Knobel (Communications and Media Studies)
Teaching in the Manresa program has truly been a wonderful experience, and not quite like anything else at Fordham. I got to know the students in my Manresa course really well, seeing them twice a week in our small seminar and meeting with them one-on-one as their advisor. And they got to know me well, too, not only during our class discussions but also during our out-of-class activities.
For my course, "The Power of News: An Introduction to Press, Politics and Public Policy," our activities included watching the presidential debates together, rooting for our candidates as the returns came in on Election Night 2012, and taking a fun field trip to The New York Times to witness the creation of news first-hand.
It has been deeply fulfilling for me to have the chance to bond with a group of first-years, whom I wouldn't get to teach otherwise, and to help them adjust to college life. And I hope they appreciated having someone on the faculty who was also always ready to act as a resource. That's why I urge every incoming student I meet—and every colleague—to try to get into the Manresa program. It's truly special!
Dr. Joshua Brown (Psychology)
Fordham University's Manresa Program is based on the understanding that students’ learning and personal growth during the first year or college is not limited to their academic experiences in the classroom. As a faculty member, having the opportunity to connect with students throughout the year around course content both in and out of the classroom was a truly unique and exciting experience.
In my course, "Infant & Child Development: Contexts, Programs and Policies," we connected more traditional classroom learning forms (such as course readings, written assignments and speaking opportunities) with real-world experiences (such as fostering the development of literacy and social skills through reading to young children in an early childhood Head Start classroom). I thoroughly enjoyed being part of fostering my students’ ability to think scientifically, practically, and politically, and learn from hands-on experiences, about the many forces that shape the development of infant and young children in our society and around the world.