Who we are

Olivia Archibald, Center co-director
Professor, English
Office: U3, O'Grady Library
Contact: 360-438-4357 or oarchibald@stmartin.edu

Dr. Olivia Archibald sees as her overall mission the need to foster effective teaching and learning activities that support the university’s teaching community. She coordinates the summer workshops, the Friday Faculty Lunch series, and year-long writing retreats at the Monk’s of Saint Martin’s Lambert Lodge. Along with Dr. Gendelman, she assists the Associate Dean of Students with the Annual Spring Diversity Institute. As director of the university’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program, Dr. Archibald believes writing instruction should be present as much as possible across the academic community as faculty build on the college-writing skills that students receive in their first-year composition courses. Alongside discipline-specific writing, Dr. Archibald’s pedagogical interests include active learning, contemplative education, problem-based learning, and “writing as a tool for learning.”

Irina Gendelman, Center co-director
Associate Professor of Communication
Office: U2, O'Grady Library
Contact: 360-486-8826 or igendelman@stmartin.edu

Dr. Gendelman explores how digital tools such as mobile devices, digital archives and audio/visual technologies can be effectively used to help students engage with classroom material and with the world around them. She works as a one-on-one course design consultant with faculty and coordinates the Summer Institute for Teaching with Technology, the October Symposium on Teaching and Learning, and instructional development workshops. Along with Dr. Archibald, she assists the Associate Dean of Students with the Annual Spring Diversity Institute. Dr. Gendelman also started and directs the campus Learning Garden. In collaboration with students, staff and faculty she is developing ways to use the garden as a resource for teaching topics related to sustainability and food justice. Dr. Gendelman is committed to building a community of scholarship on campus and in the region.