In the context of conversations with continuing students, peer institutions in the GTU, and the ongoing uncertainties of the spread of COVID-19, PSR’s faculty met on Monday, June 22nd, to discuss the best way to deliver our curriculum to you. In order to keep our community and our loved ones safe, all PSR courses will be offered through remote learning this Fall. Consequently, there will be no face-to-face instruction.
Our faculty are spending this summer expanding their already significant knowledge of remote learning practices, including the growing set of options through our Zoom and Moodle platforms. The three-hour a week course contact requirements will be met, in part, through Zoom sessions that will last a maximum of two hours. For the additional hour, each course will provide a number of options for students to engage the anti-homophobic, anti-racist, and anti-xenophobic work that PSR’s curricula and design support.
I am excited about the creative ways the faculty are thinking about the delivery of the additional hour of content. Similarly, faculty and staff, especially Assistant Dean for Academic Programming, Tara L. Weekes, Rev. Ann Jefferson, Director of Community Life, and Professor Sharon Fennema are working collaboratively to prepare ways to continue our community life and formation through worship, social gatherings, and celebrations.
We will continue to be attentive to the advice of local health officials as we determine the reopening of campus facilities and will keep you informed. Also, note that Fall registration will open July 1, 2020. For registration support, the Administrative Coordinator for Academic Affairs, Farzana Barakzai (email@example.com), will be available. Please note, due to the change in modality and length, most class times have changed. For those of you already registered for Fall, these changes will be reflected on SONIS by July 1st. More details about individual courses and their components will be presented in August.
The Academic Affairs office wishes you rest and peace during the summer break.
Dean Susan Abraham