Faculty Profile: Dr. Nicola Findley
Education Associate Professor Nicola Findley was drawn to the American studies minor by its interdisciplinary curriculum and its values to her students.
After sitting in on a class taught by colleague Laura von Wallmenich, she said she thought her American Education class would be beneficial for both her education students and American studies minors.
The American Education class, taught in spring term, studied some of the underlying philosophies of different types of schooling as well as looked at some of the enduring issues and debates in American schooling. The class took day trips to various schools, including Montessori, Waldorf, charter and magnet schools.
In the future, Findley said she would like to take this class further by using the school system in England as a comparison.
Findley, originally from England but a Michigan resident since 1990, was looking for small liberal arts college when she came to Alma. She says the students at Alma stand out among other colleges because of their enthusiasm for learning and new experiences.
"I like that so many come from smaller towns, and I get to introduce them to new ideas and experiences," Findley says.