News and information about the Rhodes classroom experience.

Prof. Geoff Maddox Researches How Students Can Study Better

Does cramming for a test have any benefits? What’s the best method for retaining information? How do memory skills change over a person’s life span? These are the types of questions Dr. Geoff Maddox, associate professor of psychology, explores with students in his Memory and Cognition Lab at Rhodes.

New Book by Professor Coonin Chronicles the Revolutionary Art of the Sculptor Donatello

Prof. Victor Coonin’s students arrive at his courses with a certain amount of knowledge of Michelangelo’s marble sculpture of David, but they might not be as familiar with an earlier “David,” one wrought in bronze by the sculptor Donatello, who is credited with helping to usher in the Renaissance style. Prof. Coonin has published a book that is being described as the first thorough biography of the Florentine sculptor in 25 years.

Rhodes College Awarded Nearly $1.2 Million to Prepare Students to Teach Mathematics and Science in High-Need School Districts

Rhodes College is being awarded nearly $1.2 million for a project to support undergraduates interested in becoming K-12 mathematics and science teachers in high-needs school districts and to participate in research opportunities throughout their degree program to expand their skill set as educators.

The grant comes from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program of the National Science Foundation. The Urban Teacher Partnership for Culturally Relevant STEM Education is the name of the five-year project at Rhodes.

Professors Tackle Midterm Elections in Courses

With this fall’s midterm elections quickly approaching, some Rhodes students are following day-to-day news coverage, particularly of Tennessee’s Senate and Governor’s races, in their political science courses. One of those courses is Campaigns and Elections, taught by Prof. Amy Jasperson

“We are focusing on the fundamentals of campaigns, the ‘rules and reality’ that shape them, and the factors that influence the choices of voters,” says Jasperson. 

Jackie Paiz ’20 Prepares to Help Fulfill Demand for Bilingual Psychologists

The psychology and Spanish double major wants to one day travel throughout Latin America providing psychological care to those who may be affected by trauma, neglect, or violence, and she is preparing herself to do so by taking advantage of the resources available at Rhodes, whether they be mentoring, courses, or internships.