University of Pittsburgh
June 1, 1999


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PITTSBURGH, June 1 -- Mariolina R. Salvatori, University of Pittsburgh associate professor of English, has been selected as a Pew Scholar by The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). She is part of the second group of academicians from diverse fields to be chosen for this honor.

The purpose of CASTL is to support work that fosters long-lasting learning for all students and enhances the practice and profession of teaching.

Pew Scholars serve for a one-year term during which they investigate and document work on issues in the teaching and learning of their field. While Pew Scholars work primarily in their own academic settings, they spend two 10-day summer sessions together at The Carnegie Foundation and additional time during the academic year. This summer, the 28 new Pew Scholars will work for 10 days with the 15 1998-1999 Pew Scholars.

Salvatori plans to theorize an approach to help teachers in English and other disciplines be attentive to "moments of difficulty" as occasions for significant student learning.

The new Pew Scholars, selected from a pool of 210 applicants, are from various fields: business, chemistry, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, performing arts, psychology, and sociology.

The Pew Scholars Program is part of The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which involves teachers in elementary and secondary schools as well as faculty members in higher education. The higher education component includes the Pew Scholars National Fellowship Program; work with campuses, which is coordinated by the American Association for Higher Education, and collaborations with scholarly and professional societies. The $6 million, five year effort is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Carnegie Foundation.