Summer TERRAIN Update


This is my first week back after medical leave and I’ve been enjoying the buzz of excitement surrounding TERRAIN. Many people have been working hard to get ready for the launch of our testbed TERRAIN experience this fall and to pave the way for a smooth transition to full implementation in fall 2020. This week, our work has centered around:


Print and Digital Materials for Marketing and Recruitment

Marketing and admissions staff continue to work, with support from academic team members, on designing materials (including a new TERRAIN website, which should launch soon) to support communication about TERRAIN with prospective students, parents, counselors, and other audiences.


Preparation for Recruitment of Fall 2020 Students

Emily Valli organized a meeting with admissions staff, President Khoury, the deans, and marketing staff working on TERRAIN. During this meeting, admissions staff shared their ideas about what aspects of TERRAIN would most excite students and what specific questions were likely to arise. The group brainstormed strategies for addressing students’ questions and developing materials to support the recruitment counselors.


Portfolium Launch

Pieter deHart, Pam MacRae, and I met with our Portfolium implementation specialist to continue preparation for launching this tool in fall. We are specifically focusing on preparing the “infrastructure” by incorporating our Flagship Learning Outcomes and Professional Practice Learning Outcomes. This will enable us to link assignments and/or pathway elements directly to specific outcomes and to monitor our students’ progress.


Fall Testbed Cohorts

Heather McAnirlin, Pieter deHart, Pam MacRae, and I have assigned students to specific testbed cohorts for fall term. We are working with the instructional team to identify required materials  (e.g., texts) and are preparing an e-mail communication to introduce the students to their instructional team members.


Curriculum Review

I have started to review the instructional materials (expeditions and short courses) produced by the faculty design teams this summer. This is incredibly exciting work, as the experiences that faculty have planned are relevant (well grounded in current challenges, issues, or opportunities related to sustainability) and I am confident that our students will find them motivating.


Selection of Expeditionary Teaching Fellows

Pieter deHart and Pam MacRae have interviewed several applicants for the Expeditionary Teaching Fellows positions and are working with CAO Latty and me on the next steps of the selection and hiring process.



Hoping you are all enjoying some lovely summer time in Maine (or wherever your fortunes have taken you),






Jennifer L. Cartier, Ph.D. (she, her, hers)

Director of Curricular Innovation 

Professor of Education

Unity College

Unity, Maine 04998

(412) 215-6511


Office: Unity House, Room 2

TERRAIN Office: Constable Hall