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Science and math instructors working on listening to students' disciplinary thinking

Project Leadership

The Listening Project is run in coordination with the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching by instructors, for instructors. The current steering committee consists of:

Lara Appleby, Senior Project Administrator

David Hammer, Education and Physics & Astronomy

Mitch McVey, Biology - Project Alum

Diren Pamuk-Turner, Chemistry - Project Alum

Annie Soisson, Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Roger Tobin, Physics & Astronomy - Project Director

Project Alums

As of Fall 2023, all of our participants have come from STEM disciplines. Click here to view a complete list of Listening Project alums.

Project Advisors

The Project has benefited from the advice, support, and work of several additional individuals, including:

Chelsea Crittle, Psychology

Juliet Fuhrman, Biology

Philip Gay, Education

Julia Gouvea, Biology & Education

Susan Koegel, Biology

Keith Maddox, Psychology

Donna Qualters, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Jessica Remedios, Psychology

Ryan Rideau, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Matthew Simon, Biology & Education

Sam Sommers, Psychology



It is easy to read into a student's comments what you're expecting to hear…It's very difficult to reflect carefully on what is being said when you're at the front of the room, outnumbered, and trying to get through a certain amount of the curriculum. It was nice to have practice in listening while the pressure is off.

The Listening Project is supported by a grant to Tufts University from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program.