New Dean Announcement
Welcome Denise Bates, Dean - University College
Beginning July 1, Denise will be joining University College at Tufts as our newly appointed Dean. Currently she serves as associate dean for student success and community engagement and faculty head and professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. She is also a Thought Leader Fellow with the American Indian Policy Institute with ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and a Senior Global Futures Scholar with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory.
I had the wonderful opportunity to take a public speaking course this summer through Tufts. This class was extremely engaging, despite the restrictions of online learning. We began each lesson with exercises, each student would alternate leading the class on warmups, we were given time to produce a short speech to present during class time, and had a chance to watch videos of successful speeches to emulate. Our assignments included recording a draft speech to be uploaded onto Canvas, and we gave comments and suggestions to our classmates to help them improve for the final speech. This particular course opened my eyes to the beauty of speaking in public and the communication skills needed to interact with others. I felt the progress and improvement by the end of this program and can’t believe my development throughout those weeks.
Public Speaking - Student, 2020
The T.A.s were extremely helpful. Even though Sofia had a very limited prior experience with coding, she never felt overwhelmed because she knew that she can always ask for help. Well Done by all the staff members!
Parent - Engineering Design Lab - 2021
In June 2006 I walked out of a 36-year teaching career and walked into life as a student again. I've taken fun and stimulating Osher classes, met wonderful, engaged people and enjoyed cultural and social experiences ever since. Tufts Osher Institute has enriched me beyond my wildest expectations. Thanks to all.
Osher Institute at Tufts Member - 2021