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Loren Pope, founder of Colleges That Change Lives, called The College of Wooster “my original best-kept secret in higher education…I can testify that there is no better college in the country.”
Virtual Campus Tour
We’d love to have you visit us in person — and hope you will — but if you can’t make it to campus just yet, this tour will give you a good sense of the place.
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Christa Craven (she/her/hers), Dean for Faculty Development
As someone who grew up living in big cities around the world—Washington, D.C., Honolulu, Hawai’i, Taipei, Taiwan, and Bonn, Germany—I honestly never thought I’d end up in a small town in the Midwest! So what drew me to Wooster and why have I stayed? The allure of interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues at a small institution and the opportunity to work closely with students on their Independent Study theses were the initial draw. And those things have been a big part of why I’ve stayed. Just this summer, I had the chance to catch up with several alums who had worked with me on their IS projects over the past 15 years—now working in Chicago and Puerto Rico, one on a Fulbright scholarship in Austria, and another headed to graduate school in London.
I also find it deeply fulfilling—both personally and professionally—to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to have a tangible impact in campus politics, curriculum, and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. As one of the few “out” faculty on campus, creating more equitable policies and more inclusive spaces for those who bring diverse experiences to the community has been key to my own ability to thrive here, as well as my work as a Dean to make Wooster a welcoming place for a broad range of colleagues to land, whether permanently or as a meaningful stop on their career paths.
And personally? My five-minute walk from home to campus (the improvement in quality of life over my previous 3-hour round-trip driving commute is nothing short of miraculous!). And being able to get outside to at least five different parks and trails within ten minutes of my house that range from paved paths accessible for strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers to a relatively strenuous hike with a beautiful creek and unique geological formations. What I love most is that Wooster is a place where I feel like I am constantly learning and experiencing new things—from the local fairs and nearby pick-your-own orchards to the opportunity to travel with colleagues to explore a Maya archaeological site in Guatemala, tour a woman-owned vineyard in Italy, and enjoy theatre productions by local BIPOC directors closer to home in Cleveland. I joke that between work and family that there is truly never a dull moment. But truthfully, I wouldn’t want it any other way!