May 28, 2023

Let’s Chat About ChatGPT: UMW Faculty Perspectives on Emerging AI Technology

Associate Professor of Geography Caitie Finlayson uses ChatGPT to help generate and refine questions for her students.

Associate Professor of Geography Caitie Finlayson uses ChatGPT to help generate and refine questions for her students.

When you ask how UMW is using ChatGPT in the classroom, you’ll hear a variety of responses. Some students and faculty have yet to hear of the emerging AI technology. Some know it well and make use of it for their assignments whether instructors know it or not. Some say they’re being encouraged by their professors to use it wisely as part of the writing process.

Several UMW faculty gathered on Feb. 8, 2023, to share their professional and personal experience with ChatGPT in an open discussion jointly led by the Center for Teaching and Digital Learning Support.

Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication and Digital Studies Anand Rao kicked off the conversation, after spending a semester exploring and embracing ChatGPT in his debate and speech class.

“What are some of the possibilities? What’s the potential?” he asked. Read more.

Let’s Chat About ChatGPT: UMW Faculty Perspectives on Emerging AI Technology

When you ask how UMW is using ChatGPT in the classroom, you’ll hear a variety of responses. Some students and faculty have yet to hear of the emerging AI technology. Some know it well and make use of it for their assignments whether instructors know it or not. Some say they’re being encouraged by their […]

UMW Black History Month Keynote Features NAACP Youth Director

Wisdom O. Cole received rave reviews for a presentation he put together in college. The Afrikan Black Coalition Conference featured a host of prominent speakers and won Cole the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity. But more than compliments and commendations, the event and its success gave him a glimpse of the future. “That was really […]

UMW Black History Month Keynote Features NAACP Youth Director

Wisdom O. Cole received rave reviews for a presentation he put together in college. The Afrikan Black Coalition Conference featured a host of prominent speakers and won Cole the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity. But more than compliments and commendations, the event and its success gave him a glimpse of the future. “That was really […]

UMW Black History Month Keynote Features NAACP Youth Director

Wisdom O. Cole received rave reviews for a presentation he put together in college. The Afrikan Black Coalition Conference featured a host of prominent speakers and won Cole the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity. But more than compliments and commendations, the event and its success gave him a glimpse of the future. “That was really […]

UMW President Troy Paino Wins National Award for Student-Centered Work

Students, families, alumni, faculty and staff at the University of Mary Washington have long recognized President Troy D. Paino’s commitment to their work, well-being and success. Now his dedication on campus has earned national acclaim, with NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education selecting Paino to receive the 2023 President’s Award.

has received the 2023 President’s Award from NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The national award recognizes Paino’s exceptional commitment to students.

President Paino has received the 2023 President’s Award from NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The national award recognizes Paino’s exceptional commitment to students.

“He is, above all, a student-centered leader,” UMW Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair said in the nominating letter. She emphasized Paino’s compassionate approach to strategic planning and decision-making, his personal attention to student ideas and feedback, and his commitment to understanding diverse perspectives – viewpoints he intentionally seeks during regular dinners with students at his residence, Brompton.

Gabby Taroc ’26 attended one of those dinners and described President Paino as welcoming: “It was a great time! He was so interested in each of the students’ stories and what we want in life. It was wonderful meeting him and his wife!” Read more.

UMW President Troy Paino Wins National Award for Student-Centered Work

Students, families, alumni, faculty and staff at the University of Mary Washington have long recognized President Troy D. Paino’s commitment to their work, well-being and success. Now his dedication on campus has earned national acclaim, with the NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education selecting Paino to receive the 2023 President’s Award. “He is, above all, […]

Great Lives to Feature GPS Technology Pioneer Gladys West

Growing up in King George County, Carolyn West Oglesby ’83 didn’t really think about what her parents did all day at work. She just knew that Gladys and Ira West were civilian mathematicians at the naval base at Dahlgren, where the family lived and she and her two brothers attended school. It wasn’t until long […]

UMW’s Fall 2022 President’s and Dean’s Lists

The University of Mary Washington announces its fall 2022 President’s List and Dean’s List. To be recognized on these lists a student must carry at least 12 graded credits of new coursework. Students who earn a grade-point average of 4.00 on all work taken for graded credit in a semester receive a spot on the […]

Spring 2023 Assembly Address: UMW Rises to Higher Education Challenges

There’s much to be optimistic about as the spring 2023 semester begins, President Troy D. Paino told attendees of the All UMW Faculty and Staff Assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 18. By sticking to its strategic vision, Mary Washington is navigating higher education challenges that have beset collegiate institutions since the start of the pandemic, Paino […]