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Faculty Focus: Jack Trammell
Faculty Focus: Jack Trammell
Professor Jack Trammell
Randolph-Macon College Assistant Professor and Director of
Disability Support Services
Jack Trammell recently traveled to Innsbruck, Austria, to present the results of an ongoing language learning research study. The tri-annual conference, which gathers service providers, faculty and researchers in the area of disabilities in higher education, meets on site at the University of Innsbruck, one of Europe’s oldest institutions of higher education (founded in 1669).
Trammell’s research focuses on the difficulty some students have with learning a second language as a curricular requirement at many postsecondary institutions, and the tools that can be applied to improve student learning in that area. R-MC currently requires as part of the liberal arts curriculum that students complete the equivalent of four semesters of a second language, although it is common for students to take fewer courses based on their prior language experience.
“I am always amazed to interact with peers from other parts of the globe, and discover how much we share in common,” says Trammell. “It turns out that several universities in Turkey teach only in English, and the problems many of their students encounter in the classroom parallel some of the challenges I have studied here in the States with second-language learning. We are collaborating on a new project now. Traveling and interacting with fellow students, teachers and researchers in other countries has been one of the most significant learning opportunities in my academic career. I never fail to come away challenged, fascinated and motivated.”
About Jack Trammell
Trammell, who serves as director of the
, teaches courses in disability studies in the
at R-MC, and his expertise in disability research has taken him to a number of other places outside the U.S., including Eastern European countries (Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, former East Germany), where disability accommodation is a relatively new movement since the end of the Cold War.
His work at R-MC is strongly student-centered, functioning as part of the
Higgins Academic Center
. The research presented in Austria will appear in print soon in a peer-reviewed journal on disability issues in higher education.
A prolific writer, Trammell is the author of
The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of The Old Dominion
2010 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II
Down on the Chickahominy: The Life and Times of a Vanishing Virginia River
. In 2009 he won the Virginia Writer’s Club award for non-fiction for his
Reflections of a Southern Gentleman Farmer
, a collection of vignettes about life with his wife and children on his small farm in Louisa County.
Trammell, who joined the R-MC faculty in 2000, earned his B.A. at Grove City College and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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