Professors in Partnership with High School Teachers

Purdue University Fort Wayne is working with Northwest Allen County Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools to offer a unique learning opportunity. The Professors in Partnership program is a collaboration between PFW professors and high school teachers designed to deliver engaging classroom lessons to high school students.

Eric+Carl+LinkThe dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Eric Link, has been directly involved in this initiative. He teamed up with Homestead High School teacher Jessica Holtzclaw, using his American literature background to help her students critically read and analyze “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. The students and Holtzclaw appreciate Link’s insight. Read more about it in this article from The Journal Gazette.

Kingsbury headshot 2017Dr. Bruce Kingsbury, biology professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is co-teaching an ecology unit with Carroll High School biology teacher Brian Booker. Kingsbury helps his students understand some of the real-world applications of biology. You can read more about his experience in this WBOI article.

Another classroom at Carroll High benefiting from this program is Darlene Lankenau’s Spanish 3 class. Dr. Ana Benito (Spanish) is helping her students to learn language in a cultural context and to prepare for college. Check out the video from the WFFT segment she was featured in!

Plans to expand the partnership include adding East Allen County Schools and middle school teachers. To learn more about Professors in Partnership, contact Director Laura Link at

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