Kanbar Hall


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Kanbar Hall

Kanbar Hall received a 2005 outstanding building award from the American School & University (AS&U) Architectural Portfolio.

24 hour computer lab on ground floor accessible to students.




Baldwin Program for Academic Development

Writing Project


Kanbar Hall Wins 'Outstanding Building' Award

Kanbar Hall

Located at the corner of Bath Road and Sills Drive adjacent to Smith Auditorium, opened in September 2004. The 25,500-square-foot building houses the Departments of Psychology and Education and the College’s Center for Learning and Teaching, which includes the Baldwin Program, the Quantitative Skills Program, and the Writing Project.


Teaching is consistently one of the most, if not the most popular profession for students to pursue directly after graduation. 15% of Bowdoin’s living alumni/ae work in Education.

Bowdoin offers courses, which lead to teacher certification for secondary schools, but also courses in educational studies that focus on such concerns as education reform, the effects of race, class, and gender on students’ progress through schools, educational policy, and the history of schooling in the United States. In keeping with most state certification requirements and research findings, the best preparation for a secondary school teacher is a strong major in the subject matter s/he will teach.

There are two types of Education minors: an Education Studies minor for students who do not plan to teach, and a Teaching minor for students who do plan to teach. The department does not offer a major in Education.


Courses range from animal neurophysiology to human language, from basic perceptual processes to clinical psychology and child development.

The department includes both the psychology and neuroscience program (which is jointly administered by psychology and biology). The department's computer facilities support both instruction and research. Specialized equipment supports student-faculty research on a variety of topics, including spoken language processing and neuropsychological processes.

The general survey course offered by the department serves as the introduction to more advanced courses. Intermediate courses examine human development, social behavior, personality, abnormal psychology, cognition, perception, psychobiology, and other topics.

Advanced courses explore such topics as infancy, cognitive development, language and communication, organizational psychology, and clinical psychology.

Recent honors projects have examined text comprehension, children’s understanding of truth and lies, personal problem solving, parenting styles, and spoken word recognition.

Baldwin Center for Teaching and Learning

Provides counseling in academic skills as well as training in time and stress management techniques. Offers peer tutoring, study skill development, assistance for students with different learning styles or for whom English is not their first language, and study groups for particular classes.Keeps faculty members apprised of new teaching strategies and techniques, incorporating recent research on how students learn.

Quantitative Skills Program

Provides testing and support in strengthening mathematical, logical and statistical skills

The Writing Project

Students in any discipline work with peer Writing Assistants to improve their writing process and strengthen their writing. Writing Assistants work with students in selected courses, drop-in workshops, and semester- or year-long partnerships.

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