The Office of the Dean of the College welcomes Rebecca Graves-Bayazitoglu as the next director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and associate dean of the college, effective July 18.
“We are thrilled that Rebecca has accepted this position," said Jill Dolan, dean of the college. “Her exciting vision for the future, her talent to inspire colleagues, and her history of accomplishments as a campus leader and residential college dean make her the perfect choice to lead the McGraw Center. Rebecca will enhance McGraw’s engagement with faculty and with students; she’ll innovate our inclusive classrooms program; and she’ll ensure that McGraw continues to be a vital resource across campus.”
As director of the McGraw Center, Graves-Bayazitoglu will support faculty members who seek to enrich their courses with new materials, methods, or technologies. She will also oversee the center’s many programs and services in support of student learning and academic success — including tutoring, study halls, and academic skills workshops.
“I’m honored to have been selected as the new director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and associate dean of the college, and look forward to joining the excellent McGraw staff and contributing to their work supporting our faculty, graduate students and undergraduates,” Graves-Bayazitoglu said.
Graves-Bayazitoglu joins the McGraw Center after serving as the founding dean of Whitman College for close to a decade. “As bittersweet as it is for me to leave Whitman College, my new role will allow me to put my experiences teaching and advising in the service of all of Princeton’s students and faculty and continue McGraw’s important work assisting faculty as they explore new pedagogical approaches and assisting our students as they become more powerful, productive and independent learners,” she said.
A graduate of Middlebury College, Graves-Bayazitoglu was selected for a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in France prior to joining Princeton’s Department of French and Italian as a doctoral candidate. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton in 2002. Graves-Bayazitoglu taught literature, language, and film at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and at Haverford College. She returned to Princeton in 2003 to join the residential college staff of Rockefeller College.
During her tenure in the colleges, Graves-Bayazitoglu has also been a director for the Humanities program of the Freshman Scholars Institute (2003–2006) and participated in several campus-wide committees, including the Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women’s Leadership and the Residential College Task Force. Currently, she is on the Advisory Council for Women’s Leadership, a sponsor of the Princeton Women’s Mentoring Group, and an academic-athletic fellow for the women’s soccer team.
A seasoned academic adviser who has worked closely with undergraduates at all stages of their Princeton career, Graves-Bayazitoglu said she is “especially excited to create a forum in the McGraw Center for cross-departmental and cross-constituency conversations about inclusive teaching practices, and to work with a broad range of campus partners to reflect on how service learning, international experiences and entrepreneurship are broadening and deepening the Princeton experience.”