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MS061: Betty Hoskins Papers

Identifier: MS061

Scope and Contents

The first folder in Box 1 contains Betty Hoskin's notes on suggested organization of her papers. We have tried to follow her plan as far as possible. We have switched Sections 2 and 3, and individual MQP and IQPs are in Series 9 through 11.

Several of the series have introductory folders of comments and reflections by Professor Hoskins, which she provided in December 2012.

Series 1 focuses on the WPI Plan, including Teaching and Learning initiatives. Series 2 contains faculty materials and reflects work the faculty was required to do: faculty committees Professor Hoskins served on, faculty meeting notes, Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) and Intersession materials, and notes related to WPI's chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Series 3 is records related to the Life Science Department and synthetic biology and contains department meeting minutes and information, curricula and syllabi and a course handbook. Much of this are early adaptations to the innovations of the WPI Plan.

Series 4 through 8 are all in Boxes 4 and 5 and contain fairly small amounts of material but are an important part of this collection, especially as they contain information and insight into the important decade of the 1970s as the WPI Plan was implemented. They are as follows: Series 4 - Introduction od Women Students, Faculty and staff Series 5 - Handbooks, directories and Campus Guides Series 6 - Reprints of Betty Hoskin's publications Series 7 - Life Sciences Theme Development Series 8 - Observations by Betty Hoskins


  • 1967 - 2012

Biographical / Historical

Betty Hoskins was born in Baltimore, Marylad in 1936. She graduated from Goucher College at the age of nineteen, and recieved a Master's degree in embryology from Amherst College. She earned her doctorate at Texas Women's University.

She came to Worcester in 1972 and began work at WPI as Assistant Professor in the Life Sciences Department. By 1977, she was an Associate Professor. She taught classes, advised IQP and MQP students, served on facullty committees, taught Intersession classes, and was involved with WPI's teaching and learning initiatives, and applied for grants, as well as prforming other duties. Professor Hoskins did not recieve tenure, and left WPI in 1979. She became an editor at Ginn and Company, and later at Third-Party Publishing, then a freelance editor and author. She was a Professor of Science - Biology, at Massachusetts Colege of Art Design in Boston, retiring in 2006.


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These are papers of Betty Hoskins, first female tenure-track professor at WPI. Major topics include the WPI Plan, the Life Sciences and Synthethic Biology, Technical Learning initiatives, and the introduction of women students and faculty.


Provenance Note: This collection came to the Archives in two groups, Accession #s 2011.010 and 2013.022.

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Repository Details

Part of the WPI Manuscript Collections Repository

100 Institute Rd
George C. Gordon Library
Worcester MA 01609 USA