Aliza Watters

Aliza Watters

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Curriculum

awatter3@jhu.edu

Aliza Watters is a senior lecturer in our University Writing Program and director of the First-Year Seminars. As a member of the Dean's Office, she will see that the Second Undergraduate Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE2) delivers on its promises to give students greater flexibility as they pursue their majors and explore the foundational abilities that will aid them in their academic success.

Aliza has consulted with KSAS faculty members since 2020 about the most effective ways to implement and sustain the mission and goals of the CUE2 initiative. Those collaborations have resulted in the inception of the First-Year Seminars: small group, one-semester courses taught by our most dynamic faculty around a compelling topic, giving students the opportunity to bond with one another and be mentored about the core practices and habits of scholarship.

Watters has taught in the University Writing Program since 2013. Before coming to Hopkins, Watters taught in Harvard’s Expository Writing Program, where she received the Derek Bok Award for Distinction in Teaching. Watters graduated from Middlebury College summa cum laude and did her doctoral work in English Literature at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, concentrating on the work of D.H. Lawrence. Other interests include multimodal writing, STEM education, and U.S. politics.