Critical Thinking Program

The Chowan Critical Thinking Program (CCTP) is designed to assist Chowan students evaluate the dispositions, understand the elements and standards, and apply the processes of the effective critical thinker. As they become effective critical thinkers, students will have a more significant learning experience and will establish a foundation for a lifetime of intellectual growth.

Welcome to Critical Thinking

Chowan University created the Chowan Critical Thinking Program to introduce students to what we believe is the key to success – the ability to function as an effective critical thinker. 

Effective critical thinkers can:

  • Read, write, and listen.
  • Adapt to new situations and changing technologies.
  • Think creatively and solve problems.
  • Appreciate the richness and beauty of the world around them.
  • Think for themselves.

As a freshman at Chowan you will participate in the CCTP in a sequence of two courses. In CT 101, you will be introduced to Chowan University and make a strong connection to your instructor and to your Peer Mentor. You will learn essential academic skills and you will be introduced to the character traits that are common to effective critical thinkers. In CT 102, you will learn a structured approach to thinking through any problem, task, or question. You will practice this approach as you study a specific topic with a Chowan University professor. Here are some of the recent topics:

  • Leadership in the 21st Century
  • Love in the Time of Twitter
  • The Art of Persuasion: Television Commercials
  • Satire: From Juvenal to John Stewart and the Daily Show
  • Big Time Sports in American Universities
  • Spiritual Formation

The values and abilities that you learn in the CCTP will transfer directly to your other courses at Chowan University, helping to ensure your success. Once you graduate and enter into your career, you will be better prepared to adjust to a rapidly changing world. 

Learn More

To learn more about the Critical Thinking Program, contact Dr. Bryan Herek, Director, at

Chowan Master Teacher Program

The Chowan Master Teacher Program began in 2008 and was designed to encourage and reward significant contributions by faculty to the Chowan Critical Thinking Program.  These contributions include teaching multiple courses in the program, refining pedagogy with regard to critical thinking, pursuing professional development opportunities in pedagogy and criticalthinking, and giving back to the program by helping to train new faculty. 

Critical Thinking Master Teachers

Jill Awuni, MDiv, MBA
Assistant Professor of Religion
Jim Hammond, MEd
Assistant Professor of Physical Education
Bryan Herek, PhD
Director, Chowan Critical Thinking Program; Assistant Professor of English
Jennifer Z. Place, PhD
Chair, Department of Psychology
John S. Pond, DMin
Assistant Professor of Religion
Keith A. Reich, PhD
Chair, Department of Religion & Philosophy
Gregory Taylor, PhD
Professor of History
Corina L. Wack, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology