Discovering Strategies for Successful Student-Centered Teaching Series-Fall 2022

In accordance with the University Strategic Plan, Faculty Commons is committed to supporting faculty as they DISCOVER, ENGAGE and REACH their fullest potential in the classroom. Faculty Commons presenters will explore pedagogical concepts and strategic goals designed to help our students succeed. Topics will include highlighting “diverse, meaningful, and accessible learning opportunities for all students;” providing “experiences that connect learners with real-world knowledge, skills, and opportunities;” creating technologically advanced “active learning” opportunities; and “promoting and assessing critical thinking” in the classroom. 


  • To explore strategies for effective teaching and student learning 

  • To create inclusive learning environments that foster academic safety and success  

  • To develop meaningful class assignments and effective methods for assessment and grading 

  • To explore various ways to create real-world learning experiences for students 

  • To develop teaching methods that support diverse learning styles 

Thursday, September 1, 2022       2:30 - 3:30 p.m.     In-person, 208 Self Hall


Dr. Serena Gramling, Assistant Professor, Nursing 

Dr. Wendy Stephens, Associate Professor, Counseling and Instructional Support 

Dr. Kelly Paynter, Associate Professor, Counseling and Instructional Support 

Title: Are Faculty Commons Sessions Worth the Time? Spoiler Alert: Definitely! 

Blurb: The former director of Faculty Commons commissioned us to conduct a study on its effectiveness. Using surveys, interviews, and focus groups, we completed a qualitative phenomenological study of the program. Join us as we discuss our findings, centered around the themes of Connections, Technology, Andragogy, and Pedagogy, and learn how Faculty Commons can impact your teaching, scholarship, and student relationships this year! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022       10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     In-person, 208 Self Hall

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Douglas, Assistant Professor, English 

Title:Online Classes and Student Engagement: Let's Meme Together 

Blurb: It may seem a bit silly and unserious, but internet image macros (better known as memes) are popular ways of self-expression for many of our Millennial and Gen-Z students. This workshop will explore ways to use memes in online and in person classes as a means to connect with students. We will view student examples and talk about ways to make your own memes using popular formats.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2022       3:00 - 4:00 p.m.     In-person, 208 Self Hall

Presenter: Dr. Shellie Beeman, Associate Professor, Music 

Title: Maintaining a Healthy Speaking Identity for Yourself, Your Students, and a Lifetime of Teaching 

Blurb: Our voice is an emblem of our unique identity. This identity is so unique that it directly impacts not only our quality of life but also the quality of life of those around us. Join me in discussing how poor speaking habits in and out of the classroom can affect your students’ cognitive functioning and learn what you can do to maintain a strong voice to sustain a long teaching career and a healthy learning environment. 

Friday, October 28, 2022       12:00 - 1:30 p.m.     TEAMS Meeting


Dr. Erin Rider, Associate Professor, Sociology 

Dr. Tina Deshotels, Professor, Sociology 

Title:  Building a Safe and Respectful Space from the Classroom to the Campus   

Blurb: This presentation will introduce the employee toolkit a publication intended to serve as a “go-to” guide to equip JSU University employees on how to best prevent and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence on campus in a compassionate, trauma-informed, and culturally aware manner. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022       2:30 - 3:15  p.m.      In-person, 208 Self Hall

Presenter: Ms. Chandni Khadka, Director, International House and Programs  

Title: Developing a Study Abroad Program Understanding International Travel Benefits, Risk Assessment and Travel Approval Process 

Blurb: This workshop will explore the benefits of international learning experiences and will examine ways to develop and incorporate travel classes into your learning curriculum. It will also discuss JSU risk assessment and travel processes at our campus. 



After registering for one of the meetings, be on the lookout for a calendar invite in your JSU Gem account.