Past Events: Spring 2020

The following faculty development series and programs were offered during Spring 2020.

ulises herrera

January 21, 2020

Ulises Herrera
SGA President

Presents: This is What Your Students Say!

Ulises Herrera and other JSU students will discuss strategies for positively affecting individuals in your classes from the student perspective. They will mention their most poignant and frustrating moments in college classes, as well as tangible and easily implementable ways for faculty members to help their students reach their goals. This informal panel discussion will end with an opportunity for faculty members to ask questions and get honest answers straight from our very own students. 

 Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


Jodi Poe

Kim Westbrook

January 22, 2020

Ms. Jodi Poe & Ms. Kim Westbrooks
Professors of Library Services

Presents: Integrating Information Into the Canvas Classroom 

Working with Online@JSU, the JSU Library has integrated library services into Canvas courses in a seamless and customizable way.  This new, improved access point will offer your students an easier experience locating quality information.  Come learn how we can collaborate with you to make the Library more accessible to your students through Canvas!

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  



January 23, 2020

Dr. Sayyed Fawad Shah 
Assistant Professor of Communication

Presents: Communication for Cultivating Mentoring Relationship With First Generation Students 

This session will focus on cultivating mentoring relationship with first-generation students through improved communication. The session will also explore the role of instructor-student communication in maximizing the engagement of first-generation students in our classrooms, optimizing our immediacy, facilitating constructive dissent, and creating an inclusive classroom. 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  



January 28, 2020

Dr. Jianping (Coco) Huang
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Presents: Using Field Trip and Video Project to teach Consumer Behavior Model 

Self-esteem and lifestyle influences on our brand preference and purchase behavior. It inspired me to create a video project for my consumer behavior class. In this video, students have to compare two similar subjects, such as Jimmy Jones and Subway. They will have to take a field trip to a local store, interview customers, and ask about their preference, and try to figure out what determinant the preference. 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


Mike Boynton

January 29, 2020

Dr. Michael Boynton
Associate Professor of Drama

Presents: Anti-Intellectualism: A Crash Course! 

Arguably one of the most important components of contemporary American culture--and yet one of the least recognized and understood--the slippery notion of "anti-intellectualism" is something all Americans should know more about, especially the faculty of a university. Dr. Michael Boynton will be sharing some of his latest research into American anti-intellectualism, including past research (or lack thereof), definitional challenges, potential theoretical frameworks, as well as examples of how this cultural prejudice against intellect impacts all of our lives (not to mention our teaching!)

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


cassie chandler

January 30, 2020

Ms. Cassie Chandler
Adjunct Instructor of the College of Business and Industry

Presents: Interactive Learning Strategies 

This session will explore strategies to enhance student engagement and participation in lectures. It will also provide some examples of active learning that can be used across disciplines. In addition, it will encourage faculty to incorporate professional experience into their courses.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


James Rayburn

February 4, 2020

Dr. James Rayburn
Professor of Biology

Presents: Using Student Response System in Anatomy and Physiology 

Faculty will learn about the using a Student response system "Turning Point" for formative assessment during class.  We will go over how to set up to use the system.  How students login and sign up.   We will have a practice session demonstrate how the system works.   

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


Matt Hill


February 5, 2020

Mr. Matthew Hill and Dr. Emrys Donaldson
Visiting Instructor of English & Assistant Professor of English

Presents: Somewhere Over the Rainbow:  Best Practices for Supporting LGBTQ+Students and Colleagues 

We will discuss how the university setting can be a safe environment for all LGBTQ+ students and faculty. Faculty can show support to students by incorporating LGBTQ+ topics in the curriculum of classes and recognizing and ending homophobia displayed by bullying. These methods will also instruct faculty the correct way to inquire LGBTQ+ colleagues about sensitive topics pertinent to the community, including no-shame questions.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


Carley Knight

February 6, 2020

Ms. Carley Knight
Associate Professor of Library Services

Presents: Working at the Bibliotheque Droit Letters: Perspectives from an JSU Librarian in France

I wanted to talk about my professional development leave in Burgundy, France during the academic year 2018-2019. I wanted to give my perspective on professional development leave as well as what it was like to work in France during the Yellow vest protests.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


carmen dibiase

February 11, 2020

Dr. Carmine Di Biase
Distinguished Professor of English

Presents: Style, Emphasis and Coherence in Student Writing 

My presentation will show how we can aspire to a very high goal, even among first year writers. The focus will be on combining the task of making transitions between one sentence and another with that of controlling emphasis in order to achieve an ever higher level of clarity. This involves introducing students to unusual sentence patterns, patterns which depart from the simple declarative sentence and which are often avoided out of fear and insecurity. The student's ultimate goal of such lessons is the same as the poet's goal: that is, to make the shape of a sentence reflect in some way the shape of the meaning it carries - in short, to achieve a marriage of form and content.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


mark sciuchetti

February 13, 2020

Dr. Mark Sciuchetti
Assistant Professor of Geography

Presents: Teaching with Open Educational Resources (OER) 

Open Education Resources is defined as, “The open provision of educational resources, enabled by information and communication technologies, for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes” (UNESCO 2002, p. 24). These OER are meant to be universally free and accessible for teaching and learning purposes. Since 2002, many high-quality textbooks have become available from Openstax, The Saylor Foundation, Washington State’s Open Course Library, and the Minnesota Open Textbook Library. The plethora of material that is currently available lends to the question, why are we still using the traditional textbooks in the college classroom? The use of OER can be broken down into three sections; cost, performance, and student learning outcomes. 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


Lance Ingwersen

February 19, 2020

Dr. Lance Ingwersen
Assistant Professor of History and Foreign Languages

Presents: Connecting Meaningfully with Students...and Enjoying It: Lessons and Strategies from an Evolving Practice 

Research demonstrates that students who develop strong relationships with teachers give greater effort. They are more persistent, engaged, and confident in their ability to succeed. They are more likely to earn higher grades. Although not as often talked about, cultivating strong relationships also benefits teachers. Teachers who develop positive relationships with students are more likely to experience joy (versus anxiety) in the classroom. This session will focus on building relationships with students and enjoying our time in the classroom with them, drawing from my own experiences as a post-secondary (and secondary) teacher. Participants will leave with several concrete—and easy-to-implement!—strategies to help deepen connections with students regardless of field or discipline. We will also dedicate time for strategy sharing among participants. Please come prepared to talk about strategies that have worked for you.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


Janet Bavonese.2

Tammy Morrow

February 25, 2020

Dr. Janet Bavonese & Dr. Tammy Morrow
Associate Dean of Education & Assistant Professor of Nursing

Presents: The Magic of Mentoring:  Strategies for Interdisciplinary Relationships in Higher Education 

Mentor-mentee relationships have the potential to work magic and spark creativity and innovation among colleagues. In this session, participants will learn how to create the magic moments that benefit both mentor and mentee. Dr. Janet Bavonese from the College of Education and Professional Studies and Dr. Tammy Morrow from the College of Health Professions and Wellness tell their mentoring story. Strategies for mentor-mentee relationships will be shared along with ideas for opportunities on sustainable interdisciplinary engagement among faculty.  

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


Tanya Sasser

February 26, 2020

Ms. Tanya Sasser
Instructor of English

Presents: It's a LARP! Integrating Live Action Roleplaying into the Classroom 

While LARPing tends to have negative connotations, having students take on alter egos and role-play those character's potential actions has been shown to increase engagement, critical thinking, and intellectual risk-taking. Learn about three ways to integrate LARPing into your classroom: mock trials, Reacting to the Past, and tabletop roleplaying games. These three forms of LARPing can be integrated into any discipline and subject with little to no cost.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


lori tolley-jordan

lori tolley-jordan

February 27, 2020

Dr. Sarah Wofford & Dr. Lori Tolley-Jordan
Assistant Professor of Biology & Associate Professor of Biology

Presents: Figuring Out the CURE:  The Challenges and Rewards of Integrating Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences

CUREs (Course-based undergraduate research experiences) are an impactful way for students to gain vital skillsets across a suite of courses. CUREs have become an integral part of the collegiate science experience and JSU has already been recognized as a leader in their implementation across several biology courses. Dr. Wofford and Dr. Tolley-Jordan will discuss how they have implemented (and continue to develop) CUREs for two core biology courses. They will also provide insight as to how instructors across other disciplines can implement small or large scale CUREs. 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


monica trifas

robert elliott

March 10, 2020

Dr. Monica Trifas & Dr. Robert Elliott
Associate Professor of Computer Science & Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Presents: Artificial Intelligence and Tools: Applications in Higher Education

What does artificial intelligence (AI) mean to you? When you read those words, do you think of robots performing advanced tasks on their own? Most likely. Well, artificial intelligence is much more than that. In fact, many things use AI these days. Programs like Google Translate, Amazon Book Recommendations, and Netflix Movie Suggestions all use AI. Artificial intelligence is showing up more frequently in college classrooms, particularly at big institutions that are seeking to make large courses more intimate and interactive. 

In this presentation, we will learn how to integrate AI-based tools that have been integrated in the education system.  Ontologies are specific tools which are being used in higher Ed and will be focused on as a potential tool in long term research.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


teresa reed



March 12, 2020

Dr. Teresa Reed, Susan Dean, and Tanya Sasser
Professor and Instructors of English

Presents: Designing and Using Multi-modal Assignments in Courses for Non-Majors

We all learn through many different channels--oral, written, visual, auditory, among others. Multimodal assignments allow students to reveal what they know through these different channels. This presentation will discuss the benefits of letting non-majors turn in videos, podcasts, performances, artwork and other nontraditional assignments as ways to show what and how much they have learned. Participants may also find that a multimodal approach is useful for majors, too. Participants will work together to develop several multimodal assignments they can take back to their classes. 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  


Tina Deshotels

Virtual Meeting - Date is TBA - Workshop will meet virtually before spring semester ends.  We will send an e-mail when we confirm date with link to meeting.

Dr. Tina Deshotels
Professor of Sociology

Presents: Promoting Student Ownership of Learning:  Analytic Memo and Student Led Discussions 

Three-four times a semester, depending on class size, students are assigned an outside readings and submit 2-4 page typed reading analysis of the article that answers questions related to course/program outcomes.  One of the questions on the assignment is to come up with a question for class.   Students are assigned to groups based on their ranked choice for which article they would like to lead.  Once a semester each group will lead a discussion.  Each group chooses a question to post on the board and the leading group for that day facilitates a discussion of each question.  I use rubrics to grade both the written assignment and group facilitation of discussion.  

Location & Time: TBA 


wendy stephens

March 19, 2020

Dr. Wendy Stephens
Assistant Professor of Educational Resources

Presents: Using Picture Books with College Students

Picture books are a terrific way to activate prior knowledge, engage visual learners, and vary the text you use to cover academic standards. This workshop will focus on why students today are particularly attuned to visual communications, help you work towards identifying picture books germane to your content area, and present best practices for reading aloud and sharing visual literature in both electronic and print formats.

Location & Time: Meeting Virtually on March 19 @ 2:30 p.m.  Once you register, we will send you an e-mail with the link to login in to join meeting.