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January 2015

Title: Experiential Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Date: Wednesday, January 28

Time: 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Location: Maple/Dogwood MUC


Kelly Gable (Pharmacy, 2014 Teaching Excellence Award Winner)

Sorin Nastasia (Applied Communication Studies)

Wayne Nelson (ITS Instructional Design and Learning Technology Center)

Workshop Description

Experiential Learning was a main focus of the REALITY projects. Experiential learning connects students with real-life situations in a way that promotes meaningful learning. In this presentation, Wayne Nelson will discuss how to design effective experiential learning projects in and outside of the classroom.  Sorin Nastasia will describe the public relations consulting projects that he facilitates with his undergraduate Capstone students and Kelly Gable will present the form of problem-based learning that she does with her Pharmacy students.


February 2015

Title: Removing Barriers to Academic Rigor:  Providing Academic Supports to Ensure College Success

Date: Monday, February 9

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Hickory/Hackberry MUC


Susanne James (Special Education and Communication Disorders)

Workshop Description

College faculty are challenged with setting high expectations for all students and increasing academic rigor to meet higher standards set by our various disciplines.  Providing academic support with intentional strategies that enable students to benefit from this academically rigorous curriculum is integral.  This workshop will assist college faculty in integrating academic strategies focused on enabling students to meet these standards.


Title: “I Really Studied for That Test:”  Helping Students Develop Better Study Skills

Date: Wednesday, February 25

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Student Success Center 1203, Smart Seminar West


Connie Dake (Instructional Services) and Lynn Bartels (Psychology and Faculty Development)

Workshop Description

Students often report studying hard for an exam but still not earning a good grade. There a lot of reasons why this can happen. In this workshop, Connie Dake and Lynn Bartels will explore some ways to help students develop more effective study strategies.  The event will be held in the Student Success Center and provide an opportunity to learn more about the academic support services available to students.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop, faculty will be able to:

1. identify effective study strategies to recommend to students who struggle academically.

2. refer students to appropriate available academic support services.


March 2015

Title: LGBTQ Youth and Education: Strategies for Inclusion

Date: Thursday, March 19

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Mississippi/Illinois MUC


Cris Mayo is Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies and Director of Online Learning at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Workshop Description

With focus on the challenges of discrimination, harassment, and alienation that LGBTQ youth face in schools, Cris Mayo shares teaching strategies and policy initiatives that have had positive effects on LGBTQ learning, aspirations, and school climate. Further, she will invite discussion on how policy and practice can more readily address complexities of identity that are not so easily checked off in boxes or fully recognized in classroom practice through an intersectional approach to conceptualizing diversity and inclusion in educational theory and practice.  


Title: International Experience Comes Back to the Classroom

Date: Wednesday, March 25

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: Maple/Dogwood MUC


Phil Weishaar (Special Education and Communication Disorders)

Carole Frick (Historical Studies)

Johanna Schmitz (Theater & Dance)

Workshop Description:

This event is part of Global Awareness Week

Title: Humor in the Classroom: What Is and Isn't Appropriate

Date: Thursday, March 26

Time: 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Location: Mississippi/Illinois MUC


Alicia Alexander (Applied Communication Studies)

Josie DeGroot Brown (Applied Communication Studies)

Zach Schaefer (Applied Communication Studies)

Workshop Description

The workshop will be based on scholarly research and in-class experiences from the three presenters. The workshop will highlight: (a) the types of humor that are/aren't appropriate for professors to use in the classroom, (b) strategies for managing disruptive student humor, and (c) strategies for blending humor into the classroom to increase student rapport. Because humor is such a pervasive form of communication, this workshop will address a topic that many professors struggle with. It will also provide professors with conceptual and practical strategies for effectively using and responding to different types of humor. 



For information, contact:
Dr. Lynn Bartels at or James Beil at

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