January 2019 Newsletter
Adjunct Faculty Newsletter/February ’19 No. 3
In This Issue
1) Letter from Tammy Gocial
2) Adjunct Faculty Workshop Survey
3) Upcoming Events
4) Michael Eric Dyson Visits Maryville
5) Spotlight: Early Alert
6) Important Information
7) Adjunct Advisory Council
Welcome to our Spring newsletter – we hope your term is off to a great start and that your courses are going well. The theme for this newsletter is really teaching and learning, which is, of course, what Maryville’s Center for Teaching and Learning does so well!
First the teaching side:
• Our January adjunct faculty workshop videos are posted for you to review. The content from Alex is superb and will help you think about new ways to engage your students in the Active Learning Ecosystem.
• The Adjunct Academy is going strong. Content there provides context for the Active Learning Ecosystem and our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. A few policies and procedures are highlighted as well (e.g., Title IX, providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities, and use of Canvas as our Learning Management System). If you have not yet had a chance to check it out, please take the time to do so as it will help you understand our and students’ expectations of you as a faculty member at Maryville. For those of you who have already completed the Academy, you are being highlighted in this newsletter – THANK YOU for your commitment to us and to our students!
• The CTL is sponsoring additional professional development activities this spring to assist and support you in your online and/or classroom-based teaching experience. Check out the calendar for topics and dates.
Adjunct Workshop Survey
If you attended the Adjunct Workshop on January 9th and/or want to comment on future Adjunct Workshop topics, please select to take the survey here:
Adjunct Academy Completion Survey
If you have completed the Adjunct Academy, but have not yet taken the survey, please click here:
- Click Here to Learn More About the Adjunct Academy
The Adjunct Academy also offers numerous tips on engaging with students in the online and on-ground environments as well as key policy issues with which all adjunct faculty should be familiar (Title IX, working with students with disabilities, attendance, and timeliness of submitting grades).
The Adjunct Academy is REQUIRED for all new adjunct faculty and is highly encouraged for all returning adjunct faculty as the number of resources and teaching tips included are incredibly beneficial for anyone teaching at Maryville.
- Feb. 11: Second 8-week (Sp2) courses are available to online instructors
- Feb. 25: Students have access to all Sp2 syllabi
- March 8: All Sp2 online courses are open to students
- March 11: 2nd 8-week term begins
- March 11-15: Spring Break for on-ground Undergraduate and Graduate 16-week courses only
- March 14: Spring 1 grades due
CTL Calendar Academic Calendar
Michael Eric Dyson Visits Maryville
Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer and a contributing editor of The New Republic as well as for ESPN’s The Undefeated website, recently delivered the 2019 address for Maryville University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
Dyson delivered a powerful message encouraging whites to awaken to black suffering. “We are living through one of the most vicious resurgences of racial hostility, white nationalism and white supremacy in the history of this country,” he said.
- Office of Disability Support and Success
By Alison Fuller, Director, Disability Support and Success
The Office of Disability Support and Success provides accommodations to over 430 online and on-campus students. For students to receive accommodations, they must first contact Allison Fuller to disclose their disability.
• In order to obtain accommodations, students must provide appropriate medical documentation to the Office of Disability Support and Success.
• Students do not receive accommodations without documentation
• Students do not get to “pick” accommodations they do not qualify for, but can decline accommodations and make determinations among those that they qualify for.
• Students are responsible for providing their letter of accommodation to their faculty.
• If the student has provided you with a letter of accommodation, we are legally obligated to provide those accommodations.
The most common accommodations at Maryville University are testing accommodations.
• Students are expected to request their testing (exam, test, or quiz) in the Accommodate Student Portal at least 48 hours in advance.
• The submitted request generates an email to faculty informing them of the student’s request and prompts the faculty to complete either an online proctored testing form or a PDF version of the form.
• Students are required to test at the same time as the rest of the class. The only exception to this is if the student has a class immediately after and needs to begin early to utilize their extended time.
If you have questions or concerns about a student’s accommodations, please contact Allison Fuller to discuss.
- A Note From Sam Harris About Kaltura Videos
Our Kaltura lecture capture system provides faculty, staff, and students with access to a piece of software called “Capture Space,” which is available on both macOS and Windows machines. This software allows users to record audio and video while doing a voice over presentations, or recording their desktops. Our community has used this software to record over 75,000 artifacts over the past three years.
Last year, Kaltura announced that they would be replacing the “Capture Space” software with a new and improved version called “Kaltura Capture.” Kaltura Capture has a stripped down and modern user interface, and comes with some great features, including:
• Annotations – you can now draw, add text and add an arrow on the screen while recording!
• Recording preview – play your video before you upload to Kaltura
• Highlight mouse click – your viewers can now easily follow as each click is highlighted
• Automatic log upload – Upload all logs directly to Kaltura with one easy click to allow for faster troubleshooting
• Recommended tags – suggested tags from previous recordings will be available in the entry page
Kaltura Capture is now available for users to download and begin using. I’ve attached instructions for downloading and have a video (below) with a brief overview of using the software.
The old Capture Space software will continue to work, but will be phased out the first day of the summer 2019 term. You will have until then to make the switch to the new piece of software.
I am hosting a few workshops in the coming weeks to review this, if you’d like to sign-up for a walkthrough of the new software.
To register for workshops: Kaltura Capture Workshops Registration Link
Director of Learning Technology & Support
- College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Celebrations Newsletter
Fall 2018 Issue
This is the 3rd Celebrations newsletter from the CAS Professional Development Committee. Our goal is to highlight and celebrate the professional development activities and academic achievements of our faculty. Below is a list of some of the activities and accomplishments that our faculty completed in the Fall 2018 semester.
Recent Publications, Performances, and Exhibits by CAS Faculty
Jess Bowers (Humanities) has a forthcoming publication titled “British Vampire, American Disease: William the Bloody as Victorian Neurasthenic” in an anthology about dis/ability in the creative output of Joss Whedon, now under contract at McFarland Publishing. The essay details historical references in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Three-Week Feedback
Third-Week Feedback results for your Spring semester and/or Spring I term course(s) are now available through your course(s) in Canvas. As a reminder, this survey is conducted in order to give students a voice and to allow instructors to learn, early on, whether there is a need to clear up any misconceptions, make any changes in pedagogy, provide more clarity on assignments, or offer more engaging feedback to facilitate students’ learning. Students’ feedback for you is intended to be informative and supportive rather than evaluative, so we hope you will be eager to receive it and consider any necessary adjustments to ensure your course is rigorous, engaging, and rewarding.
If you have any questions about the survey or wish to discuss the results in more detail, please reach out to your Program Director, Assistant Dean or Dean. Please note, your Program Director, Assistant Dean or Dean may contact you regarding the results as well.
To obtain your feedback results:
1. Login to Canvas using your Maryville username and password
2. From the left hand side navigation bar, click on Account/Settings/Course Evaluations
3. From the right hand side drop-down menu, select your role as either Administrator or Instructor
4. You will be able to find the most recent results under the Project Results heading
For more detailed information on reporting, please click here. For questions regarding accessing the results, contact Kim Knoernschild, Assessment and Data Integrity Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget about our two Adjunct Lounges on Campus: Reid 1312 and KERN 3117. Both lounges offer computers, comfortable seating, microwaves, and mini-fridges for your convenience.
Adjunct Advisory Council
The Center for Teaching and Learning Adjunct Advisory Council aims to consider and improve communication with adjunct faculty, develop ideas for involving adjuncts more broadly on campus and connecting them with campus resources, become more visible on campus and during professional development opportunities, and develop and curate a document outlining best practices when teaching in an adjunct capacity on campus.
Meet your 2019 Center for Teaching and Learning Adjunct Advisory Council
Mollie Bolton, Adjunct Instructor – School of Education
“I have been an adjunct professor at Maryville since 2015 in the education department. I teach literacy courses in both the graduate reading program and undergraduate secondary teaching program. During the day I work for Special School District as the Curriculum Coordinator. I have been in education for 27 years.”
Christi Branson, Adjunct Instructor – College of Arts and Sciences
Christi began teaching ESL classes at Maryville in 2011. In 2018, Christi transitioned to teaching English 101 and English 104, both on-ground and online. Her research interests include best practices in composition instruction, online learning, and TESOL.
Duneesha De Alwis, Adjunct Instructor – College of Arts and Sciences
“Hi, I am Duneesha De Alwis and I have been working at Maryville University as an adjunct instructor for two years. I received my BA in Psychology and my doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the department of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. I completed my postdoctoral fellowship training at the department of Child Psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine.
My main area of research is related to memory development in children and the contribution of different memory systems and attentional skills to academic success. I am very interested in the application of cognitive psychology theories to education. I am originally from Sri Lanka and I have been in St. Louis since my college years. I have a son and a daughter in elementary school and most of my time is spent with them and their activities. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, and travelling. I am very excited to be a member of the CTL-AAC this year!
Chris Dufner, Adjunct Instructor – Simon School of Business
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and General Business from Missouri State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. My professional career focused on Information Technology for over 20 years at Monsanto, partnering with business teams in almost every company function. Then I made a transition, at Monsanto, to business operations and Supply Chain roles for the next 12 years. In my career I enjoyed leading people, often in cross-functional teams, to improve business relationships with customers.
I began teaching at Maryville University in the Simon School of Business in the Fall of 2015. I admit this experience is more rewarding than I could have imagined because of the students and colleagues. My interest in each course is to bring text-based content, content from leaders and businesses, and my experience together to offer students processes and tools for application in professional pursuits. I enjoy providing a student with information related to their interests and experiences for their professional growth.
Kristen Wellinghoff, Adjunct Instructor – College of Arts and Sciences
Kristen brings her passion for unlocking the creativity of students as a teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences at Maryville University. She taught University Seminar for many years and currently teaches Public Speaking. She also serves on the Adjunct Advisory Council for the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Her journey at Maryville began in 2010 when she served as the Assistant Director for Career and Professional Development, coaching undergraduates, graduate students and alums in career planning and exploration, graduation school preparation, and job search skills. Prior to her career at Maryville, Kristen served as the Coordinator for Student Involvement & Leadership at Washington University, advising student groups (including radio, television, yearbook, and Student Government) and leading a Women’s Leadership program.
Kristen is originally from the Kansas City area and completed her Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Kansas. She fell in love with St. Louis as an undergraduate at St. Louis University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and certificate in Marketing. She also spent one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, serving institutions of higher education in the state of Kansas. Today, Kristen teaches part-time while raising three young boys with her husband Brian.
Jane Lackner, Adjunct Instructor – Walker College of Health Professions
“I am in my 11th year as an adjunct instructor in the Occupational Therapy Program here at Maryville. I primarily teach labs involving hands-on OT interventions, clinical reasoning skills, and professional behavior skills. I have presented with students at both our state and national conferences on infant care for parents who have the use of only one upper limb. It was wonderful to see my students shine so brightly!
As a clinician, I work for SSM Health in our various Day Institute outpatient rehabilitation clinics, providing occupational therapy for clients with CVA’s, lower limb amputations, Parkinsonism, spinal cord injury, general debility, and other neurological and physical limitations.
I believe that being a teacher makes me a better clinician, and that being a clinician makes me a better teacher. I enjoy having the balance between the two. I am a St. Louis native, and am married with two grown children. My interests include trying out new restaurants, cooking and baking, and hiking/traveling.”
Michele Carter, Adjunct Instructor – College of Arts and Sciences
“I have a bachelors in Psychology from S.I.U.-Carbondale and a masters degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy, also from SIU. I was a clinician for 27 years, working in a variety of contexts (private practice, residential treatment, schools) with different ages. While my expertise was working with survivors of abuse and hard to reach teenagers and young adults, I also helped clients with a variety of other issues.
I have been at Maryville University since the Fall of 2013 and have loved every minute of it! While I am licensed to practice in the state of Missouri, I have been on hiatus from private practice since coming to Maryville. My hope is that I can utilize all that I have gained from working with my clients over the years, and in turn I can get the next generation excited about helping others and maybe even go into psychology as their chosen career.”
Dawn Jones, Adjunct Instructor – Simon School of Business
Dawn Jones has an extensive background in managing finance, accounting, and information system functions. She has her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri, M. B. A. from Southern Illinois University, and is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and Sage Certified Solutions Provider, among other certifications.
In addition to two decades of corporate experience, Dawn’s credentials include running her own firm, Accounting & Software Consulting. Dawn specializes in helping small businesses with automating accounting processes and implementing cloud-based accounting applications. Dawn is an Adjunct Instructor in the Business Program at Maryville University of St. Louis, in addition to her role as Adjunct Advisory Council member.
Lisa Sitler, Adjunct Instructor – Walker College of Health Professions
Lisa Sitler, PhD, RN, MSH-Ed, PHNA-BC has over 10 years experience as a nurse educator and has been a nurse for more than 20 years. Her nursing career has included maternal health, public/community health, and psychiatric nursing. She serves on several local and state boards.
Her professional interests include maternal child health, mental health nursing, and health promotion and disease prevention. She has taught as adjunct instructor for Maryville since 2009.
Mary C. Leduc
*As of Feb. 6, 2019
If you have completed the Diversity and Inclusion Reflection, the Active Learning Ecosystem Reflection, the Acknowledgment Form, and the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Quiz and have not received your certificate, please email Laura Ross.
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