2020-21 Teaching Circles

  • Center for Teaching Excellence
    Reflective Practice Teaching Circles 2020–21
    Updated 9-14-20
    CTC =
    Cross-Disciplinary Teac
    Type of Teaching Circle Open or Closed Name of Teaching Circle Brief Description Name of Facilitator
    CTC OPEN Mathematical and Computer Sciences Emerging Technologies Teaching Circle This teaching circle focuses on the use of emerging technologies and how they can be used in the teaching and sharing of classroom experiences. Often this focus is centered on mathematics; however, all disciplines are welcome.
    John Chrispell
    jchrispe@iup.edu
    724-357-4763
    DTC CLOSED Getting Things Done (GTD) Teaching Circle
    This teaching circle is for faculty to explore new technique for time management to boldly go where no teaching circle has ever gone before!
    Gian Pagnucci
    pagnucci@iup.edu
    724-357-2261
    DTC CLOSED Healthy Teachers Focus on healthy lifestyle behaviors Identify self-care tips for faculty Discuss health and wellness strategies to us throughout the academic year.
    Kristy Chunta
    kchunta@iup.edu
    724-357-3091
    CTC OPEN Issues and Ideas in
    Teaching Writing
    Across the Curriculum
    Discussion group; developing practical strategies for teaching writing in all disciplines
    Bryna SiegelFiner
    brynasf@iup.edu
    646-483-9487
    CTC OPEN Zoom Writing Group The goal is to get together and block out time for writing and research. This group will serve as an idea, heave, and time commitment for research and writing activities.
    Veronica Paz
    vpaz@iup.edu
    724-590-9164
    CTC OPEN Online Teaching and Learning
    To provide best practices, tools, tips, and pedagogy for Online Teaching, Hybrid Teaching, and Blended formats of Teaching. To learn and share ideas and experiences related to online (and other modalities) of teaching and learning.
    Veronica Paz
    vpaz@iup.edu
    724-590-9164
    CTC` OPEN Open Educational Resources (OER) Teaching Circle
    For anyone who is interested in incorporating OER into a unit or lesson, or find a textbook replacement, for their course. Fall 2020 would focus on researching OER, exploring OER collections, and finding suitable resources. Spring would focus on implementation and assessment strategies. No need to be familiar with OER.
    Sara Parme
    sparme@iup.edu
    724-357-3318
    DTC CLOSED Improving Clinical Judgment
    Identify teaching-learning activities to improve nursing students clinical judgment Conduct research related to clinical judgment Discuss challenges r/t clinical judgment Implement improvement measures r/t clinical judgment
    Taylor Edwards
    t.edwards@iup.edu
    7243169112
    CTC CLOSED APSCUF Newer Faculty Teaching Circle
    Exclusive to newer tenure-track faculty, the goal of this teaching circle is to provide a supportive forum centered on teaching, research, and service for Newer Faculty as they navigate their tenure-track years at IUP.
    Rachel Fox
    rporter@iup.edu
    724-357-5691
    DTC CLOSED Small Teaching Practices for Big Gains
    1) Reflect on current pedagogical practices, 2) Discuss models of small teaching in traditional and online learning environments, and 3) Implement small activities that energize student engagement and increase comprehension of course topics.
    Meigan Robb
    mrobb@iup.edu
    724-357-3425

    Teresa Shellenbarger
    tshell@iup.edu
    724 357-2559
    CTC CLOSED Transformative Texts To explore, share, and grow our knowledges of teaching from transformative texts from across the humanities canon. Such works might include the plays of William Shakespeare and the writings of H.G. Wells.
    Lynn Botelho
    Botelho@iup.edu
    724-357-2884
    DTC CLOSED Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Teaching Circle To support faculty development in teaching and student interactions. More specific goals will be established at the first meeting with the full group. Shannon Phaneuf
    spha@iup.edu
    724-357-5606

    Sadie Miller
    smummert@iup.edu
    724-357-1250
    CTC CLOSED Enhancing Learning of Healthcare Students through use of Interprofessional Simulation Our team of six faculty members from three different colleges, with expertise in nursing, nutrition, speech-language pathology, and theater, collaborate to bring our students together for simulation experiences that allow them to learn from and about each other. The members of this teaching circle collaborate and support each other on internal and external grant opportunities to more fully integrate simulation opportunities into the respective curricula and to continue to contribute to the existing simulation research that is available in each of our respective disciplines.  Erin Clark
    eclark@iup.edu
    724-357-5684

    Pao Ying Hsiao
    pyhsiao@iup.edu
    724-357-7917
    DTC OPEN  General Chemistry Department Teaching Circle To improve the student experience in the General Chemistry courses, especially the laboratory components Wendy Lou Elcesser
    endyw@iup.edu
    724-357-2362
    CTC  CLOSED  Promotion and Tenure Preparation Teaching Circle  To provide collegial and informative discourse in preparation of promotion and tenure materials for FY 20-21. Aleea Perry
    aperry@iup.edu
    724-357-7527

    Jennifer Smith
    jsmith@iup.edu
    724-357-5990
    DTC CLOSED  Safety Sciences Teaching Circle  Finish writing article that summarized research conducted on active learning.  Identify future projects to pursue that aligns with student-centered approach. Wanda Minnick
    wanda.minnick@iup.edu 
    724-357-3276
    CTC OPEN  Integrating Digital Design and Rapid Prototyping into the Classroom  This teaching circle will investigate strategies for integrating digital design and fabrication into the classroom.  We will use Rhino 3D software to create digital files for rapid prototyping using a laser cutter, 3D printer, and CNC mill, with a focus on planning introductory projects for students and methods for instruction and assessment.  Theses new technologies are becoming more widely available, and it is vital that our students are trained in their use.  This teaching circle is open to any faculty member who is interested in including digital design and rapid prototyping in their curriculum. Sharon Massey
    smassey@iup.edu
    412-996-9059

    Sean Derry
    tvls@iup.edu
    DTC  CLOSED  Sculpture Support System: mentoring students through social practice  This teaching circle will explore effective extracurricular mentoring strategies for undergraduate art students through the development and creation of participatory public art projects.
    Sean Derry
    tvls@iup.edu
    724-357-2539

    Sharon Massey
    smassey@iup.edu
    724-357-2633
     DTCCLOSED Leaders Exploring Leadership Text To explore two recent leadership texts and develop reading response questions integrating technology. To write about our professional learning circle and using leadership trade books in courses for publication. Dr. Susan Marie Sibert
    smsibert@iup.edu
    724-357-2400 
     DTCCLOSED  History Department Teaching Circle 1) To reflect on pedagogical practices that can meet student needs and facilitate their learning. 2) To develop strategies for departmental recruitment and retention to support a diverse student body.

    Soo Chun Lu
    sclu@iup.edu
    724-357-2284

      Erin Conlin
    elconlin@iup.edu
    724-3572284 
     CTCCLOSED  Research and WritingThe focus is on helping junior faculty balance research and writing with teaching and life. This current year may also be more about supporting people as they balance a whole host of issues in their personal and professional lives.  Erin Conlin

    elconlin@iup.edu
    724-357-2284

      Rachel Sternfeld
    ras@iup.edu
     CTCOPEN  Faculty Wellness This teaching circle will explore ways for faculty to be healthy, happy, and productive.Theresa McDevitt
    mcdevitt@iup.edu
    724-357-4892 
     DTCCLOSED Bridging teaching, learning and scholarship  Discuss, identify, and implement scholarly projects associated with teaching technology oriented mathematics as well as tracking success for mathematics courses.

    Valerie Long
    vlong@iup.edu
    724-357-4060

      Alfred Dahma
    alfy@iup.edu
    724-357-2388 
     DTC CLOSED Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance This year the department focuses on applying Anti-Racism practices within our teaching, work, and artistry.Rachel DeSoto-Jackson
    jackson@iup.edu
    724-357-2777 
     DTCCLOSED  Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance To provide a forum for interested faculty to share teaching experiences an expertise with the goal of developing our teaching skills.William J. Farrell
    wfarrell@IUP.edu
    724-357-7978