By Ronald Hanaki
SC Staff Writer
The Committee for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Conference took place on Thursday, April 10 in Monroe Hall.
The CETL Conference is a mini-conference on faculty research and scholarly activity where ESU professors present their latest scholarly research. Some of these presentations are adapted from articles that have recently been published in academic journals.
The session presentations were to be chaired by communication studies professors Dr. Cem Zeytinoglu and Dr. Paul Lippert, but Dr. Lippert ill.
There were three separate presentation sessions. The 12:30 PM session featured presentations from political science professor Dr. Adam McGlynn, digital media technologies professor Dr. Beth Sockman, and English professor Dr. Sandra Eckard.
Dr. McGlynn gave a presentation titled “Examining Stakeholder Opinions on the Role of Race and Ethnicity in the Adoption of Adult Literacy Policy.”
Dr. Sockman’s presentation was titled “21st Century Innovative Teacher’s Development,” which focused on learner-centered classrooms.
Dr. Eckard’s presentation was called “Invasion: Using Science Fiction and Film for Teaching Literature.”
The 1:30 PM session featured Dr. Olivia Carducci, Dr. Charles Warner, Dr. Robert Cohen, Dr. LuAnn Batson-Magnuson, and Dr. Chris Dudley.
Mathematics professor Dr. Carducci’s presentation was called “Successful Matchings.”
She looked at the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), which pairs 25,000 graduating medical students with hospital residency positions every year, and its impact on married couples who may want to be matched together as a couple into residency programs at the same hospital.
Communications studies professor Dr. Warner’s presentation was on “The Politics of Nutritional Supplementation.”
His presentation focused on how political ideology can impact the phenomenon of nutritional supplementation. People’s political beliefs, Dr. Warner argued, impact how they look at dietary nutrition.
Physics professor Dr. Robert Cohen gave a talk titled “A One-Year Evolution of Surface Airstream Boundaries Over the U.S,” which covered the evolution of fronts and cyclones, and their impact on weather events.
Speech-language pathology professor Dr. LuAnn Batson-Magnuson’s presentation was called “Classification Validity of DIAL-R and DIAL-3 for Special Education Eligibility.”
The results that she reported do not support the predictive utility of either DIAL version (DIAL-R and DIAL-3) for use as a pre-kindergarten universal screen.
History professor Dr. Chris Dudley’s presentation was called “The Whig Interest in Eighteenth Century Britain: The Election of 1734 as a Case Study.” This was adapted from Dr. Dudley’s paper explaining why the Whig party won the 1734 election in Britain.
The 2:30 PM session featuredDr. Carol Walker, Dr. Christopher Brooks, Dr. Leif-Johan Eliasson, and Dr. Yevgeniy Galperin.
Digital media technologies professor Dr. Walker’s presentation was called “Twenty-First Century Cyber bullying Defined: An Analysis of Intent, Repetition, and Emotional Response.”
Dr. Walker’s study evaluated the instances of cyber bullying experienced by undergraduate university students to provide a current definition for the event through the analysis of intent and repetition.
Her study led her to propose a new definition for what should be defined as cyber bullying.
History professor Dr. Christopher Brooks gave a talk on “German Employment Law: 618 Questions Frequently Asked by Foreigners.”
His presentation was adapted from a book he co-authored with a German lawyer that explains German labor law to an English-speaking audience.
Political science professor Dr. Eliasson’s presentation was called “Problems, Progress, and Prognosis in Trade and Investment Negotiations: The Transatlantic Free Trade and Investment Partnership.”
Although a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership may lead to increased economic output, the creation of more jobs, the establishment of regulatory standards with global reach, and the setting of a new ‘gold standard’ for other trade agreements, Dr. Eliasson is not optimistic such a comprehensive free trade agreement will happen in the near future.
Mathematics professor Dr. Galperin closed the conference with his presentation, “College Algebra or Economics of Being Green.”
The discussion focused on the challenges of teaching college algebra.
Dr. Galperin found that by incorporating materials and projects related to environmental awareness into his college algebra course, he was able to make college algebra a more engaging subject, especially for students who happen to be more motivated.
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