Dornbush accepts post in academic affairs, grants, grad studies

post-dornbushProf. Mathew E. Dornbush is joining the academic affairs administrative team at UW-Green Bay as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Professional Development and Grants, and Director of Graduate Studies.

He will report to Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Gregory Davis, who announced the appointment this week. Dornbush will begin his new duties Aug. 24.

Dornbush is a professor of biology with the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit who currently serves as chairman of UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary master’s degree program in Environmental Science and Policy. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In his new role, Dornbush will provide leadership for the Office of Grants and Research, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Graduate Studies, with the latter expected to be an area of emphasis with strategic planning and new recruitment/marketing initiatives. Additionally, he will take a lead role in promoting undergraduate student research and serve as a liaison to the University’s Institutional Research Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

The position represents a reshaping of the administrative post left vacant earlier this summer by the retirement of Daniel McCollum, whose title was assistant vice chancellor for academic administration.

Dornbush earned promotion to the highest faculty rank, full professor, this past June. The promotion came only a decade after he earned his doctoral degree in ecology at Iowa State University and joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2005. Along with his graduate-program experience as chairman of ES&P, Dornbush has been successful in winning outside grants to support his scientific research. His primary interests involve the role of native plant restorations in improving ecosystems. He has received state and federal grants for projects ranging from the potential use of native tallgrass for bio-energy purposes to the restoration of wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay.

Student-Nominated Teaching honorees are Schmitz, Katers

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the Spring 2015 Student Nominated Teaching Award recipients. Recipients will be presented their award at the University Leadership Award ceremony on Friday, May 15.

• Early Career Award Recipient — Sara Schmitz, Lecturer, Human Biology, director of Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

• Experienced Teacher Award Recipient — John Katers, Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, NAS chair, Environmental Science chair

From CATL: “Congratulations and thank you for exemplifying outstanding teaching at UW-Green Bay.”

At CATL blog, Weinschenk points to ‘video abstract’ by student Alvarez

Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk of political science and the Public and Environmental Affairs faculty has contributed an essay to Teaching and Learning at UWGB, the CATL blog. His piece, titled “Taking Student Research to the Next Level,” talks about the value of undergraduate research and the well-known opportunities here for engaged students to present at the Academic Excellence Symposium, Posters in the Rotunda and at professional conferences. He shares an additional idea. Weinschenk worked with now-graduated student Kristine Alvarez on an independent study project focusing on the effect of income inequality on voter turnout. “She produced an excellent research paper and presented at several conferences,” says Weinschenk, who then encouraged Alvarez to summarize her project via a short “video abstract,” part of what the professor says should be a move to communicate science more widely via various channels to better reach audiences outside the academy.
For the Weinschenk essay and the Alvarez video, click http://blog.uwgb.edu/catl/taking-student-research-to-the-next-level/.

Faculty note: Lanter elected to national board on undergrad research

Jennifer Lanter, director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and an associate professor in Human Development and Psychology, was recently elected to a three-year term as a councilor in the At-Large Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR). Elected Councilors are the governing body of CUR, leaders in the community of researchers at primarily undergraduate institutions, having demonstrated leadership in advancing undergraduate research. Councilors devote their time and creativity to inventing new programs and providing services to faculty, staff and the students they serve. Lanter will begin her term in late June 2015 at the CUR Annual Business Meeting at the University of Oklahoma-Norman. http://www.cur.org/membership/cur_councilor/

Register now: OPID Spring Conference 2015

Register today to attend the 2015 OPID Spring Conference April 16-17 at Heidel House in Green Lake. This conference will bring together more than 200 faculty and staff from across many disciplines to demonstrate the UW System’s commitment to excellence in teaching and student learning. The conference will provide a forum to recognize, acknowledge and share the expertise of faculty and academic staff who excel at teaching and value learning and are committed to sharing their experience, knowledge, practice and scholarship with colleagues. The intentional relationships among teaching, learning and making excellence inclusive will be a foundation of this event. For more information on the OPID Spring Conference 2015 please visit the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning website at www.uwgb.edu/catl/conference/uws.asp. Registration deadline is April 3, 2015.

Last calls for registrations for 19th annual Faculty Development Conference

Registration is nearing an end for the 19th annual Faculty Development Conference to be held Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the University Union. This year’s theme is “Engaging Students as Partners in Teaching and Learning: A High Impact Practice for All.” Free, open and of potential interest to all faculty and many staff, the conference and its interactive keynote will explore practical strategies from diverse disciplines for creating and sustaining student-faculty partnerships in teaching and learning. You must pre-register for the conference. There is a no charge for UW-Green Bay employees. Lunch is included. To register, visit www.uwgb.edu/catl/conference.

CATL advertises 2015 learning/presentation opportunities

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning (CATL) office would like to present several opportunities to share your expertise as well as opportunities to participate in activities and discussions in several areas of interest. For more information on upcoming workshops and conferences, visit the Conferences page on the CATL website.
Improved Online Teaching with Focus on Effective Assessment – This face to face workshop will be facilitated by Penny Ralston-Berg, an expert in online pedagogy and course design, at UW-Stout on January 22, 2015. Ms. Ralston-Berg will guide participants through a number of activities that will explore alignment of course activities and assessments with course learning outcomes. Identified gaps and challenges will be addressed with effective online assessment strategies focused on student learning and enhanced engagement. For more info.
Sharing Successes and Challenges in Teaching with Technology – a UW System Virtual Showcase Conference hosted by the Learning Technology Development Council. Curtis Bonk and Sarah Horton are keynote speakers for this no-travel and no-cost conference. Please consider submitting a proposal to share your expertise. Proposals are due Jan. 30. For more information.
Distance Teaching and Learning Conference – sponsored by UW-Madison is seeking proposal submissions, with a Jan. 26 deadline. The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference is recognized internationally for its quality, integrity, and longevity. As a premier conference in distance education, it has welcomed thousands of speakers and distance education professionals to share ideas, resources, research, and best practices in its 30‑year legacy. The conference is in Madison, August 11-13, 2015.
The 2015 UW System Women & Science Program Spring Conference – May 18-19 at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells. We are now open for submission of proposals for presentations. Please share teaching, advising, mentoring, or other strategies that attract and retain students and educators who are underrepresented in STEM. Priority will be given to presentations that include assessment of the activity. Presenters’ meals and rooms will be paid for by the Women & Science Program; campuses will be asked to cover the mileage to get to the conference site. For more information about the conference, and the online abstract submission form.

Student-Nominated Teaching Awards go to Helpap, Clampitt

The Instructional Development Council in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning have honored the Fall 2014 recipients of the Student Nominated Teaching Award. Assistant Prof. David Helpap of Public and Environmental Affairs has received the early career award while Prof. Phillip Clampitt of Information and Computing Science was honored in the experienced teacher category. The award asks students to nominate an instructor who has made a significant impact on their learning. The awards were presented Dec. 12 at the University Leadership Awards program on campus.

Pre-holiday reminder: Sign up for Faculty Development Conference

The 19th Annual Faculty Development Conference will be held Jan. 21, 2015 in the University Union. This year’s theme is “Engaging Students as Partners in Teaching and Learning: A High Impact Practice for All.” Emerging research suggests that engaging students as partners in teaching and learning has a potential to enhance, and perhaps even transform, student learning — and also faculty teaching. This interactive keynote will explore practical strategies from diverse disciplines for creating and sustaining student-faculty partnerships in teaching and learning. The featured present is Peter Felten of Elon University, co-author of books including Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) and Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014). You must pre-register for the conference. There is a no charge for UW-Green Bay employees. Lunch included. To register, visit www.uwgb.edu/catl/conference/.

Faculty earn fall 2014 Teaching Enhancement Grants

As part of the faculty development program at UW-Green Bay, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Development Council set aside grant funds to provide monetary support for professional development activities or projects that can lead to the improvement of teaching skills or the development of innovative teaching strategies.

Recipients of the fall 2014 round of Teaching Enhancement Grants:

• Assistant Prof. Christine DePouw, Education — Research on White Student Racial Identity Processes and Effects on Teaching and Learning

• Prof. Heidi Fencl, Natural and Applied Sciences —  Flipped and Blended Physics

• Associate Prof. Catherine Henze, Humanistic Studies — Improved Shakespeare Teaching: Attendance at Shakespeare Association Meeting

• Instructional Program Manager Patricia Hicks, Outreach and Adult Access — Assessing e-Portfolios to Improve Learning in the Integrative Leadership Studies Capstone Course

• Prof. Sarah Meredith, Music — Hosting Masterclass Teacher and Guest Pedagogue Prof. Don Simonson Workshop

• Assistant Prof. Eric Morgan, Democracy and Justice Studies — Imagining the Past: Integrating Immersion Games into the U.S. and the World Classroom – Attending Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations meeting

• Assistant Prof. Rebecca Nesvet, Humanistic Studies — Hosting: Into the Archives: A Pedagogy Workshop with A. Reid Barbour

• Assistant Prof. Megan Olson Hunt, Natural and Applied Sciences — Attendance of Joint Mathematics Meetings

• Associate Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, Humanistic Studies — Pedagogy and Teaching Translation, attendance of American Literary Translators Association meeting

• Assistant Prof. Sawa Senzaki, Human Development —  SoTL Project and Attendance of Society for the Teaching of Psychology annual conference

• Assistant Prof. Alison Staudinger, Democracy and Justice Studies — Presentation on Deep Reading at the 2014 ISoTL

• Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson–Doenges, Human Development — Assessing e-Portfolios to Improve Learning in the Integrative Leadership Studies Capstone Course