Reminder: Teaching Scholars to report back on projects, this Friday

The 2012-2013 UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars will be sharing the results of their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects with the campus community Friday (Sept. 13) from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in MAC Hall 223. The program is free and open to all. Faculty members scheduled to present are Dallas Blaney, Sarah Himmelheber, Yunsun Huh, Vince Lowery, Vicki Medland and Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz.

Last year’s Teaching Scholars to report back on projects, next Friday

The 2012-2013 UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars will be sharing the results of their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects with the campus community Friday (Sept. 13) from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in MAC Hall 223. The program is free and open to all. Faculty members scheduled to present are Dallas Blaney of Public and Environmental Affairs; Sarah Himmelheber, Social Work; Yunsun Huh, Democracy and Justice Studies; Vince Lowery, Humanistic Studies; Vicki Medland, associate director of the Center for Biodiversity; and Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, Humanistic Studies. “Please come to see how each of these scholars investigated learning in their own classes.

UW-Green Bay announces 2013-14 Teaching Scholars

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars Program are proud to announce the names of faculty members selected to be 2013-14 Teaching Scholars.

The eight selected are:

•  David Helpap, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science)
•  Jenell Holstead, Human Development (Psychology)
•  Katia Levintova, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science)
•  Christopher Martin, Humanistic Studies (Philosophy)
•  Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development (Psychology, Women’s/ Gender Studies)
•  Alison Staudinger, Democracy and Justice Studies (Political Science)
•  Gail Trimberger, Social Work
•  Elizabeth Wheat, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science)

(Also participating, courtesy of a UW-Green Bay partner institution, Bellin College, is Bellin nursing instructor Jason Mott.)

Each scholar will investigate a teaching issue and present his or her findings to the campus. Co-directors of the program, Profs. David Voelker (Humanistic Studies and History) and Ryan Martin (Human Development and Psychology), note that numerous applications were received. The program, originated as part of the UW System’s Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program, invites participation by early- and mid-career faculty members and gives them opportunities to enhance teaching and learning through research, collaboration, and reflection.

Reminder: July 12 is deadline for Teaching Scholars

Call for Applications: UWGB Teaching Scholars (2013-14) 
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) is pleased to offer you an opportunity to share your teaching expertise and further develop your craft. Please consider applying to be a UWGB Teaching Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year. Being a Teaching Scholar is both an honor — a recognition of excellent teaching — and a means of professional development.

Co-directed by David Voelker (Humanistic Studies/History) and Ryan Martin (Human Development/Psychology), the program offers opportunities to discuss teaching with colleagues, develop new teaching strategies, read materials about teaching and learning, and assess a learning goal through a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) project.

Up to seven faculty members and instructors will be selected, and each will receive a $1,000.00 stipend. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to design their SoTL project in the Fall, for implementation in the Spring 2014 semester. To apply for this professional development opportunity, please submit the following in an email message (with attachments) to David, Ryan, and CATL Director, Jennifer Lanter (, and

• A two to three page letter of interest detailing your teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments, and a rough description of a teaching or learning challenge or problem you propose to address with a SoTL project.  (Please also state your commitment to attend at least 6 of the 7 scheduled meetings.)
• A brief CV (approximately 2-3 pages, with an emphasis on teaching and any SoTL experience)
• A letter of support from your unit chair (approximately one page)

If you have any questions about either program, please contact David Voelker ( and/or Ryan Martin (

Faculty appointments: Lanter, Martin to take on new roles

We’d also like to congratulate a couple of faculty members who will take on new roles for the 2013-14 academic year. Associate Prof. Jennifer Lanter, Psychology and Human Development, will become director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), replacing Associate Prof. Aeron Haynie, Humanistic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. And Associate Prof. Ryan Martin, Human Development and Psychology, will become the new co-director of the UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars Program. Martin will work with Associate Prof. David Voelker, Humanistic Studies. “I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to further the development and delivery of programs and resources that foster excellence in teaching and learning here at UWGB,” Lanter said Friday. “I am excited by the chance to promote collaboration and partnerships among units and faculty across campus interested in excellence in teaching and learning, to help facilitate innovative and creative professional development activities, and to integrate some already solid programs on this campus (i.e., Teaching Scholars) with new initiatives designed to advance faculty development, teaching improvement, and curricular innovation at UWGB.” More information about both programs is available online.

Outgoing ‘Teaching Scholars’ class to share its findings Friday

Profs. Angela Bauer and David Voelker, co-directors of the UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars Program, invite the campus to join them for a celebration of innovative teaching from 3:30 to 5 p.m. this Friday (Sept. 14) MAC Hall 201. The half-dozen faculty members who represent the 2011-2012 Class of Teaching Scholars will present the final results from their yearlong teaching and learning projects. Come and learn of the scholars’ efforts to enhance student learning on our campus!

Presenters and project titles are as follows:
Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration — How do first generation college students seek classroom performance feedback: A Conceptual Framework
Franklin Chen, Natural and Applied Sciences — Effective Implementation of Total Differential Calculus in a UW-Green Bay Thermodynamics Class
Amanda Nelson, Human Biology — Implementing Webcasts into Anatomy and Physiology to Engage Visual Learning
Alma Rodriguez-Estrada, Natural and Applied Sciences — Effectiveness of Collaborative Learning Techniques and Mechanisms to Enhance Students’ Preparedness
David Voelker, Humanistic Studies — Understanding Historical Thinking
Jennifer Zapf, Human Development, with co-author Adolfo Garcia of Information and Computing Science —Peer instruction vs. traditional lecture: What’s the impact on student learning?

Teaching Scholars: Blaney, Himmelheber, Huh, Lowery, Medland, Saxton-Ruiz

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) congratulates the 2012-2013 Teaching Scholars!  Co-directors of the program, Profs. Angie Bauer and David Voelker, have announced their selections for this year. Each scholar will investigate a teaching issue and present their findings to the campus.

The participants and a brief summary of their projects:

Dallas Blaney, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, plans to develop assessment methods that are ongoing, reflexive, and adapt to students’ needs as they study developing-country issues;

Sarah Himmelheber, a new assistant professor of Social Work, will investigate the impact of service learning project structure on student learning. She will also seek to determine how project structure affects the formation and strengthening of community relationships;

Yunsun Huh, assistant professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and Economics, will develop and assess methods to increase students’ engagement and decrease their anxiety in math-oriented classes such as Microeconomics;

Vince Lowery, assistant professor of Humanistic Studies and History, plans to develop and assess strategies for teaching students to think historically in Introduction to African American Studies (History 207);

Vicki Medland, associate director of the Cofrin Arboretum and an adjunct faculty member in Natural and Applied Sciences, intends to develop novel structures for stimulating meaningful online asynchronous discussions among students;

Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, assistant professor of Humanistic Studies and Spanish, plans to develop and assess methods for creating a student-centered classroom in survey courses (specifically, Spanish 258 — Cultures of America).

Haynie honored with selection to direct UW System teaching project

UW-Green Bay Prof. Aeron Haynie learned Monday she has been appointed a co-director of this state’s signature faculty-development initiative: the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program. Haynie and Cyndie Kernahan of UW-River Falls will head up the program, which is sponsored by OPID, the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development. The program affords an opportunity for early-career, untenured faculty (the Fellows) and experienced educators (the Scholars) to explore and model best practices in college teaching. By sharing such strategies statewide, the aim is to multiply the impact on student learning at each UW System institution. Haynie’s appointment as co-director is a one-year term, renewable up to five years. The co-directors, among other duties, collaborate with UW System staff in program planning, curriculum and implementation. Haynie will continue in her current role as a UW-Green Bay professor of Humanistic  Studies and director of this University’s own faculty-development initiative, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. UW-Green Bay was strongly influential in shaping development of the Teaching Scholars program, with former Profs. Fergus Hughes and Denise Scheberle taking lead roles in the early years.

Announcing UW-Green Bay’s Teaching Scholars for 2011-12

Co-directors of the Teaching Scholars Program, Profs. Aeron Haynie and Angela Bauer-Dantoin, have selected the UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars for the 2011-2012 academic year. These scholars were chosen on the basis of their teaching excellence and their projects’ potential to impact student learning across campus. Below is a brief description of their teaching projects:

Gaurav Bansal (Business Administration) will investigate best practices for teaching first-generation college students.

Franklin Chen (Chemistry, NAS) is working on ways to incorporate more math (calculus and partial differential equations) into his Physical Chemistry courses.

Amanda Nelson (Human Biology) is working on implementing webcasts of key concepts into her Anatomy and Physiology course.

Alma Rodriguez Estrada (NAS) plans to develop new collaborative learning techniques for her Conservation of Natural Resources course.

Melissa Schnurr (Human Development) will compare hybrid and face-to-face formats for her Infancy and Early-Childhood course.

David Voelker (History and Humanistic Studies) will assess a new web-based class preparation assignment that aims to “guide students to prepare more thoroughly for class.”

Jennifer Zapf (Human Development and Psychology) and Adolfo Garcia (Communication, CIS) will work on a joint, interdisciplinary project to measure the effectiveness of “reciprocal learning.”

Commented Haynie and Bauer-Dantoin in a joint statement: “We’re very excited to have such a broad representation across disciplines and look forward to a productive collaboration between tenured and pre-tenured faculty.”