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