Volume 5, Issue 4 - September 14, 2020

Faculty & Staff Scholarship

Debbie Craig, art instructor, was recently a featured artist in Golden Isles magazine, "The Making Of Mud Mama," which also included a feature on the Empty Bowl Project benefiting America's Second Harvest Food Bank. Aurora Pope, Assistant Professor of Art, is in the process of installing an exhibit at the Saint Simons Welcome Center called Birds of a Feather; it will be up between September 14 - October 17.

Dr. David Mulry, Professor of English, recently published “This…Feeling of Indifference: Tarr’s importance in Lewis’s narrative design" in The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies, a prominent UK journal for Lewis research. The paper, which is a part of a larger project on modernist narratology, examines the framing of the central character, Tarr, in the novel of the same name (1918), and the destabilizing and unconventional narrative strategies used by Lewis, prominent vorticist artist, and writer, to subvert the traditional story arcs of the bildungsroman (the coming of age story). Dr. Mulry, who is webmaster of the Joseph Conrad Society of America, also recently presented his paper, "A Taste for Silence: The Failure of Retreat in Conrad's Wildernesses" at the 47th Annual International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK) via Zoom at St Mary’s University Twickenham, London. The paper which emerged out of research on his upcoming book Terrorism in the Late Victorian and Early Edwardian Novel (Palgrave 2021), compares the recluse and the wanderer in Conrad's fiction (figures like Marlow, Jim and Heyst) with the retreat in anarchist and revolutionary socialist novels that follow the sensational novella, Delisle Hay's The Doom of the Great City (1880).

Lee McKinley, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Health Informatics, was credentialed recently as a Certified Professional of Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). This certification is available through the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an international organization dedicated to the innovation of technology in the healthcare environment. The CPHIMS certification program recognizes and honors experienced professionals for their proven expertise and commitment to the field.

Dr. Codi Cocchi, Associate Director of Service-Learning, was nominated by his dissertation chair for the International Association For Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement’s (IARSLCE) Dissertation Award. This particular Dissertation Award acknowledges and celebrates a dissertation that advances research on service-learning and community engagement through rigorous and innovative inquiry and has the potential for impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken.

Dr. Jennifer Gray, Professor of English, participated in the 2020 Teacher Research Week, which was sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Writing Project and held virtually from July 27-30, 2020. Only certified Teacher Consultants through the National Writing Project (https://www.nwp.org) are invited to participate in the event. The Research Week assists with research question development for writing instructors and results in 3 CEUs (or the equivalent of 30 contact hours of professional development).

Dr. Anelise Farris, Assistant Professor of English, published a scholarly book review of Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction: Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World, edited by Anita Tarr and Donna R. White, in the most recent issue of the Science Fiction Research Association Review, Vol. 50, No. 2-3.

While teaching Psychology of the Natural World this summer, Dr. Carla Bluhm, Associate Professor of Psychology, arranged a Zoom interview with 2016 Chelsea Flower Show Gold winner and famed English gardener Juliet Sargeant. In this two-part interview, Ms. Sargeant discusses her award winning "Anti-slavery Garden" as well as her thoughts on how Coastal Georgia students in Brunswick might find healing in the aftermath of the death of Ahmaud Arbery through a diversity of voices in gardening and learning how to express themselves through the natural world.

Dr. Chris Wilhelm, Associate Professor of History, recently served on a City Commission committee that examined Brunswick's Confederate Monument. As part of this work, Dr. Wilhelm conducted primary source research on the monument's creation and recorded a series of YouTube videos that examined this monument's history and the broader relevant historical issues. A video on this monument's erection can be found here: https://youtu.be/JPEtaGwW8ls. At the link you can find other videos examining historical myth, the Civil War, and the Lost Cause. Brunswick's city commission is set to discuss this issue on September 16 at 5:00 pm, where it will accept public comments on this issue.

Dr. Nelbert “Doc” St. Clair, Associate Professor of Cyber Defense, has a paper published entitled, “Are Cybersecurity Professionals Satisfied with Recent Cybersecurity Graduates?” in the Journal of The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education, Volume 7, No. 1, pp. 1-7, 2020. The paper can be found at https://cisse.info/journal/index.php/cisse/article/view/103/103

Dr. St. Clair also had a paper published entitled, “Personal Effectiveness Competencies of Recent Cybersecurity Graduates” in Issues in Information Systems, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp. 270-278, 2020. The paper can be found at http://www.iacis.org/iis/2020/2_iis_2020_270-278.pdf

USG Faculty Development Webinars
Engaging Students Online
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September 29, 2020 / 11 AM – 12 PM
How can you engage your students while they are learning remotely? In this interactive session, we will discuss how to leverage technologies to create engaging learning experiences while making it manageable for you as an instructor. We will focus on technologies and strategies you could use to facilitate three elements of student engagement: communication, connection, and interaction. Whether you are teaching online, hybrid, or in-person classes this Fall, please join us for a discussion on engaging students and supporting their success. Come with your questions and share with your colleagues what has worked well in your teaching.
Facilitator: Chaohua Ou, Georgia Tech

Creating Community in the Online Classroom
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October 2, 2020 / 11 AM- 12 PM
Students, especially first and second year students, are very influenced by their classroom environments. They may also feel overwhelmed and disengaged in online classes and not perform well. Faculty new to online teaching also describe the same feelings of disconnect with students in their online courses. While online courses are different from face-to-face and hybrid courses, there are many ways to create a sense of community that matches, or even exceeds, face to face class engagement. During this webinar we will explore how to develop a positive and supportive online learning environment that will allow all learners to succeed.
Laura Carruth, Georgia State University
Josie Baudier, Georgia Highlands College

Hybrid HIPs
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October 6, 2020 11 AM – 12 PM
Description: Coming soon
Chase Hagood, University of Georgia
Shannon Brooks, University of Georgia

Promoting Intellectual Engagement
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October 9, 2020 / 11 AM – 12 PM
You’ve moved your course totally online: How do you inspire the same level of creative excitement about discovering connections, exploring insights, and working together to construct deep understandings of the material? In this session, we will provide you with guidelines and specific strategies for creating the environment that supports intellectual engagement and exploration in your asynchronous online course.
Amy R. Austin, eCampus
Beth René Roepnack, eCampus

Summative and Formative Assessment
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October 12, 2020 / 11 AM – 12 PM
As learning models shift between face to face, hybrid, and remote, how we facilitate and assess learning naturally shift as well. Traditional models of homework, in-person exams, and student presentations necessarily require rethinking and flexibility. How might we approach these changes to assessments in ways that are equitable, feasible, and motivational?
In this workshop, we use the backwards course design process and Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TiLT) framework to think through ways to create summative and formative assessments that are aligned with course objectives, effectively demonstrate student learning, and are feasible in remote learning contexts.
Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Georgia Tech
Carol Subiño Sullivan, Georgia Tech

Self-care and burnout avoidance
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October 15, 2020 / 11 AM – 12 PM
Description: Coming soon
Becky Johnson, University of North Georgia
Tamara Payne, Fort Valley State University
Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Georgia Tech

Treating Cheating as a Growth Opportunity (for our students and for us, too)
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October 19, 2020 / 11 AM – 12 PM
When a student cheats, what emotions do we experience? It’s hard to step aside from our instinctive negative responses to these incidents, but they’re important opportunities for both faculty and students to treat as learning opportunities. In this session, we’ll use case studies as a basis for sharing responses to complex situations. We’ll consider ways that we can prevent or lessen academic dishonesty, and how – if it does occur – our responses can result in the most meaningful growth for our students.
Susan Hrach, Columbus State University
Mariko Izumi, Columbus State University

QEP Development Committee

Having completed the process of selecting a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic (COMPASS: Integrated Career & Academic Planning), the next step is developing the actual plan. A QEP Development Committee was recently appointed, chaired by Dr. Jennfer Hatchel, Professor of Biology. Membership includes Dr. Scott Argo, Assistant Vice President for Recruitment & Admission; Dr. Cody Cocchi, Associate Director of Service-Learning; Lily Heidger, Student Government Association, Dr. Yi Hua, Assessment Specialist; Michele Johnson, Public Services Librarian – Brunswick; Tiffany King, Staff Writer; Dr. Andrea Kwasny, Assistant Professor of English; Patricia Morris, Lead Advisor; Dr. Matthew Mosley, Assistant Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management; Lorraine Moyer, Director of Budget & Foundation Accounting; Dr. Maryanne Sandberg, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Jesse Watkins, Men’s Head Basketball Coach; Brian Weese, Director of Career Development; and Dr. Jim Lynch, ex officio, SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison.

The Committee has been charged to create the plan to be presented to SACSCOC. The plan will document the topic identification process, including relevant research on the topic, and will specify the student learning outcomes and assessment of the project’s initiatives to improve learning. The Committee will craft a task plan for implementation, develop a multiyear budget for implementation and assessment, and design an implementation infrastructure. More specifically, the Committee has the following responsibilities:

  • Research the QEP topic and refine student learning outcomes
  • Identify actions needed to achieve the desired student learning outcomes
  • Consider the infrastructure necessary to implement and maintain the QEP
  • Establish a timeline for accomplishing the plan
  • Budget necessary resources to successfully carry out the QEP
  • Develop an assessment plan
  • Prepare submission documentation

During the 2020-21 academic year, the Committee plans to research and draft various portions of the evolving QEP with the goal of refining and completing the action plan by August 2021.

Second Session is a Jumpstart for Spring Semester!
Enrollment Management has encouraged applicants to apply for a second session start so that they have time to get financial aid in order, but do not have to wait until January to begin taking courses. Interested students are being directed to the Jump Start You College Education web page, where a student can find a list of the courses and resources available to them. These second session courses are used by advisors who counsel students. Have a student that had to drop a course? They could still pick up a second session one!

Fall 2020 Assessment Newsletter
Dr. Yi Hua, Assessment Specialist in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, justed completed the Fall 2020 Assessment Newsletter to provide best in practice assessment resources and updates for faculty and staff involved in curricular and co-curricular assessment activities. So, check out the latest issue!

Newsletter - Addendum: The first virtual Assessment Workshop – Assessment 101 – will be held on Friday, September 25 starting at 2:00 pm via Zoom. Registration is not required but highly recommended. The Workshop registration link is: https://forms.gle/Qz2iS6fUPdb3vys3A. The Zoom link will be disseminated soon. In the meantime, please feel free to let Dr. Hua (yhua@ccga.edu) know if you have any questions or suggestions!

Upcoming Events
  • October 2 - Midterm Grades Due
  • October 7-9 - Final Exams (1st Session)
  • October 9 - Midterm for Full Session
  • October 21 - Attendance Verification Due by Noon (2nd Session)
  • November 28 - All coursework completed
  • Final Exams - December 7-11
  • Final Grades Due by Noon - December 13

Call for Contributions
If you would like to contribute an article, news item, or event notice for our newsletter, please contact Dr. Jim Lynch at jlynch@ccga.edu - Next issue: October 19.

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