RE: Procedures for Professional Development and Support for Online Instructors
A substantial number of UNCG courses utilize hybrid or all-online environments to facilitate student learning. For those who teach in these environments, delivering instruction of the highest quality is paramount. In Fall 2018, I charged a working group with developing and vetting a new set of Procedures for Professional Development and Support for Online Instructors, to become effective Spring 2020. These new Procedures will help us remain current in the ever-evolving online classroom, and they will bring our practice in line with the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Distance and Correspondence Education Policy requirements.
Online instructors (i.e., faculty, adjunct instructors, graduate students, and EHRA non-faculty instructors) will submit required materials by email to their Unit Representative (i.e., Department Chair/Program Director, or their designee). The Activity Insight faculty activity reporting tool is being modified and will eventually be the record-keeping mechanism. Required forms and resources can be accessed via the links contained within the Procedures document.
I thank the many colleagues who participated in the crafting and careful review of these new Procedures, including representatives from the Faculty Senate; the Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs); the Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning; UNCG Online; and the University Teaching and Learning Commons. It is my hope that these Procedures will both enhance the expertise of our faculty through professional development opportunities and ensure we continue to deliver the highest quality online instruction.
RE: Invitation to General Education Revision Taskforce Forum
We hope that everyone had a productive yet restful summer. We know that this was not the case for the many faculty that continued to work over the summer to revise UNC Greensboro’s General Education Program. We would like to invite you to presentation and discussion about the results of their labor.
In May the Provost tasked several faculty and staff with finishing the process that was started in fall 2017 to develop a new curriculum for Gen Ed. That group expanded to include other faculty with specialized disciplinary knowledge in areas like written communication, oral communication, quantitative literacy and others. In all, more than 45 people worked on different elements of the draft that has been developed.
The plan includes a simplified structure, definitions and learning outcomes for the competencies that have been endorsed for the plan, and consideration of components that were proposed as new additions to the General Education curriculum.
Please join us on Aug. 28, 2019 from 3-5 pm in the EUC Auditorium to see a presentation of the new plan and provide feedback to the General Education Revision Taskforce members.
RE: Call for Nominations for 2019-20 Teaching Excellence Awards
Provost Dunn and the Board of Governors/Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards Committee invite members of the UNCG community to nominate individuals for the 2019-2020 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, or for one of three Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards described below. Recipients of these awards receive an honorarium and university-wide or, in the case of the Board of Governors award, state-wide recognition. Self-nominations are encouraged. Click here for the nomination form. Eligible faculty members who received a 2018-2019 teaching award from their School or College will be nominated automatically.
The nomination period closes Tuesday, September 3. Nominees will be reviewed to ensure basic criteria are met. Eligible nominees will be invited to submit dossiers. Completed dossiers are due by 5pm Monday, October 28, 2019. Award recipients will be notified in spring 2020. The dossier cover sheet and submission instructions are available at the BOG / ATEA Site.
UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award (for Tenured Faculty) is open to tenured faculty members who have completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG. The BOG Award is the highest post-secondary award in the state and carries the expectation that applicants will be exceptional teachers who have extended their pedagogical activities beyond the classroom. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, mentorship and educational service) that has resulted in the advancement of the profession. The Board of Governors presents one faculty member from each UNC school with this award every year. The award brings statewide recognition.
Mary Settle Sharp Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Tenured Faculty) is open to tenured faculty members who have completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, and mentorship) at UNCG.
James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Untenured, Tenure-Track Faculty) is open to untenured, tenure-track faculty members who have completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, and mentorship) at UNCG.
Anna Maria Gove Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty) is open to any full-time non-tenure-track faculty member (lecturer, academic professional, clinical faculty, etc.) who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction) at UNCG.
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School of Nursing is Home to Competitive DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia
Kate Vanderford was 15 years old when her neighbor, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), introduced her to her dream job.
She was intrigued by anesthesia, and one day accompanied her neighbor when he went to work at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Vanderford watched in awe as the CRNA eased a patient’s fears only a few minutes after meeting him. She enjoyed everything she saw in the job, from taking patients to the operating room and inducing anesthesia, to monitoring them every second, and then waking them up at the end of a procedure.
“What intrigued me most about anesthesia was the complexity of it,” she said. “But all the while the CRNA was so confident and comforting for the patient. I loved how he was the one who was there with the patient the entire time.”
Vanderford is now only a few weeks away from graduating from UNC Greensboro and becoming a CRNA herself. She’s a third-year student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) concentration in nurse anesthesia, which has grown in popularity since it found a new home in the UNCG School of Nursing in 2015.
UNCG offers one of only six nursing anesthesia programs in North Carolina. The demanding three-year program, formerly known as the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG collaborative program, prepares registered nurses with critical care experience for careers as CRNAs.
Like anesthesiologists, CRNAs work in collaboration with physicians, dentists, and surgeons to provide anesthesia care for patients undergoing procedures.
“It’s not completely nursing. It has an element of being a nurse, first and foremost, but also being somewhat of an internist, applied pharmacologist, and a respiratory therapist wrapped up in one,” said Dr. Nancy Shedlick, program director for the UNCG nurse anesthesia concentration. “You’re taking care of the whole patient while they’re asleep ‒ by yourself.”
Shedlick was one of a dozen students who made up the first class in the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG collaborative program in 1990. She later helped oversee the program’s move to UNCG, where all classes have been taught since Fall 2018.
The consolidated program at UNCG benefits from many teaching and student services available in the School of Nursing and at the University. Anesthesia students take classes and labs in the state-of-the-art Union Square Campus nursing education building and have access to all that UNCG offers.
“The people that go into [nurse anesthesia] are ones that want to advance their careers and really want a lot of autonomy. This is really a way to have that,” said Dr. Linda Stone, a 1993 graduate of the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG collaborative program who serves as the assistant program director and a clinical assistant professor. “You’re getting to take care of your patient but also work to the full extent of your licensure and certification, so it’s probably the most rewarding job you can have. I can’t imagine there is one more rewarding than this.”
Eighty-nine students were enrolled in UNCG’s nurse anesthesia program during the Spring 2019 semester. Being admitted to the program – which the North Carolina Board of Nursing governs – has become more competitive as its popularity has increased in recent years. Every successful applicant must have at least one year of training in an intensive care unit, in addition to a bachelor’s degree and a 3.2 GPA, to be considered.
More than 95 percent of the students accepted into the DNP program continue on the track through graduation. They spend three years taking advanced physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology classes along with their clinical rotations.
“I can say that the clinical side at the start was the greatest challenge,” said Ethan Rudge, a third-year student who will graduate in August. “However, more time and experience in the operating room definitely make the clinical work easier as you make your way through the program.”
All the training is intended to prepare nursing students to make split-second decisions, because CRNAs must address any issue they encounter while a patient is under their care.
“It’s been everything I thought it would be and so much more,” Vanderford said. “All the time studying ‒ and the exams, projects, DNP deadlines, and new clinical rotations ‒ have been worth it.”
Story by Alex Abrams, School of Nursing
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications
Newly Named Distinguished and Excellence Professors
Distinguished professorships honor some of UNC Greensboro’s most inspiring and productive professors, allowing them opportunities to pursue further research and also support students in meaningful ways.
These termed appointments, which include a stipend and research funding, are awarded to UNCG professors who demonstrate excellence, and who serve as mentors for other faculty and students.
Seven faculty members have recently been named distinguished professors or excellence professors, across a variety of disciplines.
Dr. Jennifer Etnier, in the Department of Kinesiology, holds the Morton Distinguished Professorship. Etnier’s research focuses on the cognitive benefits of physical activity. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology and has received the Health and Human Performance Teaching Award, UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, School of Health and Human Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, School of Health and Human Sciences Graduate Mentoring Award, and the UNCG Graduate School´s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. She is president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and a member of three editorial board for peer-reviewed journals. She recently received supplemental funding from the National Institute on Aging for the project “The effect of physical activity on cognition relative to APOE genotype (PAAD-II).”
Dr. Esther Leerkes, the associate dean for research in the School of Health and Human Sciences and professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, is Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor. Leerkes’ primary research centers around parent-child relations in infancy and early childhood. Within this area, she has pursued three primary themes: identifying contextual, biological and psychological factors that contribute to sensitive maternal behavior, particularly in response to negative child emotions; examining links between maternal sensitivity and subsequent child outcomes such as emotion regulation, attachment security, behavior problems, adjustment to school, and obesity risk; examining the impact of parenting a child with unique temperamental characteristics on adult development, well-being, and relationships during the transition to parenthood. She also studies links between marital conflict and infant outcomes and the role of race in parental emotion socialization and related child outcomes.
Dr. John Stufken, who will soon join UNCG as the director of the new master’s program in informatics and analytics, has been appointed the Bank of America Excellence Professor. Stufken has authored more than 75 publications, many in top refereed statistics journals, co-authored/edited two books, given approximately 100 invited presentations at professional conferences plus 70 invited research seminars. He is a fellow of both the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. He will direct the Fall 2019 launch and subsequent expansion of the MSIA. Initially, Stufken will focus on recruiting high caliber faculty and students, partnering with local industries to create a strong capstone experience for students, and maintaining an active research program.
Dr. Connie McKoy, professor and director of undergraduate studies in the UNCG School of Music is a Covington Distinguished Professor. McKoy has 19 years of public school teaching experience as a general music teacher, choral director, and band assistant. Her research has focused on children’s world music preferences, music teachers’ cross-cultural competence, and culturally responsive pedagogy in music. She is co-author of “Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education: From Understanding to Application,” published by Routledge and is an active clinician for state, regional, and national music education organizations. She is a past president of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education, an affiliated society of the National Association for Music Education.
Dr. Andrew Willis, professor of music, is a Covington Distinguished Professor. Willis’ work explores the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice while maintaining a commitment to the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of repertoire. A past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society and a Trustee of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, he served a finals juror of the Westfield International Fortepiano Competition in 2011. In UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, he teaches performance on instruments ranging from harpsichord to modern piano and, since 2003, has directed the biennial Focus on Piano Literature symposium, for which he commissioned, premiered, and recorded Martin Amlin’s Sonata No. 7 (2000). His recording of Op. 106 for the first complete Beethoven sonata cycle on period instruments was hailed by The New York Times as “a ‘Hammerklavier’ of rare stature.”
Dr. Olav Rueppell, in the Department of Biology, is the Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professor. Ruepell uses honey bees to study the genetics of complex traits, genomics, social behavior, and aging. In addition, he has been addressing the urgent problem of honey bee health. He also is interested in how the complex division of labor among bee colony members evolves, how behavioral specialization is determined, and what consequences at the individual and colony level can be measured. Rueppell has received the prestigious Mid-Career Mentoring Award from Division of Biology of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and in the past 10 years, he has had 76 peer-reviewed publications in prominent journals. He has also successfully acquired many external grants from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others. His research group shares scientific experiences and knowledge about honey bee biology, the importance of pollinators, and science in general with school groups, beekeeping clubs, and other audiences at public events. His research group and others are working toward the construction of an expanded UNCG Pollinator Garden.
Michael Kane, professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Psychology is Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professor. Kane is a cognitive psychologist studying the dynamic interaction between attention and memory, with special emphasis on individual differences. His research explores cognitive individual differences and the functioning of the core attention and memory processes that are broadly important to “real world” cognition. He has over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles published, an edited book on his specialty area, and numerous book chapters. Over his career, Dr. Kane has been a PI or co-PI on over $2 million in funded grants, including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH/NIH), and the United States Military. He was recently elected to a six- year term on the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society, which is the largest organization specifically dedicated to cognitive psychology. He has served as associate editor for two of the top journals in cognitive psychology, “Memory & Cognition and Cognitive Psychology,” as well as being a consulting editor on four additional journals.
Copy and photographs drawn from various sources, compiled by Susan Kirby-Smith
RE: James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Public Service
The James E. Holshouser Award for Public Service, formerly known as the Public Service Award, was created in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the University of North Carolina system. Each year, UNCG puts forth a campus nominee to the Board of Governors for consideration for the award. The selection criteria include sustained, distinguished, and superb achievement in university public service and outreach and contributions to improving the quality of life for citizens of North Carolina. The creativity and impact of such achievements should be beyond the normal accomplishments of productive faculty.
The Gardner/Holshouser award committee is currently seeking nominations for this distinguished award. In honor of their achievements, the campus nominee will receive a $1000 honorarium and be recognized at the 2020 Faculty Awards ceremony. The system winner, chosen by the Board of Governors, receives a $7,500 cash prize. To submit a nomination, or learn more about the award, please visit https://provost.uncg.edu/Holshouser/nominations.htm. Nominations are due by June 28, 2019.
RE: Dr. Andrew Hamilton Named New Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Hamilton has accepted the position as Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. He will also hold an appointment as adjunct lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.
Dr. Hamilton currently serves as Associate Dean for Student Success, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at University of Houston. His previous administrative appointments include Associate Dean for Student Success, The Honors College as well as Executive Director for Academic Innovation both at the University of Houston.
Dr. Hamilton holds a B.A. from Berea College, M.A. from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from University of California San Diego.
Please join me in welcoming Andrew to the UNC Greensboro community. He will begin his new role on July 1, 2019.
I would also like to express thanks to the search committee for their outstanding work to help us select a new Associate Vice Provost and Dean.
UNCG undergraduates are more than students – they are researchers.
Each year, they have the opportunity to share their research and scholarship with peers and the campus community, at the Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, now in its 13th year.
All students engaged in faculty-mentored scholarly inquiry were invited to participate, with projects that could be developed from course work, independent research, other research with a faculty mentor, or volunteer work.
More than 200 presentations were included in the 2019 expo, making it the largest thus far. 245 UNCG undergraduates participated, with 111 mentors from 42 academic departments and programs.
In addition to the honors awarded to students, the 2019 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for Early Career Faculty was presented to Ramji Bhandari.
Bhandari joined the faculty at UNCG as assistant professor in the Department of Biology in 2016, and has mentored 15 undergraduates, several of whom have co-authored manuscripts and have presented their work at scholarly venues including the NC Academy of Sciences, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Developmental Biology.
“My lab is a family,” he says. “As a mentor I thoroughly enjoy working with undergraduates and seeing their confidence develop over time in the lab. Undergraduate research facilitates the students moving from classroom theory to practical research lab experience and solidifies their learning, particularly critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are transferrable to areas beyond the classroom and research laboratory.”
Many of Bhandari’s students advance to graduate school and medical school, and he says that the research experience has been instrumental in helping them embark on their career paths.
The 2019 expo award winners are:
Humanities and Social Sciences
1st Place: Courtney Phillips (Nursing)
“Nurse Practitioner Knowledge and Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the
Management of Chronic Pain: A Pilot Study”
Faculty Mentor: Susan Letvak
2nd Place: Vanessa Enoch (Human Development and Family Studies)
“Trauma and Abuse Experience and Elevated Scalp Hair Cortisol Concentrations Among SE
Asian Refugees in the US South”
Faculty Mentor: Sudha Shreeniwas
3rd Place: Kaitlyn Chaplin (Communication Studies), Ariana Chavez (Classical Studies), and Brianna Rogers (Classical Studies)
“There’s No Place Like Homescreen” (Performance)
Faculty Mentor: Killian Manning
Education and Behavioral Sciences
1st Place: Avila Ramirez Itzel (Psychology)
“Do Ethnic-Racial Socialization Messages Manifest in Technological Communication Between
Romantic Partners of Latinx Heritage?”
Faculty Mentor: Michaeline Jensen
2nd Place: Sarah Ragab (Biology)
“The Transfer of Global Applications of Sport for Positive Youth Development”
Faculty Mentor: Michael Hemphill
3rd Place: Brianna Ferraro (Specialized Education Services)
“From Accommodation to Invitation: Roles Communication Centers Play in Acknowledging and Empowering People with Disabilities”
Faculty Mentor: Roy Schwartzman
Morgan Bryant (Interior Architecture)
“The Ancillary Office: The Effects of Biophilia and Ergonomic Solutions within the Workplace”
Faculty Mentor: Travis Hicks
Aran Garnett-Deakin (Human Development and Family Studies) and Rachel Fuqua (Human
Development and Family Studies)
“A Meta-Analytic Review of the Associations between Marital Dissolution and Anxiety”
Faculty Mentor: Heather Helms
Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences
1st Place: Ayesha Ejaz (Chemistry)
“Simulating a Microchip-based Stark Guide and Decelerator using Simion”
Faculty Mentor: Liam Duffy
Faculty Honored for Teaching, Research, Advising, and Service
The 2019 Faculty Awards Ceremony was held April 17 in the Elliott University Center Auditorium, honoring UNC Greensboro faculty who display excellence in teaching, research, mentoring and enhancing student success.
Board of Trustees Chair Brad Hayes joined Provost Dana Dunn in presenting awards and Dr. Alan Boyette assisted in the ceremony. The ceremony included videos produced by UNCG media studies students and Professor Michael Frierson that highlighted the recipients’ accomplishments and teaching.
The recipients of the 2019 Faculty Awards are:
Dr. Dianne Welsh: UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Mariche Bayonas: Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Amanda Gale: James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Aaron Terranova: Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Pam Kocher Brown: UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education
Dr. Susan Keane: Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School
Dr. Ruth DeHoog and Dr. Ken Klase (on behalf of MPA program, Political Science): Student Learning Enhancement Award
Dr. Ramji Bhandari: Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Sarah Dunning: Advising Excellence Award for Faculty Advisor
Steve Haines: Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell: Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service nominee
Dr. Tom Martinek, Sr.: O. Max Gardner Award nominee
Dr. L. DiAnne Borders: Senior Research Excellence Award
Dr. Risa Applegarth: Junior Research Excellence Award
Six faculty members received 30 years of service awards: Dr. Keith Debbage, Dr. John Lepri, Roberta (Robin) Maxwell, Dr. Jonathan Tudge, Dr. Kathleen Williams, and Dr. Michael Zimmerman.
Six received 35 years of service awards: Dr. Rebecca Adams, Cathy Griffith, Mary Eloise Hassell, Dr. Susan Keane, Professor Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, and Dr. Jerry Walsh.
Three were recognized for 40 years of service: Dr. William Karper, Dr. Stephen Layson, and Mark Schumacher.
RE: Candidates for Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Studies Open Forums
The Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Studies Search Committee and the Provost have selected four finalists to visit campus. I encourage you to participate in the interview process by attending the open forums and receptions. The finalists will provide a 15-20 minute presentation on their vision for promoting student success at UNC Greensboro followed by a question and answer session.
The open forums are scheduled in the Kirkland Room in the EUC as follows:
Candidate 1: Thursday, April 18th 10:45am-12:00pm
Candidate 2: Monday, April 22nd from 3:00-4:15pm
Candidate 3: Wednesday, May 1st from 3:00-4:15pm
Candidate 4: Monday, May 6th 3:00-4:15pm
A brief reception will be held immediately after each open forum.