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Faculty Helping Faculty, Academic Staff Support for Faculty

Let the CTLE to link you with colleagues who are willing to share their expertise with you, whether it be a tech tool, online or blended learning, or non-tech methods and other topics. Although the experts may be in a discipline different from yours, the tools and methods usually transfer across disciplines, and you can use your own pedagogical knowledge to adapt them to your own disciplinary needs.

Let the CTLE also link you with academic support staff who have and are willing to share their expertise in specific areas of teaching and learning that you may wish to explore.

If, however, you do not see among the names the type of technological and methodological help you are seeking here, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Active Learning (Engaging, Highly Participatory, Dynamic Learning Environments): Mary Lynn Crow, Ph.D. (Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) mlcrow@uta.edu, Rebecca Deen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science) deen@uta.edu, Kristen Priddy, M.S.N. (Clinical Instructor, Nursing) priddy@uta.edu, Nilakshi Veerabathina, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics) nilakshi@uta.edu, Shelley Wigley, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication) shelley.wigley@uta.edu.

APA style: Jody Bailey (Arts and Humanities Outreach and Scholarship, Department Head) jbailey@uta.edu.

Apps for Education: Jennifer L. Roye (Clinical Instructor, Program Manager, Clinical Coordinator, APBSN Program, College of Nursing) roye@exchange.uta.edu.

Authentic Assessment of Learning: Gretchen Trkay, (Library, Director of User Experience) gtrkay@uta.edu.

Blended/Hybrid Courses: Carla Amaro-Jimenez, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education, Director of Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction) amaro@uta.edu, Kim Breuer, Ph.D. (History) breuer@uta.edu, Dr. Shelley Christie (English, Director of English Distance Education) rechelle@uta.edu.

Classroom Engagement: Stephanie Cole, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of History) scole@uta.edu, Laurel Mayo, M.A. (Director, Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge [LINK] Lab) laurelm@uta.edu.

Classroom Management: Challenging Classroom Environments: Chris Conway, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages) conway@uta.edu.

Clickers (Classroom Response Systems): Carla Amaro-Jimenez, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education, Director of Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction) amaro@uta.edu, Stephanie Cole, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of History) scole@uta.edu, Nilakshi Veerabathina, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics) nilakshi@uta.edu.

Copyediting: Catherine Walter (Web Librarian, Math Liaison) cdwalter@uta.edu.

Creating Curriculum and assignments that integrate secondary research and information literacy/critical thinking: Gretchen Trkay, (Library, Director of User Experience) gtrkay@uta.edu

Creating Digital Learning Objects: Andy Herzog, (Library, Director of Digital Experience) amherzog@uta.edu.

Day One Activities: Mary Lynn Crow, Ph.D. (Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) mlcrow@uta.edu, Nilakshi Veerabathina, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics) nilakshi@uta.edu.

Developing Learning Outcomes: Gretchen Trkay, (Library, Director of User Experience) gtrkay@uta.edu; Mary Jo Lyons, (Library, User Engagement & Services, Department Head) mjhandke@uta.edu.

Emerging Technology: Matt Crosslin, MEd (Instructional Designer, Center for Distance Education, Division of Digital Teaching and Learning) matt@uta.edu.

Flipped/Inverted Classrooms: Carla Amaro-Jimenez, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education, Director of Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction) amaro@uta.edu, Rebecca Deen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science) deen@uta.edu, Jiyoon Yoon, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) jiyoon@uta.edu.

Guided Discussion: Rebecca Deen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science) deen@uta.edu, Laurel Mayo, M.A. (Director, Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge [LINK] Lab) laurelm@uta.edu.

Group (Small Group) Work: Rebecca Deen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science) deen@uta.edu, Nilakshi Veerabathina, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics) nilakshi@uta.edu.

HTML: Catherine Walter (Web Librarian, Math Liaison) cdwalter@uta.edu.

Instructional Design: Matt Crosslin, MEd (Instructional Designer, Center for Distance Education, Division of Digital Teaching and Learning) matt@uta.edu.

Integrating Technology into Teaching: Andy Herzog, (Library, Director of Digital Experience) amherzog@uta.edu.

Large Classes and/or Freshman Sections: Stephanie Cole, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of History) scole@uta.edu, Minerva Cordero, Ph.D. (Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Science) cordero@uta.edu, Rebecca Deen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science) deen@uta.edu, Nilakshi Veerabathina, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics) nilakshi@uta.edu.

Lecture Capture Carla Amaro-Jimenez, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education, Director of Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction) amaro@uta.edu, Don Lane (ClassRev/Echo360 Administrator, Educational Technology Support Services, Division of Digital Teaching and Learning) dklane@uta.edu. UT Arlington has many Echo 360 classrooms. Use one of sixty classrooms to capture your lectures on video. Having a video recording of your lecture helps international and other students. They will benefit from listening to your lectures more than once. 

LectureTools Don Lane (Manager of Technical Operations, Educational Technology Support Services, Division of Digital Teaching and Learning) dklane@uta.edu.

Use your power point slides and interactive activities to keep your students attentive, on task, and learning. In one hour Don Lane can show you how you can make the students in your small or large class more engaged in your class.

Watch the one-minute video 

Movement, Memory, Learning Activities: Nilakshi Veerabathina, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics) nilakshi@uta.edu.

Online Courses: Shelley Christie, Ph.D. (English, Director of English Distance Education) rechelle@uta.edu, Rebecca Deen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science) deen@uta.edu, Laurel Mayo, M.A. (Director, Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge [LINK] Lab) laurelm@uta.edu, Shanna Moody-Banda, Learning Resource Director, Mathematics) smoody@uta.edu, Peggy Semingson, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Curricululm and Instruction) peggys@exchange.uta.edu.

Open Learning: Matt Crosslin, MEd (Instructional Designer, Center for Distance Education, Division of Digital Teaching and Learning) matt@uta.edu.

PowerPoint: Jody Bailey (Arts and Humanities Outreach and Scholarship, Department Head) jbailey@uta.edu.

Problem-Based Learning: Kristen Priddy, M.S.N. (Clinical Instructor, Nursing) priddy@uta.edu.

Proposal Writing: Catherine Walter (Web Librarian, Math Liaison) cdwalter@uta.edu.

Quantitative Courses – Algorithmically Generated Exercises and Examples: Mark Eakin, Ph.D. (Professor, Department of Information Systems and Operations Management) eakin@uta.edu.

Service Learning: Carla Amaro-Jimenez, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education, Director of Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction) amaro@uta.edu, Dustin Harp, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication) dustinh@uta.edu, Jaya Davis, Ph.D. (Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice) jbdavis@uta.edu, Nilakshi Veerabathina, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics) nilakshi@uta.edu, Shelley Wigley, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication) shelley.wigley@uta.edu.

Service Learning (especially, effective community collaborations): Evguenia Malaia, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) malaia@uta.edu.

Service Learning (especially for faculty in STEM areas): Melanie Sattler, Ph.D., P.E. (Dr. Syed Qasim Endowed Professor, Department of Civil Engineering) msattler@uta.edu, Kathleen Tice, Ph.D. (Clinical Faculty, Program Coordinator, Literacy Studies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) ktice@exchange.uta.edu, Shelley Wigley, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication) shelley.wigley@uta.edu

Social Media: Shelley Wigley, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication) shelley.wigley@uta.edu.

Synchronous Learning Online: Asia Wellington, M.A. (Coordinator of Online Supplemental Instruction, Division of Digital Teaching and Learning) awelling@uta.edu, Peggy Semingson, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction) peggys@exchange.uta.edu.

Team-based Learning: Dan Cavanagh, M.M. (Associate Professor, Music) cavanagh@uta.edu, Toni Holland, Ph.D. (English) tholland@uta.edu, Kristen Priddy, M.S.N. (Clinical Instructor, Nursing) priddy@uta.edu, Shelley Wigley, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication) shelley.wigley@uta.edu.

Technical Writing: Catherine Walter (Web Librarian, Math Liaison) cdwalter@uta.edu.

Technology (See also Lecture Capture, LectureTools, Video Conferencing, Webinars)

(Cyberbullying, Dreamweaver, Flash, iMovie, Panoramic Image, Podcasting): Jiyoon Yoon, Ph.D. (Associate Professor/EC6 Program Director, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) jiyoon@uta.edu.

(Live Chat): Rebecca Deen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science) deen@uta.edu.

(Podcasting, Vodcasting): Carla Amaro-Jimenez, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education, Director of Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction) amaro@uta.edu.

Video Conferencing: Lonny Harrison, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages), Peggy Semingson, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Curricululm and Instruction) peggys@exchange.uta.edu.

Video Tutorials: Jody Bailey (Arts and Humanities Outreach and Scholarship, Department Head) jbailey@uta.edu. Use screen capture software (e.g., Jing or Camtasia) on the CTLE website.

Web Content Management: Catherine Walter (Web Librarian, Math Liaison) cdwalter@uta.edu.

Webinars: Rebecca Deen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science) deen@uta.edu, Peggy Semingson, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Curricululm and Instruction) peggys@exchange.uta.edu.

Word: Jody Bailey (Arts and Humanities Outreach and Scholarship, Department Head) jbailey@uta.edu.

Writing for the Web: Catherine Walter (Web Librarian, Math Liaison) cdwalter@uta.edu.

Additional Information about the CTLE Advisor and Advisory Board

Mary Lynn Crow is a licensed clinical psychologist in addition to being a Professor of Education. She has been at the University of Texas at Arlington for several decades during which time she has won each of the university’s major teaching awards. In 2013, she was named an inaugural member of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, one of the only 12 professors in the UT System and the only professional educator. She served as Director of UTA’s Faculty Development Resource Center, which was the first center in Texas and one of the first five in the country devoted to improving instruction at the university level. Dr. Crow is one of UT Arlington’s greatest experts in facilitating deep and meaningful student learning and thinking.

Krystal Beamon specializes in using service learning in her courses. She has found that it helps students actually understand concepts better, and it increases their involvement in their communities. Her goal is for all upper division classes to contain a service learning component. She is using it in classes with up to 60 students, and is exploring how it might be used in lower level classes that have 120. In one of her courses students work at underperforming schools. She is also very interested in experiential learning.

Lee Ann Frederickson teaches large class sections, up to 200 students in a biology class. Using activities as novel as students demonstrating concepts using their bodies to props of various kinds, she maintains that students have to be actively involved in order to learn.

Toni Holland teaches First-Year Composition and sophomore literature English courses. Her teaching methodology focuses on process writing, practicing critical thinking through active learning activities, and using the language of learning outcomes in rubrics in order to make them more transparent to students.  She structures her courses in Team-Based Learning methodologies in order to engage students on a more meaningful level with the subject because of strengthened peer relationships that motivate learners to stay prepared for classroom activities and execute their best work.

Theresa Jorgensen uses active learning strategies in class and explores ways to bring engagement into mathematics. She works with teachers, and directs a graduate program to bring graduate students into K-12 classes to explain their research at a level others can understand. She is constantly exploring other ways for hers to be an engaged department. For example, in a coming calculus course, instead of working in a typical lab, students will work on one project based in reality using data from the UTA campus. They will use course concepts to understand student engagement on the campus and what it means to be a Maverick, thus helping students realize that math can be contextually useful to them.

Mary Jo Lyons’ area of expertise is in student information seeking behaviors and understanding how students approach the research process: from the elation in finding a topic, to the “I can’t find anything about it” stage. She is also knowledgeable about active learning, student learning outcomes, information literacy and the ethical use of materials. See the Library’s “CRAAP test,” for example, a tab in the Help box on this page: http://libguides.uta.edu/content.php?pid=4026&sid=2822450#9875540

Laurel Mayo is the director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab in the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning and head of that organization’s Professional Learning Community. Her organization provides faculty and academic support staff opportunities for professional development: discovering pedagogically useful technology, using technology in pedagogically sound ways, and experimentation. Her long-term goal includes more systematized approaches for faculty support and a space for faculty support.

Peggy Semingson trains teachers and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, primarily online. In her courses she conducts one-on-one video conferencing, large group webinars, online synchronous learning, and she creates video recordings for students. She works to create courses that are very interactive.

Dan Popa helps students connect teaching and research, and applied work in the lab. He advocates creating interesting research problems and focuses on motivating students and encouraging them to continue on into graduate school. Recognizing the need for humanities courses that are relevant to engineering students, in order to function in society, and understand contemporary issues and ethical problems, he sees potential for connection and collaboration across departments.

Jimmy Rogers teaches large lecture sections of freshman and sophomore science majors.  For each of his classes he has developed an extensive set of lecture notes, which serve as a blank template for his lectures.  During a lecture, he uses the document camera to project the notes, which he helps the class fill in.  The notes include example problems and old exam questions, and the goal is to keep students active and engaged in the lecture.  The lectures are captured with the ClassRev/Echo360 equipment, so that students can access them later. Being able to hear parts of the lecture numerous times is of tremendous benefit to the students.

Nilakshi Veerabathina teaches large lecture sections of Astronomy courses that are especially geared towards non-science students. Her areas of expertise include student-centered lectures, student interaction, active learning, movement-brain-memory techniques, and service learning.  To keep the students engaged she uses a classroom response system. In addition, in her courses students make frequent visits to the UT Arlington planetarium for deeper understanding of the concepts. She does not hesitate to explore new technology in her classrooms for teaching efficiently and effecting successful student learning.