Teaching Scholars

Teaching Scholars

The Teaching Scholars Program promotes shared scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning. Those interested in conducting scholarly examinations of strategies designed to enhance student learning are encouraged to apply. This program continues to be built around collaborative relationships with interdisciplinary faculty colleagues engaging in the scholarly examination of learning. The primary goal of this program is to support faculty in the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly projects that identify and create significant learning environments.

The broad aims of the program include:

  • Assessing, developing, and enhancing student learning
  • Building an interdisciplinary community of scholars around learning and teaching
  • Building strategies for the scholarly study of student learning
  • Identifying, through research, elements of significant learning environments

The benefits of the program for participants include:

  • Participating in a year-long program that focuses on the scholarship of learning and teaching
  • The development of collegial relationships across disciplines
  • Participation at one funded conference on learning, teaching, and SoTL
  • Unit will receive $3,000.00 to cover costs associated with workload reallocation for Fall 2022
  • Developing methods for studying, documenting, and assessing learning and teaching.

Applications are due Wednesday November 17th

Application questions of no more than 200 - 400 words include:

  • Briefly state your philosophy regarding teaching and student learning
  • What experiences, interest, knowledge, and skills might you contribute to colleagues in this learning community
  • Community is a key element in the Teaching Scholars Program.  Our goal is to foster a learning community where scholars support one another in the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly projects that examine student learning.
  • Describe innovative teaching activities in which you have been involved that have made a difference in your students' learning
  • e.g., efforts to improve teaching, development of curricular materials, etc.
  • Indicate how your participation in this program will contribute to our professional goals
  • At this time, what are the research question(s) that you are proposing for your project (no more than 400 -600 words)
  • Each Teaching Scholar will be expected to develop a scholarly examination into one or more areas of student learning.  In particular, scholars will examine how particular teaching strategies influence student learning.  These projects might be linked with a specific course or process designed to improve student learning (such as cooperative learning, active learning, technology implementation)

Click here to Apply

Applications will be accepted from all full-time Tenure Track and full-time Non-Tenure Track faculty members. All applicants must submit a letter of support from their unit administrator.  The support letter should be sent directly to ctl@kent.edu.

 

 

2019-2020 Teaching Scholars
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2022 Spring/Fall  Teaching Scholars

Loubna Bilali

Modern & Classical Language Studies, Kent Campus

Loubna Bilali
Hello! My name is Loubna Bilali. I am an assistant professor of translation technology at Kent State. I teach translation technology courses both in the onsite and online MA programs, MCLS department (Kent campus). I am originally from Morocco. I have been living in Ohio for 14 years. I have received an MA in Cross-cultural communication and translation and an MA in French translation from Kent State University along with a Ph.D. in Translation Studies. My research interests revolve around localization (the translation and adaptation of websites and software programs into different languages/cultures), translation training, I am also interested in online teaching pedagogy and learning experience design. In my free time, I like to exercise, dance, play racquet sports, and write. Things that motive and inspire me when I am not busy working are reading biographies and psychology books, horseback riding, hiking, and watching documentaries.

Daniel Dankovich

Biology, East Liverpool Campus

Dan Dankovich
I have been an instructor with Kent State University - Columbiana County since 2010 and was promoted to FT NTT in 2018.  I teach on the East Liverpool campus in the biology department with a primary focus on anatomy and physiology courses.  I have helped to start and maintain a student leadership organization and a food pantry on campus to address the issue of student food insecurity.  I am active with several campus and Kent committees and the East Liverpool local schools in a reading to first graders program.  I am committed to my students both during and after completion of my class.  I am driven to become the best learning centered educator for all of my students.

Kurtis Eisermann

Biological Sciences, Tuscarawas Campus

K. Eisermann
Kurtis Eisermann is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State Tuscarawas. He graduated with his PhD. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (with a focus on Cancer Genetics) from Kent State University. After that he did postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh as an NIH T32 Postdoctoral Scholar where he researched prostate cancer and BPH. He has published 14 peer reviewed journal articles in research focused mainly on androgen regulation, androgen receptor, and identifying potential small molecules used to treat castration resistant prostate cancer. Prior to joining Kent State as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Eisermann was an Adjunct Professor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and multiple campuses at Kent State University. Dr. Eisermann currently teaches Elements of Genetics, Foundational Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Human Biology, Life on Planet Earth, Lab Experience in Biology, and Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians at the Kent State Tuscarawas campus and has developed hybrid courses that have both in person and online components that challenge students to think more in depth about the concepts they are learning. He is always interested in learning new ways to challenge his students to help them reach their potential. In addition to teaching, Dr. Eisermann is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee and has started a Biology/Premed Club at the Tuscarawas campus. In his free time, Dr. Eisermann likes to travel, watch sports, spend time with family, play tennis, bowl, and fix things around the house.

Marta Guivernau

Foundations, Leadership & Administration, Kent Campus

M. Guivernau
I am an assistant professor at the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration and the Coordinator of the Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology Minor program. I completed my B.S. in Psychology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and my graduate work (M.S. 1994; Ph.D. 1999) in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Purdue University. I joined the faculty at Kent State University in 2007 and regularly teach Sport Psychology, Sociology of Sport, Athletic Coaching, Sport in Global Perspective and Motivation in Sport, Exercise and Movement Settings. I moved to the US in 1992 in the midst of the Barcelona Summer Olympics, watching the inauguration ceremony in Barcelona and the closing ceremony in Boston. Prior to Kent State, I was a visiting professor at Kalamazoo College and an adjunct faculty at Michigan State. I was also a research associate at the Center for Sport, Character and Community at the University of Notre Dame, which mission was to build character through sports with a research-based foundation. My scholarship focuses on the influence of the environment on moral aspects and motivation and the impact of a positive atmosphere on individual’s psychological and socio-emotional responses. My emphasis is on caring in sport and education to optimize the experience and lifespan development of all participants. I work with coaches on creating environments that foster positive experiences for athletes and improved performance, consulting with D1 teams and athletes on performance enhancement issues, psychological and socio-emotional wellbeing. I like music, theater, a good book but, most of all, I love to travel. I enjoy many sports and the outdoors, and I am a huge soccer fan (Go Flashes!).

Grace Keenan

School of Theatre & Dance, Kent Campus

G Keenan
Grace Cochran Keenan is an assistant professor of costume technology at for the School of Theatre and Dance. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design & Technology from Pennsylvania State University. Her main teaching pedagogy research interests are focused on how flipped learning can be utilized in the arts as well as the decolonization of courses.

Prior to joining the Kent State faculty full time, Professor Keenan worked as a freelance tailor & draper for with credits at Carnegie Mellon University, Great Lakes Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Baldwin-Wallace University.  She has over 40 credits to her name as a Draper and Tailor including Deathtrap, Sweeney Todd, Intimate Apparel, and The Plague of Venice.


James Redfearn

Biological Sciences, Salem Campus

J. Redfearn
James is a cell physiologist and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State's Salem Campus since 2017. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Physiology from Kent State in 2016 and in between worked in research labs investigating the genetic variation of the Rh blood group genes and variations in expression of potassium channel proteins in heart muscle. Current interests include public health communication, biosafety and biosecurity, interactive approaches to classroom teaching (e.g. POGIL) and mastery learning / learning for mastery techniques

Joshua Stacher

Multidisciplinary Social Science & Humanities, Kent Campus

Joshua Stacher
Joshua Stacher is a Professor of International Relations in Kent State’s new School for Multidisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities. He is the author of two books, most recently Watermelon Democracy, and other journal articles. His research interests have centered on state violence, political resistance, social movements, and revolutions in the Middle East.

Josh is now looking to better understand his pedagogical approaches while also learning how to integrate contemplative practices in his classrooms when discussing, seeing, and processing structural realities that marginalize others. By developing clarity as a teacher, he will ensure his students know that they belong in our classes at Kent State, and beyond.

For fun, Josh likes to spend time with his family, be out in nature, and practice self-care.


Melanie Tabak

Psychological Sciences, Trumbull Campus

M. Tabak
Melanie Tabak, Ph.D (Social/Health psychology, Kent State) is an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at the Trumbull Campus. Her past research examined Stress, Stigma and Social Support, but has since shifted her focus to teaching and counseling, earning an M.A in Instructional Technology and an M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She teaches a variety of courses including Biopsychology, Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, and Motivation.

 

2019-2021 Teaching Scholars

  • Younghun Chae, Computer Science, Stark Campus
  • Debra Clark, Foundations, Leadership & Administration, Kent Campus
  • Amy Damrow, Foundations, Leadership & Administration, Stark Campus
  • Qunxing Ding, Biology, Salem Campus
  • Jean Engohang-Ndong, Biological Sciences, Tuscarawas Campus
  • Jill Kawalec, Podiatric Medicine, Kent Campus
  • Kiwon Lee, Foundations, Leadership & Administration, Kent Campus
  • Karen Mascolo, Nursing, Kent Campus
  • Thomas Sahajdack, Economics, Kent Campus
  • Rekha Sharma, School of Communication Studies, Kent Campus

2018-2019 Teaching Scholars

  • Joanne Caniglia, School of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Yijing Chen, Biological Sciences, Trumbull Campus 
  • Valerie Cubon-Bell, Chemistry, Trumbull Campus
  • Kristina Knight, Social and Behavioral Science, Kent Campus 
  • Sara Koopman, School of Peace and Conflict Studies, Kent Campus
  • Seonjeong Ally Lee, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Kent Campus
  • Bridget Mulvey, School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies 
  • Elena Novak, Educational Technology, Kent Campus
  • Brian Yim, School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration, Kent Campus
  • Chance York, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Haithem Zourrig, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Stark Campus

2017-2018 Teaching Scholars

  • Rebecca Chism, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent Campus
  • Dawn Ensminger-Stokes, College of Nursing Technology, Twinsburg Campus
  • Karen Lowry Gordon, Nutrition, Kent Campus
  • Pamela Takayoshi, English, Kent Campus
  • Kimberly Talentino, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Derek Van Ittersum, English, Kent Campus
  • Cindy Widuck, College of Public Health, Kent Campus
  • Jeremy Williams, Geology, Kent Campus

2016-2017 Teaching Scholars

  • Peña L. Bedesem, School of Lifespan Development and Education Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Edward Dauterich, English, Kent Campus
  • Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Art, Stark Campus
  • Insook Kim, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Rui Liu, Architecture & Environmental Design, Kent Campus
  • Ellen Mulqueeny, Mathematical Science, Kent Campus
  • Joan Meggitt, Theatre, Kent Campus
  • Jennifer Metheney, College of Nursing, Kent Campus
  • Gabriella Paar-Jakli, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Ashley Reed, Health Science, Kent Campus
  • Eric Taylor, Geology, Stark Campus

2015-2016 Teaching Scholars

  • Brian Barber, School of Lifespan Development and Education Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Rachel Blasiman, Psychology, Salem Campus
  • Tatyana Bystrova-McIntyre, Modern Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Shawn Golden, Computer Technology, East Liverpool Campus
  • Karl Kosko, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Margaret (Ruth) Leslie, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Kent Campus
  • Lawrence (Larry) Nehring, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Takahiro Sato, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus

2014-2015 Teaching Scholars

  • Sue Clement, Geology, Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Academic Center
  • Aroon Manoharan, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Jennifer Mapes, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Carol Robinson, English, Trumbull Campus
  • Mariana Romero, Modern and Classical Languages , Kent Campus
  • James (Jim) Seelye, History, Stark Campus
  • Gregory Tinkler, Biological Science, Kent Campus
  • Maria E. Zaldivar, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus

2013-2014 Teaching Scholars

  • Tina Bhargava, Social and Behavioral Science, Kent Campus
  • Belinda Boon, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus
  • Daniel Castaneda, Modern and Classical Languages, Stark Campus
  • Ji Young Cho, Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent Campus
  • Patrick Gallagher, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Michele Heron, Teaching Leadership and Curriculum Studies, Stark Campus

2012-2013 Teaching Scholars

  • Wendy Bedrosian, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Diana Stewart, Nursing Technology, East Liverpool Campus 
  • Jakyung Seo, Theatre, Kent Campus
  • Jennifer Marcinkiewicz, Biological Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Moon-Heum Cho, Educational Foundations and Special Services, Stark Campus
  • Jeanne Smith, English, Kent Campus
  • Becky Parylak, Geography, Kent Campus

2011-2012 Teaching Scholars

  • Wendy Bedrosian, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies
  • James Bolchalk, Economics, Geauga Campus
  • Keiran Dunne, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Jeffery Huston, Health Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Uma Krishnan, English, Kent Campus
  • Mary Parr, Foundation, Leadership, and Administration, Kent Campus
  • Sandra Pech, Early Childhood Education, Tuscarawas Campus
  • Dirk Remley, English, Kent Campus
  • Theresa Repicky, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Lydia Rose, Sociology, East Liverpool Campus
  • Scott Tobias, Family and Consumer Studies, Stark Campus

2010-2011 Teaching Scholars

  • Madhav Bhatta, Public Health, Kent Campus
  • Sloane Burgess, Special Education, Kent Campus
  • Pratim Datta, Management and Information Systems, Kent Campus
  • Debarchana Ghosh, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Sanna Harjusola-Webb, Lifespan Development and Education Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Dandan Liu, Economics, Kent Campus
  • Jung-Yeup Kim, Philosophy, Kent Campus 
  • Manacy Pai, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • Xiaoling Pu, Finance, Kent Campus
  • John Staley, Health Policy Management, Kent Campus
  • Joanna Trzeciak, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent Campus

2008–2009 Teaching Scholars

  • David Purcell, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • E. Owen Carew, Mathematical Science, Kent Campus
  • Helen Piontkivska, Biology, Kent Campus
  • Hyangsook Lee, Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Jeffrey T. Child, School of Communication Studies, Kent Campus
  • Karen Kritzer, Educational Foundation and Social Services, Kent Campus
  • Ramona Freeman, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Steve L. Turner, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Susan Iverson, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Wei Li, Accounting, Kent Campus
  • Mary Louise Holly, Faculty Professional Development Center - Facilitator

2007–2008 Teaching Scholars

  • Hanbin Mao, Chemistry, Kent Campus
  • Robert Logan, College of Technology, Kent Campus
  • Patti Kameya, History, Kent Campus
  • Martha Lash, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Karl Idsvoog, Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Clare Stacey, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • Linda Hoeptner-Poling, Art, Kent Campus

2006–2007 Teaching Scholars

  • Beth Butler, College of Communication and Information, Kent Campus
  • Mary Ann Devine, School of Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, Kent Campus
  • Chere Doiron, Interior Design, Kent Campus
  • Vickie Ellison, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent Campus
  • Michele Ewing, Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Athena Salaba, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus
  • David Smeltzer, Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Mousa Traore, School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, Kent Campus
  • Anita Varrati, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • E Sue Wamsley, History, Kent Campus
  • Christopher Was, Education Foundations and Special Services, Kent Campus

2005–2006 Teaching Scholars

  • David Dees, Education Foundations and Special Services, Salem Campus
  • Susan Emens, Technology, Kent Campus
  • Meghan Harper, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus
  • Gro Hovhannisyan, Mathematical Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Koon Hwee Kan, Art, Kent Campus
  • Tricia Niesz, Foundation, Leadership and Administration, Kent Campus
  • Tsunghui Tu, Teaching Leadership and Current Studies, Kent Campus
  • Dwayne Wasson, Music, Kent Campus
  • Gina Zavota, Philosophy, Kent Campus

2004–2005 Teaching Scholars

  • David Brenner, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent Campus
  • David Bruce, Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Mary Ann Devine, Foundation, Leadership and Administration, Kent Campus
  • Alison Fletcher, History, Kent Campus
  • George Haber, Adult Counseling, Kent Campus
  • Clauda Khourey-Bowers, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Stark Campus
  • Janice Kroeger, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus 
  • Jaclyn LaPlaca, History, Kent Campus
  • Mei-Chen Lin, Communication Studies, Kent Campus
  • Cary McDougall, Art, Stark Campus   
  • Molly Merryman, Justice Studies, Kent Campus
  • Eric Mintz, Biological Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Ronica Rooks, Finance, Kent Campus
  • Xinlei Zhao, Finance, Kent Campus

2003–2004 Teaching Scholars

  • Ginny Horvath, Regional Campuses
  • Alison Bianchi, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • Violet Dutcher, English, Stark Campus
  • Tina Kandakai, Adult Counseling, Health, and Vocational Education, Kent Campus
  • Molly Lindner, Art, Stark Campus
  • Laurie Moses Hines, Educational Foundation & Special Services, Trumbull Campus
  • Kimberly Peer, Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, Kent Campus
  • Steven Riechman, Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, Kent Campus
  • David Tuthill, Biological Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Sarah Wilcox, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • Esook Yoon, Political Science, Kent Campus

2002–2003 Teaching Scholars

  • Shawn Banasick, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Andrew Barnes, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Jane Beckett-Camaratta, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Jonathan Paul Fleming, Architecture, Kent Campus
  • Yuko Kurahashi, Theatre, Kent Campus
  • Argyrios K. Pisiotis, History, Kent Campus
  • Scott A. Sherer, Art, Kent Campus
  • Jay D. Sloan, English, Stark Campus
  • Mathew Weinstein, Teaching, Leadership,and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Don A. Wicks, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus
  • Kathleen O. Williams, Adult Nursing, Kent Campus

2001–2002 Teaching Scholars

  • Marty Jencius, Adult Counseling, Health and Vocational Education, Kent Campus
  • Ralph Lorenz, School of Music, Kent Campus
  • William Frank Robinson, History, Stark Campus
  • Alexander J. Seed, Chemistry, Kent Campus
  • Scott Sheridan, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Ferenc de Szalay, Biological Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Yin Zhang, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus

2000–2001 Teaching Scholars

  • Alison Butler, Economics, Kent Campus
  • Jessie Carduner, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Mark Cassell, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Mary Ann Devine, Exercise, Leisure and Sport, Kent Campus
  • G. Leticia Gonzalez, Exercise, Leisure and Sport, Kent Campus
  • Lisa Holland, Chemistry, Kent Campus
  • Lynn Koch, Educational Foundations and Special Services, Kent Campus
  • Pam Lieske, English, Trumbull Campus
  • Mandy J. Munro-Stasiuk, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Vic Perera, Mathematics, Trumbull Campus
  • Daniel Price, Justice Studies, Trumbull Campus
  • Min Qi, Economics, Kent Campus
  • Jeanette Riley, English, Stark Campus
  • Kathryn Wilson, Economics, Kent Campus

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We offer a number of programs ranging from submitting your ideas about how to help students feel like they belong, to semester-long writing and reading groups, to year-long faculty learning communities focused on Inclusive Teaching or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  Our Innovation Intersession is another one of our programs but it lasts only through Intersession.  Click below or to the left to learn more about each program.