Students studying outside the library

Faculty Fellows 2014-15

Natalie Spivey
Natalie Spivey
Assistant Professor of Biology

Writing as a Biologist

Writing research articles for publication is an essential skill for communication within the world of Biology. For my project, students will practice this skill by writing about laboratory experiments in the style of an article from a scientific journal.
Britt Newman
Britt Newman
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

Using Reflective Writing

By integrating brief reflective writing in English into pre-existing writing assignments in Spanish, I hope to help the students develop their understanding of their connection to global events and trends. The English writing prompts, which draw upon the AAC&U rubric for Global Learning, will help to make explicit the global learning goals that are a fundamental part of our language curriculum, and will help to increase students' sophistication in the target language as they incorporate such ideas in their Spanish writing.
Rachel Vanderhill
Rachel Vanderhill
Assistant Professor of Government

Project 1: World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round Position Paper and Simulation

In this new assignment students will write a position paper on their assigned country’s motives, interests, and goals in relation to the WTO Doha Round. This paper will prepare the students to participate in a multi-day, in-class simulation of trade negotiations.

Project 2: Solutions to Real World Problems: A Policy Paper Writing Assignment

This two-stage writing project requires students to research and write a paper examining an existing problem in a county other than the United States and then propose viable solutions to the problem. After the receiving critical feedback on the first version of the paper, students will then write a revised paper that includes additional research on their proposed solutions.

Begona Caballero-Garcia
Begona Caballero-Garcia
Associate Professor of Modern Languages

Spanish and the latest technologies: Online portfolios and apps

The goal of this project is to promote core abilities such as: Information management, problem solving skills, communication, and thinking critically and creatively.

Students will learn to create their own online portfolio with content that will be designed to teach their classmates about cultures in different countries. Besides, they will look for apps related to their assigned topics. Working cooperatively and reciprocal teaching and learning will happen during this project.
Kim Rostan
Kim Rostan
Assistant Professor of English
Technologies for Teaching Simply

Kim Rostan’s project will focus on her Humanities 101 course, The Photographed World, which makes use of digital archives, online exhibition spaces, and digital storytelling technology. She has proposed a three-part revision of her course, which will: 1) dismantle her (unwieldy) larger assignments into progressive stages; 2) explore all relevant Moodle capabilities for smaller and more spontaneous writing exercises, and explore new technologies for recording student’s voices as they discuss and annotate photographs; and 3) create a third multimodal project for the course.