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Faculty Spotlight

The Reflective Practitioner

April 2017 Faculty Spotlight

Gail Hennessy
Assistant Professor, School of Education
College of Education and Health Professions

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. - Haim Ginnott

Name one future research project you are/would like to Pursue. 

Currently my research interests are in supporting and preparing future teachers to build relationships and effective teaching skills when working with English Language Learners.

Besides what you are currently being recognized for, what are some of your proudest Accomplishments you would like to share?

During the past year, I have been extensively involved in curriculum development to meet the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education new mandates. I have been fortunate to work with colleagues in various disciplines along with those in the School of Education.

Name one to three Resources that you use either for teaching, scholarship, or service that have assisted in your successes.

This semester I have gotten my students connected with a school/community project that hopefully will be a worthy resource for middle school students and their families to use this summer. This past year I have become active in Twitter following individuals and organizations within the field of education. To go along with using Twitter as a resource for professional growth, I also use current resources to support my teaching and my students learning.

What do you feel you Keep doing successfully within your classroom every semester that you are willing to share with other faculty members?

Each semester I focus on encouraging classroom discourse. The students I work with will teach and in my mind teachers must think, question, and contribute to the learning environment since one day they will build a learning environment for their students.

What (or who) most Inspires you? Why?

The students at Park inspire me the most. It is an honor and pleasure to work with students that are committed to earning their degree.

What is something you Treasure in your office?

I have two items I cherish in my office. The first is my great aunt’s Normal Institute diploma dated June, 1902. Her teaching was in a one room schoolhouse, and she shared stories with me about working and getting to know her students. The other is a picture of a young boy and me I worked with one summer when pursuing my undergraduate degree. He struggled with many issues and taught me about empathy and what one individual can accomplish with guidance and support.

March 2017 Faculty Spotlight

April Haberyan, PhD, RN
Associate Professor of Psychology and Sociology
College of Education and Health Professions

She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. - Elizabeth Edwards

Park It!

Name one future research project you are/would like to Pursue. 

Dr. Jerry Barnett, a research colleague from Northwest Missouri State University and I are examining the effects of positive and negative emotional stories on memory for course content.

Besides what you are currently being recognized for, what are some of your proudest Accomplishments you would like to share?

In the Department of Nursing last year, I had the privilege of leading the team in developing the new pre-licensure Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program.

Name one to three Resources that you use either for teaching, scholarship, or service that have assisted in your successes.

I really like using the Canvas learning management system. In particular, I use SpeedGrader when I have to grade papers. I like to use TED talks to generate discussion in my courses. The third resource I use is the Social Psychology Network. There are a variety of resources on the site for instructors teaching Psychology courses.

What do you feel you Keep doing successfully within your classroom every semester that you are willing to share with other faculty members?

I try to provide organized and structured courses to students. I clearly outline reading assignments, course assignments, lecture topics and assignment due dates. Students have reported to me that they feel less anxious when they know what to expect in a course.

The other thing I do in class is share my real life experiences as a nurse, psychologist and disaster responder to help students make connections with course content. The stories seem to “stick” with the students and serve as memory prompts on exams.

What (or who) most Inspires you? Why?

I am most inspired by my parents. My father is a survivor of the 1980 MGM Grand Hotel Fire. The fire changed his life and as a result he became an internationally known Disaster Psychologist. My mother is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Her expertise is in the development of mental health inpatient and day treatment programs. She is also a Family Assistance disaster responder. She served as the medical liaison for the Family Assistance team that was deployed to Thailand after the Tsunami in 2004. My parents are always looking for the next great adventure and I try to live my life in a similar fashion.

What is something you Treasure in your office?

I have a picture of a bridge located in the Botanical Gardens in Saint Louis above my desk that my husband took while he was on a trip two years ago. I don’t have any windows in my office since my department is located in the underground Academic Plaza. This picture serves as my “underground” window and reminds me of summer vacations.

January 2017 Faculty Spotlight

Park University 16-17 New Full-Time Faculty

Group picture of new Parkville faculty from left to right.

Front row: Donna Ehrlich, Nichole Goergen, Kristin Markway Shaw, James Vanderleeuw, Cassie Werle-Rice

Back Row: Steven McDonald, Monica Brannon, Matt Harris, Mark Long, Marion Ricono, Teresa Crowder

This month's "Faculty Spotlight" is an introduction of our new full-time faculty. We are so pleased to welcome them to Park University!

Alla Adams, PhD, CHFP

Visiting Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration

College of Management

Don’t let perfect get in the way of good. - Executive team motto guiding Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas, to become 2014 recipient of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The healthcare industry is implementing a new reimbursement model based on bundled payments (per episode of care with one payment for all provider entities involved during 90 days). I’m working on a research proposal on separation of the fixed and variable costs for bundles, which will assist healthcare providers in cost management, financial forecasting, and managed care contract negotiating. This research is a continuation of my previous project on separation of the fixed and variable costs for a healthcare third party administrator.

In Organization of Healthcare Delivery Systems course I use team projects based on challenges of real healthcare organizations (Hennepin Health accountable care organization, Community Health Options consumer operated and oriented plan, Piedmont Heart physician-hospital integrated cardiovascular program, Horizon’s patient-centered medical home program, and Vermont Blueprint for Health community-oriented primary care program). I believe students in healthcare administration should be prepared with the analytical, strategic, and leadership skills needed to solve real world business problems. As an educator, I emphasize hands-on practical opportunities, collaborative learning, and team presentations related to class projects.

Monica Brannon, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology

College of Education and Health Professions

Sociology must first make things complicated in order to arrive at complex explanations.

I am studying the intersection between technology and urban racial segregation by comparing two data-driven (Smart City) initiatives in Kansas City. The first is based on surveillant sensors and data trackers along the new street car line in order to offer entrepreneurial economic investment; and the second is a predictive policing project using social network analysis.

Teresa Crowder, MSN, RN

Director of Simulation, Nursing

College of Education and Health Professions

Nothing worth doing is easy…

In nursing peer-to-peer incivility is a pandemic that is deadly to healthcare providers and the patients they serve. This growing situation is only being complicated by the way our healthcare system is structured. I am interested in what, if anything is being done about it and what is the appropriate action to come to an effective solution, because lives are on the line.

I feel as an educator I am able to be realistic with the students and not sugar coat what they will being doing and they must bring their A game. That if they are working hard and still having trouble I will be there with them past the 9th inning of the game us together.

Donna M. Ehrlich, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor, School of Business

College of Management

 

A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.

I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past. - Admiral Grace Hopper

I am continuing research on the application of storytelling by the student in the classroom to allow the student to reach a higher level of reflection and construction of knowledge based on lived experiences. I have completed research on storytelling in the asynchronous online classroom; I am currently writing the results and will then expand this into the synchronous face-to-face classroom.

My passion is to inspire others to positively enjoy the educational process and embrace the journey of living a life of curiosity beyond judgment. I enjoy sharing with students ideas outside of the current absolutes we perceive. For instance, in technology courses we previously discussed the possibility of walking out of a store without having to go through a check-out line thanks to satellites and radio frequency; Amazon now has made this reality. Imagine it into existence....

Nichole Goergen MSN, RN, PCCN

Instructor, Nursing

College of Education and Health Professions 

The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, it's all that matters.

I would eventually like to study civility/incivility in the classroom and clinical setting. Looking at peer-to-peer, student to teacher, teacher to student, and nurse to nursing student and evaluate how and if that crosses over into practice once students graduate and begin working as Registered Nurses.​

Given that I am still a practicing nurse, I believe I am able to connect with students in the classroom with current, real life examples. While I continue to practice bedside nursing I find that clinical rotations with students are extremely successful since I am up-to-date on new policies, procedures, and standards of care. I can also empathize with the student's fears and hesitations of bedside patient care.

Matt Harris, PhD

Assistant Professor, History and Political Science

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Time is a flat circle.

I've been working for a while on a project about how people may give intentionally false answers to survey questions (i.e. saying that President Obama is Muslim) in order to express personal feelings rather than sincere beliefs.

As an educator, I'd like to think I am able to provide students a venue to freely express political thought and engage in constructive dialogue.

Mark Long, MAT

Instructor, Computer Science

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

I am working on rebuilding the CS314 class to include an emphasis on User Experience, and User Interface, in responsive web development. My next project will be to create the new Principles of Mobile Development class which will emphasis creation of hybrid mobile apps.

Steven McDonald, DMA, Certificate in Orchestral Conducting

Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities, International Center for Music

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

For an orchestra director, the act of research is always inextricably connected with a demonstrable result. A conductor is always seeking out and learning repertoire which will then be used as source material for the players for rehearsal, thus converting the research into an actual result (the resulting sound of the music itself) that will be heard as the concert. Music notation is by nature a highly limited and incomplete means of communication (how loud is loud and how soft is soft?), so the rehearsal process combines research and discovery with an immediacy of result, something that I find extremely gratifying when working with students such as those of the ICM.

Kristin Markway Shaw, MSJ

Lecturer, Communication, Journalism & Public Relations

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Good journalism, in the Peters version, is still about making powerful people uncomfortable. And about saving your soul. I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past. - David Ignatius

As a lecturer and someone whose education has always focused more on the practical than theoretical, I don’t have much in progress or planned for research activities. However, I have been very interested in grading methodologies and different syllabus requirements. I have implemented a contract syllabus in certain courses and have been soliciting specific feedback from students to refine and change it regularly. It’s been an interesting process to develop a tool that facilitates the right learning, tone and outcomes.

Marion P. Ricono, MBA

Lecturer, Management School of Business

College of Management

People make fewer decisions than they think; the biggest decision we make is who we will listen to.

I relate real-world experiences to what is being taught in the classroom.

James Vanderleeuw, PhD

Professor, Associate Dean, Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, Public Administration

College of Management

Presently, I am working on a research project that assesses the provision of temporary housing after a natural disaster. A basic need after a disaster is housing, and individuals and community rebuilding efforts are best serviced when disaster victims can remain in or near their community. The present study draws upon interviews with victims of Hurricane Rita that struck the Gulf Coast in 2008.

Of note is my involvement of students in experiential learning, particularly in the research process. Involving students in research -- for example in designing, administering and analyzing the results of surveys -- provides an exceptional hands-on learning experience. Numerous of these efforts have resulted in collaboration with students on papers presented at professional meetings and publications.

Cassie Werle-Rice, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor, Nursing

College of Education and Health Profession

When you Dream, Dream Big.

I plan to go back to school to achieve a terminal degree. In completing this, I hope to complete my research project on nursing evaluation in the clinical setting. I want to develop a clinical evaluation tool to assess knowledge and growth of the nursing student in the clinical setting. I have started to develop this for the nursing department to use with the current students within the department.

I feel that my biggest success as an educator is seeing the potential in the students and to develop them into nurses. My goal as an educator is to not only educate students, but to give them the confidence to know that they can achieve their goal of being a nurse. One day, these future nurses will have to make decisions that impact their patient’s life, and in that moment my hope is that they have the confidence and knowledge to know how to care for that patient.

November 2016 Faculty Spotlight

Patrick L. Gallegos, MBA

Senior Academic Director

Academic Affairs

Whatever it Takes! - Patrick L. Gallegos

Park It!

Name one future research project you are/would like to Pursue. 

I would like to research the integration of technology into the Face to Face classrooms via YouTube, social media & other innovative platforms.

Besides what you are currently being recognized for, what are some of your proudest Accomplishments you would like to share? 

I recently had a former graduated student return as a guest speaker. The former student had recently opened a restaurant in the local area. He informed the class the financial courses and management courses he took with Park University had greatly contributed to his current success.

Name one to three Resources that you use either for teaching, scholarship, or service that have assisted in your success. 

The Canvas Learning Management system consistently streams information via its Canvas Community Newsletter. The Canvas Community Newsletter is a valuable resource to assist instructors with the Canvas platform.

What do you feel you Keep doing successfully within your classroom every semester that you are willing to share with other faculty members? 

Guest speakers and field trips are an excellent way to expose students to real world situations they will encounter in the future.

What (or who) most Inspires you? Why?

The Park University students inspire me. Having the opportunity to influence students to reach their potential is humbling and rewarding.

What is something you Treasure in your office? 

I have a signed baseball with all the players from a former youth baseball team; I use to coach with my son. Even though it has been six years since I have coached this team, the signed baseball brings back great memories.

October 2016 Faculty Spotlight

Eugene Matthews, PhD

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

College of Liberal Arts Sciences

In the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind. - Dr. Louis Pasteur

Park It!

Name one future research project you are/would like to Pursue.

I would like to examine the impact of drone surveillance use for law enforcement response and investigations

Besides what you are currently being recognized for, what are some of your proudest Accomplishments you would like to share?

John Schuepbach, a recent Park University MPA Grad and I had the opportunity to teach over 430 New Mark Elementary students’ methods for locating, identifying, and collecting fingerprints in support of Crime Scene Investigation Unit. That was a lot of fun!
(https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154649849137059.1073741970.87150697058&type=1&l=5a86de6d71)

Name one to three Resources that you use either for teaching, scholarship, or service that have assisted in your successes.

Three resources I used are Canvas learning management system for almost all things teaching; Zipgrade application for quickly grading quizzes and exams and getting analytics; and Screencasts for engaging with students beyond the textbook and extending the classroom experience. Of the three I probably rely most on Canvas.

What do you feel you Keep doing successfully within your classroom every semester that you are willing to share with other faculty members?

Looking for and finding interesting ways to bring real world application into the classroom, through on-campus field trips, guest speakers, and student centered engagement activities like mini-presentations on course related topics.

What (or who) most Inspires you? Why?

I am most inspired by my fellow colleagues, here and at the campus centers. They have a heart for students, and a genuine interest in their success beyond the classroom experience. As such they are open to exploring other modalities for reaching and teaching our students.

What is something you Treasure in your office?

If you mean career wise, then I’d have to say, my department colleagues; because our common denominator is our shared differences within the same discipline. If you mean an item, it would probably be the 2016 family calendar; because every month displays pictures of the future…my kids and grandkids, and that’s pretty cool!

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