In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of members of Meredith’s faculty and staff, from departments including biological sciences, dance, English, and international programs.
Instructor of English Leslie Maxwell was awarded a Professional Equity Project (PEP) Grant from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). The grant funded her attendance at the annual convention, in Indianapolis in March.
On March 1, Associate Professor of English Kelly Morris Roberts facilitated and presented with Wake County Schools teacher Amber Krawczyk,'08, and teacher candidate Hannah Thornton, '14, at the NC English Teachers Association Spring Symposium. The panel presentation centered on active learning strategies to explore non-fiction texts aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Dr. Roberts' presentation was entitled “Up Close and Personal: Teaching Close Reading of Non-Fiction Texts Through the Lens of Critical Thinking.”
Professor of Dance Sherry Shapiro has been named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster, a list of all candidates who are eligible to be matched with incoming project requests from overseas academic institutions. The Fulbright program is a project of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).
Director of International Programs Brooke Shurer received a 2014-2015 College of Education Dissertation Support Award from NC State to help fund her upcoming Ph.D. research in the United Kingdom.
Meredith Hosts NC-PKAL Workshop: Meredith College was the host institute for the spring NC-Project Kaleidoscope (NC-PKAL) network workshop on Friday March 28. The workshop was held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center in conjunction with the annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science. There were 64 participants from 16 colleges, universities, and community colleges from across North Carolina. Professor of Biological Sciences Francie Cuffney was the head of local arrangements. Provost Matthew Poslusny gave a welcome to the event on behalf of Meredith College. Dr. Cuffney and Dr. Caro Perez-Heydrich presented a workshop titled “Ways to Develop and Incorporate Case Studies for Teaching and Testing: Examples from Courses in Public Health and Evolution,” Dr. Jason Andrus presented a workshop “Course Flipping: The Mechanics of Producing Online Content and In-class Activities.”
Meredith in Italy Featured in International Educator: The Meredith in Italy semester program was featured in the March-April issue of International Educator magazine for innovative use of web conferencing technology in study abroad. The article profiles Fall 2013 Sansepolcro student, Becky O'Brien, who skyped into Julie Schrock's EDU 234 course while in Italy. As part of the course, O’Brien completed an education practicum in a local Italian classroom and compared her experiences with other Meredith EDU 234 students who completed practicums in Raleigh. Meredith teaching licensure candidates in Sansepolcro will continue to skype into EDU 234 and complete Italian school practicum placements in Fall 2014.