2016-2017 Miller Scholars Award Recipients
Applying Coursework to Enhance the Collegiate Experience for Underserved Populations at SCSU
Dr. Benjamin Witts, Assistant Professor of Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
Adult learners, sometimes referred to as non-traditional students, face additional challenges during post-secondary education. Nationally, adult learners are underserved, even though they represent a significant proportion of the student demographic. I will develop an inter-professional team to refine three assessment projects related to providing supports to adult learners. Students enrolled in my graduate-level course, Behavioral Assessments, will then create and implement these assessments to better serve our growing body of adult learners here at SCSU.
Online Laboratory Experience
Dr. Nancy Sundheim, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Technological Studies
Dr. Eric Little, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Engineering Technology is a hands-on, lab intensive discipline. However, to accommodate more students, there is a need to expand the program to an online format.This project is designed to explore alternative delivery methods for the lab component of 2 core Engineering Technology courses. Some students will complete lab exercises in traditional laboratory settings and others in non-traditional settings, such as in their work spaces. The two groups will be compared.
2015-2016 Miller Scholars Award Recipients & Project Descriptions
The Poetry of Place: Pedagogy & Anthology
Dr. Kate Pound, professor of geology
with Dr. Kristin Bratt, associate professor, Academic Learning Center
Natural environments provide foundation for poetry. We will develop and deliver a truly interdisciplinary course ‘Poetry in its Geological Context,’ featuring poetic voices from geologically distinct regions. Early poetry was closely linked to landscape; analysis of this history informs and enriches student understanding of poetry and place. Current examples of links between the scientific basis for landscape, poetry, and social movements can be found in post-Arab Spring nations; we will collect material for a published anthology of poetry and essays.
Seeing the Unseeable
Dr. Matthew Julius, professor of biology
with Dr. Bill Gorcica, professor of art and
Dr. Mark Gill, professor of engineering
“Seeing the Unseeable” aims to create student cohorts to develop interactive 3-D learning tools. The goal of the project is to reorganize existing ISELF facilities into a Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Center and create a traveling virtual reality kit for use for both on and off campus demonstrations. Student outcomes will be consistent with the university goals for developing problem solving and life-long learning skills. Modern education at the collegiate level is in a state of flux. Learning objectives have expanded beyond the role memorization of data specific to disciplines to a more active learning-based pedagogy. This transition is occurring under intense pressure with constraints of modernization, maintaining relevance, and decreasing budgets challenging the academy. Two areas common in most discussions of modern educational outcomes are developing problem-solving skills and promoting skills for life-long learning.