Professional Development

Audio: Undergraduate Research: Does the Mentor Matter?

September 15th, 2016 by Kenya Hudson

Dr. Erin Dolan, the Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education at the University of Georgia, presents research that explores the impact of the type of mentor, i.e. faculty member or post-graduate trainee (doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows) on outcomes for undergraduate students in research experiences. This talk is a part of the Faculty Engagement & Advancement Program, which is co-sponsored by the Center for University Scholars, Division of Academic & Student Affairs and Division of Research & Federal Relations at Jackson State University. (Recorded on September 15, 2016) 

[Post Updated: September 21, 2017 at 2:17PM]

This workshop has been cancelled.  Please contact Sponsored Programs at (601) 979-2318 regarding future Cayuse training opportunities.

Sept. 20: Teaching Tuesdays Faculty Spotlight: Mark Geil

September 12th, 2016 by Kenya Hudson

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Room 146, Robinson College of Liberal Arts Building

This series spotlights the innovative teaching strategies and methods employed by Jackson State University faculty.  The teaching acumen of the presenters has been recognized by their deans, chairs, students and, sometimes, external actors.  Professor Geil will give an engaging presentation followed by the lively give-and-take of questions and answers.

Professor Mark Geil
Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts

Photographing Democratically When Everyone Is A Photographer

If everyone is a photographer, what makes a “good” photograph?  Increasingly, photography serves a fundamental and accessible form of expression in every dimension of life including education.  Being able to make a strong, compelling photograph is more important than ever. At the same time, being able to read a photograph and, more broadly, being able to read imagery is integral to critical thinking. As a teacher of photographer, one of Professor Geil's most significant challenges is finding ways to radically change the way students already photograph in their daily lives.


Suggestions for Working in a Peer Review Team

August 30th, 2016 by Kenya Hudson

This post is written by Candis Pizzetta, Associate Vice President of Research & Scholarly Engagement and an associate professor of English at Jackson State University.  She also helms the Center for University Scholars.

Below are some suggestions for working in a Peer Review Team.  Keep in mind that these are suggestions and not requirements.

  1. Positive Feedback:  Advise everyone to start positive with a compliment, then offer honest, but objective, well-supported and practical advice, and then conclude with another commendation.  Continuously reinforce the message that no one is served when criticism is withheld; only focused, writing-centered (not writer-centered) commentary will help the writer grow.
  2. Vary the Routine:  Sometimes you may choose to read part of a draft aloud to your group and other times you may email a writing sample a week ahead of time to give others a chance to read and critique before the next meeting.  You may share notes on a group member's draft but only discuss a small portion of the suggested changes.  Try holding a writing session every now and then: everyone comes to the group, writes for an hour, takes turns reading part or all of their resulting selection for 5-10 minutes, and then receives feedback of 1-2 minutes from each group member.
  3. Do Your Homework:  Establish expectations for feedback.  When you read the writing of other group members, take notes, write down questions, suggestions, and compliments.  Be specific when you critique, praising a vivid description in particular or recommending more explanation or clarification with detailed advice.  Also, be willing to take the critique to heart.  You are investing a great deal of time and energy into the process, so part of your homework is to be open to feedback.
  4. Ask Questions:  Focus not on telling others what to do but on asking questions to help them decide what to do.  If you don't understand something, or you feel that details are lacking, ask for an explanation or background information.  Then, gently advise the author to incorporate their response into the draft.
  5. Take a Break:  At regular intervals, step back from the critiquing cycle to meet just to advise or brainstorm about how to organize notes, do research, or work on essay structure.  In other words, you can function as a Scholarly Writers' Accountability Group every now and then.  Several times a year, go to an event on campus or watch a movie together and then brainstorm on how you could connect that external event activity to your research.
  6. Check-In:  Periodically evaluate how the group is doing.  Are your meetings too often, not often enough, or just right?  Too long, not long enough, or ideal?  Is someone missing too many meetings or wall-flowering, or does one person dominate the meetings?  Is everybody getting what they want out of the experience?
  7. Set Boundaries from the Start:  What's the procedure when somebody's not fitting in?  What do you do when one or more members drop out, or one or more members feel like increasing the number of people in the group?  How do you recruit, and how do you decide whether to accept candidates?  Establish and review your membership policies.

Above all, remember that although the group is a democratic body that should operate by consensus, you as the founder, must continue to moderate the proceedings and nudge everyone to always honor its principles and purposes.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
JSU INNOVATE Classroom, 1st Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

Photo of Erin DolanJoin us as we explore approaches to and methods of mentoring undergraduates as part of course-based and extracurricular undergraduate research programs. Erin Dolan is the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Innovative Science Education in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department at the University of Georgia.  Her research group investigates scalable ways of engaging students in science research and mentoring of undergraduate researchers from a social capital perspective.  

She is PI or Co-PI on more than $6 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other agencies as well as Editor-in-Chief of CBE-Life Sciences Education, the leading biology education journal.  Dolan was the founding director of the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Sciences, an undergraduate teaching initiative of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas Austin.

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Sept. 8: FEAP: Tenure & Promotion Discussion

August 29th, 2016 by Kenya Hudson

Thursday, September 8, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Theater, 2nd Floor of the JSU Student Center

Join us for presentations by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and a panel of experienced reviewers from various colleges.  An informal question and answer session follows the presentations.  The event's goals are (1) to familiarize faculty with department, college and university tenure and procedures and timelines; (2) to explore best practices for documentation and record-keeping; (3) to discuss approaches to compiling and organizing the tenure application and dossier; and (4) to consider optimal approaches to balancing conflict demands and allocating their time and resources.

This event is designed for probationary tenure-track faculty and associate professors seeking tenure and promotion.  We encourage faculty applying for tenure and promotion in the 2016-2017 cycle and the 2017-2018 cycle.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
JSU INNOVATE, 1st Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

This interest meeting acquaints participants with the learning strategies and opportunities offered by the Academy for Research & Scholarly Engagement.  Faculty will be able to talk with personnel from the Center for University Scholars and Sponsored Programs about their research ideas, potential funding matches and best practices for compiling a compelling application for the Academy.  Refreshments will be provided.