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Faculty Focus Hodges University Faculty Newsletter

Hodges University will transition to Blackboard Learn 9.1 for the Winter 2012 semester. To prepare faculty for this transition, the Distance Education Department will hold a series of training events during the Fall 2011 semester. All faculty who teach with Blackboard are encouraged to participate in each of the three learning experiences. Blackboard Learn 9.1 not only improves course management workflow, it enriches engagement and collaboration amongst instructors and students. In addition, “it enables instructors to minimize the time they spend on course building and delivery tasks, freeing up their time and energy to focus on student success, achievement, and retention.�

Fall 2011

Volume 9, Issue 3

Training Sessions Blackboard Basics 2-hour hands-on introduction 10 face-to-face or online offerings Explore Blackboard Multi-week, self-paced opportunity to practice in a sandbox environment Blackboard Readiness 90-minute hands-on experience 8 face-to-face or online offerings

Fall Semester Dates Sept. 8

Classes Begin

Nov. 24-27 Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 1

Midterm Progress Reports Due

Dec. 11

Dec. 19

Holiday Party

Dec. 16-18 Online Final Exams

Dec. 21

Submission Deadline Winter Faculty Focus Semester Ends

QEP Update by Dr. Diane Ball Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Collier County Comparative Analysis Committee Update

The QEP Team met in late May to begin reviewing submissions for HU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), and to formulate action steps for the selection of a topic. After review and discussion, the QEP Team members reached consensus on three very broad topic areas, under which most of the suitable ideas could be clustered. These areas are writing, leadership, and online education.

On May 18, 2011, the Collier County Comparative Analysis Committee enjoyed a dinner meeting with local and regional officials concerning the future work and direction of the Committee. Among those in attendance were Dr. Terry McMahan, Dr. Nancey Wyant, Dr. Aysegul Timur, Dr. Gerald Franz, Anke Stugk, Amber Washburn, Davor Pranjic, Dr. Michael Reagen, Murray Hendel, Thomas McCann, James Warnken, and Steve Harrison.

At this point, three members of the QEP Team have written brief argument papers for each of these broad areas. The argument papers have been distributed to all Hodges University stakeholders, and are being used as further input into the discussion. A series of focus groups are scheduled to solicit additional input into the decision-making process. Two focus groups have already been conducted, one for students and alumni, and one for faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and President’s Council members. The input from focus group participants will form the basis for the final selection of a QEP topic and project. Additional focus groups are scheduled. Please see for details, and to participate in one of the focus groups.

As the exploratory study enters Phase Three, more Florida counties have been added, so that now the list comprises Collier, Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Lee, Martin, MiamiDade, Orange, Palm Beach, Sarasota, and Seminole counties.

Once the discussions are complete, all feedback will be assembled and reviewed by the QEP Team and the SACS Leadership Team. The final QEP topic area will be selected by the SACS Leadership Team, and announced at the annual holiday party. The QEP will be developed throughout the next year, and will be submitted to SACS six weeks before the on-site team visits Hodges in early 2013.

The Committee, steered by Dr. Aysegul Timur, chair of the Business Administration and Public Administration programs, is happy to welcome Davor Pranjic and Amber Washburn. Davor Pranjic holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in international business from Schiller International University. He has taught math, economics, and statistics. Amber Washburn is currently an undergraduate student at Hodges University, pursuing her bachelor’s degree in accounting. The Committee also welcomes qualified volunteer students who would like to gain experience in applied research. The team is presently moving forward toward a formal presentation this fall, and a major symposium in February 2012. The symposium will be sponsored by Hodges University and should involve many invited officials from the various Florida counties. The Hodges research team is looking to uncover the best practices and collaborative models that bring government and business leaders together to stimulate economic growth.

Construction Update by Dave Rice, Vice President of Information Technology and Facilities Management Our new building addition to the Fort Myers campus is ahead of schedule and on budget. Actually, we are two months ahead of schedule. By the time you read this article, the first and second floors will be completely sheet rocked, taped, and will have received the first coat of paint. The exterior decorative split face rock will soon be near completion and installation of the glass curtain walls are not far behind. Flooring tile has been selected and will be installed in early September. The Student Union is well on its way to completion. We anticipate substantial completion of the building by late December with possible certificate of occupancy by mid-January of 2012. Your construction team is working diligently to deliver on its promise of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certified building.


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Professional Development Opportunities provided by the Distance Education Department

4-Week Certification Courses Teaching with Blackboard September 26 - October 23 Dr. Pat Gordin This course is for faculty members who have not yet achieved Blackboard Certification. Participating faculty will engage in learning activities, discussions, and practicums on designing course elements, developing online learning communities, and evaluating student learning outcomes in the Blackboard 9.1 environment.

Instructional Design October 10 - November 6 Dr. Char Wendel Teaching online is more than just putting your materials on Blackboard. This course will cover what constitutes best practice in online course design and delivery to achieve student learning outcomes and satisfaction. Tools, techniques, and tips for making online courses a pleasure to create and teach will also be highlighted.

1-Week Mini-Courses The Interactive Web October 24 - October 30 Dr. Pat Gordin The mini-course will explore web communication features on Twitter, Facebook, and Google and compare the student learning impact to the tools available in Blackboard 9.1. Discussion will focus upon the advantages and disadvantages of specific tools for educational purposes.

Gathering and Using Student Feedback October 31 - November 6 Dr. Pat Gordin The mini- course will focus upon techniques that can be used to conduct formative assessments of student learning and to evaluate student satisfaction with the course at various stages. Participants will have a collection of Blackboard surveys that can be imported into their courses through Survey Manager.

For more information or to register for any of these courses, contact the instructor.

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Blackboard 9.1 Training In preparation for the transition to Blackboard 9.1 Learn, all faculty who teach with Blackboard are encouraged to participate in each of the three learning experiences.

Blackboard Basics Discover how to perform basic tasks including creating and managing Announcements, Assessments, Assignments, Course Menu Items, Discussion Board Forums, and Instructor Information.

Naples Wednesday, October 5 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Thursday, October 13 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m Saturday, October 15 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 19 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fort Myers Thursday, October 6 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 15 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 18 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Tuesday, October 11 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 22 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Explore Blackboard Upon completion of Blackboard Basics, you will be enrolled in a multi-week sandbox learning environment to allow you to practice what you have learned.

Blackboard Readiness Review your learning experiences and those of your colleagues, receive answers to your questions and exposure to a few advanced features, and ensure your readiness to teach using 9.1 Learn.

Naples Tuesday, November 29 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 7 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Fort Myers Wednesday, November 30 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 8 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Online Saturday, December 3 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 6 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Blackboard Basics and Blackboard Readiness sessions will be taught by Peter Van Leeuwen and Dr. Greg Smith. Early registration is recommended as class size is limited. To register for specific sessions or for more information, please contact Greg Smith (


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Introducing New Faculty Prof. Kim Schnurbush, Assistant Professor – Nichols School of Professional Studies Prof. Schnurbush received an undegraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Fitchburg State College. She expects to receive a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University later this year. Prof. Schnurbush is a former investigator for both the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the State of New Hampshire. She has 14 years of experience in a combination of law enforcement, mental health and prisons. Additionally, she has eight years of experience as a college instructor in a variety of criminal justice courses. Her research interests include international justice, capital punishment and a variety of prison issues.

Prof. Iryna Labachova, Assistant Professor – Liberal Arts

Prof. Labachova received a B.S. / M.S. degree in math and computer science education from Mogilev State University, Mogilev, Belarus. Additionally, she received a M.A. from the University of Rochester. Prof. Labachova’s recent teaching experience involves a 9-year stretch fulfilling the duties of a math instructor at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She was born and raised in Belarus, which is situated in Eastern Europe between Poland and Russia, but has lived in the United States for the last 13 years.

Prof. Jacquelyn Davis, Adjunct Professor - Liberal Arts Prof. Davis received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Her professional experience includes over 10 years in higher education in a variety of roles including Academic Program Manager, Corporate Recruiter, and an instructor. Prof. Davis is a Registered Mental Health Intern. She is dedicated to increasing and expanding mental health awareness and avidly supports the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Prof. Davis will teach psychology and interdisciplinary studies courses.

Ms. Nathalie Grondin, Instructor – School of Allied Health

Ms. Grondin received a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa. She has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 20 years in Southwest Florida. Her primary areas of interest include evaluating and treating balance and vestibular dysfunction. She is actively involved in education seminars on Fall Prevention throughout the community. Ms. Grondin will be the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

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BOOKS PUBLISHED Dr. William Cooney (LA) had two of his books published in the Google Library: The Quest for Meaning: A Journey Through Philosophy; and Creative Genius and From Plato to Piaget: The Greatest Educational Theorists from Across the Centuries and Around the World, co-authored with Charles Cross and Barry Trunk. ARTICLES PUBLISHED In May, Dr. Gerald Franz’s (LIB) article “Thinking Beyond the Scroll: The Ancient Library at Alexandria” was published in the Association of Christian Librarians journal. In May, Kelly Bushéy’s (AP) article on the Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) credential was published in the national newsletter of the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). PAPERS PRESENTED In May, Dr. Earl Bradford Smith (IDS) presented his research agenda “Multicultural and Change Issues in Transformational Leadership” at the Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, GA. In June, Dr. Aysegul Timur (BA/PA) presented a paper entitled “Pharmaceutical Price Convergence in the EU: Preliminary Results from the Panel Unit Root Test” at the European Business and Economics Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain. In July, Dr. Aysegul Timur (BA/PA) presented a paper entitled “Has the European Union Achieved A Single Pharmaceutical Market?” at the World Congress on Health Economics hosted by the International Economics Association (IHEA) in Toronto, Canada. SPEECHES GIVEN In May, Dr. Tom Hoffman (AP) presented support group facilitator training exercises to the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association’s Leadership Training Day in Orlando, FL. He also presented “Psychosocial Interventions to Improve Quality of Life with Spasmodic Dysphonia” to the public at the Association’s Annual National Symposium. In June, Kelly Bushéy (AP) was a speaker at the Native American Indian Leadership Summit in Lake of the Ozarks, MO, presenting to members from over 70 tribes. The presentation covered counseling issues of self-mutilation, anger, rage, addiction, and suicidal ideation. In July, Martin Smith (HIM) spoke about advocacy efforts in Florida at the Florida Health Information Management Association (FHIMA) House of Delegates in Orlando, FL. He led the FHIMA Legislative/Advocacy Committee that earned national recognition through their efforts over the past year. CONFERENCES ATTENDED In May, Cythia Gomez (LA) attended the Teaching Professor conference in Atlanta, GA. In May, Dr. Anna Avola (HS) attended the 25th Annual Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Conference (AUPHA) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In June, Dr. Dee Batiato (HA) attended the Association of University Programs in Health Administration conference in Charleston, SC. In July, Peter Van Leeuwen (DE) and Dr. Char Wendel (DE/LS) attended Blackboard World 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. In July, Linda Coutts (HIM) and Karin Applegate (HIM) attended the Faculty Development Institute and Assembly on Education Symposium presented by the American Health Information Management Association in San Antonio, TX.

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Hodges University faculty newsletter for Fall 2011