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 March 2021

The Center for Educational Excellence is hosting the inaugural Educational Excellence Week virtually from April 19 through April 23, 2021.

Students, faculty, and staff can choose to present in the following areas:

  • Teaching Excellence
  • Research and Creative Activities
  • Applied and Experiential Learning (includes Study Abroad/Away)
  • Community Engagement and Service Learning

You may submit up to one presentation in each of the submission categories by submitting a new form for each category you wish to present in. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 22, 2021. Visit the website for more information.

Updates from the CEE Team

Apply for CEE's SoTL or ESA Programs!

Further develop your teaching practice and scholarship as a participant in SoTL! Applications are due March 23. 
Strengthen student engagement in service learning as a participant in the Engaged Scholars Academy (ESA). Look for the ESA application in April!
On the fence about which to apply for? Check out a side-by-side comparison of the SoTL and ESA programs!

Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL)

Announcement Regarding Service Learning Day
Unfortunately, the winter storm has necessitated that we provide make-up instructional time, rather than implementing Service Learning Day, on March 25th. While Service Learning Day is canceled, service-learning doesn’t have to be. Many of our service-learning opportunities are ongoing experiences not tied to a specific day. Other opportunities, scheduled for March 25th and/or are dependent upon classes being dismissed in lieu of service-learning projects that day, will need to be adjusted or canceled.

For those that prefer to continue with their service-learning initiatives, further instructions on modifying events and managing registrations, users, and impacts in GivePulse will be provided later this week. We will also update the Service Learning Day website to reflect these changes.

The CEE faculty greatly appreciate the faculty, staff, and organizations who plan and facilitate transformative service-learning experiences for Tarleton students. The CEE will continue to support faculty and staff as they plan, promote, and engage students in service-learning activities throughout the year. Please reach out to Dr. Sharon Bowers, Director of Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL), or your respective college CESL fellow for assistance.


Mobile STEM Lab
Tarleton's Mobile STEM Lab Trailer recently traveled to a local vendor, R&R Trailer Service, to complete interior installation of flooring, plumbing, and electrical. CEE continues to actively seek a driver with a Class A CDL to drive the trailer to events.

Applied and Experiential Learning

Research ALEs

Do you have undergraduate students assisting with research? If so, they may qualify for an ALE credit for their work. The supervising faculty should submit an ALE application in the Research and Scholarly Activities area. Students will then be required to complete a written reflection and submit an artifact showcasing their work in order to receive credit. Visit this link for more details.

Faculty and Student Research

The 2021 Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol was held from 2/23-2/24. This virtual event highlighted the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research at Texas Institutions for Texas legislators and the public through high-quality virtual poster presentations. Approximately 60 research projects were displayed in virtual poster format reflecting the work of numerous undergraduate students representing approximately 46 colleges, universities, and health science center undergraduate programs across Texas (both public and private/independent institutions). 
Ms. Faith Cox (mentored by Dr. Dustin Edwards), represented Tarleton at the event. You can view research presentations here.
Research by undergraduates at Tarleton working with Dr. Bryant Wyatt (research article here) was recently cited in a Royal Astronomical Society paper.
Congratulations to Dr. Sotirios Diamantas and his student Zachary Mueller who presented their paper entitled ‘Modeling a priori Unknown Environments: Place Recognition with Optical Flow Fingerprints’ at the International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications on February 10, 2021. The conference was held online (virtual) because of the pandemic; initially, it was scheduled to be held in Vienna, Austria.
Interested in applying for an NSF CAREER grant? Contact Click here for more details.
The SONA homepage has a new home in the CEE. SONA is a great tool for recruiting research participants.
Please send your research announcements that you would like to share to

Instructional Development & Course Design

Faculty Scholar Development Grants (FSDG) due March 31
FSDGs are available to faculty to develop themselves and possibly others as scholars in the areas of teaching, learning, research, service, and/or community engagement. Apply by March 31! The first round of applications were recently awarded, and funds remain available for additional awards.
Learn how to use Proctorio and how to exempt a student from a Proctorio exam. Click the corresponding links to watch short instructional videos.

Academic Leadership Development

SmartEvals Training
The SmartEvals group will conduct a training with the Department Heads on Monday, March 8th from 1-2pm. This training will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.
Faculty Evaluations Training
The February 18th faculty evaluation training had to be rescheduled to Thursday, March 25th from 4-5pm. In this meeting, we will discuss the faculty evaluation and goal-setting process.

Faculty Forecast

Faculty Development Opportunities

Best Practices of Online Teaching (3/18, 2-3 pm)
Grades and Grading in Canvas (3/23, 2-3 pm)
Using Zoom Breakout Rooms, Polls, and Whiteboard (3/24, 9-10 am)
Texan Talk: Outstanding Faculty Engagement (3/24, 12-1 pm)
Proctorio: Monitoring Your Assessments (3/25, 11-11:45 am)
Digital Measures for Tenure and Promotion Documentation (3/26, 11-12 pm)
Turnitin Assignments (3/30, 11-11:45 am)
Reseach Paradigms: Analyzing the Teaching World Using Three Distinct Lenses (4/28, 12-1 pm)
Join us on March 26, 2021! The Teaching Fellows will discuss their use of digital measures regarding documentation for tenure and promotion. This will include faculty who have secured tenure at Tarleton State University. 
The 2019-2020 Tarleton Outstanding Faculty Engagement award winner, Dr. Scott Cook, will discuss outstanding faculty engagement on March 24, 2021, in the Texan Talk: Outstanding Faculty Engagement. Bring your lunch and join us online!
Faculty, we want to feature you on our social media channels for #FacultyFriday! Please fill out our quick survey to have your information featured soon.
The Tarleton State University Department of Fine Arts is thrilled to announce the return of the 23rd annual Rio Brazos Juried Art Exhibition. Visit the website for details on submission, deadlines, and more!
PIVOT is a funding search tool - set it up at, for weekly results. Or, email with your request to set up an individually crafted search.
Check out the Spring 2021 CEE highlights to find what interests you. 


Faculty in the News

New Campaign helps spread awareness about mental health resources
Featuring: Dr. Stephanie Robertson (COE)
Tarleton to Host Business Leaders in 'Executive in Residence' Program
Tarleton-Waco Offering Free Tax Return Preparation, One Day Only
Featuring: Dan Puhl (COB)
Tarleton Adds 'Texan Smart' to Accreditation Review

Tarleton Publications and Grants

Agile Teaching and Learning in Information Systems Education: An Analysis and Categorization of Literature
Journal of Information Systems Education
Jason H. Sharp (COB), Alanah Mitchell, and Guido Lang

Enhanced Specific Heat of Molten Salt Nano-eutectic via Nanostructural Change
Journal of Heat Transfer
Hani Tiznobaik (COST), Zahra Pournorouz (COST), Joohyun Seo, Amirhossein Mostafavi, and Donghyun Shin

Standardizing Multidisciplinary Discharge Planning Rounds to Improve Patient Perceptions of Care Transitions
JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration
Jerilyn Bumpas (CHSHS) and Donna J. Copeland

Concepts in Occupational Socialization Theory
Curriculum and Teaching Methodology
Colin G. Pennington (COE)

Implementation and evaluation of a pandemic simulation exercise among undergraduate public health and nursing students: A mixed-methods study
Nurse Education Today
Subi Gandhi (CHSHS), Jennifer Yeager (CHSHS), and Ryan Glaman (COE)

The Transition into Professorship: Beyond the Three-Phase Approach to Socialization
The Physical Educator
Colin G. Pennington (COE)

CXCR4 signaling at the fetal–maternal interface may drive inflammation and syncytia formation during ovine pregnancy
Biology of Reproduction
Stacia Z. McIntosh, Marlie M. Maestas, Jordyn R. Dobson, Kelsey E. Quinn, Cheyenne L. Runyan (COAES), and Ryan L. Ashley

Effective Management Practices for Increasing Native Plant Diversity on Mesquite Savanna-Texas Wintergrass-Dominated Rangelands
Rangeland Ecology & Management
Darrel B. Murray (COAES), James P. Muir, Michael S. Miller, Devin R. Erxleben, and Kevin D. Mote

Cattle stress and pregnancy responses when imposing different restraint methods for conducting fixed time artificial insemination
Animal Reproduction Science
Russell C. Carrell, W. Brandon Smith, Lea A. Kinman (COAES), Vitor RG. Mercadante, Nicholas W. Dias, and David A. Roper

Stream Health Estimation for the Plum Creek Watershed
Narayanan Kannan (TIAER)

Screening stable flies and house flies as potential vectors of digital dermatitis in dairy cattle
Journal of Dairy Science

R. J. Thibodeaux (COAES), J. A. Brady, C .C .K. Maryak, S. L. Swiger, and B. W. Jones (COAES)

Multiparametric ultrasound imaging for the assessment of normal versus steatotic livers
Scientific Reports
Lokesh Basavarajappa, Jihye Baek, Shreya Reddy, Jane Song, Haowei Tai, Girdhari Rijal (CHSHS), Kevin J. Parker, and Kenneth Hoyt

An Ethical Framework for Interprofessional Social Work Education and Practice with Clients and Professionals
Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice
Misty G. Smith (CHSHS) and Felicia Law Murray (CHSHS)

eXtensible Computing Curriculum Reporting Language (XCCRL)
Information Systems Education Journal
Jeffry Babb, Jason H. Sharp (COST), Leslie Waguespack, Amjad Abdullat, Kareem Dana

Please email Faculty Fellow, Raj Vuddandam, with your grants or publications so we can highlight them here!
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