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  December 2020

Welcome CEE Faculty Fellows!

Please help us welcome our new faculty fellows in the areas of Experiential Learning, Research, Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL), Teaching, and Leadership! And be sure to note the fellows from your college as they are sure to be very helpful resources to you. 

Experiential Learning Fellows

Marcy Tanter

Professor of English (COLFA)
What is a fun fact about you? 
I'm a Fulbright senior scholar (2018) and am open to talking with anyone who is interested in developing a study abroad program and/or wants to apply for a Fulbright.

Darrel Murray

Asst Professor in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences (COAES)

If you could time travel, when and where would you go?
Texas before European Settlement
(read more)

Victoria Chraibi
(pronounced "Shry bee")

Asst Professor of Biological Sciences (COST)

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
The chorus of "500 Miles" became my theme song when walking the Camino de Santiago, so I guess I'll keep that!
(read more)

Andi Green

Asst Professor and Director of Master of Science Program in Athletic Training (COE SKIN)

What fictional character do you relate to most? 
Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Lisa Taylor Cook

Asst Professor of Child and Family Studies (COE)

What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A ballerina
(read more)

Therese Pennell

Asst Professor of English and Languages (COLFA)

What is your favorite book?
non-fiction, people have great stories and lessons to share in autobiographies and other genres
(read more)

Research Fellows

Andy Wolfe

Asst Professor of Health and Human Performance & Director of Kinetic Performance Laboratory (COE SKIN)

If you could share a meal with any 3 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? My brothers
(read more)

Bryn Brown

Asst Professor of Management (COB)

What is your favorite book to read? any book written by Dan Brown
(read more)

Dustin Edwards

Asst Professor of Biological Sciences (COST)

What fictional character do you relate to most?
Iron Man
(read more)

Colin G. Pennington

Asst Professor of Sport Science (COE)

What's a fun fact about you? I was a former K-12 coach.
(read more)

Atsuko Kawakami

Associate Professor of Sociology (COLFA)

What's a fun fact about you? 
My research interests include, but are not limited to, social gerontology, healthcare, Japan studies, support groups, organizations, and networks.
(read more)

Kimberley Guay

Associate Professor of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Technology (COAES)

What's a fun fact about you? My interests in research involve problems that the animal science industry faces concerning animal behavior and welfare.
(read more)

Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) Fellows

Misty Smith

Senior CESL Fellow & Asst Professor of Social Work (CHSHS)

What skill or craft would you like to master? Quilting
(read more)

Kelsey McEntyre

Asst Professor of Sport Science (COE SKIN)

What fictional character do you most identify with? Hyacinth Bucket from Keeping up Appearances
(read more)

Karley Goen

Asst Professor of Communication (COLFA)

What is your favorite book? Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C Gwynne
(read more)

Callie J. Price

Asst Professor in Biological Sciences (COST)

What fictional character do you most identify with? The Lorax -- "I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues"
(read more)

Rajesh Vuddandam

Asst Professor and Administrative Fellow for Curriculum and Assessment (COST)

What's a fun fact about you? I have several publications and projects involving computational design, analytical and experimental studies using sensor technology.
(read more)

Ed Dittfurth

Asst Professor in Dept of Management (COB)

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Life is a Highway
(read more)

Dr. Lindsey N. Marek

Asst Clinical Social Work Professor (CHSHS)

If you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what problem would you choose? I would solve mental health problems in public schools.
(read more)

Teaching Fellows

Rebecca Putman

Senior Teaching Fellow & Asst Professor of Curriculum & Instruction (COE)

If you could share a meal with any 3 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michelle Obama, Jesus
(read more)

Jake Heller

Associate Professor of Management (COB)

What fictional character do you relate to most? Gus from Lonesome Dove
(read more)

Jun Xu

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (COST)

What skill or craft would you like to master? Playing piano
(read more)

Brittany Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies (COLFA)

If you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what problem would you choose? Drug addiction
(read more)

Rudy S. Tarpley

Professor of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Technology & Graduate Program Coordinator (COAES)

If you had a theme song, what would it be? "I'm Just a Country Boy" by Don Williams
(read more)

Lillian K Hinson

Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction (COE)

What fictional character do you relate to most? Tigger
(read more)

Leadership Fellow

Catalin C. Dinulescu

Assistant Professor of Management (COB)

What would be the title of your biography or autobiography? My Last Book, I Promise
(read more)

Updates from the CEE Team

Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL)

Mark Your Calendars!
Service Learning Day 2021 - Thursday, March 25th 

On Service Learning Day, faculty and staff engage students in service learning projects by developing class assignments and/or guiding students to join specified projects hosted by departments and colleges within the students’ field of study.  

  More information coming soon, including:  

  • Syllabi Statements  

  • Remote/Virtual/Contactless Opportunities – allowing us to continue to serve within the restrictions of COVID-19 while expanding our physical/geographic impact beyond our local communities  

  • GivePulse Information Sessions – improving the way we facilitate and track our service learning initiatives on Service Learning Day and throughout the year  


Applied and Experiential Learning

ALE Cords for Graduation

Do you have students inquiring about ALE cords for December 2020 graduation? Please have them email to verify eligibility.

Spring 2021 ALE Priority Deadline!

The priority deadline for Spring 2021 ALE applications is January 15th. Up to $1,500 in funding to use for supplies and materials is available for new experiences on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about offering an ALE, please consider attending one of our virtual info sessions or emailing to set up a time to talk about your specific idea.

Submit an Application
Info Sessions

Email for more information!

GA Positions Available in January

The CEE is looking to hire two Graduate Assistants beginning in the Spring 2021 semesters.These GAs will provide support in the areas of:  Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on large-scale projects, such as the Applied Learning Experience (ALE) program and Service Learning Day. 

Faculty and Student Research

Hop into TrainTraq for a quick course on understanding the MAESTRO Researcher Portal (Course #2114209).
Don't forget that SONA is a great way to recruit research participants! Email for more information.
View Dr. Rajani Srinivasan's recent Texan Research Talk about clean water and cancer drug delivery here.

Instructional Development & Course Design

Contact Your College Instructional Designer for Support

College Designer Extension Office
CHSHS Neda Benitez 9301 Nursing 202A
COAES(& Fine Arts) Emily McLemore 9656 Autry 306A
COB Scott January 1877 Business 185C
COE Pam Huckabee 9616 Howell 116
COLFA Diane Sudman 1842 O.A. Grant 346
COST Colleen Knight  0791 Science 139G

Course to Support Online Teaching

If you are new to teaching online, the Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) has an online course that will help you with understanding the basics of good course design and best practices of online teaching and learning. Our instructional designers have created a course online that you can take at your own pace. It is asynchronous and will give you an opportunity to experience the organization, assessments, and assignments your students experience working online. If you are interested and would like to have a better understanding of teaching online using our learning management system, Canvas, please contact your instructional designer for your college.  

Proctorio Lab Available

Business 206 and Math 227 are scheduled to be open for students to take proctored exams via Proctorio at the following times. Please spread the word!
  Business 206 Math 227
Monday 6:00 pm - 12:00 am 1:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 3:30 pm 1:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday  6:00 pm - 12:00 am 1:00 - 7:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 12:00 am 1:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 3:00 - 5:00 pm 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 - 5:00 pm  
Sunday 2:00 pm - 12:00 am  

See additional information about the lab and check-in process here

Academic Leadership Development

Department Heads,

Thank you so much for attending the trainings over the last few months. Our last training of the year will take place on Thursday, December 17th at 4pm with Dr. Tom Faulkenberry. He will go over the Department Head role, as it relates to the IRB. 

I hope you all have a wonderful end to the fall semester and get some much needed rest over the holiday break.

~ Jamie Borchardt

Faculty Forecast

Funding Opportunity Announcement! Check out the Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant
Spring 2021 will bring changes to the asynchronous portion of HyFlex instruction resulting in what we call HyFlex 2.0. Be sure to read through the faculty and student handbooks to learn more and contact your college instructional designer for support.
Request for Applications for Open Educational Resource Grants through the Governor's Emergency Relief (GEER) Fund. Learn more here!
Be on the lookout for instructional trainings offered by the CEE this November! Details can be found here. All trainings are posted on the CEE calendar.
PIVOT is a funding search tool- set it up at, for weekly results. Or, email with your request for setting up an individually crafted search.
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 Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Click here to learn more.

Facutly Development Opportunities

ALE Virtual Info Session for Faculty and Staff (12/8, 10-11 am)
ALE Virtual Info Session for Faculty and Staff (12/9, 10-11 am)
ALE Virtual Info Session for Faculty and Staff (12/14, 10-11 am)


Faculty in the News

Tarleton Researcher Uncovers Fossil of New Plant Species
Dr. Ryan Morgan, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics
That anxiety we've all been battling? Animals feel it, too
Featuring Dr. Kimberley Guay, Department of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Technology

Faculty Publications and Grants

Structural Behavior of Phoenix Dactylifera L. Fibers Reinforced Concrete
Journal of Applied Engineering Sciences
R Alayash, Orlando Bagcal (COST), and M. Baccay

Modeling a Priori Unknown Environments: Place Recognition with Optical Flow Fingerprints
International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications
Zachary Mueller and Sotirios Diamantas (COST)

Short Communication: 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 Barbara W. Jones (COAES)

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 Effect of an Aging Workforce on Perceptions of Satisfaction and Performance
Journal of Managerial Issues
Brian Martinson (COBA), J. A. Leon, and K. J. Roberto

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

Assessment of Early Pancreatic Cancer Response to Targeted Hyaluronan Treatment with Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Imaging
2020 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS)
Girdhari Rijal (CHSHS) and Kenneth Hoyt

A Chance to Play is a Chance to Learn: Integrating Individuals with Physical Disabilities into Physical Education
Currirculum and Teaching Methodology (2020)
Colin G. Pennington (COE) and Lacie W. Pennington

Do Non-Native Plants Contribute to Insect Declines?
Ecological Entomology
Douglas W. Tallamy, Desiree L. Narango, and Adam B. Mitchell (COAES)

Examining the Efficacy of Constancy and Frequency as Political Strategies for Assisted Suicide Legalization: Does the Introduction of Many Bills Over Time or Multiple Bills at Once Increase the Likelihood of Assisted Suicide Bills Passing in U.S. State Legislatures
Journal of Public Affairs
Jacqueline H. Abernathy (COLFA) and Skylar Covich

Texas Dairy Industry Assessment of Research, Education, and Service Importance of the Southwest Regional Dairy Center
Journal of Dairy, Veterinary, and Animal Research
Barbara Jones (COAES)

Potential Franchise Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in the Coffee Industry
Journal of Business and Educational Leadership
Sue Joiner (COBA), Ed Dittfurth (COBA), and Kevin Lewis
Please email with your grants or publications so we can highlight them here!
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