James Atlas

James Atlas

Computer & Information Sciences
James Atlas is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Delaware. He received his B.A. in Computer Science from Messiah College in 2001 and his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Delaware in 2006 and 2009, respectively. He is a committed educator who emphasizes active and engaged learning including self-reflection, pair programming, peer critique, kinesthetic activities, outreach experiences, and problem based learning. He holds a full-time teaching track position, teaching a wide range of courses from introductory programming to computer architecture, and is a recent 2012 winner of the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Steve Bernhardt

Steve Bernhardt

English
Dr. Stephen A. Bernhardt holds the Andrew B. Kirkpatrick, Jr. Chair in Writing at the University of Delaware, from which position he promotes strong writing and communication skills across the university. He is the author of Writer’s Help, a new, Web-based reference handbook from Bedford/St. Martin’s. He teaches courses in scientific and technical communication, first year composition, computers and writing, and grammar and style. Dr. Bernhardt currently directs the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE) at UD, a group of faculty who promote active, engaged learning through team, problem and project-based teaching, frequently with an emphasis on innovative technologies.

Jules Bruck

Jules Bruck

Landscape Design
Dr. Jules Bruck, ASLA, PLA, is Associate Professor of Landscape Design at the University of Delaware, where she teaches courses in design process, CAD, field sketching, and planting design. She also teaches landscape design courses at Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba and the Barnes Foundation. She is a registered landscape architect and a permanently certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. She owns and operates Evolution Landscape Design, LLC with her husband, Tony. With a love of travel and interest in experiential education, Dr. Bruck has conducted many study abroad trips to highlight design in both Brazil and Europe. Her current research interests are in design based learning and public perception of sustainable landscape practices such as designing for ecosystem services. Dr. Bruck has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.
www.julesbruck.com

Jenni Buckley

Jenni Buckley

Mechanical Engineering

Allan Carlsen

Allan Carlsen

Theatre

Martha Carothers

Martha Carothers

Art
Martha Carothers holds BA and MFA degrees from Penn State University and briefly taught in Penn State’s School of Visual Arts before the Department of Art at the University of Delaware. She currently teaches visual communications and book arts along with serving as the department Advising Coordinator. Carothers was Chair of the Department of Art between 1992-2001, after which she became Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2001-2002, and subsequently Associate Director of University Undergraduate Studies for the years 2002-2009. Carothers has directed study abroad to Australia during 2002-2010. In 2011-2012, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong associated with City University of Hong Kong. Carothers designed and created a hand-bound book commemorating the Fulbright Hong Kong General Education Project. As a book artist, she has exhibited nationally and internationally, with bookworks included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Library of Congress, and Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry, Miami, FL.

Nico Carver

Nico Carver

Student Multimedia Design Center
Nico Carver is an assistant librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center at the University of Delaware Library. He coordinates services at the Center, and can consult on questions related to photography, video production, web design, and multimedia software. His background is in experimental filmmaking, which he studied at Hampshire College. He holds an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jim Casey

Jim Casey

English, The Colored Conventions Project
Jim Casey is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Delaware, with research interests in 19th-century American culture and the digital humanities. His dissertation charts the development of editorship and editorial practice in newspapers and magazines throughout the nineteenth century. Casey has extensive experience in the use of digital tools in research and teaching applications. He is available to consult and conspire on a variety of tools which include: online exhibits (Omeka, WordPress); interactive maps (Neatline, ESRI StoryMaps); crowd-sourcing (Omeka+Scripto); social network analysis (Gephi, NodeXL); or on the ecosystem of Wikipedia. Casey organizes a campus-wide reading group on the digital humanities at UD, Diet Digital Humanities. More information is available at jim-casey.com

Kelly Cobb

Kelly Cobb

Fashion and Apparel Studies
Kelly Cobb is a Philadelphia based designer and Assistant Professor of Fashion and Apparel Studies at The University of Delaware, where she teaches CAD, Product Development and Management Studio and Creative Design Methods. In collaboration with her design students, Gildan Activewear, the Fair Labor Association, and the Instituto Politecnico Centroamericano in Honduras, Cobb carried out an "ethical fashion" project that demonstrated ground-up thinking about sustainability in the product development process. Cobb has developed and coordinated sampling and production of one-off surface (dye and print) designs for the couture market. Cobb describes her approach to design and teaching as steeped in technique and compelled to innovate. She holds a BFA in Textiles from The Maryland Institute, College of Art and an MFA from The University of Florida.

Jon Cox

 

Jon Cox

Art
Jon Cox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Project Liaison in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab at the University of Delaware. He has served as a Board Member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania since 2006. Cox’s latest published work was a six-year documentary book project with hunter-gatherers in Tanzania titled Hadzabe, By the Light of a Million Fires. Cox has directed over twenty photographic study abroad programs across the globe including destinations to Antarctica, South East Asia, Tanzania, Australia, Tasmania and several countries in South America. He was a pioneer in the field of digital photography, served as the adventure photographer/writer for Digital Camera Magazine and authored two Amphoto digital photography books. Cox is the 2014 co-recipient of a National Geographic – Genographic Legacy Fund Grant to support a collaborative cultural mapping initiative with the Ese’Eja hunter-gatherers living in the Amazon basin of Peru.

Amy Cowperthwait

Amy Cowperthwait

Nursing

Asia Dowtin

 

Asia L. Dowtin

Geography, Colored Conventioned Project
Asia L. Dowtin is a Geography PhD candidate at the University of Delaware.  She received a B.S. in Meteorology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and an M.S. in Geography from the University of Delaware.  Her current research investigates the role of the urban forest in mitigating flood risk and regulating the cycling of solutes through wooded ecosystems in the Wilmington, Delaware metropolitan region.  In addition to her graduate studies, Ms. Dowtin has conducted research on developing collaborative approaches towards urban conservation for the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), served as an environmental educator and mentor in the City of Wilmington’s Green Jobs and TNC’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) programs, and aided in completing environmental assessments of streams within the First State National Monument – Woodlawn Tract for the UD Water Resources Agency. 

Ann Hill Duin

 

Ann Hill Duin

University of Minnesota
The keynote speaker will be Ann Hill Duin, from the University of Minnesota (UM). Duin is a Professor, Writing Studies, in UM’s College of Liberal Arts; Director of Graduate Studies, UM Scientific and Technical Communication Program; and a Senior Affiliate, Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education at UM.  Ann’s ‘students first’ approach will set the stage for the hands-on workshops,

Ann is one of the editors of a recent e-book, Cultivating Change in the Academy, that “showcases a sampling of academic technology projects” designed to “inspire other faculty and staff to consider, utilize, or perhaps even develop new solutions that have the potential to make their efforts more responsive, nimble, efficient, effective, and far-reaching.” (Ann Hill Duin, Edward A. Nater, Farhad X. Anklesaria. “Introduction.” Cultivating Change in the Academy. University of Minnesota. 2012.

Kevin Guidry

Kevin R. Guidry

Center for Teaching and Asssessment of Learning
Kevin R. Guidry is Senior Research Analyst at the UD Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning. He works with faculty on exploring new pedagogies and improving existing teaching practices to enhance student learning. Guidry specializes in assessment of student learning and survey methodology having worked on teaching, learning, and assessment research and practice at levels ranging from individual courses to projects spanning hundreds of colleges and universities.

John Jungck

 

John Jungck

Interdisciplinary Science Learning Labs
John Jungck is Director of the Dupont Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories and Professor of Biological Sciences with joint appointments in Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Bioinformatics/Computational Biology Program. He is the Editor of Biology International and serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals including the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Evolutionary Bioinformatics, CBE Life Science Education, and the American Journal of Undergraduate Research. He is the former Editor of Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching and the American Biology Teacher. He is a leader in biology education reform, a mathematical molecular evolutionary biologist, and a computer software developer of biological simulations, tools, and databases. His research interests are in mathematical and theoretical biology (bioinformatics, the origins of genetic codes, image analysis and simulation of patterns in nature, and evolutionary analysis of complex data sets), and interdisciplinary education. He is a AAAS Fellow, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Minnesota, the recipient of the ASCB Bruce Alberts Award, former president of the Association of College and University Biology Educators, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand.

Matt Kinservik

Matt Kinservik

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Matt Kinservik is Professor of English and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. His research focuses on 18th-century British literature, theatre history, and the cultural history and regulation of sexuality. He has taught at UD since 1997 and has led two successful (and one unsuccessful) Humanities Labs.

Hannah Lee

Hannah K. Lee

Student Multimedia Design Center
Hannah K. Lee is a senior assistant librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center at the University of Delaware Library. Her responsibilities include coordinating a multimedia literacy program of instruction, which involves collaborating with faculty across departments and assisting students in creating multimedia content. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Education, an M.A. in English with a specialization in Writing Studies, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ben Mearns

Ben Mearns

IT Client Support & Services
Ben Mearns is a leader in the University of Delaware GIS community (www.udel.edu/gis). He consults, teaches, advises, speaks, and creates around geographic information. He blogs at benmearns.com and more at sites.udel.edu/mearns.

Tony Middlebrooks

Tony Middlebrooks

Organizational and Community Leadership
Tony Middlebrooks is Associate Professor in the Organizational and Community Leadership Program in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware. He helped develop the doctoral program in leadership as a professor at Cardinal Stritch University, and spent ten years prior in non-profit leadership positions, culminating in writing, consulting, and presenting on a variety of leadership topics. Dr. Middlebrooks teaches courses in leadership theory and practice, decision-making, creativity and innovation, and social entrepreneurship. His current research interests focus on methods of leadership education and the integration of leadership, creativity, and design thinking. Dr. Middlebrooks has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Adebanjo Oriade

Adebanjo Oriade

Interdisciplinary Science Learning Labs
As a preceptor in the ISLL, Professor Oriade has contributed to the curricular redesign of an undergraduate physical science course for nonscience majors, SCEN 101. Technology is now a vital component of the restructured course and a foundation of the architectural framework of the ISLL problem-based learning studios. Under Dr. Oriade’s guidance, the high-tech learning experience of SCEN 101 students is enriched with dynamic group interactions that augment student skills in prediction, data acquisition and analysis, and scientific communication through regular electronic poster conferences.  Here, students regularly share their data and outcomes with peers, faculty, and staff.  Professor Oriade utilizes his training in computational condensed matter physics to engage in the challenge of designing, implementing, and assessing learning tools for science educational purposes. These tools include project-specific rubrics that serve the needs of both students and graduate teaching assistants, design of group tasks, and development of nine new laboratory exercises grounded in the 5Es instructional model.  Prior to his professorship at UD, Dr. Oriade mentored pre-engineering and life science students in the application of physics to other disciplines. He has also, in collaboration with others in ISLL, developed and implemented Origami Science FabLab/Makerspace (SCEN115). This unique course is designed for nonscience majors and employs Origami and paper sculpture manipulatives that enhance the active learning process of concepts rooted in science, art, and mathematics.

Mia Papas

 

Mia Papas

Behavioral Health & Nutrition and Director of the Minor in Public Health
Dr. Papas’ research is focused on three primary areas: 1) nutrition/obesity, 2) maternal and child health, and 3) health disparities.  The central theme across these research areas is the application of epidemiology as a method to identify the social and behavioral characteristics of communities and individuals that influence population health.  Dr. Papas is actively engaged in research focused on the role of maternal dietary factors in influencing child obesity, premature mortality among those with severe mental illness, and health disparities experienced by those with physical and emotional disabilities.  Dr. Papas received her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  She has co-authored over 20 peer reviewed articles and has analytic expertise in experimental and observational study designs, the assessment of validity and reliability of screening tools, sample size and statistical power, the analysis of longitudinal data, hierarchical linear modeling, the use of GIS in understanding the effect of place on health and health behaviors, factor analysis, survival analysis, and multivariate logistic and linear regression.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Delaware Food Bank and Delaware Family Voices.   

Sarah Patterson

 

Sarah Patterson

English, The Colored Conventions Project
Sarah Patterson is a Ph. D. candidate in English at the University of Delaware with a research focus in 19th-century African American literary history. Her research examines Black women’s contributions to literature, education and print culture. A founding member of the Colored Conventions Project serving on the executive committee, Sarah is deeply involved in strategic planning, curriculum development, assessment and grant writing. As chair of the pedagogy working committee, she works with undergraduate researchers year round to build the project’s archive of historical artifacts. Sarah believes that the CCP sprang from the intersection of African American history and the digital humanities and is a model for teaching, learning and researching in the digital age.

John Pelesko

John A. Pelesko

Mathematical Sciences and Interim Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences
John A. Pelesko is an applied mathematician with a passion for doing and teaching mathematical modeling. At the University of Delaware, he co-founded the “MEC Lab,” an experimental laboratory designed to bring hands-on, real-world, project based experience to mathematics students. He has worked extensively with undergraduate students, graduate students, and K-12 mathematics teachers in exploring the use of projects to teach mathematics. A former chairperson of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, he is presently serving as Interim Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware.

Cheryl Richardson

Cheryl R. Richardson

Center for Teaching and Asssessment of Learning
Cheryl R. Richardson, Assistant Director of the UD Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning, works with faculty on exploring new pedagogies and improving existing teaching practices in order to enhance student learning. She brings to this session research, experience working with individual faculty on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects at other institutions as well as her own university teaching experiences.

Dustyn Roberts

Dustyn Roberts

Mechanical Engineering
Dustyn is a Philadelphia-based engineer and Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Delaware, where she teaches classes focused on interdisciplinary design and robotics. Dustyn holds a BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Biomechanics & Movement Science from the University of Delaware, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from New York University.

Karen Rosenberg

 

Karen Rosenberg

Anthropology
Karen Rosenberg is the President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA), the largest professional scientific organization devoted to the study of physical anthropology in the world. A biological anthropologist, Rosenberg’s work focuses on human evolution, with special emphasis on Neanderthals. She conducts research into the evolution of women and childbirth practices, and is the co-editor of the journal PaleoAnthropology. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and did her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago. She has worked in many countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Most recently, she was the invited keynote at a conference in Japan. From Science News: “"With childbirth, as well as many of the other things that happen to women — pregnancy, nursing, menopause — it’s really easy to see how natural selection works," Rosenberg notes. Childbirth is just one of a series of examples throughout a woman’s life cycle, in which enlisting the help of other women significantly improves reproductive outcomes.”

Mark Serva

Mark Serva

Accounting & MIS
Mark A Serva is an associate professor of management information systems at the University of Delaware. His research focuses are trust in electronic commerce and latent growth modeling. He is the former director for the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE) at the University of Delaware, a leading advocate for PBL and other student-centered pedagogies. He is the current program director for the global enterprise technology (GET) program, which places students in extended internships in area companies. The program allows students to make significant progress toward graduation, while also defraying the costs of higher education. The program has placed 100% of its students since its inception in 2010. Dr. Serva has also worked as an educational consultant for over ten years, conducting PBL workshops around the United States and the world for UD and Harvard University.

John Stevenson

John Stevenson

Student Multimedia Design Center
John A. Stevenson is an associate librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center at the University of Delaware. He has served as selector for spatial data and U.S. government information at the University of Delaware Library since 1990 and in 2012 became selector for the history of science. His expertise includes: Adobe Premiere Pro and other multimedia applications; photography; GIS and data acquisition; and the Library’s microform, map, and CD-ROM collections. As an instructor for the multimedia literacy program, he helps faculty to teach their classes the tools they need to create multimedia projects, which include any combination of video, audio, text, and graphics. He has a B.A. in History from Binghamton University and a Master of Library Science from the University at Buffalo.

Renate Wuersig

Renate Wuersig

Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories
Renate Wuersig is a preceptor for the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL) in the ISE building at the University of Delaware. Together with a team of preceptors, she develops active and inquiry-based laboratories for the introductory BISC207/CHEM103 and BISC208/CHEM104 integrated courses. Interested in facilitating collaboration among students, Dr. Wuersig has developed tools and assignments designed to help students cultivate positive collaborative relationships in the science laboratory and beyond.