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The Faculty Spotlight Series showcases the innovative work of our incredible faculty. Every semester we will feature a diverse array of faculty whose teaching and research defines, inspires, and informs excellence at the University of Idaho.


Spring 2020

Faculty Spotlight Series
Balancing Learning & Growth for Better Educational Outcomes
Steven Beyerlein, Ph.D, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught. Growth is the result of achieving positive changes in quality of life through broadening values, expanding life vision, and strengthening key identities. Integrating learning and growth requires deliberate planning, facilitation, and assessment. Come explore an educational framework that promotes both learning and growth.

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Fall 2019

Faculty Spotlight Series
Making Knowledge Free: The Role of OER
Miranda Wilson, D.M.A, Assoc Prof, Music
Sean Butterfield, D.M.A, Asst Prof, Music

Traditional textbooks can be prohibitively expensive and negatively impact the student experience, so music faculty Sean Butterfield and Miranda Wilson have spent the last three years creating free online textbooks with help from the digital experts on campus. This presentation will demonstrate how you can integrate any teaching style with this new, easy-to-use platform.
Faculty Spotlight Series
What Do We Owe Knowers?
Casey Johnson, Ph.D., Asst Prof, Philosophy
We are, as knowers, engaged in epistemic projects like inquiry, learning, and increased understanding. Few of these projects can be accomplished without help from other knowers. This interdependence renders us vulnerable to the epistemic behavior of others. In light of these vulnerabilities, what do we owe one another? What are our epistemic obligations to other knowers?
Faculty Spotlight Series
Educating Unique Populations: Pedagogy and Practices in Prison
Omi Hodwitz, Ph.D., Asst Prof, Sociology

The University of Idaho is committed to providing transformative learning experiences for students of all backgrounds. Incarcerated students occupy a small yet growing portion of our U of I student base but are often overlooked in discussions of pedagogy and practice. This session will focus on their unique educational experiences and needs. We will discuss current U of I prison education initiatives, approaches and challenges to prison-based education, and lessons learned from the field.

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Spring 2019

Faculty Spotlight Series
Designing and Assessing Inquiry-driven Exercises
Kris Waynant, Ph.D., Asst Prof, Chemistory
How do you communicate the value and relevance of your course to a broad array of students, especially in general education courses? Is it possible to tailor exercises to peak the interest and performance of majors and non-majors alike? In General Chemistry Lab, we are doing just that -- designing the course to show both the power of our field and the relation to theirs. Our assessment data show that students find a better overall value in the entire exercise when a part of it relates to them.
Faculty Spotlight Series
I Don't Deny and I'm Not a Skeptic, I Full Out Dissent: Navigating Politically Divisive Topics in Research and Teaching
Kristin Haltinner, Ph.D., Asst Prof, Sociology
Dilshani Sarathchandra, Ph.D., Asst Prof, Sociology

Questioned knowledge and skepticism rooted in and reflective of political division poses a unique challenge to faculty across academic disciplines. This session used the case study of climate change to discuss how to navigate politically divisive topics in research and teaching. Special attention was given to emotion management, data driven analysis, and enhancing critical thinking.

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Faculty Spotlight Series
Preparing Profound Learners: Practices for Deepening Lifelong Learning
Michael Kroth, Ph.D., Assoc Prof, Education
Davin Carr-Chellman, Ph.D., Asst Prof, Education

As an institution, we are committed to transforming the learning and the lives of our students. In this session, Davin and Michael discussed their recent article, “Preparing Profound Learners,” which focuses on profound learning and possibilities for deepening lifelong learning. Current research informed a discussion of effective approaches and practices through the lens of personal and social transformation.

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