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Communication arts faculty present at Central States conferenceBy - May 25, 2010 - 10:07 am
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Faculty from Park University's Department of Communication Arts made a number of presentations at the Central States Communication Association's annual convention, April 14-18 in Cincinnati. Lora Cohn, Ph.D., assistant professor, Michael McDonald, Ph.D., Lynn Norris, Rusty Norris and Ashley Vasquez, adjunct instructors, as well as Thimios Zaharopoulos, Ph.D., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, all participated.
Cohn presented three papers -- "It's About the Student. Period. Lessons on Course Design from Student Development and Learning Theory," "Lincoln's 1859 Ohio Tour: Evolving Arguments on the Path to the Presidency" and "The Current State of Adjunct Faculty Training Programs." In addition, she chaired the panel "They're Everywhere! What is to be Done About Adjunct Faculty in Academe?" Rusty Norris, Vasquez and Zaharopoulos also participated in the panel, discussing their experiences from the vantage point of the experienced adjunct, new adjunct and the administrator, respectively. Cohn also took part in the roundtable discussion on "Hope for Making a Difference Through Communication: Communication Activism and Engagement at Multiple Levels" where she discussed her work with the Northland Diversity Council.
McDonald presented two papers -- "Challenging by Example: Designing Courses with an Emphasis on Case Studies" and "Lincoln's 1856 Speech in Bronson Park: Kalamazoo, Michigan." Vasquez also presented two papers -- "The Adjunct Life: Designing Courses for Adaptability" and "Benefits of an Adjunct Faculty Training Program." In addition, she chaired the panel "In Honor of Lincoln's 200th Anniversary: An Examination of His Pre-Presidential Rhetoric." Rusty Norris was a respondent on that panel and he chaired the panel "Developing Challenging and Engaging Courses." He also presented his paper, "Training and Mentoring of Online Adjunct Faculty," which reported on the Park online training program on a panel chaired by Lynn Norris titled, "Supporting Adjunct Faculty: There's More to it Than Hiring." Cohn and Vasquez participated on the panel. Rusty Norris was also the chair of the adjunct and temporary faculty caucus at the conference. He was also elected to a two-year term as secretary of the caucus. View abstracts of the Park participants' sessions at http://associationdatabase.com/aws/CSCA/pt/sp/conventionprogram.