Kennesaw State University

Faculty Funding Recipients

Linda Treiber
Professor
Sociology and Criminal Justice
2011 Faculty Learning Communities
This project brings together a small group of faculty who are interested in Global Learning in General Education. Ideally, the proposed Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will be multidisciplinary and devoted to exploring ways to incorporate global learning and intercultural competence into the general education curriculum. We will discuss the meaning of global education and its importance for students in an increasingly interconnected world, with a focus on how faculty can help provide students...
Vanessa Robinson-Dooley
Assistant Professor
Social Work and Human Services
2011 Faculty Learning Communities
The Kennesaw State University (KSU) Community Health Clinic at MUST Ministries is a partnership effort between the university and a service organization in the Cobb County Community. The KSU Clinic is staffed and operated by faculty members and students from the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services. The disciplines of nursing, social work and human services work together to provide health care to homeless and uninsured individuals. This interdisciplinary approach to healthcare can be...
Leena Her
Assistant Professor
Inclusive Education
2011 Faculty Learning Communities
As a faculty learning community, we propose to bring the global to the local by framing a collective conversation about globalization and social justice in a productive and scholarly project that will engage university-wide goals with scholarly activity, curriculum development and community engagement.
Jane Barnette
Associate Professor
Theatre and Performance Studies
2010 Faculty Learning Communities
As acknowledged by the Cognitive-Affective Learning (CAL) group established here at KSU, research suggests vital links between the mind, heart/spirit, and body in teaching and learning. Konstantin Stanislavski, the father of modern acting, believed effective performers must achieve a "creative state of mind and body." Stanislavski found that by stretching the body and quieting the mind through practicing Yoga his actors developed strength, flexibility, selfawareness, and the ability to respond...
Diana McClintock
Associate Professor
Visual Arts
2010 Faculty Learning Communities
"dOCUMENTA" was inititated in Kassel, Germany in 1955 to demonstrate that avant-garde modernism defamed by the Nazis had survived the traumatic upheavals of World War II. Its great success inspired subsequent editions that continue to transform the entire city of Kassel into a Museum without walls for 100 days." During the summer of 2012 dOCUMENTA(13) will address the present as it was imagined in the latter 20th century and explore the possibilities of a sustainable future through...
Julie Moore
Associate Professor
Instructional Technology
2010 Faculty Learning Communities
Critical Friends Groups (CFGs) is a professional learning community model that is used in K-12 schools around the world. CFGs are focused on developing a tight knit learning communities, addressing issues and dilemmas that participants bring to the table, and ensuring democratic voice by using facilitated conversation protocols to analyze work and dilemmas as a group. "Critical" in this case does not mean "judgmental," but, rather, emphasizes the importance of others in ones learning. CFG...
Sabine Smith
Professor
Foreign Languages
2010 Faculty Learning Communities
The FLC "Intercultural Competence (ICC) in the Foreign Language Curriculum and Beyond" supports curricular review, assessment, and innovation in connection with KSUs strategic plan and the mission and vision of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL). Specifically, this FLC will examine the ways in which two goals of the KSU strategic plan may be attained: Goal #6: "To promote an inclusive campus environment through the adoption of curricula...
Kelly Edenfield
Mathematics and Statistics
2010 Faculty Learning Communities
On July 8, 2010, the Georgia Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, a curriculum that will begin implementation in Fall 2011. Mathematics teachers and teacher educators, however, are still in the process of implementing the gradual roll-out of the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for Mathematics. Although officials at the Georgia Department of Education claim the CCSS and GPS are similar, mathematics educators at KSU would like to engage in...
Jose Nilo Binongo
Professor of Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics
2009 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Statistical analysis has been employed in describing writing style. Quantitative descriptions of writing style have helped resolve cases of disputed authorship. A question that arises is whether statistical methods can also help identify essay written by ghostwriters. Detecting ghostwriting often involves examining short and meager text samples from authors under investigation. This study takes a preliminary look at how short text length and limited writing samples affect the attribution...
Robert Buresh
Assistant Professor
Exercise Science and Sport Management
2009 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Exercise is often prescribed to manage Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), and current recommendations are to acquire 150 min of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week. Although any exercise may be beneficial, it seems likely that those with T2DM may benefit more by accumulating their exercise in multiple daily sessions via more frequently invoking muscle contraction-mediated glucose uptake and minimizing reliance on insulin-dependent mechanisms. The purpose of this study is to quantify...
Estella Chen
Associate Professor
Biology and Physics
2009 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Mitochondria produce energy in all human cells. Strong mitochondrial mutations cause problems in energy production, resulting in diseases of the muscle, heart, and nervous system. Mutations in mitochondria are also frequently found in multiple cancer types. It is unknown whether these mutatins promote cancer or are only an effect of a cancerous environment. Chen and Stafford show that the cancer mutation pattern in some mitochondrial proteins is more consistent with selection rather than a...
Jun Tu
Assistant Professor
Geography and Anthropology
2009 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The proposed project will assess the impact of land use changes on water quality since the 1970s and explore how the impact varies spatially across an urbanization gradient in north Georgia by integrating Geographic Information System (GIS) and Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR). Application of GWR in water resource research and spatially varying impact are both innovative. This project will develop fresh approaches to discover causes of water resource issues, provide useful information...
Bharat Baruah
Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2009 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The development of modern medicinal inorganic chemistry has been stimulated by the discovery of cisplatin, an anticancer drug containing platinum metal. Out of several hundred platinum compounds only a few of them are currently approved as anticancer drug including cisplatin. While evaluating anticancer activity of platinum compounds major emphasis is on the mode of action and/or interaction with DNA. However, conveyance of platinum compounds across cancer cell membrane is the first step...
David Kirkpatrick
Associate Professor
School of Music
John McLester
Professor
Health, PE and Sport Science
2009 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Electromyographic (EMG) biofeedback devices have been used for more than 30 years by physical therapists to help retrain and rehabilitate patients recovering from surgery, paralysis and paresis. EMG detects and measures the bioelectric energy emitted by tensed muscles in the body. The technology provides real-time visual and/or aural feedback, indicating the relative tension or flaccidity of muscles. The proposed research would employ EMG biofeedback in teaching the lower laryngeal position...
Alan Lebaron
Professor
History and Philosophy
2009 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
At the core of this proposal is the goal of discovering the reasons behind poor academic performance by Maya students in Canton schools and why Maya parents seem powerless to help the children. The research will be followed by a program of action to promote Maya success in the schools. With advice from the local Maya leadership, ten families will be chosen to participate in the study, which will take one year to complete. This scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching...
Terry Powis
Associate Professor
Geography and Anthropology
2009 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
I propose to conduct original archaeological field work at an ancient Maya site in Belize, Central America. In order to foster undergraduate research, I will have two student assistants working with me on the project. This international research opportunity will contribute to our knowledge of early Maya life. It will also provide for an intensive learning experience for several Kennesaw State University anthropology students. The project will serve as a pilot for what I hope will become a...
Amy Hillen
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
Mathematics
David Rosengrant
Associate Professor of Physics Education
Biology and Physics
2009 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Using representations such as diagrams, graphs, symbols, and real-world contexts is central to the work that students and teachers do in mathematics and physics classrooms. In addition, making connections among these representations can develop deeper understanding of important mathematics and physics concepts. The purpose of this study is to examine prospective teachers learning about representations across two different courses (one in mathematics and one in physics) and to determine if they...
Philip Aust
Associate Professor
Communication
2009 Faculty Learning Communities
Over the last few years, higher education has been transformed by numerous technologies (e.g., podcasts, YouTube) available for course content delivery. Whereas university instructors once asked, "Should I deliver course content online?" higher educations increasing emphasis on online learning and student willingness to adopt social network technologies (e.g., Twitter) now has university instructors asking: "Which technology works best for delivering course content online? And which technology...
Project Contributors:
Communication
Communication
Communication
English
Communication
Brandon Lundy
Assistant Professor
Geography and Anthropology
2009 Faculty Learning Communities
Africa is no longer simply a journalistic prop in the United States used to convey tales of the primitive "other". It is a continent on the rise in industry, technology, population, and innovation. Africa also has a rich and diverse history, which must be deeply explored and understood by any global institution looking to cultivate African alliances. The CETL Faculty Learning Community (FLC), KSUAfricanistList, is designed to develop and implement several short- and long-term goals aimed at...
Project Contributors:
Sociology and Criminal Justice
History and Philosophy
Center for African and African Diaspora Studies
History and Philosophy
Information Systems
Visual Arts
Patricia Bullock
Associate Professor
Early Childhood Education
2009 Faculty Learning Communities
The Faculty Learning Community (FLC) that I am proposing brings together mathematics teacher educators in order to focus on our own understandings of K-12 students, preservice and inservice teachers, identities, schooling, and mathematics. Specifically, the purpose of this proposed FLC is twofold. First, the FLC would provide critical-consciousness raising opportunities for mathematics teacher educators who teach mathematics and PreK-12 mathematics methods courses. The second purpose is to move...
Project Contributors:
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics
Mathematics and Statistics
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
Early Childhood Education

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