Kennesaw State University

Faculty Funding Recipients

Julia Morrissey
Assistant Professor
University Studies
Ginny Zhan
Professor
Psychology
2003
We have initiated a new collaborative educational effort between two classes: Psychology 3355 (Cross-Cultural Psychology) and Learning Community 25 (ESL English 0099 and ESL Reading 0099). The psychology class is made up mainly of American students, whereas the ESL learning community consists exclusively of non-native speakers who represent many different countries in the world. By linking the two classes, we hope to create meaningful ways in which both sets of students can explore the...
Harry Lasher
Professor Emeritus
Management and Entrepreneurship
George Manners
Professor
School of Accountancy
Ronghua Ouyang
Instructional Technology
Ikechukwu Ukeje
Professor
Early Childhood Education
2003
Started in the summer of 2001, the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education has re-innovated its M.Ed. program training instructional leaders for public schools. The program allows experienced classroom teachers in Elementary education (P-5) to earn a M.Ed. in 15 months while continuing their teaching career. Candidates suppose to be involved with distance learning, direct instruction, cohort planning, and individual projects, all of which are tied to national standards and school...
Harriet Bessette
Associate Professor
Inclusive Education
2003
My primary reason for becoming involved in this project lies in my interest in students' perceptions of schooling experiences. Research in education has highlighted the importance of students' engagement in school, a sense of belonging in school, and teacher expectations of students as being important to the outcome of their education (Darling-Hammond, 1998). Much of our knowledge in this area comes from traditional quantitative measures that tell us little about the quality of student...
Toby Emert
Sheridan Evans
Jacob Johnston
Melissa Robinson
Linda Turner
2003
Growing out of an interaction with the ideas in Elbow and Belanoff's handbook of feedback techniques for writers, Sharing and Responding (2000), students in the Principles of Teaching Writing class are undertaking a research project that invites closer exploration of the techniques described in the book. Working in tandem with the course instructor, a group of four students will engage in a series of weekly sessions in which they practice the response techniques suggested by Elbow and Belanoff...
Keisha Hoerrner
Professor
First Year Programs
Lisa Lyon
Communication
Georgina Hammock
Psychology
Leslie MacGregor
Psychology
2002 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project provides funding to extend and broaden the Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference. The conference provides a forum for students to present their empirical research as well as to participate in activities related to professional issues of importance to students. The funds will be used to include a career fair and sessions on the development of professional skills along with publication of the most outstanding work presented. There are many avenues that students can...
Valerie Dibble
Professor
Visual Arts
2002 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The goal of this project is to become in line with national directives to use technology in combination with traditional methods of printmaking and photography. The focus of this project is to support the development of a comprehensive curriculum and effectively use new equipment. The change to a BFA has necessitated the expansion of current curriculum.
Anja Bernardy
Associate Professor
Foreign Languages
2002 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
In Georgia, all teacher candidates in Spanish must have a passing score on the Praxis II subject area exam in order to obtain a teaching certificate. This project will assist teacher candidates as they prepare for the exam by designing a comprehensive review program that provides targeted language practice for tasks similar to those found on the Praxis II. The practice activities will be available on-line and include an interactive platform in which users receive feedback on the performance. As...
Huggins Msimanga
Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2002 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project seeks to provide a strong foundation of analytical skills to chemistry students at an early stage, by use of the LabWorks Learning System. This new technological device is an interface that uses sensors to detect chemical phenomena, displays the signal on the monitor in real time for the students to make observations, and it is equipped with post-data analysis software, so the students can collect data and analyze that data set immediately. The quick feedback is the strongest point...
Mark Patterson
Professor
Geography and Anthropology
2001 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project will help local agencies assess the negative impact of recent rapid population growth by using GIS and remote sensing technology to produce a database of land conversion types and rates in Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, and Bartow Counties. An undergraduate researcher will assist in comparing and analyzing satellite images taken from 1993 through 1999 and will help in creating a protocol for future team-based class projects that will update the database. The final report will be shared...
Marlene Simms
Mathematics and Statistics
2001 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project supports the development and assessment of an electronically delivered version of Math 1106, Elementary Applied Calculus. Because our students already have the option of enrolling in the eCore version of Mathematical Modeling, completion of this project will allow our students to satisfy their Area A math requirements online. The proposed course will be independent of any particular text book and will achieve the same learning objectives as the traditional in-class course. In...
Paula Jackson
Professor
Biology and Physics
Heather Sutton
Assistant Professor
Biology and Physics
2001 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Engaging undergraduate students in hands-on ecological research, this pilot study will use a method new to ecophysiology to assess the relationship between the source-water and the water status of three important tree species in Georgia. Source-water will be determined through the use of stable isotope ratios and water status will be assayed by measuring leaf water potentials. Reporting the results of this research at regional and national meetings will provide students with valuable...
Susan Hunter
English
Margaret Walters
Associate Professor
English
2001 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The focus of this project is the development of a Careers in Writing Network that will inform students of the career value of a degree in English (and, by implication, any humanities degree), show students how to pursue a career in professional writing, and be a resource to which mentoring faculty members can direct their students. The Network will consist of a Web site, a listserv, mentors from the community, coursework, and internships. The Careers in Writing Network is designed to supplement...
Nancy Pullen
Associate Professor
Geography and Anthropology
Sarah Robbins
English
2001 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
In line with national calls to understand the use of media and its implications, this project funds the development of a new interactive and technology-infused course in which students will learn how popular cultural images have functioned in the past and still function today. By interpreting images in their historical and rhetorical contexts, students in the course will explore ways in which the public representation of women's work in mass-produced images that circulated across a range of...
Garrett Smith
Associate Professor
Geography and Anthropology
2000 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The goal is to sharpen students' observational and critical thinking skills regarding the configuration of their local environment, and in so doing provide graduates with lifelong analytical tools. The objectives include enriching student learning experiences in other disciplines and instilling in students an acute awareness of local geography and the natural and social sciences. "Interpreting the Ordinary Landscape" is the crux of Cultural Geography (GEOG 3340) which will be offered in Fall...
Mitchell Collins
Professor Emeritus
Health, PE and Sport Science
2000 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The focus of this project is to develop an interactive, inquiry-based web site ("FITNET") to engage undergraduate students in learning through interactive instructional course content modules, online health behavior inventories, fitness laboratory assessments, and quizzes for self-evaluation. FITNET will provide the opportunity to infuse technology into the core curriculum via HPS 1000, while concurrently enhancing the academic preparation of our students through the use of instructional...
Eva Thompson
Associate Professor
English
2000 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project seeks to support research for a woman's history recovery project with Mary Prince as subject. The primary objective is to contextualize that which is known and knowable about Prince's life. Although scholars regard Prince's oral autobiography, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, Related by Herself (1831), the earliest known published narrative by a woman of the African Diaspora to take as its topic the sexual abuse of slave women, less than 25% of Prince's life is...
Annette Bairan
WellStar School of Nursing
June Laval
Professor
Foreign Languages
2000 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The purpose of this project is to survey a sample of Latino American women in a southern metropolitan area concerning their knowledge, attitudes, and feelings regarding menopause and its treatment in order to fill the research gap concerning the menopausal health of Latino American women. This knowledge will allow health care professionals to improve the care given to this group of women. The paucity of research in this area is made more significant when coupled with the prediction that the...

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