Mini-Conference on Teaching

Teaching and Learning with High-Impact Practices

The 8th Annual Academy of Teaching Mini-Conference on Excellence in Teaching

Friday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
150 Younkin Success Center

The Academy of Teaching invites you to attend our annual free mini-conference on excellence in teaching. Come together with teachers from across the campus community as we discuss high-impact practices. The sessions will focus on examples of how high-impact practices – such as undergraduate research, common intellectual experiences, and collaborative assignments – can be integrated into students’ learning experiences from the first year through graduation. Walk away with concrete ideas for how to incorporate these high-impact practices in your own classroom.


8:30–9:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
9:00–9:15 a.m. Opening remarks and overview
HIP 101: The First Year
9:15–9:35 a.m. The Buckeye Book Community as a Common Intellectual Experience
Jenna Dicicco, Program Coordinator, Orientation and First-Year Experience
9:35–9:55 a.m. High-Impact Practices & The Potential of MOOCs
Susan Delagrange, Associate Professor, Department of English (Mansfield)
Scott Lloyd DeWitt, Associate Professor, Department of English (Columbus)
Ben McCorkle, Associate Professor of English (Marion)
Cynthia Selfe, Distinguished Humanities Professor, Arts & Sciences (Columbus)
HIP 201: The Second Year
10:05–10:45 a.m. The Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) as a Model for Faculty & Student Engagement
Wayne Carlson, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education
Leslie Alexander, Associate Professor, African-American and African Studies
HIP 301: The Third Year and Beyond
11:00–11:45 a.m. From Student to Scholar: Undergraduate Research as a Transformational Experience
Allison Snow, Director, Undergraduate Research
11:45 a.m.–1:30 pm. Lunch
Unlikely Ed Fellows: How Bill Simmons, The Amish, and Socrates Helped Transform My Classroom

Matthew Stoltzfus, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Session Descriptions

The Buckeye Book Community as a Common Intellectual Experience
9:15–9:35 a.m.

The Buckeye Book Community connects the first-year class through a shared experience and introduces the expectation that college students cultivate a life of learning both in and outside the classroom. Jenna Dicicco, Program Coordinator from Orientation and First-Year Experience, will discuss the principles behind the program and how they might be adopted for any classroom. She will also share how faculty can become involved with the program.

Buckeye Book Community Slides

High-Impact Practices & the Potential of MOOCs
9:35–9:55 a.m.

This roundtable-style presentation recounts the participants’ shared experience developing and implementing “Rhetorical Composing,” an intermediate level, writing-focused MOOC. Drawing upon that experience–the lessons learned, the challenges faced, the technical and pedagogical considerations pondered–we discuss the potential that MOOCs have as learning environments for implementing high-impact educational practices, in addition to “transferable” lessons that can potentially be implemented outside of MOOC platforms.

MOOC Slides

The Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) as a Model for Faculty & Student Engagement
10:05–10:45 a.m.

As the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) concludes its inaugural year, we will explore the program’s use of high-impact practices to enhance the second-year student experience. Further, we will discuss what we can learn from the relationships that are formed between STEP students and their faculty mentors, and how the mentorship model may help teachers engage their students more effectively.

STEP Slides

From Student to Scholar: Undergraduate Research as a Transformational Experience
11:00–11:45 a.m.

Undergraduate research opportunities engage students in disciplinary scholarship and in applying and creating knowledge in their field of interest. These efforts are showcased at the university-wide Denman Undergraduate Research Forum held every spring. In this session, students and faculty panelists will reflect on their experiences with undergraduate research in a variety of different settings, demonstrating how authentic research experiences can enhance student learning.

Undergraduate Research Slides

Undergraduate Research Annual Report

Unlikely Ed Fellows: How Bill Simmons, The Amish, and Socrates Helped Transform My Classroom
12:15–1:30 p.m.

Effectively implementing technology in the classroom can be a challenging task. This hands on, interactive session will feature Learning Catalytics, a “bring your own device” student engagement, assessment, and classroom intelligence system, and demonstrate a few best practices of effectively incorporating technology in the classroom. Learning Catalytics will also be used to group participants and engage them in discussion from the early morning sessions. Please bring a smart phone, laptop, tablet, or some device that can access the internet to this presentation.

Slides available upon request.


Leslie Alexander
Associate Professor, African American and African Studies

Dr. Alexander joined the Department of History in 1999 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2007. She became a member of the Department of African American and African Studies in 2012. Over the past few years, Dr. Alexander has won several university awards, including the University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, the College of Humanities Diversity Enhancement Award, and was selected as one of the “Seven Stars” in the College of Humanities. She currently serves on both the Council on Academic Affairs and the University Senate, as well as the African American Coalition Executive Committee and the Office of Minority Affairs Steering Committee, and is an award-winning author.

Wayne Carlson
Vice Provost, Undergraduate Studies (Columbus)

Dr. Carlson is currently the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education at The Ohio State University. His responsibilities in this position include oversight of undergraduate student support units, including Honors & Scholars, Undergraduate Research, Student Athlete Support Services, University Exploration, Service Learning, the Office of Military and Veterans Services, and ROTC. He is the administrative liaison for undergraduate students in areas regarding curriculum, academic advising, technology enhanced teaching and learning, student evaluation of instruction, student / parent concerns, and outreach.  Carlson has general oversight of University compliance with State and Federal initiatives in several areas.

He is the former Chair of the Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design, and preceding that appointment he was Director of The Advanced Center for Computing in the Arts and Design (ACCAD), an interdisciplinary research and academic center at the University specializing in applications of computer graphics and emerging technology in the Arts. He has been on the faculty at OSU since 1988, and is a Professor of Design Technology in the Department of Design, and has had courtesy appointments in the Departments of Art, Art Education, and Computer Science and Engineering. He has a PhD in Computer Graphics from The Ohio State University (1982), a M.S. in Computer Systems from Ohio State (1975) and a M.S. in Mathematics from Idaho State University (1974).

Jenna Dicicco
Program Coordinator, Orientation and First-Year Experience (Columbus)

Jenna has been a Program Coordinator in Orientation and First Year Experience since July 2013. Her responsibilities include selecting, training, and supervising the Orientation Leader staff and coordinating the Buckeye Book Community program. She received her bachelor’s in Anthropology & Strategic Communication from Ohio State in 2011 and her master’s in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

Susan Delagrange
Associate Professor, Department of English (Mansfield)

Susan’s research and teaching take place at the intersection of digital media studies with visual and feminist rhetorics. Her digital book project on embodied rhetoric and the visual canon of arrangement, Technologies of Wonder: Rhetorical Practice in a Digital World, was recently published by Computers & Composition Digital Press, an imprint of Utah State University Press. Her current project focuses on developing a “pedagogy of place” that involves primarily first-generation college students as researchers in and of their urban environment.

Scott Lloyd DeWitt
Associate Professor, Department of English (Columbus)

Scott Lloyd DeWitt, Associate Professor of English and Vice Chair of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, teaches and conducts research on digital media and writing studies and is an award-winning teacher and author. His book, Writing Inventions: Identites, Technologies, Pedagogies (SUNY 2002), offers instructional stories, histories, and classroom applications and connects the theoretical aspirations of the field with the craft of innovative technology-enhanced composition instruction. His most recently published project is Stories That Speak To Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (with H. Louis Ulman and Cynthia Selfe). He is also writing a new book, The Optimistic Turn: Authentic Contexts for Peer Review in the Composition Instruction.

Ben McCorkle
Associate Professor of English (Marion)

Ben McCorkle is an associate professor of English at the Ohio State University at Marion, where he teaches courses on composition, the history and theory of rhetoric, and digital media production. He is the author of the book Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-Historical Study, published by Southern Illinois University Press. He has also published essays in various journals and edited collections, including Computers and Composition Online, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Composition Studies.

Cynthia Selfe
Distinguished Humanities Professor, Arts and Sciences (Columbus)

Cynthia Selfe is a Humanities Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University (OSU), where she coordinates the Visiting Scholars in Digital Media and Composition program at OSU. Selfe is the first woman and the first English teacher ever to receive the EDUCOM Medal for innovative computer use in higher education. She has authored or edited a number of works on digital technology, both alone and in collaboration with colleagues. Along with Scott DeWitt, she is the Director of OSU’s annual Digital Media and Composition (DMAC) summer institute.

Allison Snow
Director, Undergraduate Research Office (Columbus)

Professor Allison Snow serves as Director of the Undergraduate Research Office, with the overarching goal of facilitating undergraduate research experiences at OSU. She graduated from Hampshire College (BA) and the University of Massachusetts (MS, PhD) prior to joining the OSU faculty in 1988 in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.  She and her research team study the ecological and evolutionary effects of genetically engineered crops, both nationally and internationally.  In 2002 she received a Distinguished Scholar Award from OSU, and in 2004 she served as President of the Botanical Society of America.  Dr. Snow is an enthusiastic proponent of undergraduate research.  She has enjoyed mentoring and advising many students during her career at OSU.

Matthew W. Stoltzfus
Senior Lecturer, Chemistry and Biochemistry (Columbus)

Dr. Matthew W. Stoltzfus, or “Dr. Fus,” is an accomplished chemistry lecturer at The Ohio State University, where he has taught general and advanced inorganic chemistry. He implements the “flipping the classroom” lecture approach, which has garnered media attention from NPR, ESPN, Inside Higher Education, and Apple. Dr. Fus was an inaugural recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer, is recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, is a contributing author of the 13th Edition of “Chemistry the Central Science” textbook and has an iTunesU General Chemistry course with an enrollment of more than 137,000 students from all over the world. Follow him on Twitter: @Dr_Fus