The recipients of the 2010 Martha M. Wood Faculty Development Scholarships at Clayton State University are; Dr. Virginia Bonner, associate professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and Dr. Susan Hornbuckle, associate professor of Chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences.
The purpose of the Martha Wood Faculty Development Endowment Fund is to support professional development for Clayton State University faculty seeking to improve their teaching expertise, while broadening their knowledge of teaching theory.
Two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship are awarded annually to any full or part-time faculty with at least one year of teaching at Clayton State who meet the qualifying criteria. Recipients are required to submit a written report upon completion of their professional development activities.
The committee and the Wood family agreed that Bonner’s and Hornbuckle’s proposals had the potential to significantly improve teaching and learning at Clayton State University.
In her application, Bonner wrote, “I have been invited to serve as an academic partner and researcher for SP-ARK, the Sally Potter Archive Project in London. Sally Potter is the most important female director working in the U.K. today (Her key films are the Oscar-nominated Orlando and the recent work, YES ),and she is central to my research and teaching of experimental feminist cinemas at Clayton State. It is quite timely that my current research on Potter has also just been accepted to the highly prestigious Screen Studies Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. I will present my paper to top scholars in my field there in early July, 2010. Thus I have a rare opportunity to combine these two forthcoming projects: the conference in Glasgow, and the expansion of my professional network and my field’s archival resources in London.”
In her application, Hornbuckle wrote, “POGIL is a pedagogical technique that uses a version of the Socratic Method. Students work in self-managed teams of 4 or 5 that interact with the instructor as facilitator. During a POGIL classroom activity, students are guided using specially designed materials to construct new knowledge. Research has shown that information learned via this method is retained much better than information learned via the standard lecture method. POGIL has been found to be particularly effective in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEMS) classrooms. There will be six different workshops offered in conjunction with the 21st Conference on Chemical Education (Aug. 1-5, 2010, Denton, Tx.) Attendance at these six workshops will offer the foundation needed to design and implement POGIL activities in my chemistry classes at Clayton State. “