The recipients of the 2011 Martha M. Wood Faculty Development Scholarships at Clayton State University are; Dr. Greg Kordecki, School of Business, Dr. Maria Bullen, School of Business, Dr. Christina Howell, College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Melanie Poudevigne, College of Arts and 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. With four recipients this year, Kordecki and Bullen will evenly split a $1000 scholarship. Recipients are required to submit a written report upon completion of their professional development activities.
The committee and the Wood family agreed that each of their proposals has the potential to significantly impact teaching and learning at Clayton State University.
“We are honored to become recipients of the Martha Wood Grant,” says Bullen. “This grant has special meaning because Martha and Jim Wood are special long-term supporters and members of the Clayton State University community. We appreciate the opportunity provided by the grant to develop as faculty members and in turn to help our students develop their learning potential.”
“We enthusiastically explore methods to advance assurance of learning, and the grant will help our teaching efforts, along with assistance from the Clayton State Center for Instructional Development, for students to achieve our learning outcomes,” adds Kordecki.
Bullen explains that the grant funding will allow both professors to develop a series of course embedded problem-based learning assessments, within the stream of Camtasia presentations, so that students can hear the professors’ voices as well as see the PowerPoint presentations.
“We are in the process of developing at least six modules using the theme of managerial accounting, one of the key branches of the accounting discipline essential all students in the School of Business and to other students in various programs across the University,” she adds.
Although Assistant Professor of Voice Howell, like the rest of the Clayton State music faculty, has extensive musical training, she pointed out in her application for the Wood Scholarship that her training has little focus in non-classical singing such as rock, pop, country, jazz, gospel and folk music.
“In order to meet the changing needs of the university music curriculum, and for our program to remain competitive in the university music community, I need to supplement my own skills in performing this type of vocal technique as well as (to) solidify my pedagogical abilities in teaching this skill to our students,” she wrote. Howell plans to seek this training through the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute.
“As an educator, I feel honored to have received this grant to support my international professional development, and to have been encouraged to seek innovative teaching methods in special populations when dealing with pregnancy and exercise so our students can benefit from the latest exercise skills and abilities in the field of exercise sciences,” says Poudevigne, the director of the Health & Fitness Management (HFMG) program at Clayton State.
Poudevigne plans to continue her on-going research on pregnancy and exercise, since there is still limited knowledge on the subject and she feels that her work can help students in future physical training of this special population.
The family of Dr. Martha Maxwell Wood, Clayton State professor emerita of Mathematics, with assistance provided by BellSouth and Georgia Pacific, endowed a $50,000 scholarship at Clayton State University to support professional development for the university’s faculty in 2005.