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Faculty Awards to Transform the Undergraduate Experience (Strategic Plan, Goal 1)


Posted 01/24/2017
Submitted by Mark Blackwell
Category: Accolades, Campus Announcements

As part of the Strategic Plan’s multi-year strategy to transform the undergraduate academic experience at the University of Hartford, the co-chairs of Strategic Planning Goal 1 solicited faculty proposals for improving existing high-impact learning practices (HIP) and for incorporating new HIP into the undergraduate curriculum. HIP are pedagogical practices demonstrated to improve student retention, engagement, and learning; they range from internships, collaborative projects, and undergraduate research to learning communities and writing-intensive courses.

Faculty from across the University submitted proposals in October, and awardees were notified in December and January. Eleven projects were selected for funding, with award amounts ranging from $3,000 to $8,500. Awardees will report on their projects at the University’s annual May curriculum festival, a new academic tradition inaugurated in 2015.

The Goal 1 co-chairs are pleased to announce that the following faculty projects will be supported:

Professors Borucinska and Silver, “The Application of Basic and Applied Sciences in Biological Studies: From Field to Lab to Lecture Hall”

Professors Lofink, Patterson, and Jaeger, “Using the Wall Street Journal as High Impact Practice”

Professors Xue and Nanna, “Flipping M110, Modeling with Elementary Functions”

Professors Bray, Clark and Johnson, “Early Childhood Program: Sophomore Collaborative Project and Junior Learning Community”

Professors Banks, Grantham, Desmond, and Chiara, “Proposal to Transform First-Year Experience for Communication Majors”

Professors Wright and Milanovic, “Implementing Collaborative Learning Using the National Academy of Engineers Grand Challenges: Provide Access to Clean Water”

Professor McGeever, “Service Learning within a Criminal Justice Course ”

Professor Lashgari, “Continuous Improvement of High Impact Practices in the Applied Professional Project in FIN 430 and FIN 432”

Professors Goldstein and Richards, “Writing Fellows—Phase II”

Professor Muppidi, “Developing an Internship HIP in A&S ”

Professors Banks, Freund, Patt, Grantham, and Testa, “Creating Short Historically-Themed Video Productions”