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Four professors selected for Glennan Fellowships

Professors from the fields of anatomy, social work, biomedical engineering and theater are the 2005 Glennan Fellows.

Donald Anthony, assistant professor of medicine; Jerry Floersch, assistant professor of social work; Andrew Rollins, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; and Jerrold Scott, Climo Junior Professor in the department of theater, have been selected for Glennan Fellowships. They made presentations about their research to the campus community on April 26.

Glennan Fellowships are awarded annually each spring. The awards are funded by an endowment established by T. Keith Glennan, a former president of the university, and awardees must be tenure-track faculty members who show exceptional promise in both teaching and scholarship.

Below is an overview of the Glennan Fellowship winners and their projects:

Anthony's presentation was entitled Covering More without Requiring More Class Time. He has discovered that in the teaching of rheumatic diseases, using more student engagement strategies such as small group discussions and poster sessions has produced positive educational outcomes. However, it has reduced time for lecturing. He hypothesizes that computer-based resources can optimize self-study preparation for in-class interactive contact hours and contribute to an improved learning environment.

Teach One, See One, Make One: Creating Video Clips to Illustrate Abstract Concepts in the Classroom was Floersch's presentation. In a human development course that covers topics from birth to death, Floersch implemented the idea of first teaching a concept, then having students see a visual representation of the concept utilizing video clips. Students then made their own video illustration of the concept, and the clips were saved, stored and indexed for future classes. His project focuses on the process and success of making video clips that benefit from using technology enhanced classrooms.

Rollins' project was entitled From Laboratory Research to Improved Medical Care . Rollins hypothesizes that in the professional fields it is especially important that students do translational research in order to develop functioning knowledge, such as the ability to apply the knowledge they learn in classes to the actual situations they encounter. Rollins described a new course he has developed that fills a current void in the biomedical engineering program. In the course, an interdisciplinary instructional team of engineers and clinicians provide students with experience in translating laboratory-based scientific and technological developments into clinical applications and improved human health.

Jerrold Scott, whose project is Directing the Director: Creating the Necessary Curriculum , says that directors of plays must understand not only theater, but also other art forms, history, and literature, and any topic that a play might focus. However, integrating these subjects into a specific directing concentration and course sequence is not something that has been covered widely in educational planning. Scott researched the liberal arts, interdisciplinary curriculum that is the basis for the new directing concentration at Case.

Each of the professors will receive a stipend of $6,500 to be spent during the following year. The funds may be used to support a wide range of activities related to teaching and education.

 

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