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Short Author Bio(s)

Laura Levine
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Connecticut, USA
levinel@ccsu.edu

I received my PhD in Psychology from the University of Michigan and I am currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. I teach courses in the psychology of early childhood, life span human development and the psychology of women. My research focuses on the interaction of the media with cognitive processing and the social development of young children. I am a member of the executive board of CCSU’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Leadership Development and the organizer of the book club that initiated this project.

Carolyn Fallahi
Central Connecticut State University
fallahic@ccsu.edu

I received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia and I am currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. I teach courses in clinical psychology, psychopathology, child psychology, and lifespan development. My research focuses on the teaching of psychology, gender differences and aggression, attachment and friendship.

Joan Nicoll-Senft
Central Connecticut State University
Nicoll-SenftJ@ccsu.edu

I received my PhD in Special Education from Temple University. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT where I teach graduate level courses pertaining to special education assessment, planning and instruction to general education teachers pursuing a cross endorsement in special education. My research focuses on inclusive education and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Jack Tessier
Central Connecticut State University
tessierj@ccsu.edu

I received my PhD in Environmental and Forest Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, NY, and am currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at Central Connecticut State University. I teach courses in general biology; botany; and plant, general, and microbial ecology to biology majors and non-majors. My research focuses on plant ecology, natural history, and ecophysiology.

Cheryl Watson
Central Connecticut State University
watsonc@ccsu.edu

I received my Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the John Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii and I am currently an Associate Professor of Biomolecular Sciences at Central Connecticut State University. I teach courses in anatomy, physiology, histology and pharmacology. My research focuses on the regulation of excitable tissues, specifically cardiac cells and neurons.

Rebecca Wood
Central Connecticut State University
woodre@ccsu.edu

I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Connecticut. I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Central Connecticut State University. I teach undergraduate courses in the psychology of early childhood, introductory psychology, and lifespan human development; and graduate courses in research methods, social development, and language development. My research focuses on communication in infancy, teenage parenting, and the factors that motivate listeners to respond to infants’ cries.

Abstract

This paper presents a model for small, interdisciplinary groups of faculty to work together to improve their teaching while engaging in research that provides evidence of improved student learning. In doing so, we have developed a four-step process of faculty-driven scholarship of teaching and learning: Genesis, Organization, Implementation and Dissemination. We illustrate this model by describing our use of Fink’s (2003) concepts of course design to reshape our courses and assess the effectiveness of these changes through examination of student learning. We describe how others may follow this approach with a variety of applications.

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