Curriculum Development and Instructional Improvement Grants

2011

Curriculum Development
Name:  Jaspal K. Singh
Department:  English
Amount of Award: $3,000
Title: Gender and Sikh Religious Identity in Indian Literature
Abstract:
The objective of my proposed research trip to London is to bring a new course on British Indian Literature to NMU. The course will focus on British colonialism in India, the British East Indian Company and its rule in India (1757-1957), and the role of the last Punjabi Sikh prince, Maharaja Duleep Singh, in British Indian history and literature. The questions that will drive my research are: Who are the Sikhs of Punjab and why are so many Sikhs settled in the UK? When did the turbaned Sikhs come to be termed a martial race? Were the depredations of British colonialism and the Anglo-Sikh wars of 1845-1846 and 1848-1849 the rupture in Punjabi Sikh history? After the annexation of Punjab by the British in 1849,

Maharaja Maharaja Duleep Singh, son of the deposed Maharaja Ranjeet Singh (a Sikh man and one of the most powerful kings of Lahore), was taken to England and was converted to Christianity. Why is there a sudden interest in him in the last few years in the UK as evidenced by ceremonial festivities on his death centennial?

I will offer EN 311Z World Literature course, which satisfies the foundation of Humanities, Upper Division Liberal Studies, and World Cultures requirements, and attracts students from all disciplines. In order to teach this course, I need to conduct archival research during the Summer (16 July-16 August) of 2011 at the School of Oriental and African Studies and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in England.

Instructional Improvement
Name: Carol S. Steinhaus
College of Business
Amount of Award: $3,000.00
Title: Improving Ability to Teach Intercultural Communication in the College of Business
Abstract:
Dr. Steinhaus will attend a 3 day workshop in order to become qualified to use the Global Competencies Inventory which assesses competencies critical to interact and work effectively with people who are from different cultures. This will be followed by her attending, on the same campus and run by the same institute, a 5 day workshop, led by noted organizational behavior academics on the topic of global leadership. This will improve Dr. Stenhaus’s knowledge about international management and will assist the College of Business in our efforts to measure students’ knowledge relative to international management issues. Dr. Steinhaus may be able to expand this information into the creation or improvement of an international management course.

2010

Name: Joseph M. Lubig
Department:  School of Education, Leadership and Public Service
Award Amount:  $3,000
Type:  Curriculum Development
Title: Elementary Education Curriculum Map Proposal
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to map the curriculum of the elementary education program at Northern Michigan University to meet the revised state standards while at the same time revising for areas of the program that would better educate our students. This map will be used to develop effective assessment and data collection practices in support of local curriculum development efforts and to meet state and national accreditation. The understanding of student progress through the elementary education program is essential and must be coordinated among faculty and the courses they teach to allow the overall structure of the program to continually evolve based on the needs of our students.

Name: Terry Delpier & Kristi Burdick
Dept.: School of Nursing
Award Amount: $3,000
Type:  Instructional Improvement
Title: Pediatric Simulation Computer Program: PALS SimBaby Scenarios
Abstract:

Nursing education must provide students with the opportunity to develop their psychomotor skills as well as their ability to critically think in order to safely care for their patients. Patient simulation is a growing trend in nursing education, aimed at providing nursing students with hands-on opportunities to develop these skills.

 “high fidelity” manikins, such as SimBaby are a state-of-the-art method of providing realistic simulation. However, the manikin is just one part of providing a quality educational experience. Well developed computer programs are necessary to maximize student learning. Both faculty members have been using a single, home-made, rudimentary, computer program, developed for SimBaby. Although useful, the program is very brief and is limited in scope. The grant would be used to purchase a computer program for SimBaby with 21 fully developed pediatric scenarios.

Name: Derek Anderson
Dept.: School of Education, Leadership and Public Service
Award Amount:  $1771.41
Title: NVivo 8 Workshop
Abstract: 
With this grant, I will attend a two-day conference in Chicago to learn how to use a qualitative data analysis software program, NVivo 8. NVivo 8 is the premier qualitative software program for coding, linking, shaping, and modeling textual social science data. Once I receive the training, I will develop a narrated PowerPoint using Camtasia that demonstrates how NVivo 8 can be used in educational research. Furthermore, I will provide examples of how I am using NVivo 8 in my own research projects. I will post the PowerPoint examples in WEbCT for two of my courses, ED 574 and ED 600. In addition, I will share my new learning with colleagues in the school of education and with the colleagues from across a variety of disciplines with whom I meet bimonthly to discuss our research and writing projects.

Name: Rebecca Ulland
Dept.:  Modern Languages and Literature
Award Amount: $3,000
Title:  Women Writers of Argentina
Abstract:

This project has two primary objectives:

1.       Develop a Latin American Literature Course for advanced Spanish students with a focus on Argentine women writers to be offered in fall 2010

2.       Enhance the following existing courses: Introduction to Spanish America (SN 312), Twentieth-century Spanish American literature (SN 429), and Contemporary Latin American Culture (SN 314).

2009

Name: Carol Bell
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Understanding Algebraic Concepts in Middle School Mathematics
Project Description: The purpose of this project is to develop course materials for MA 354 Methods and Materials in Teaching Middle School Mathematics that focus on helping future middle school mathematics teachers develop a conceptual understanding of both the content and pedagogy involved in teaching algebraic concepts. The focus of the project will be on algebraic concepts since algebra is considered a central concern in the understanding of later mathematical concepts. However, algebra is not taught as an isolated concept so connections to both arithmetic and geometry will be included in the materials that are developed. Research and development of the materials will be done during summer 2009 and the materials will be implemented in the winter 2010 MA 354 courses.

Name: David Buhl
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $1,945
Project Title: Integrating Mathematics Software and Podcasting
Project Description: The proposed project will fund two (2) credit release time for Dr. Buhl to learn the mathematical software MAPLE, Mathlab, and TI-interactive with the goal of determining which software is best used to illustrate specific content via podcasts in General Statistics (MA 171). The current podcasts in MA 171 will be revised during the fall semester and will enhance the learning environment for both the online version of MA 171 and the campus taught version of MA 171. Since these podcasts will be posted on the NMU podcast server upon the completion of the project, they will be available for all students enrolled in MA 171 (regardless of instructor) to download and use during the 2010 winter semester.

Name: Claudia Orr
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $2, 807.90
Project Title: Improving Communication Effectiveness in Managerial Communications with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Project Description: Dr. Claudia Orr will attend the American management Association’s Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certification Program. The information learned in this seminar will be integrated into MGT 344, Managerial Communications, to help business students improve communication effectiveness in the workplace by understanding and appreciating differences in personality preferences.

Name: Carol Bell
Type: Curriculum Development
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Redesign of the Master of Science in Mathematics Education Degree Program
Project Description: The purpose of this curriculum development project is to redesign the Master of Science in Mathematics Education degree program. With the goal of increasing enrollment in NMU’s program part of this project will include a review of successful master’s degree programs around the country. Since many graduate programs are now moving online to better serve students and increase program enrollment, master’s degree programs in mathematics education that are offered online will be included in the review. Analyses of the finding will allow appropriate changes to the courses currently offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to be made and a redesign of the overall program to be completed.

2008

Name: Susan Goodrich
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $2,903.40
Project Title: “Women of Spain: Literary and Historical Figures:” Site Investigation
Project Description: This project seek to develop a 4-credit FLSA that teaches students about Spain through a study of its pre-eminent feminine authors and figures. The upper-division course integrates a home portion (2 weeks before and after) with a 3-week onsite location and substantial reading and research assignments. Beginning in the 15th century and finishing in the late 20th century, the course covers historical figures such as Isabel la Catolica (of the Catholic Kings) , literary figures such as Don Quixote’s “lady” Dulcinea, and intellectuals such as Catalan author Merce Rodoreda, who covered the Spanish Civil war from Barcelona, in her 1962 masterwork La plaza del Diamante. In order to develop itineraries that feature the best locations (both setting for important historical and fiction events as well as places essential to understanding the lives of the women under study), I will visit several cities and towns in Spain that figure prominently in the study. Many of these, such as distant Galicia’s La Coruna, La Rioja’s mountain village Mansilla de la Sierra and la Mancha’s Toboso are not on typical tourist routes but are essential to understanding the very different geographies critical to the figures studied. Madrid and its environs, including Segovia and Avila, and Barcelona are also included as sites well0trafficked by intellectuals and students. While investigating the sites, I will make contact with area experts and university personnel who may assist us, research lesser-known sites and look into non-traditional housing options such as homestays or family pensiones. I will be in Spain for a conference in June (my funding) and am requesting only local transportation and living support for two weeks.

No Curriculum Development Grants for 2008

2007
Name: John Smolens
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Exploratory Trip for a CLEA to Italy
Project Description: To make an exploratory trip to Italy June 2007 in preparation for teaching a course, Genres in Writing: Travel Writing, which will be offered by the English Department winter semester 2008. This course will include a Concentrated Learning Experience Abroad (CLEA) trip to Italy during spring break.

Name: Carol Sotiropoulos
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $1,214
Project Title: Incorporating Austrian Studies into GR 310, German Culture and Civilization
Project Description: My project concerns a course to be taught in an international setting. To date, German Civilization and Culture (GR 310) has been offered strictly on campus. This summer, as well as in forthcoming summers, the course will be held in Vienna (four weeks on site, 16 students). In addition to the obvious difference of “on site” vs. “on campus” accessibility to a wide range of “lived” cultural experiences, the course content requires a shift to the Austrian context. Although the on-campus course has traditionally included historical study of Germanic lands across national boundaries, once the course enters the 19th century and national borders approximate today’s map, the on-campus course has been weighted more heavily on Germany than Austria.

Name: Mare Jane Tremethick & Eileen Smit
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $2,322
Project Title: Spanish Immersion Program
Project Description: Professors Smit and Tremethick will attend a Spanish immersion program in Bemidji, MN. The objective of attending this program is to improve their Spanish skills to better prepare them for the teaching of the academic service learning/cultural immersion course they are developing.

Name: Cate Terwilliger
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: First Amendment
Project Description: This project creates
- an innovative campus-wide celebration of the First Amendment, planned for April 2008, and
- an associated upper-level course, EN495: First Amendment Freedoms, which constitutes a departure from the historical journalism curriculum and which is fundamentally different from any course now offered at NMU.

Name: Joseph Lubig
Type: Curriculum Development
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: A Collaborative Reading Curriculum: Bridging the Gap between Teaching Certification Requirements and the High School Reading Curriculum
Project Description: The purpose of this project is to develop a reading crosswalk and curriculum connecting the newly released English/Language Arts High School Content Expectations to the Entry level Standards for Michigan teachers in the area of Secondary Reading. The reading crosswalk will connect the reading standards I am responsible for teaching for our students to become certified in the State of Michigan with the reading content expectations expected of high school students. The findings from this project will be used to develop the required reading curriculum for all secondary education majors around the reading objectives required of all secondary public school students through the new High School Curriculum for the State of Michigan.
The opportunity to engage in this project will allow our secondary education majors to better prepare for the instruction of reading as well as to see a more purposeful connection between their own classroom teaching and learning and the learning of the public school students they will encounter throughout their professional career. The main connection I will make with my work through the project is to provide a more purposeful and coherent field-based program for the secondary reading curriculum required of all secondary education students. This project goes beyond the scope of my assigned responsibilities through its formalized connections to the content expectations for high school students in the area of reading.

Name: Jaspal Singh
Type: Curriculum Development
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Fundamentalism and Secularism is Contemporary Indian Literature
Project Description: The purpose of this project is to travel to India (December 2007) in order to research minority Indian writers—the Sikhs, the Muslims, the Christians, and the “Dalits” (traditionally “untouchables” and now Scheduled Castes)—who increasingly question their sense of national belonging due to increased violence and genocide. These writers are creating language and imagery which have scarcely been considered in contemporary Indian literary scholarship before. Compelling narratives of and by these writers reveal how the modern Indian nation-state, a secular and democratic country, fails to deliver its promise of equality to millions of disenfranchised and subordinated people in postcolonial India, and how continued lack of attention compromise regional and global understanding and scholarship. The final goal of this project is to bring two new courses to NMU. I will propose and prepare on new EN 311Z: World Literature and one new EN 560: Literary Movements course.

Name: Sandra Poindexter
Type: Curriculum Development
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Study, Evaluate, and Model Alternative Ways to Teach information Technology
Project Description: The nature of this curriculum development project involves an in-depth investigation of alternative pedagogies for teaching computer information systems (CIS) and related information technology (IT) disciplines such as computer sciences (CS), an evaluation of their effectiveness, and development of a model of the CIS program at Northern Michigan University. The outcome of my project would be a thorough report presented to both the CIS and CS Curriculum Committees detailing the results and pedagogical model for consideration by the Business CIS Program and/or use in a new joint CIS/CS program. The primary focus is the CIS program in the College of Business, but IT is used through this document as a more general term for the disciplines.

2006
Name: Charles Ganzert and Dwight Brady
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $2,940
Project Title: Advanced Training In Audio & Video Production Software
Project Description: This project involves extensive training in computer software for two faculty members in the Department of Communications and Performance Studies. Each faculty member will enroll in a training program leading to certification in their respective disciplines. Dr. Charles Ganzert will learn advanced techniques in Digidesign Pro Tools HD while Dr. Dwight Brady will receive advanced training in Final Cut Studio 5.
Tuition for each of the training programs is over $1,000. This necessitates getting additional funding beyond the annual contractual travel to cover the cost of travel and tuition for this specialized training. The advanced training each faculty member receives will enhance teaching and learning for the 130 majors in the broadcasting subareas of the department. Certification will also help promote the quality of an already strong program as we see to recruit new students.

Name: Terry Delpier & Lisa Flood
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Nursing Simulation: Emergency Equipment
Project Description: Nursing education must provide students with the opportunity to develop their psychomotor skills as well as their ability to critically think in order to safely care for their patients. Patient simulation is a growing trend in nursing education, aimed at providing nursing students with a hands-on method of developing these skills. One of the elements required for the development of successful simulations is realistic equipment. The Nursing Department currently used simulations in sever courses. However, efforts to facilitate realistic simulations involving emergency treatment are hampered by the lack of an emergency crash cart. The grant would be used to purchase the cart and many of the supplies needed to equip an emergency crash cart.

No Curriculum Development Grants for 2006

2005
Name: Joseph Lubig & Kenneth King
Type: Curriculum Development
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Elementary Education Curriculum Map
Project Description: The purpose of this project is to map the curriculum of the elementary education program at Northern Michigan University. This map will be used to develop effective assessment and data collection practices in support of local curriculum development efforts and nation accreditation efforts. The understanding of student progress through the elementary education program is essential and must be coordinated among faculty and the courses they teach to allow the overall structure of the program to continually evolve based on the needs of our students. 
What I propose to do is engage in a curriculum mapping exercise. This curriculum map will identify the critical artifacts or junctures in the elementary education program of study. Through the use of these artifacts from individual courses we will better be able to define the development of pedagogical themes to help better define our elementary education curriculum as a true program with the ability to model and put into practice more efficiently the Entry-level Standards for Michigan Teachers.

No Instructional Improvement Grants for 2005

2004

Name: Mary Jane Tremethick
Type: Instructional Improvement
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Exploring Health Care in China
Project Description: In July of 2004 I will travel with the People to People Ambassador Program to study health care in China. I will network with traditional healers and university faculty teaching traditional healing. The knowledge, understanding, and visuals from this experience will be incorporated into the HL 322 International Health class. Other classes that will benefit from this international view are HL211 Health Aspects of Aging, HL460 Human Disease, and HL 213 Death Education. I will also present to my colleagues in the HPER Department.

Name: Roxin Zhang
Type: Curriculum Development
Award Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Redesign of the Prediction Equations in NMU Math Placement Recommendation System
Project Description: In this project, we propose to conduct a series of statistical analyses on the correlations between the selected MA/CS course grades of NMU students and their math Placement data (including high school GPA, Math GPA, semester math grades, Math Placement Test scores and ACT scores), and based on these analyses, to redesign the prediction equations for the NMU Math Placement System.