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Faculty Spotlight #5 January 30th

The Brown Center invites you to our first Faculty Spotlight of the spring semester on Thursday, January 30th at 4:00 PM in the Carlton Union Building’s Stetson Room. The spotlights series is a showcase of research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement of the campus community. Stop by and learn about the research of our talented Stetson community!

Details about the time and place can be found on Stetson’s Event Calendar

We have changed the format this year and will be having two sessions for thirty minutes each.

The two professors participating in this spotlight are:

Dr. Diane Everett Professor of Sociology,

Department of Sociology and Anthropolgy

“New Cocking” as a Gendered Process of Correctional Officers’ Welcoming of New Peers 

This presentation examines one facet of correctional officers’ (COs’) workplace inclusion. Specifically, it explores how gender, a prison’s custody grade (based on level of security risk), and workplace culture influenced how veteran COs informally welcomed new ones upon entry to their new workplace through the mild hazing ritual of “new cocking.” Based on in-depth, semi-structured qualitative interviews with 27 COs at a higher-custody men’s prison and at a lower-custody men’s prison, I discuss how COs viewed new cocking and how and why COs’ involvement in new cocking differed between female and male COs, the prisons’ custody levels, and their workplace cultures. In the process, I describe the gendered nature and outcomes of new cocking as a means of welcoming COs at men’s prisons. In general, the study’s findings reinforce those of previous studies about the nature of CO as a male-dominated occupation and men’s prisons as masculinized organizations. The additional findings that a prison’s custody grade and its workplace culture affect new officers’ welcoming underscores the need to analyze the factors that can heighten or attenuate the masculinized aspects of COs’ work in men’s prisons.   

Dr. Diane D. Everett, Professor of Sociology, earned her B.A. from Millsaps College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.  Since joining Stetson University, she has served in numerous leadership roles, including Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, co-chair of the Council of Undergraduate Associate Deans, co-chair of Provost Search Committee, Chair of the Faculty Senate, Interim Chair of the Department of Integrative Health Science (now, Health Sciences), Director of the Stetson Institute for Social Research, and Chair of the Tenure and Promotion Review Task Force.  She is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Provost Faculty Fellow for Academic Advising, and the Coordinator of the Social Science major.  

Diane’s areas of specialization include gender, work, higher education, and applied social research.  She enjoys mentoring undergraduates and has co-presented professional presentations and co-authored articles with students, as well as with faculty and staff colleagues.  Her philosophy of undergraduate education is reflected in one of her favorite quotations: “Education is not making a living; it’s making a life.”

Dr. Chris Jimenez – Assistant Professor of English

Department of English

Homoglyphs, Letter Shapes, and the Cultural Politics of Character Encoding Standards

In this spotlight talk, Dr. Jimenez describes and theorizes the features of what is known as a “homoglyph,” a character whose literal or figural shape is nearly identical to and/or easily mistaken for another. Homoglyphs occupy a unique place between the visual representation of scripts and the digital encoding of data—namely, while computers do not “see” homoglyphs yet can identify them easily, humans experience almost entirely the opposite and confuse them for one another. Dr. Jimenez thus explores in this talk the question of when a glyph counts as a glyph (or even as itself), structuring the discussion by examining a recent clash between China and Japan over the representation of Chinese characters and what historical variants should be included in the international standard.

Dr. Chris D. Jimenez is Assistant Professor of English at Stetson. His research examines the discourse of catastrophe in 20th- and 21st-century global Anglophone literature, with interdisciplinary interests in ecocriticism, nuclear criticism, and biopolitics. His main book project, The Exploding Globe, argues that engaging with real and imagined catastrophe has allowed contemporary authors to expand the scale of literature beyond national boundaries to produce a distinctly global aesthetics. To this end and aided by a Penfield Research Fellowship in 2015, Dr. Jimenez traveled to Japan to study nuclear disaster and its global literary representations in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima. Dr. Jimenez also has an abiding interest in the digital humanities and has worked on numerous DH projects, and was the Andrew W. Mellon Price Lab Doctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania from 2016-2017, contributing to the Price Lab’s Mellon Seminars and DH project incubation. These experiences have helped informed Dr. Jimenez’s second book project, A Literary History of Unicode.


Brown Center Events Update


The Brown Center invites you to our first Faculty Spotlight of the spring semester on Thursday, January 30th at 4:00 PM in the Carlton Union Building’s Stetson Room. The spotlights series is a showcase of research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement of the campus community. Stop by and learn about the research of our talented Stetson community!

The two professors participating in this spotlight are:

Dr. Diane Everett Professor of Sociology,

Department of Sociology and Anthropolgy

Dr. Chris Jimenez – Assistant Professor of English

Department of English

Inquiry Circles

The Brown Center is opening a second application round of Inquiry Circles for the Spring 2020 semester to support continued conversations about high-impact practices after Teaching & Learning Day. Each Inquiry Circle can receive up to $500 to pay for materials like books or even food for your meetings. Your only commitment is to meet at least 3 times and submit a brief impact report at the end of the term. The online application is active now at the following link:

FAR Workshops

Faculty Annual Reviews are coming up, and the Brown Center wants to help you as much as possible. We are hosting a FAR Circle, which provides a comfortable space to for faculty to review and gain feedback from peers. The interim director of the Brown Center, Dr. Nathan Wolek, will also be in attendance to provide his experience with the FAR as both a faculty member and a department chair during his time at Stetson University. This event will be taking place Friday, January 31st from 12pm – 2pm. We will be providing lunch from Subway (6 inch sub and chips of your choice) and as such, we ask that you RSVP by Wednesday, January 29th by 12pm using this link.

FAR Writing Circle 2020

The Faculty Annual Review is coming up and the Brown Center would like to help you. We are offering a workshop that provides you with an overview of what the FAR is, as well as an opportunity to receive peer feedback. Interim Director of the Brown Center, Dr. Nathan Wolek, will be in attendance to provide his experience with the FAR as both a faculty member and a department chair.

This will be taking place on Friday, January 31st in the Lawrence Room (second floor Elizabeth) from 12pm to 2pm. Since we will be providing lunch, we ask that you fill out this RSVP by Wednesday, January 29th at 12pm.

Recap: 2019 Colloquium ON TEACHING AND LEARNING

Collaborations: Building Inclusive Bridges

April 5, 2019 – 8 AM – 5 PM
Stetson University, DeLand, FL
Lynn Business Center
(corner of N. Woodland Blvd and Michigan Ave [MapIt])

On Friday, April 5th, 2019 the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence hosted the 5th annual Colloquium on Teaching and Learning Innovation.  This all-day event boasted a variety of engaging and thought-provoking sessions aligned with the theme of Building Inclusive Bridges.  Please share your feedback so we can improve your experience next year.



Noel Painter, Executive Vice President and Provost
Stetson University

Keynote: Building Bridges and Forging Learning Communities in Carceral Spaces

Pamela Cappas-Toro, Co-Director– Strategic Planning

Andy Eisen, Co-Director– Program Coordinator,
Melinda Hall, Co-Director– Curriculum
Jelena Petrovic, Co-Director– Faculty and Student Liaison,

Stetson University

The Community Engagement Project (CEP) is Stetson University’s liberal arts higher education in prison initiative. It was established in January 2015 by Stetson Faculty members and is currently co-directed by Drs. Pamela Cappas-Toro, Andy Eisen, Melinda Hall, and Jelena Petrovic. In this address, CEP co-directors, incarcerated students, and student interns will describe their efforts to create a diverse learning community inside and outside of the Tomoka Correctional Institution. 

Concurrent Session A (10:30am-11:45am)

A1- Contemplative Practices in the Classroom

Morris Sullivan, Stetson University

A2- Putting Taboo on the Table

Zach Cordell, Daytona State College

A3- Bridges to Global Citizenship Through Place-Based Education, Community Engagement, and Project-Based Learning

Savannah-Jane Griffin & Roxanne Lewis, Stetson University

Concurrent Session B (1:00pm-1:50pm)

B1- Scholarly Writing: Carving Time from a Hectic Schedule

Debbi Dinkind, Jennifer Corbin, Grace Kaletski-Maisel, & Kelly Larson, Stetson University


B1- Internationalizing the Stetson Writing Center: Collaborating Across Campus

Leigh Ann Dunning, Jeanette Jakupca, Aiyanna Maciel, & Amber Biron, Stetson University

B2- Creativity vs. Technology: The Battle for Student Engagement

Lenore Brantley, Advent Health University & Paul Brantley, North American Division Seventh-day Adventist Church


B2- Using a Video Spectrum for Student Support in Online Delivery

Marino Nader, University of Central Florida

B3- Telling Other People’s Stories: Reflections on Responsibly Teaching Multicultural Content as White Faculty

Sarah Cramer, Sam Houston, & Andy Eisen, Stetson University

Concurrent Session C (2:00pm-2:50pm)

C1- Collaboration Across Campuses: Research Symposia as a Way to Connect

Janis Prince- Saint Leo University

C2- Do I Really Need to Learn That? Bridging the Gap Between Curricular and Co-curricular Activities

Veon Stewart, Nadia Edwin, & Patricia Clayton, AdventHealth University


C2- Greater as a Whole: Bridging the Gap Between Community and Classroom

Kendra Presley-Van Houten, Veon Stewart, & Nadia Edwin, AdventHealth University

C3- Illegal and Legal Privilege in College Admission

Susan Peppers-Bates, Joanne Harris-Duff, Joel Bauman, Jeff Altier, & Savannah-Jane Griffin, Stetson University

Concurrent Session D (3:00pm-3:50pm)

D1- Reflections on Deep Reading: Teaching Reading in the College Classroom

Megan O’Neill, Michelle Randall, Cathy Day, Andy Denhart, & Fran Duvall, Stetson Univeristy

D2- Active Learning Strategies for Teaching and Learning Engineering Courses and What Students Think About Them

Ricardo Zaurin, University of Central Florida


D2- Utilizing the Gradula Release of Responsibility Teaching Model to Engage in a Large Enrollment Chemistry Course

Nicole Lapeyrouse & Cherie Yestrebsky, University of Central Florida

D3- Using Standardized Patients to Train Allied Health Students

Shirish Lala, Melanie McDonough, & Samantha Stern, Daytona State College


D3- Stetson University Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Initiative

Kirk Roberson (Stetson University), Vince Kinsler (Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach), Colleen Vanderlip (Stetson University), & Matthew Schrager (Stetson University)

Closing Reception (4:00pm-5:00pm)

Breathe the Machine

Studio Circle D takes over Davis Lab (106) for an interactive installation event. Participants will move from screen to screen, using human breath to move and change what happens on the labs’ computers and in a larger collaborative story set in a near future.

Thank you to all who participated!  Be sure to  share your feedback so we can improve your experience next year.

Faculty Spotlight #3 October 24th

The Brown Center invites you to our Faculty Spotlight on Thursday, October 24th at 4:00 PM in the Carlton Union Building’s Stetson Room. The spotlights series is a bimonthly showcase of research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement of the campus community. Stop by and learn about the research of our talented Stetson community!

Details about the time and place can be found on Stetson’s Event Calendar

We have changed the format this year and will be having two sessions for thirty minutes each.

The two professors participating in our third spotlight are:

Dr. Rachel Core – Assistant Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Institutional Change and Tuberculosis Control in Shanghai

In a world where population growth, migration, travel and trade allow for greater interconnectedness and opportunities for disease transmission, Asian cities are crucially important to global health. This presentation will highlight the importance of medical and public health systems for controlling China’s most widespread and deadly infectious disease, tuberculosis (TB). The presentation will provide a brief overview to a comparative-historical book manuscript on a century of TB control in Shanghai, and it will introduce interesting findings from my research in the Shanghai Municipal Archives this summer.

Rachel Core is a medical sociologist with research and teaching interests in health inequalities, particularly in Asia. She speaks, reads and writes Mandarin and has spent seven years in China, including 18 months conducting research for her dissertation, “The Fall and Rise of Tuberculosis: How institutional change affected health outcomes in Shanghai, 1927-2013,” which was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation. Before coming to Stetson, Core held a post-doctoral fellowship in medical humanities at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In addition to Sociology and Anthropology programs, Dr. Core’s scholarship and teaching contribute to the Asian Studies and Public Health programs at Stetson University. Dr. Core aims to take students to Asia as often as possible, including to Shanghai over Spring Break 2020.

Petros Xanthopoulos

Dr. Petros XanthopoulosAssistant Professor of Decision and Information Sciences

Department of Decision and Information Sciences

Consensus of Algorithms: Towards More Robust Unsupervised Learning Methods

Clustering or unsupervised learning consists of all methods that try to group data into smaller subsets with similar characteristics. This problem is very important in various areas such as business, engineering, social media analytics and bioinformatics.  In this presentation we will demonstrate a methodology for building more robust such algorithms through consensus learning.

Dr. Xanthopoulos received his Ph.D. and MSc from Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the University of Florida and a Diploma of Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, Greece. His teaching and scholar interests include the areas of big data analytics, data mining, optimization and operations management. He has served as assistant professor and Lockheed Martin faculty fellow at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Xanthopoulos’s research has appeared in journals like Omega, Annals of Operations Research, Expert Systems with applications and IEEE Transaction of Information Technology in Biomedicine. His research has been funded by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Office of Naval Research. He is associate editor of Optimization Letter (Springer) and he has served as a reviewer for more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and conferences. He is a member of INFORMS and IEEE.

Faculty Advisor Snack and Chat

Diane Everett, the Provost Faculty Fellow for Academic Advising, invites ALL faculty members to a session sponsored by Academic Success and Student Counseling Services to discuss the topics of student crises, issuing alerts on SSC, and supporting students’ mental health. They will also be providing a trail mix bar, so faculty and staff can make themselves an afternoon snack while having this discussion. The goal is to help faculty and staff aid students in their struggles with academic and personal lives that may hinder their success. This event will take place Wednesday, October 9th from 3:00-4:00 pm in the LBC Boardroom (213).

Please RSVP to by Monday, October 7th

Teaching and Learning Conference

The fourth annual Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference is approaching and proposals are now being accepted! This conference, hosted by the University of South Florida and University of Central Florida, is being held January 29th-January 31st 2020 at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, FL. The conference will bring together higher-education scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to share research, to discuss critical issues, and to promote opportunities for collaboration and features a variety of session formats in order to encourage interaction and engagement.

Call for Papers:

Participants of the T&L Conference are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations of any kind related to contemporary challenges in college teaching. 

Potential Topics:
  • the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)
  • course redesign
  • active-learning strategies
  • technologies to support student learning
  • big data in higher education
  • inclusive education
  • engaging students in online environments
  • high-impact learning experiences
  • ensuring accessibility for all students
  • designing and assessing learning spaces
  • reflection and mindfulness
  • teaching in politically and socially complicated moments
  • exploring the role/s of faculty in promoting and assessing student success
  • new frontiers in teaching and learning

This conference features a variety of sessions including:

  1.    15-minute research presentations
  2.    30-minute application/sharing sessions
  3. 60-minute workshops
  4. Poster Sessions

Deadline for proposal submission is 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 1st 2019. Acceptance notices should be expected by late October

Plenary: Christy Price, Professor, Dalton State College

Winner of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council of Advancement and Support of Education

Why Don’t My Students Think I’m Groovy? The New “R”s for Engaging Modern Learners

What factors influence student motivation and desire to learn?  Obviously, there are some influences beyond the professor’s control, but research in educational psychology suggests one thing we can do to increase student engagement is to create learning environments that are in some ways linked to, and supportive of, the current student culture.  During this session, we will briefly review the literature regarding the culture of students of today and apply the findings of the presenter’s research regarding modern learners (both our traditional age 18-24 and non-traditional learners age 25 and older).  We will specifically discuss the characteristics of ideal learning environments for modern learners, their preferences regarding assessments, their perceptions regarding the characteristics of the ideal professor, and their ideal institutional practices. Throughout the session, participants will engage in activities that will require them to reflect on their own teaching methods and/or institutional practices.  Open-ended questionnaires, check-lists, and video clips of faculty and students will be utilized in order to create personal action plans regarding practical steps we can take to meet the needs of modern learners.

Conference Details:

While the finalized agenda will be ready in early December, 2019, below is a rough outline.

Wednesday, January 29

  • 11:00 – Registration opens
  • 12:00 – Opening buffet lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 5:00 – Adjourn
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, January 30

  • 8:00 – Buffet breakfast
  • 9:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 12:00 – Buffet lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 6:30 – Buffet Dinner

Friday, January 31

  • 8:00 – Buffet breakfast
  • 9:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 12:00 – Adjourn
Conference Registration: 

Attendees and presenters are required to pay the full conference registration. This goes to support the cost of the meeting rooms and catering for the event. Registration will be open in November. 

                               Early Bird fee: $325

                               Full Registration: $375

Conference Hotel: 

The Teaching and Learning Conference offers discounted rates of $139/night (parking is included, but there is also a $20/day resort fee). This rate applies for the conference nights of 1/29 and 1/30, and may also be applied for three days prior to the conference, or three days after the conference–a great weekend bargain!


Check out archived conference details (including past agendas) here or email any direct questions to

Grading Open House Featuring Chair Massages for Faculty!!

Grading got you down? Looking for some company ?

The Brown Center is hosting a grading open house on Wednesday, May 8th. We will have plenty of coffee on hand, some snacks.

AND Bodhi+Sol is offering free chair massages from 10:00-2:00pm in honor of teacher appreciation week!!

Space is limited, so please help us plan by letting us know when you plan to come, by completing this simple RSVP.

Save-THE-DATE: Faculty Resource Network 2019 NAtional Symposium

Conversation has always been at the core of education, with discussion-based seminars serving as a key paradigm for learning in college. This symposium examines the essential role of the Academy in cultivating meaningful conversations on campus and in the classroom. During this two-day symposium, which contains keynote presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, we encourage you to engage in your own conversations about these important issues. [learn more]

Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019
Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 21, 2019
Participation in the National Symposium is free of charge for Stetson University faculty members and staff.