All posts by Christopher Griffin

Does your project qualify for a Hollis Institute Impact Grant?

The Nina B. Hollis Institute for Educational Reform
Steering Committee
invites you
to an Information Session for all faculty
to share ideas on educational reform and
encourage applications for the
Nina B. Hollis Institute
Planning Grants and Impact Awards

 Monday, Sept. 28
4 – 5 p.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Join us with your favorite hors d’oeuvres and beverage
during our virtual gathering.

No RSVP required
Contact:  Colleen Cooper at with questions.

New Classroom Technology Coming Soon!

Information Technology and the Office of Online Learning and Educational Technology (OOLET) are pleased to announce the upcoming availability of new classroom technologies to help support our Fall 2020 on-campus classrooms. The main addition will be the ability to record your live classroom session via lecture capture technology and to interact with remote students via web-conferencing. Please press here to open a detailed chart that reviews your new options.

While this technology is being installed, OOLET will dedicate our weekly Q & A virtual sessions for open questions regarding all of these options, their best practices and technical instructions. To make ongoing support easier, these sessions will be conducted at the same time every week.

Weekly Virtual Q & A Schedule

Tuesdays at 10:00  – 11:00 a.m.

Fridays at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Use the link below to access any session during their scheduled time.

You can also email OOLET to request individual or group training, and feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns – we are happy to help!

-The Office of Online Learning and Educational Technology

Faculty share experiences with online learning, 30JUN2020 (Dr. Eskenazi, Dr. Underriner)

Dr. Michael Eskenazi and Dr. Chaz Underriner were invited to hold a panel around their experiences with online learning as a professor in the classroom. The Brown Center Director Harry Price worked with them to moderate the session which occurred on June 30, 2020. This is the third panel in a series we are doing around the experiences of professors working in an online format to discover best practices for teaching in an online format.

Faculty share experiences with online Learning, 22JUN2020 (Dr. Evans-Anderson, Dr. Michelson)

On Monday, June 22 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, the first of three panel discussions hosted by the Brown Center took place on Blackboard Collaborate. The panelists shared their online teaching experiences focusing on the style of online course they teach (e.g., synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid/blended), strategies they employ or have employed to bolster student engagement, foster discussions (both in real-time and asynchronously), give effective exams and quizzes, and manage assignments.

Thank you to Dr. Heather Evans-Anderson and Dr. Stuart Michelson for their efforts on this panel. Below is a recording of this session.

The next session will be on Tuesday, June 25 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM where we will have our new Brown Faculty Fellow for Remote and Distance Learning Bill Sause and a representative from OOLET will hold a discussion focused on optimizing the use of platforms such a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra when teaching an online course. The panel will also provide responses to questions about problems encountered while teaching an online session. The link for this session is given below.

Session: Thursday, June25th:

for anonymous call in: +1-571-392-7650

PIN: 369 221 4886

Panel Recording: Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation as a Campus Community

Last Friday, the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a virtual panel discussion titled, “Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation as a Campus Community”, which you can find the recording to at the link above. 

The discussion was powerful and we are grateful to the panelists for sharing their truths with the Stetson Community. Towards the end of the panel we asked participants to respond to the following question anonymously:

How have you been IMPACTED BY or PARTICIPATED IN ANTI-BLACKNESS and systemic racism? What is YOUR truth to this question?

You can find the responses to this question on the Brown Center Website, below the panel recording. The question form is still open and we encourage Stetson community members to participate in responding by following the below instructions. Responses to the question will be updated daily.

Wellness Webinar 17APR2020

Thank you to all that attended the webinar today the following is the link to the recording of the session along with all resources discussed.

Below, we’ve included the documents that were presented during this session for you to view and/or download, as promised.

2020 Colloquium Call For Proposals

Innovation and Change

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence invites proposals for presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops that share successes and challenges associated with the colloquium theme, “Innovation and Change.” What are you doing differently than you used to do? What impact has it had as you support student learning or shape professional development? We seek proposals from all disciplines about changes to single courses or larger curricula, new programs that responded to a need, innovative approaches that have shown promise, and cautionary tales about experiments that didn’t work out. We hope to create a space where we can share stories about change and learn from each other about the process of innovating at institutions of higher education. Most importantly, we want a diversity of perspectives from a variety of faculty and staff in higher education working with students from their first week on campus to their final walk across the graduation stage.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: March 8, 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 13, 2020

Due to the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and current CDC guidance about the size of gatherings, we are canceling the 2020 Colloquium on Teaching and Learning. Thanks for your interest in our 2020 Colloquium on Teaching and Learning, and we hope to connect after things return to normal. Take care.

National Conference for College Women Student LEaders (NCWSL) and Tech Trek: AAUW’s Commitment to Developing Women in LEadership

Stetson students Makeba Dorival, Kelli Kline, Emma Knowles and Taylor Hibel will be the guest speakers at our next gathering on January 14. Their topic is the “National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCWSL) and Tech Trek: AAUW’s Commitment to Developing Women in Leadership.” Cultural credit is available. 

The program begins at 11:30 in the Stetson Room, and we hope you can join us. It’s a terrific opportunity to learn about the great work AAUW does from Stetson women who have experienced and benefitted from it.  

Lunch is optional and will follow the program and general meeting.  Kindly RSVP for lunch by Friday morning, January 10 by sending an email to Maria Francis (, or call at 386.822.8950.  The cost of the luncheon is $14, which can be paid by cash or check at the event.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) opens doors for women and girls, influences public debate on critical social issues, sponsors community programs, publishes groundbreaking research on women and girls, and is one of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women. All genders from all industries are welcome!

Teaching and Learning Day 2020

Teaching and Learning Day will be on January 10th from 8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. in the CUB. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at this annual gathering of Stetson faculty and staff.

RSVP for the event here

Our focus this year will be high-impact practices, and to do that we are trying a different format. We have many faculty and staff at Stetson who are already making innovative use of high-impact practices to improve student learning. So instead of a guest speaker, we decided to showcase some of these people in a way that will encourage sharing ideas and having conversations across programs and departments.

The day will be structured into workshop blocks led by members of the Stetson community on themes such as global learning, writing-intensive courses, community-engaged learning, internships, and learning communities. The schedule will allow everyone to attend multiple workshops and hopefully jumpstart some new conversations about the ways we employ high-impact practices at Stetson.

All members of the Stetson faculty and staff are invited to attend. The morning starts with breakfast available at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with a lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!!!!