All posts by Christopher Griffin

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!!!!

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT #4 November 21st

The Brown Center invites you to our Faculty Spotlight on Thursday, November 21st 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 fourth spotlight are:

Dr. Isabel Botero- Assistant Professor of Family Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Family Enterprise Center

The Family Business Brand Effect: When non-family firms use family language as part of their brand

Family business brands encompass formal and informal communication of the family elements of firm essence (i.e., the family’s involvement in a firm) and which lead to associations and expectations in the mind of stakeholders that help differentiate these firms from others in the marketplace. Family business brands help leverage a unique value proposition in the marketplace, which often translates into family firms being perceived as more trustworthy than non-family firms. Giving the importance that customer perceptions are in today’s marketplace, some organizations try to use family language as part of their brands to try to generate positive perceptions in consumer’s minds. This project explored whether using family language generated positive perceptions in the mind of consumers independent of whether the firm was family owned or not.

Isabel C. Botero, Ph.D., is an educator, researcher and consultant in the areas of management and family enterprise. She obtained her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Her areas of specialty include strategic communication processes, communication in and about family enterprises, influence processes in organizations and next-generation issues in family enterprises. Isabel has presented numerous papers in National and international Conferences (i.e., Academy of Management, Family Enterprise Research Academy, International Family Enterprise Research Academy). She has over 40 publications in international journals and books. Some of her publications have appeared in Family Business Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Journal of Family Business Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Management Communication Quarterly. She is a Fellow for the Family Firm Institute and board member for the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA Inc.).

Dr. Paul Sibbald – Associate Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Using Computational Methods to Study Complex Chemical Processes 

The growth of state-of-the-art computational technologies has given researchers the tools for efficient elucidation of mechanisms and factors that control the reactivity and selectivity in complex synthetic organic reactions.  This project uses computational techniques to study the mechanism of two newly developed reactions from collaborators at Portland State University and Dartmouth College.  The mechanistic understanding gained in these two studies resulted in robust models that both explained the observed selectivity and were used to predict pathways of future reactivity.

Paul A. Sibbald, Ph.D., earned his B.S. in chemistry and B.A. in history from Alma College in Alma, MI.  He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Forrest Michael at the University of Washington with a focus on organometallic chemistry, reaction development, and mechanistic study.  After a postdoc at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Drug Design, Paul began his independent career at Stetson University in 2012.  At Stetson, Paul found the perfect match between his passions for science education and chemistry research.  His research interests include new reaction development, mechanistic study using both computational and traditional methods, and chemical pedagogy.  In his spare time, Paul loves to spend time with his family, play darts, bowl, and cook.  

Hollis Institute planning grant

The Nina B. Hollis Institute for Education Reform has an all call out right now for a grant that will provide funding to faculty members on the campus creating a proposal for their impact grants.

This $1000 grant will provide a faculty member with the resources to work on their proposal for the Nina B. Hollis Impact Grant.

All of the information for this is grant and the impact grant itself is available on their web page. For any other information or questions, you may contact Colleen Cooper at

Faculty Spotlight #2 October 10th

The Brown Center invites you to our first Faculty Spotlight on Thursday, October 10th at 1:00 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! Please use the following button to RSVP and receive a complimentary meal voucher:

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 second spotlight are:

Image retrieved from faculty profiles (Link is here)

Dr. Eric Kurlander – William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History

Department of History

Strange Haven: Shanghai as East Asian “Solution” to the Nazi “Jewish Question”

The goal of my 2019 summer research was to examine the circumstances facing regional authorities, European states, and local and international Jewish organizations in facilitating an “East Asian” solution to the Nazi “Jewish Question.” This meant exploring diplomatic and local policy discussions involving Chinese, Japanese, British, French, German and Jewish officials located in the files at the Shanghai Municipal Archives and in printed periodicals located at the Shanghai City Library. For the purposes of my talk, I would like to highlight a few of the sources that I found this summer and explain how they might fit into my next book project, Before the ‘Final Solution’. A Global History of the Nazi ‘Jewish Question’, 1919-1945, as well as a chapter I am currently writing, “Strange Havens. Shanghai and Manchuria as Territorial ‘Solutions’ to the Nazi ‘Jewish Question’ in East Asia”, intended for an edited volume titled, Shelter from the Storm? German Jews and Asians in the Shadow of the Holocaust, 1930-1950

Dr. Eric Kurlander is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History at Stetson University. He studied at Bowdoin College (BA) and Harvard University (MA, PhD), teaching three years at Harvard before arriving at Stetson in 2001. He offers a wide range of courses on Modern German, European, and World History. His recent monograph, Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich (Yale, 2017; paperback 2018), provides the first comprehensive study of the supernatural in Nazi Germany, illustrating how the Third Reich drew on a variety of occult practices, border sciences, and pagan religious ideas to gain power, shape propaganda and policy, and pursue their dreams of racial utopia and empire. Hitler’s Monsters has been translated into Italian, Polish, Croatian, Czech, and Estonian. Kurlander’s second monograph, Living With Hitler: Liberal Democrats in the Third Reich (Yale, 2009), illuminates the ways in which German liberals negotiated, resisted, and in some ways accommodated the Third Reich. His first book, The Price of Exclusion: Ethnicity, National Identity, and the Decline of German Liberalism, 1898-1933, appeared in 2006. Kurlander’s other books include two edited volumes,Revisiting the ‘Nazi Occult’: Histories, Realities, Legacies, co-edited with Monica Black (Camden House, 2015) andTranscultural Encounters between Germany and India: Kindred Spirits in the 19th and 20th Centuries, co-edited with Joanne Miyang Cho and Douglas McGetchin (Routledge, 2014). He has published articles in many journals and edited volumes, including Central European HistoryGerman History, and The Journal of Contemporary History, and held research and writing fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the German Historical Institute; the German Academic Exchange Service; the Krupp Foundation; and Harvard University’s Program for the Study of Germany and Europe. At Stetson Kurlander has received the William Hugh McInery Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Hand Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, while contributing to the university in a number of substantive leadership roles. His current projects include two textbooks, Modern Germany: A Global History and The West in Question: Continuity and Change (both under contract with Oxford University Press) and a monograph, Before the Final Solution: A Global History of the Nazi “Jewish Question”.

Stephanie Mullins for The Studio Creative Group

Dr. Chadley Ballantyne – Assistant Professor of Music – Voice

School of Music

“What’s the Buzz? Auditory roughness and vibrotactile awareness.”

We can experience mechanical vibrations as sound and as a tactile sensation. The buzzy quality of high number harmonics can add an element of auditory roughness to singing that impacts timbre and perceived style. Harmonics in the range of human speech can felt as mechanical vibrations. What can we learn about our shared vocal experiences from the body of research on mechanoreceptors located in the skin and in the vocal instrument? How does auditory roughness impact our perception of a sound? This presentation will explore how we “feel” our voices, and how high-frequency energy can influence our perception of singing.

Bass-baritone Chadley Ballantyne has performed with Opera Fort Collins, Fresco Opera Theatre, Union Avenue Opera Theatre, Light Opera Works, Opera for the Young, Utah Festival Opera Company, Main Street Opera, American Chamber Opera and Theo Ubique. Ballantyne is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of applying vocal acoustic pedagogy for both classical and CCM techniques. He has presented at Chicago Chapter NATS, the 2017 and 2018 Pan-American Vocology Association Symposiums, the 2017 West Central and Central Region NATS Conferences, and at the 55th NATS National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a co-instructor at the 2018 Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at the New England Conservatory of Music and is a contributing author to The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan. 

Dr. Ballantyne is Assistant Professor of Music, Voice at Stetson University. He holds a bachelor of music degree from Drake University, and a master of music degree and doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Illinois.

Artist Talk with Luca Molnar

Photo by Ciara Ocasio

Luca Molnar, Assistant Professor of Studio Art, and a member of the 2019-2020 new faculty cohort will do a talk on her Faculty Focus exhibition, discussing her artistic inspirations and technical development. She will speak to critical approaches of painting through her own processes.

This session occurs Thursday, October 3rd, 6-7pm in Room 102 of the Hand Art Center.

If you have any questions you may contact Laura Glander at (386) 822-7266 or

Link to the event on Stetson’s calendar-

Faculty Spotlight September 26th

The Brown Center invites you to our first Faculty Spotlight on Thursday, September 26th 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 thirty minutes each. Who will go first? We’re not sure yet, and may even decide through the flip of a coin for added drama!

The two professors participating in our first spotlight are:

Dr. Joshua Eckroth – Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science,

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence: What, How, When, Who, Why, Where?

Dr. Nathan Wolek – Professor of Digital Arts, 

Interim Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation & Excellence,

Department of Creative Arts

DeLeon Springs: Listening at the intersection of geophony, biophony, and anthrophony