FRN Summer Network Seminar topics announced!

Did you know that Stetson’s partnership with the NYU Faculty Resource Network makes it possible for Stetson faculty and staff to participate in world-class seminars??

Summer 2019 Seminar topics

Confronting Difficult Topics Through Classical Literature
Critical and Creative Thinking
Experiential Learning and the Student Managed Fund Program
Human Rights and the Rights of Stateless Peoples
Inside the Music: Critical Issues in Jazz, Blues, and Hip Hop
Nursing Reimagined: Innovation in Nursing Education, Scholarship, and Practice
Promoting Self-Regulated Learning
Smart Phone Filmmaking
Teaching for Social Justice Through Comics and Graphic Novels
Teaching Writing Within the Disciplines: Conception, Representation, Mysteries, Essaying
Using Digital Resources to Support Online Project-Based Learning
Violent Energies: Extractivism and Women’s Struggles in the Americas

The Summer Network seminars will be held be held June 10 to June 14, 2019 on the NYU Washington Square campus.

Interested? Contact the Brown Center to start the application process.  Applications are due Jan 28 and require a letter of support from your dean.

Questions about the program?  Visit the FRN Summer Seminar FAQ or ask a colleague who’s attended.

Teaching & Learning Day will feature Dr. Heather Hackman

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is thrilled to partner with the Center for Community Engagement and the Equity and Inclusion Group (formerly IISG) to bring Heather Hackman back to campus as the featured speaker for Stetson’s annual Teaching and Learning Day.  Dr. Hackman will be speaking on Racial Equity and the Classroom.

2019 Teaching and Learning Day

Dr. Heather Hackman

What is Racial Equity? What is a Racial Equity Lens?
How does Racial Equity Impact the Classroom?

January 11, 2019 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
CUB Stetson Room [MAP]
RSVP Requested

Dr. Hackman has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992 and was a professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota for 12 years before she began focusing full time on consulting. She has taught courses in social justice and multicultural education (pre-service and in-service teachers), race and racism, heterosexism and homophobia, social justice education (higher education leadership), oppression and social change, sexism and gender oppression, class oppression, and Jewish oppression. In 2005 she founded Hackman Consulting Group and consults nationally on issues of equity and social justice and has focused most of her social justice training work on race, class, gender, and LBGTQI issues. [learn more]

Stetson Spotlight Series Presents Teresa Carmody

The 2018-19 Stetson Spotlight Series continues on December 7 with a presentation by Dr. Teresa Carmody, Assistant Professor of English, who will speak on “Archive: A Novel-Essay”.

Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Location: Lynn Business Center 124
Snacks will be available. All are welcome!

Please encourage your students to attend.

Click here for a complete schedule of Stetson’s Spotlight Series.

Archive: A Novel-Essay”

As a young writer, I studied creative nonfiction before landing on fiction as my primary mode or genre. It was a decision I announced, I remember, at my MFA graduation, CNF-degree in hand. For the next fifteen years I wrote and studied fiction, albeit often highly autobiographical or hybrid forms, such as autofiction and the roman à clef. Yet a few years ago, I found myself thinking seriously again about creative nonfiction, alongside the archives of several writers who had influenced my own work: Clarice Lispector, Zora Neale Hurston, Virginia Woolf and Kathy Acker, to name a few. With support from a summer grant, I’ve been spending time inside these writers’ archives, official and unofficial, while writing a series of essays about coming into my own creative self-awareness via readings of their work. In this presentation, I’ll talk about the project’s inception, read excerpts from completed lyric essays on Virginia Woolf and Kathy Acker, and show images from the archives of Clarice Lispector and Zora Neale Hurston.
Some guiding questions:
How does creative practice both determine and anchor change?
How might a creative practice mediate internal and external worlds?

Teresa Carmody, Ph.D., is a writer, editor and publisher. Her most recent book, Maison Femme: a fiction (2015), is a roman a’ clef about two women who run an independent press out of their basement in Los Angeles. Written via constraints and incorporating images by Vanessa Place, Maison Femme draws on the structure of their shared house to explore the border between writing and publishing, between private and public, between memory and the archive. Carmody is also the author of Requiem (2005), a micro-collection of short stories lauded by the American Book Review as “darkly poignant,” and which David L. Ulin describes a “marked throughout by its own quiet tone of authority, which works to peel back the surface of what we imagine and examine what is going on underneath.”

Stetson Spotlight Series

The Stetson Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Click here for a complete schedule of the Stetson Spotlight Series.

Workshop: The Course Faire, Monday Dec 3 @ 1:00

The Course Faire

When a student asks “Why should I take this course?”, what’s your response?

When I was a student, we chose our courses by attending a “course faire.” At this event, we would ask professors about their courses before deciding which course we would take. In this workshop, participants will create a poster that communicates to students the essence of their course.  Come join us for this fun, creative way to reflect on your course!
What:  A fun opportunity to reflect on your course!
When: Monday, Dec 3 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Where: The Brown Center (Elizabeth 110)
Who: Anyone with a course
Purpose:  The purpose of this workshop is for you to distill your course design in the form of a poster that communicates to students the value of your course.
Task: Imagine you are an professor preparing for the Course Faire. Create a poster and include any other supporting documents that you would like to include. Your goal is to explain your course to potential students in a way that simultaneously captures its detail and complexity (to the extent that is possible) and also captures what makes it special, but does so in an abbreviated way. When the time arrives, you’ll stand by your poster/supporting documents and the rest of us will act as serious students asking you questions and provide feedback.
Criteria: You will be evaluated on your ability to communicate to students (us!) your vision and expectations for your course.  Creativity is encouraged.
[This is a transparent authentic assessment]
We will provide supplies & snacks – you will provide the creativity!


Brown Fellow, Dr. Terence Farrell, featured in Stetson Today

No Squandered Sabbatical

[This story was reprinted in its entirety from Stetson Today

For Terence Farrell, Ph.D., a recent sabbatical provided an opportunity to finish some research projects and begin other new ones. The common theme: snakes. More specifically: rattlesnake predation on giant centipedes, the evolution of rattlesnake venom and the hormonal control of snake reproductive behaviors.

Dr. Terence Farrell holding a snake in the field.
A year of sabbatical research put Terence Farrell, Ph.D., on the front lines in search of all things serpentine.

Another theme for the professor of biology and Brown Faculty Fellow: collaboration with Stetson students and faculty.

“I keep an active research program, so I needed to get a lot of stuff done,” Farrell said of his sabbatical, which began in August 2017. “I mostly stayed on campus because a lot of the research was lab-based, but I also spent time at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge [DeLeon Springs, Florida] in the field.

“I worked with students to observe snake behaviors, so I needed to learn how to analyze and edit videos. I also started a YouTube channel and put videos on Facebook to gain a broader audience for the research.”

The National Geographic Society, for example, picked up some of the YouTube uploads.

Sabbaticals are offered to Stetson faculty once every seven years. The request for a sabbatical is reviewed by a committee, and professors have the option of either taking one semester or a full year working on their research projects. Farrell took the full year, and he also used the time to learn new skills that will help him in his research moving forward.

“Stetson stands out when it comes to encouraging faculty members and their research projects,” Farrell commented. “Research, including the amount and quality of research that occurs during sabbaticals, keeps faculty current in their fields and students engaged in the type of research that will serve them well moving forward in their careers.”

Since 1994, Farrell has published 23 journal peer-reviewed journal articles, five book chapters, two book reviews and five articles in the popular press. Many of Farrell’s papers have had multiple co-authors, and in 13 of them the lead author was an undergraduate or graduate student with little or no experience in scientific publishing.

Dr. Terence Farrell in the field with students
Students are frequently partners with their biology professor. “Collaboration with students is what Stetson is all about,” said Farrell.

Farrell seeks to always work closely with his students to guide them through every step of the complex task of getting a manuscript written, revised and published.

“Collaboration with students is what Stetson is all about,” he said. “Work both in the lab and in the field is critical to their development, and especially for seniors working on their research projects; it gives them something really cool to work on.”

Among the students this summer was Sam McPherson ’19, who majors in aquatic and marine biology.

“The research was multifaceted, so we were working on several questions at once, all using pygmy rattlesnakes as a model system for ecophysiology and behavioral ecology,” McPherson said. “Part of the work included my senior research project, in which I am determining the metabolic cost of pregnancy in pygmy rattlesnakes. This involved extensive time out in the field, and our main study site was Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Field work included setting up enclosures for housing snakes — we call our site Pygmyopolis — spotting and capturing 27 pregnant female snakes as well as several nonreproductive females, comparing their metabolic rates in the lab using flow-through respirometry, and monitoring the field enclosures every day until the snakes gave birth. So, we could measure the mass of the neonates and the postpartum mass of the moms.”

Farrell has mentored approximately 100 students during their senior research projects. Fifteen of them were co-authors on published papers, and dozens of others have made poster or oral presentations at scientific meetings.

Notably, in other papers, co-authors are experts with special skills or equipment who exchange their services for authorship. Farrell is often the last listed co-author on papers, keeping with a tradition in the natural sciences of having the leader of a research lab appear at the end in the list of authors.

This deep engagement in research provided the students with a thorough understanding of the scientific process. In addition, dozens of other students not doing their senior research on snakes have made multiple trips to Lake Woodruff and other local natural areas to assist in the effort. More notable numbers: Eight of the students who completed their senior research project with Farrell continued to be deeply engaged in research after leaving Stetson and obtained doctorate degrees.

Not that all has been easy or without incident.

[Read the remainder of the article in the Fall 2018 issue of Stetson University Magazine.]

Reminder: Course Design for Essential Learning Workshop

Reminder: The fifth workshop in the Course Design for Essential Learning series is MondayDecember 3, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.  Please register by Wednesday, November 28.

Workshop topic:  Reflect & Share – Share your work with your peers.

Location: Please note the location of the workshop has been changed to the Brown Center – Elizabeth Hall 110.

This workshop series is a five-part course (re) design series where you will use evidence-based strategies to design courses that are engaging and effective. LEARN MORE | REGISTER NOW

Contact the Brown Center with any questions:

Stetson Spotlight Series Presents: Lynn Kee

The 2018-19 Stetson Spotlight Series continues on November 30 with a presentation by Dr. Lynn Kee, Assistant Professor of Biology, who will speak on “Investigating the Microbial Rainbow of Iridescent Bacteria”.

Date: Friday, November 30
Time: 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Location: Sage 159 – A hands on in lab classroom
Snacks will be available. All are welcome!

Please encourage your students to attend.

Click here for a complete schedule of Stetson’s Spotlight Series.

Investigating the Microbial Rainbow of Iridescent Bacteria”

Color is a ubiquitous characteristic shared in living organisms. Specific multicellular organisms like peacocks and butterflies exhibit dazzling colors due to the structural color phenomenon known as iridescence. My project investigates how unicellular organisms of bacteria display iridescence in hues of green, red, orange and yellow, when grown in culture utilizing microscopy and genomics tools.  In my interactive seminar, you will experience how we culture bacteria in lab and use microscopes to visualize individual bacterial cells that are invisible to our naked eyes.

Lynn Kee, Ph.D., grew up in Malaysia and Japan. She earned her B.S. and Ph.D at the University of Michigan in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, where she investigated how the “cars” in our cells travel along the “highways” to reach a specialized signaling center. At Stetson, she is studying biological processes in microorganisms using a combination of microscopy and molecular tools.

Stetson Spotlight Series

The Stetson Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Click here for a complete schedule of the Stetson Spotlight Series.


The 2018-19 Stetson Spotlight Series continues on November 16 with a presentation by Dr. Chaz Underriner, Assistant Professor of Digital Arts, who will speak on “Mimesis, Murakami, and Multimedia Art: Parallel Worlds in Performance”.

Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Lynn Business Center – 124
Snacks will be available. All are welcome!

Please encourage your students to attend.

Click here for a complete schedule of Stetson’s Spotlight Series.

Mimesis, Murakami, and Multimedia Art: Parallel Worlds in Performance”

The artistic techniques of mimesis—the representation of reality in art—make it possible to “render the unreal familiar or the real strangely unfamiliar.” The author, a composer and intermedia artist, uses mimetic techniques in acoustic composition, video art, and field recording to reimagine everyday experience, as in Landscape: Home. In this presentation, the author analyzes passages from the novel Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami to understand Murakami’s use of “parallel worlds” and the “reality effect.” This literary analysis aims to highlight the potential of mimetic techniques for artistic practice in sound and image, particularly in the author’s Landscape series.

Chaz Underriner, Ph.D., (b. 1987 in Texas, USA) is a composer, intermedia artist and performer based in DeLand, Florida. Most of Underriner’s work revolves around the notions of landscape and portraiture in the context of experimental music. He has composed works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, chamber and symphony orchestras, jazz combos, electronics, film, dance and choir.

Stetson Spotlight Series

The Stetson Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Click here for a complete schedule of the Stetson Spotlight Series.

Stetson University Seeks Fellow in Public History

Stetson University invites applications from highly-motivated and energetic emerging leaders for the Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Public History. The fellow will support and help develop a vibrant Public History concentration through engaged, innovative teaching and collaboration with a diverse constituency of community partners.  This position is funded by the Cici and Hyatt Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellows Program for one year with an option for a second-year appointment after satisfactory performance.

Download the job description for details and application instructions.

All information may be submitted electronically to the Search Committee at While electronic submissions are preferred, alternatively application materials may be mailed to:

Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Public History Search
Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence
Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8360
DeLand, FL 32723

Stetson Community Sing! All are Welcome!!!

The School of Music invites all Stetson faculty, staff members, administrators, students, etc. to the COMMUNITY SING!

This is time for all to gather and sing together.  No experience is required.  Dr. LeFils will lead the two (2) 30-minute singing sessions with a final time together celebrating the Yule Log Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 4th at 6:00PM by Hulley Tower. The group will sing inclusive music with attention to the Jewish tradition of Light and Love and Stetson’s historic traditions of the holiday observance with Silent Night and candlelighting. All are welcome to attend one or both of the Monday gatherings and the Yule Log Lighting Ceremony.

Presser Hall- Room 112 (first floor)

Presser Hall- Room 112 (first floor)

6:00pm Yule Log Lighting Ceremony
Hulley Tower