Category Archives: Brown Teacher-Scholars

Stetson Spotlight: Terence Farrell

The third presentation in the 2017-18 Faculty Spotlight series  will be held on Wednesday, November 1.  Terence Farrell, Professor of Biology will speak on Pygmy Rattlesnakes and the People that Study Them

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm (lunch served at 11:30)
Location: Lynn Business Center Boardroom – 213
All are welcome!

Click here for a complete schedule of Faculty Spotlight Series.

Pygmy Rattlesnakes and the People that Study Them

Dr. Farrell will discuss recent research projects on rattlesnake foraging behavior, maternal behavior, venom composition, fungal disease, and endocrinology.  He will discuss the collaborations with other Stetson faculty, students, and researchers from other institutions that have been vital in successfully completing these projects.  He will also show images and videos of Pygmy rattlesnakes to illustrate key points.

Terence Farrell, Professor of Biology and Brown Faculty Fellow, has been a faculty member of Stetson since 1989. He has spent much of the last two decades studying Pygmy rattlesnakes and box turtles at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge with Peter May and a dedicated group of Stetson University students. Approximately 20 of these students have published their work.   He recently conducted research in collaboration with Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Ecology, Craig Lind, and approximately ten Stetson students, involving a diversity of investigations on snake ecology. These topics include the impacts of snake fungal disease, the hormonal control of reproductive behaviors, the causes of venom variation, and the foraging behaviors of Pygmy rattlesnakes.

Faculty Spotlight Series

The Faculty 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 Faculty Spotlight Series.

Seeking Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems

Stetson University invites applications from highly-motivated and energetic emerging leaders for the Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems.

This two-year residency fellowship involves undergraduate teaching, research, and community involvement related to sustainable food systems. Candidates with expertise in food policy, food justice, community health and/or urban and innovative food production systems are encouraged to apply. The Fellow will join a dynamic interdisciplinary team of faculty engaged with the Central Florida regional food system.

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 Search
Department of Environmental Science and Studies
Stetson University 421 N. Woodland Blvd.
Unit 8401
DeLand, FL 32723

Inside Out

As Stetson University readies to open its doors to the 14th annual Florida Collegiate Pride Coalition Conference March 31-April 2, a core group of dedicated students continues to work for greater understanding and tolerance of sexual orientation among their peers and the larger community.

Medorie Petersen-Woodburn, chair of the FCPC conference student planning committee, is leading a handful of students to bring hundreds of people from Florida and across the Southeast to Stetson for the conference. With the theme, Inside Out, students hope to open a frank conversation about mental health, education and holistic wellness for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community.

In addition, with Stetson being the first private liberal arts institution to host the event, they are looking at the conference as an opportunity to showcase the university.

Medorie Petersen-Woodburn, chair of the FCPC conference student planning committee (left), meets with Stetson’s Lindsey Graves, assistant director of interfaith initiatives.

For one, organizers believe the Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016 – an attack that targeted the LGBT community that left 49 dead – will play a prominent role in discussions.

“This conference is very important on Stetson campus because we have a very strong diversity inclusion initiative,” said Petersen-Woodburn, 20, a social science major. “You can’t be diverse and inclusive if you don’t have these conversations.”

The FCPC annual conferences began in 2003 as a way for the LGBTQ+ community to grow and network. Each year, the conference has been hosted at large universities across the state, including the University of Florida and the University of South Florida.

The three-day schedule is filled with events focused on helping mental health professionals better understand the issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community. The event features workshops about counseling on topics that include helping LGBTQ+ couples build biological families, substance abuse and a session titled, “What it is like to be trans and still be with your spouse.”

The keynote speaker is John Super, Ph.D., a University of Florida clinical assistant professor of counselor education who played a role in providing mental health counseling in the Orlando area in the days after the Pulse shooting. Pulse owner Barbara Poma is another speaker.

Conference attendees will watch Disney’s Inside Out, an animated film that puts faces and personalities to emotions. Other events include a vigil for Pulse victims.

Bek Luke, a double major in psychology and philosophy, has been working alongside Petersen-Woodburn to make sure the conference runs smoothly. His job is to sign up sponsors, help with volunteers, and communicate with speakers and entertainers. A senior, he said the conference is important to him as a transgender man because it underscores how the larger LGBT community cares.

“Being trans, I want to do as much for my community as I can,” he said.

According to Lamerial McRae, Ph.D., a member of the faculty (Brown Scholar Visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow , Department of Counselor Education) and staff conference planning committee, the students involved in the planning are developing skills beyond classroom learning. At the same time, McRae added, Stetson is sending a signal to the larger community of acceptance and healing, especially in light of the Pulse attack.

“I don’t think anyone went unaffected by Pulse,” she said.

Students in McRae’s Multicultural Counseling class created posters and research that will be presented at the conference. One of those students, Payton Montague, a graduate student in the counseling program, said it’s important to reach out to the LGBT community on all levels. Montague and another student, Stacey Stanford, will be presenting their project, “Same-sex parenting: from the inside out.”

“All parents need help these days,” Montague said.

The conference, Petersen-Woodburn commented, is a way for the local LGBT community to reach out and show there is “a community of people who are similar to you but not the same.”

“Now more than ever, you can’t hide the fact that there’s homophobia and discrimination on all levels. And you can’t hide the fact that there is oppression on every level,” said Petersen-Woodburn.
“Especially after Pulse, there’s been this outcry of confusion, of hurt, but also this sense of how can I help? What can I do? What is my role in someone else’s life? How do I learn about people who are different from me and how can I help them? I think this conference is a way to get people who are hurt together to understand what it is to look at someone who might share one part of you but not every part.”

March 24, 2017 in Stetson Today

Call for Proposals: Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow Program

Do you have a project, initiative or area of study that could use a “boost” from a teacher-scholar fellow?  Would you like to bring some special expertise to campus?

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is once again pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2019-2021 Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow!

To view proposal guidelines and submit a proposal, click here.

A few highlights …

  • Proposals are for two-year visiting assistant professorships
    (start date is Aug 15, 2019).
  • Proposals from interdisciplinary or issue-focused
    teams that span departments, colleges or schools are especially encouraged.
  • Dean and chair letters of support are required for ALL proposals.  Check with your dean’s office for procedures.
  • Budgets must be approved prior to submission.
  • The Brown Center will host proposal development workshops by request.


15-Nov-17: Call For Proposals (submissions open)
15-Mar-18: Proposal submission deadline
15-May-18: Awards announced
01-Sep-18: Search committee convenes
15-Aug-19: Contract start date

*The dates for recruitment and hiring may be adjusted to align with professional norms.

Sarah Smiley-Walters joins Stetson as Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow

Sarah Smiley-Walters started as the Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Biology in January 2017. She recently completed her Ph.D. thesis which was titled “Interactions between Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) and a Suite of Prey Species: A Study of Prey Behavior and Variable Venom Toxicity.” At Stetson she is currently teaching comparative vertebrate anatomy and introductory biology. As a teacher-scholar, Dr. Smiley-Walters conducts collaborative research on snake ecology with Stetson undergraduates and with Terence Farrell, Brown Fellow and professor of biology. Dr. Smiley-Walters also has expertise in small mammal ecology and has served as an American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) – American Institute of Biological Science Public Policy Fellow in DC. She currently is the Chair of ASM’s Student Science Policy Award committee. Dr. Smiley-Walters has maintained an interest in pedagogy and, as a graduate student, served on a departmental curriculum committee and helped revise biology lab manuals. Sarah earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, an M.S. from the University of South Florida, and dual B.S. degrees from Florida State University.

Past Events: Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellows

Past Events

29 Meet & Greet Reception
Meet our Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellows

  • Grab a glass of wine
  • Interact with the Fellows and learn more about their areas of expertise
  • Explore ideas for possible collaborations

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm; Recognition Program: 4:30 pm
Location: duPont-Ball Library LL Patio
RSVP by January 26, 2015

29 New Faculty Reunion

MARCH 2015
20 SOBA Faculty Development Workshop Series
Event: Presentation by Patrick Guilbaud, Brown Scholar-Teacher Fellow in Learning Technology
Date: March 20, 2015
Time: 10:00-11:30 am
Location: LBC 135
Contact: Deborah Goldring,

APRIL 2015
7 Dinner with the Provost
10 Brown Fellows Symposium at the Teaching & Learning Colloquium

Stetson welcomes E. Lamerial Jacobson as Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow


E. Lamerial Jacobson joins Stetson University as its most recent Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Counselor Education.

Dr.  Jacobson’s research focuses on a multicultural, interdisciplinary approach to understanding counselor identity development and gate-keeping; adult and child survivors of trauma, abuse, and intimate partner violence; marriages, couples, and families; LGBTQ issues in counseling; and human trafficking.  She has a goal to continue closing the gap between the clinical practice information she teaches and what future counselors do in clinical practice. Dr. Jacobson views this work as an integral part of her Teacher-Scholar role. Jacobson earned a B.S. in Psychology, an M.A. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida.  She is a licensed mental health counselor in Florida.

Meet and Greet Reception


Meet our Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellows
Grab a glass of wine
Interact with the Fellows and learn more about their areas of expertise
Explore ideas for possible collaborations

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm; Recognition Program: 4:30 pm
Location: duPont-Ball Library Garden Patio


January 28, 2016
RSVP by January 25, 2016

Past Receptions

January 29, 2015


CraigLindCraig Lind joins Stetson University as its most recent Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Ecology.

Dr. Lind will work closely with Dr. Terence Farrell and Stetson undergraduates to investigate the interactive effects of season, environmental stressors, and energetic status on hormone production, behavior, and immune function in Pygmy Rattlesnakes.  He designs and executes studies that provide a better understanding of organismal responses to realized or predicted environmental challenges, such as climate change and emerging reptile pathogens.  He is passionate about empowering students with an understanding of how life works at a functional level through teaching and research.  Lind earned his Ph..D. from
the University of Arkansas, M.S. from California Polytechnic State University, and B.S. from the University of Illinois.