Category Archives: Faculty Excellence

Central Florida Gems: Flaws Beneath the Surface of our Freshwater Springs

Learn Local talk, “Central Florida Gems: Flaws Beneath the Surface of our Freshwater Springs
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Professors Gibbs and Work will discuss how an invasive species of armored catfish is impacting the environment, especially the Florida manatee.

Presenters: Missy Gibbs, Kirsten Work – Department of Biology
Date: January 22, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELC; 230 E. Michigan Ave)
Contact: Rebecca Watts,

Faculty Mentoring Grants

Grants will support peer-mentoring or other faculty mentoring groups to foster success in mentoring. Projects must be related to excellence in teaching & learning, dissemination of scholarly works, or grant proposal development; projects related to general professional development activities will not be considered.

Exemplary projects may include guest speakers, site visits, webinar participation, workshops, book clubs, research teams, etc.

Stetson Law hosts Inclusion Summit: February 6


Our premier one-day summit features national and regional thought leaders sharing insight and best practices in inclusion and cultural competence for individuals and organizations. We are expecting an audience comprised of attorneys, business leaders, human resources professionals, and nonprofit and community leaders.

Developing Cultural Competence
Date: February 6, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Cocktail Reception: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg/Gulfport, FL
Event: Inclusive Excellence
Contact: Shannon Edgar,

SOBA kicks off Faculty Development Seminar Series for Spring 2015

Join the Faculty Development Committee on January 23 for their first session of Spring 2015. Come out to learn from two dynamic faculty research presentations.

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Conceptualizing Arch Rivalry
Dr. Scott Jones will summarize his recent study on the conditions which foster arch rivalries and the benefits of maintaining such relationships.

“Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams Plus 1
Dr. Betty Thorne and Dr. Jud Stryker will discuss tax scams, data breaches, and identity fraud impact consumers, financial institutions, businesses, government agencies, and millions of Americans. The IRS annually issues its top 12 list of tax scams, known as the “dirty dozen tax scams.” Drs. Thorne and Stryker will discuss how taxpayers can protect themselves from becoming victims of tax fraud and other forms of identity fraud. An actual identity theft nightmare is included in this presentation.

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Location: LBC 135
Target: All faculty welcome
Event: School of Business Faculty Professional Development Seminar Series
Contact: Deborah Goldring at

Plenary speaker sparks faculty-staff discussion on Disruptive Demographics


Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., pictured standing, facilitates an engaging day-long Innovation Cafe on strategic thinking and action planning in response to Disruptive Demographics during the Third annual Faculty Learning Community Day. Dr. Johnson is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. James Johnson and the 3rd Annual Faculty Learning Community Day

The Third Annual Faculty Learning Community Day held in January of 2015, brought faculty together in a reflective setting for discussion of the big issues that impact Stetson University’s mission and learning community. National scholars are invited annually to engage the Stetson community in thought-provoking conversation. These learning communities created for the faculty are intended to develop connections, create networks, foster multidisciplinary conversations, and bring together those interested in the critical issues that exist in higher education. The Faculty Learning Community Day is held on the Friday before the start of the spring semester as a way to welcome the beginning of a new calendar year of learning as a community.

In 2015, the Learning Community Day welcomed esteemed scholar Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Johnson led a faculty-centered discussion and workshop entitled “Disruptive Demographics: Implications for Higher Education”. His research shows that demographic changes  have already begun to change the face of higher education. Faculty learned about the consequences of community development, inter-ethnic minority conflict, and workforce diversity issues. Dr. Johnson provided the Stetson faculty community with ways in which to develop timely responses to demographic changes already being experienced, and more importantly, the ways to fully embrace inclusive excellence in preparation for the future.

Download Dr. Johnson’s Presentation (pdf)

Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr. is a William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Johnson is also the author of several scholarly articles including a recently published book titled Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles. He has published research on everything from the impact on U.S. metropolitan economies resulting from September 11th to offshore white collar jobs and the competition in the United States. Dr. Johnson has focused many of his studies on inequality in American society and how that has affected disadvantaged youth socially as well as economically.

Connecting the Dots and Realigning the Wheels: The future of URSCA at Stetson University

by Jelena Petrovic

High-impact educational practices, mentorship, backward design, inquiry-based learning, student-as-scholar, research-skill scaffold

Sorting through the concepts that underline contemporary approaches to undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity (URSCA) was not a small task for our Stetson team at the Council on Undergraduate Research Institute on Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities.

wordleOver the course of three work-intensive days, we collaborated with colleagues from Shenandoah University to identify strategies that would promote URSCA at our respective institutions.  Our conversations dissected the challenges of implementing ideals of interdisciplinarity across the college and departmental curricula and the need for effective structural and financial support for developing and mentoring URSCA. We also envisioned students’ excitement over themed semesters, cross-departmental collaborations, pilot programs, and university-wide celebrations of their research activity.

In the process, our team arrived at the conclusion that the Stetson model we put into action every day in our classrooms and across two campuses truly brings the abstract language of URSCA philosophy to life.  What stands ahead for Stetson is not necessarily an invention.  Instead, we are faced with a need to create practical and sustainable practices that will connect the pieces we already have.

  • enable institutional re-focusing from research activity to include research experience; and
  • provide support for creative efforts and interdisciplinary activity that are currently taking place at Stetson.

About the Author

petrovicJelena Petrovic participated in the Council of Undergraduate Research’s Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute alongside Drs. Melinda Hall, Ethan Greene (deceased), and dean Karen Ryan in  Milwaukee in November 2014.

She is  assistant professor of Communication and Media Studies at Stetson University and conducts research on new media, identity politics, and national discourses in the context of the EU integration.

Dr. Petrovic earned her Ph.D. in communication from  the University of New Mexico.  She enjoys The Interventionists, Cats, Pearl Jam, and being around activists at heart.