Jeff Doyle: Academics and Student Life
Aired on September 23, 2021 / Duration - 30 mins
Today our guest is Dr. Jeff Doyle, associate director of planning and assessment in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Baylor University. Dr. Doyle has a B.A. in Biology, M.Ed. in Counselor Education, and Ph.D. in Higher Education, all from the University of Virginia. Before serving in his current role, Dr. Doyle served for nine years as the Dean for Student Learning and Engagement at Baylor, where he oversaw the departments of Campus Living & Learning, New Student Programs, the Academy for Leadership Development, and Student Activities. Throughout his time at Baylor, Dr. Doyle has taught numerous behavior, leadership, and higher education management courses. We are excited to have Dr. Doyle on the show to discuss the full circle of student involvement with the university, from the freshman experience to assessing program outcomes.
Kara Poe Alexander: Writing to Learn
Aired on October 7, 2021 / Duration - 38 mins
Today our guest is Dr. Kara Poe Alexander, professor of English and Director of Baylor University’s Writing Center. Specializing in composition, rhetoric, literacy studies, and writing pedagogy, Dr. Alexander teaches undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from first year composition to travel writing to composition theory and pedagogy. She has published dozens of articles and book chapters on various aspects of teaching writing and teaching through writing. We are delighted to have Dr. Alexander on the show to discuss how the writing center fits in the mission of the university, why writing still matters, how to build on students’ writing skills throughout their college careers, and much more.
DeAnna Toten Beard: Learning in a Foreign Land
Aired on October 19, 2021 / Duration - 33 mins
Today, our guest is Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard. Dr. Toten Beard is Professor of Theater History at Baylor University, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate Theatre Studies courses. In 2012, she was named a Baylor Teaching Fellow, a recognition of great teaching with a cohort devoted to experiment in teaching. Dr. Toten Beard has also taught in the Baylor interdisciplinary core and is the past co-director of the Baylor in Oxford study abroad program. We are delighted to have Dr. Toten Beard on the show to discuss how place affects teaching, what students learn about themselves and each other and others when they study abroad. And much more.
Brooke Blevins: Civics and Justice
Aired on November 2, 2021 / Duration - 37 mins
Today our guest is Dr. Brooke Blevins, the Conwell G. Strickland Endowed Chair, Associate Professor, and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Baylor University’s School of Education. In 2017, Dr. Blevins was selected as a Baylor Fellow—a cohort of Baylor teachers recognized for excellence and stimulated for experimenting in their classrooms. She was also the senior fellow for the program in 2018. Dr. Blevins teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary education, social studies education, and multicultural education. We are delighted to have Dr. Blevins on the show to discuss, infusing virtues into your classes, how civic education relates to politics, the differences between high school and college learners, and much more.
Paul Martens: Beyond and Between the Disciplines
Aired on November 17, 2021 / Duration - 36 mins
Today, our guest is Dr. Paul Martens, associate professor of ethics in the department of religion and director of interdisciplinary studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Martens holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and has published widely on John Howard Yoder and Soren Kierkegaard. Dr. Martens has been director of the Baylor ethics initiative, where he serves as Global Ethics Research Convener. We are delighted to have Dr. Martens on the show to discuss what is right and wrong about disciplines in the academy and why interdisciplinarity matters for researchers and students.
Karenna Malavanti: Teaching While Introverted
Aired on January 28, 2022 / Duration - 48 mins
Today our guest is Dr. Karenna Malavanti, senior lecturer and neuroscience advisor in the department of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University. Dr. Malavanti’s research focuses on applied cognition and human memory, looking at issues of legal psychology such as eyewitness memory, and education, addressing issues such as study strategies. Recognized as a Baylor Teaching Fellow in 2018, Dr. Malavanti is active in the Society for Teaching Psychology. We are delighted to have Dr. Malavanti on the show to chat about teaching as an introvert, increasing your awareness as a teacher, reflecting on our teaching, and much more.
Tammy Adair: Research with Undergraduates
Aired on February 18, 2022 / Duration - 36 mins
Today, our guest is Dr. Tammy, Adair, Senior Lecturer in biology and Director of course based undergraduate research in biology, and director of Baylor’s undergraduate research and scholarly achievement program known as URSA. Doctor Adair also teaches course based undergraduate research experience labs, such as the phage lab sponsored by HHMI and the Science Education Alliance. Her undergraduate researcher group, the M&M bears focuses on microbial genomics. We are delighted to have Dr. Adair on the show to discuss active and then experiential learning in STEM education and undergraduate research across the academy.
Mark Long: Reflections on a Career
Aired on March 22, 2022 / Duration - 59 mins
Today our guest is Dr. Mark Long, Director of Middle East Studies and Associate Professor in the Honors College at Baylor University. Dr. Long specializes in contemporary Islamic fundamentalism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and extremism in America. Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Long served eleven years on active duty as a Middle East analyst and as an instructor at the Air Force Academy where he taught Arabic and English literature. We are delighted to have Dr. Long on the show to discuss teaching in multiple contexts, the good and bad of addressing politics in the classroom, and his reflections at the close of his teaching career.
Sarah Mosher: Critical Pedagogy in the Arts
Aired on April 5, 2022 / Duration - 36 mins
Today our guest is Sarah Mosher, Assistant Professor of costume design and technology in theatre Arts at Baylor University. She has an interest in universal design and design systems. Cultivating design thinking in students, and engaging with questions about design life cycles across disciplines. Recently, Professor Mosher participated in Baylor’s Paulo Freire Centennial, celebrating the founder of critical pedagogy, co-designing the celebration installation in the university library, and serving as a panelist discussing assessment in the fine arts and what she calls the pedagogy of autonomy. We are delighted to welcome Professor Mosher to the show to discuss the slippery work of assessing learning in the arts, Students’ fear and anxiety related to education ,and the journey toward critical pedagogy.
Nathan Alleman, Byron Newberry, and Sarah Madsen: Faculty Authority
Aired on May 11, 2022 / Duration - 47 mins
Today we have a special episode featuring a live recording of a recent seminar for excellence in teaching on the campus of Baylor University. The session, titled “Award winning faculty perspectives on teacher authority” was led by Nathan Alleman, associate professor of educational leadership, Byron Newberry, professor of mechanical engineering, and Sarah Madsen, doctoral candidate in educational leadership, all at Baylor University. These presenters shared fascinating original research on the relationships between faculty career stage and perceptions and uses of authority in teaching.
Trey Cade: Science as a Mystery Novel
Aired on Ma7 31, 2022 / Duration - 37 mins
Today our guest is Dr. Trey Cade, Director of the Institute for Air Science at Baylor University. Dr. Cade came to academia after serving in the U.S. Air Force, specializing in weather and space. In 2015, Dr. Cade was selected as Baylor Fellow, a program recognizing gifted teachers and devoted to pedagogical experimentation. We are delighted to have Dr. Cade on the show to discuss teaching complex science to non-science majors, using history to teach science concepts, and more.
Mojgan Parizi-Robinson: Learning Assistants in the Classroom
Aired on July 14, 2022 / Duration - 35 mins
Today our guest is Dr. Mojgan Parizi-Robinson, senior lecturer and director of the Learning Assistants program in Biology at Baylor University. Dr. Parizi-Robinson’s research focuses on intracellular signaling and pathways in wound healing and cancer. In addition to teaching human anatomy lecture and lab courses, she teaches a pedagogy course for biology learning assistants. This year (2022), Dr. Parizi-Robinson was the recipient of the Collins Outstanding Professor award. We are delighted to have Dr. Parizi-Robinson on the show to discuss the role of struggle in learning, flipping her course, and teaching undergrads to help other students learn.