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The Online Faculty Fellows are ambassadors for online learning on the campus of WSU. Their purpose is to establish a culture of online education by helping their peers increase the quality and quantity of online courses offered at WSU.

    Program Overview
    Cohort Objectives and Expectations
    Application Process
    Professional Development Workshop Series
    Inaugural Cadre Members
    2014-2015 Cohort

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Program Overview

The Online Faculty Fellows (OLFF) program at Wichita State University is an initiative of the Office of Academic Affairs to:

  1. Address Higher Learning Commission core components related to the operations wherever and however online programs are delivered;
  2. Establish an online culture by increasing the quality and quantity of online courses at Wichita State University.

Online Learning Faculty Fellows are selected to serve a one-year appointment in a cohort of teaching faculty and to work with their peers on a variety of instructional techniques while addressing Quality MattersTM best practice standards.

The OLFF program is organized by faculty chairs and supported by The Office of Online Learning, Media Resources Center and the Instructional Design and Technology Team.

OLFF Cohort Objectives and Expectations

Candidates for selection to the OLFF program should:

  • Possess demonstrated leadership ability
  • Have documented experience teaching in an online or hybrid setting. The ideal candidate will have done so within the last 18 months
  • Be on the tenure track, tenured faculty, or full time instructor position
  • Be willing to serve as a mentor for faculty and unclassified personnel who may teach online courses.

2015-2016 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complete Quality MattersTM training to become Peer Review Certified
  • Participate in a peer-review process for select online courses and activities within courses
  • Act as a faculty mentor to peers by providing ideas and support regarding online teaching and learning.
  • Develop and teach a Professional Development Workshop on a topic related to online teaching and learning.
  • Participate in regular OLFF meetings and roundtable discussions.
  • Be an ambassador for online teaching and learning at WSU.
  • Support the recruitment and selection process for future Online Faculty Fellows
Application Process

The Application Period for the 2015-2016 OLFF Cohort is now Closed.

Applications will be reviewed begining March 4, 2015.

Announcement of selections for the 2015-2016 Cohort will be made in April 2015 by the OLFF Co-Chairs.

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Online Faculty Fellows Inaugural Cadre

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Jeri Carrol, Co-Chair, Professor Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education

Jennifer Tiernan, Co-Chair, Assistant Professor Elliot School of Communication, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Lisa Belt, Clinical Educator Dental Hygiene, College of Health Professions

Rodney Boehme, Associate Professor and Barton Fellow, FREDS, Barton School of Business

David McDonald, Professor Biological Sciences, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jeff Pulaski, Associate Professor Graphic Design, School of Art and Design

Rajeev Nair, Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering (ENG)

Mark Vermillion, Assistant Professor Sport Management (Education)


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2014-2015 Online Faculty Fellows Cohort

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College of Education
Katherine Mason - Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Mike Ross - Sport Management Educator, Sport Management

College of Engineering
Suresh Keshavanaryana - Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Mehmet Yildirim - Associate Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dan Close - Associate Professor & Sunflower Advisor, Elliot School of Communication
Kyoung Hag Lee - Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Lisa Overholtzer - Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Eric Wilson - Instructor, Elliot School of Communication

College of Health Professions
Natalie Delacruz - Clinical Educator, Dental Hygiene
Amy Drassen-Ham - Academic Instructor, Public Health Sciences

College of Fine Arts
Bret Jones - Associate Professor/Program Director of Theatre, School of Performing Arts
Steven Oare - Associate Professor, School of Music

W. Frank Barton School of Business
John Perry - Associate Professor, Management
Larry Spurgeon - Faculty Fellow Business Ethics, Barton School Senior Lecturer, Finance Real Estate & Decision Sciences

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Online Faculty Fellows Workshop Series

Each semester the Online Faculty Fellows will provide a series of professional development workshops for their peers here at Wichita State University.

To join a workshop, click here to register.

Spring 2015 Online Faculty Fellows Workshop Schedule
Date Time Room Title Description Presenter
2/9/15 1:30 pm

RSC 256 Edmiston Room

Simulating the Clasroom: An Argument for Storytelling in an Online Class

Discussing full lectures in the online classroom. Larry Spurgeon, Finance Real Estate & Decision Sciences
2/24/15 2:00 pm RSC 256 Edmiston Room Teaching a Quality Matters Aligned Class for the First Time Ideas, strategies and successes for teaching an online communications class for the first time. Eric Wilson, Elliot School of Communication
2/26/15 10:30 am RSC 256 Edmiston Room Safe Assign: Keeping an Eye on Plagiarism How to use Safe Assign to monitor plagiarism and assist in writing. Bret Jones, School of Performing Arts
3/4/15 2:00 pm RSC 265 Lucas Room Online Simulations and Essay Grading Services Arguments for and against online grading services. How to use online simulations to engage students. John Perry, Management
3/30/15 10:30 am RSC 256 Edmiston Room Start Here: Quality Course Design in Blackboard Intro to Quality Matters Standard 1 and applications to Blackboard course design for face-to-face classes. Katherine Mason, Curriculum & Instruction.
4/1/15 1:30 pm RSC 238 Meeker Room Transition from Face-to-Face to Online Important tips to know before moving from in-person to online formats. Amy Drassen-Ham, Public Health Sciences.
4/6/15 10:30 am RSC 256 Edmiston Room Evolution of my Online Classes   Suresh Raju, Aerospace Eningeering
4/7/15 9:00 am RSC 256 Edmiston Room Tools and Gadgets to Make Your Teaching Life Easier   Natalie Delacruz, College of Health Professions
4/14/15 1:30 pm RSC 256 Edmiston Room Assessment for Learning in the Online Enironment Various online strategies for encouraging and assessing learning. Steven Oare, School of Music
4/16/15 2:00 pm RSC 265 Lucas Room Gamification Level up your class to engage students. Mike Ross, Sport Management
4/23/15 10:00 am RSC 256 Edmiston Room Utilizing Skype for Group Projects The benefits of face-to-face discussion among online instructors and students. Kyoung Lee, School of Social Work
4/28/15 12:00 pm RSC 256 Edmiston Room Designing Quality Blackboard Courses for Non-Online Classes   Mehmet Yildirim, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

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