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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 within the last 18 months
  • Be on thetenure 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

Applications for the 2015-2016 OLFF Cohort will be accepted through February 15, 2015.

Faculty interested in becoming an Online Learning Faculty Fellow should:

  • Complete the OLFF Application (download here) and required attachments.
  • Obtain Department Chair and Dean permission and supportto apply.
  • Submit all application materials by February 15, 2015 to online@wichita.edu

The Office of Online Learning will screen each application and provide complete application packages to the OLFF Selection Committee for review.

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

Download Application Package

This is an Adobe Fillable Form, for best results, save the document to your computer and open in Acrobat Reader or Pro to complete.

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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.

Please check back for the Spring Semester 2015 schedule.

To join a workshop, click here to register.

Fall 2014 Online Faculty Fellows Workshop Schedule
Date Time Room Title Description Presenter
Sept 18 11:00 am MRC 171 You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth! How to teach college students about plagiarism. Jerri Carroll
Sept 24 2:30 pm MRC 171 Let's Give Them Something to Talk About! This workshop covers the benefits, planning and management of Blackboard discussion boards. Participants will examine and share tips and strategies for successful implementation of engaging discussion boards. Lisa Belt
Oct 22 2:30 pm MRC 171 Creating Exams and Assignments with Ease This workshop will highlight tips and tools that make it easy to create exams and assignments in an online course. Rodney Boehme
Oct 29 2:30 pm MRC 171 Yes, Quality Matters! The purpose of this workshop is to provide online class developers/instructors helpful tools while developing learning objectives unique to the online learning environment. Appropriate Quality Matters principles will be presented, and discussed with examples provided. Mark Vermillion
Nov 4 1:30 pm MRC 171 Pixel Perfection This session will introduce you to some pro tips that will help you design effectively for the screen. Jeff Pulaski
Nov 5 10:30 am MRC 171 Incorporating a Laboratory Curriculum Into an Online Learning Environment Labs have traditionally been taught in face-to-face classes where the mode of instruction has been well received by students. But incorporating labs into an online learning environment has been a challenge and so this course looks into the different possibilities of an effective online laboratory curriculum. Rajeev Nair
Nov 12 10:00 am MRC 171 Strategies to Establish and Maintain Student Engagement in an Online Class We will discuss the common challenges encountered in student engagement in online courses and, for each challenge, discuss strategies that can be employed to establish and maintain student engagement. David McDonald
November 13    1:00 pm MRC 171 Hey! Where'd You Get That Image? Have you been struggling to find Copyright-Free, Creative Commons, and Public Domain Images and Video For Your Online Classes? This session will cover strategies and suggestions for locating appropriate images and visual material for your classes. In addition, we will discuss copyright law and how this impacts your use of visuals for education. Jennifer Tiernan

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