PRESENTERS

Thursday Opening Keynote Speaker

Jared Stein

Vice President
Higher Education Strategy
Canvas by Instructure

 Jared Stein has worked to help teachers design effective blended and online learning since the early days of the web, emphasizing real-world practice, openness, and frictionless user experiences. Jared has also helped institutions plan for education challenges through grassroots, faculty-driven initiatives (such as open education projects) and top-level leadership strategies (such as the growth of online and hybrid offerings).

As VP of Higher Education Strategy for Canvas by Instructure, Jared and team uncovers the impact technology can have on teaching and learning, often in collaboration with higher education and K12 institutions. The Research team shares what it learns both internally, with the Canvas product team, and the larger educational community.

Friday Plenary Speaker

Larry Gragg, Ph.D.

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor
History & Political Science
Missouri S&T

 

Larry Gragg, Ph.D., joined the History and Political Science Department in 1977, and was chair of the department from 2003 to 2015. He is a specialist in colonial and revolutionary America, and is the author of seven books and over 30 articles on topics ranging from the Salem witch crisis to English colonization in the West Indies to the history of Las Vegas. His most recent books are Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel: The Gangster, the Flamingo, and the Making of Modern Las Vegas (Praeger, 2015), Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture (University Press of Kansas, 2013), and The Quaker Community on Barbados:  Challenging the Culture of the Planter Class (University of Missouri Press, 2009). His most recent articles include "El Sonador and the Struggle to Develop Resort Hotels in Las Vegas in the 1930s," Nevada in the West (Spring 2015), "The Anti-Nazi Gangster," History Today (June 2015), "The Role of Witchcraft in the Early Modern World," Comparative Civilizations Review (Spring 2015), and "'A Long Struggle and Many Disappointments': Las Vegas' Failure to Open a Resort Hotel, 1905-1940," Nevada Historical Society Quarterly (Fall 2015).

The recipient of 11 campus Outstanding Teaching Awards, four campus Faculty Excellence Awards, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University of Missouri System award for Excellence in Teaching, and the University of Missouri system's Thomas Jefferson Award, Gragg currently is a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Breakout Session Speakers

Diana Ahmad, Ph.D.

Curator's Distinguished Teaching Professor
History & Political Science
Missouri S&T

Dr. Diana L. Ahmad is a University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor at Missouri S&T.  Her research focuses on the history of the American West, including the impact of opium smoking on the demands for Chinese exclusion in the nineteenth century and also the relationship between domestic and wild animals and the emigrants who traveled the Oregon and California Trails.  Her latest work considers the impact of the New Manifest Destiny on the movement of Americans into the Pacific.  Ahmad has taught at S&T for over 16 years and for the University of Maryland—Asian Division for 9 years.

Bonnie Bachman, Ph.D.

Professor
Economics
Missouri S&T

 

Rachel Clark

Educational Technologist
Purdue University

Rachel Clark is an Educational Technologist with Purdue University’s Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) department. As part of TLT, Rachel researches and investigates teaching and learning trends and new technologies, helps in the creation of in-house tools, and pilots these technologies to bring to the Purdue community. She works with diverse groups of instructors and faculty from all over campus to develop solutions to instructional needs with the goal of marrying pedagogy with technology use in the classroom.

Mihail Cutitaru, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Missouri S&T

Dr. Mihail Cutitaru has received his BS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Since September 2014, Dr. Cutitaru has been an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Missouri S&T (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). At Missouri S&T, he contributed significantly to the development of the Senior Design course sequence, as well as continuous improvement of other courses taught. His teaching experience and interests are in the areas of Senior Design, Computer Architecture, Microcontrollers, Digital Design, and Digital System Modeling. Dr. Cutitaru is a member of IEEE, ASEE, HKN, and Tau Beta Pi.

Tracie Devault

Lecturer
Arts, Language, & Philosophy
Missouri S&T

Tracie Devault is a lecturer at Missouri S&T.  She holds a BS in Business from Fontbonne University and a Master’s of Communication from Lindenwood University.  She has been an adjunct professor for several higher educational institutions before coming to Missouri S&T.  Her focus is on how communications can allow students to create successful professional and personal lives after graduation.

Nana DikhaMinjia, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Missouri S&T

Since 2014, Dr. Nana Dikhaminjia has been a Visiting Assistant Research Professor at EMC Laboratory of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Dikhaminjia's Ph.D. is in Applied Mathematics and research interests include Higher Order Numerical Schemes and Channel Analysis problems for multi-level signaling. Dr. Dikhaminjia is very interested in STEM education and extracurricular enrichment of K-12 children. For the last 3 years, Dr. Dikhaminjia has been coaching Junior and Middle level First Lego League teams and has also conducted Robotics summer camp for upper elementary children in Rolla. Dr. Dikhaminjia supervises Arduino club for Middle School students in the EMC Laboratory at Missouri S&T.

Mike Dombroski

Instructional Technology Specialist
Cottey College

Mike Dombroski is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Cottey College in Nevada, MO. His research interests include finding ways to use technology for instruction, project based learning, and effective use of technology for instruction. In his spare time he enjoys reading, traveling, food, and playing with his Raspberry Pi.

li Li Eng, PH.D.

Associate Professor
Business & Information Technology
Missouri S&T

Dr. Li Li Eng teaches financial accounting and is interested in managerial accounting research including: relevance of accounting information; corporate disclosures; corporate governance;  & international accounting

Ian Ferguson, PH.D.

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Missouri S&T

Currently, Dr. Ian Ferguson is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to this he served in the role of Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. Dr. Ferguson's research expertise is in developing compound semiconductors materials and devices for applications in the areas of sensors, illumination, solar power, and spintronics. This research has resulted in over 480 refereed publications, seven book chapters, and fifteen edited conference proceedings, two edited books, and multiple patents. His interest in learning is focused on understanding the value of educational taxonomies and if they can be transitioned to experiential learning and entrepreneurial activities for the professional skill set. He recently co-organized the Material Research Symposium A on ‘Engaged Learning of Materials Science & Engineering in the 21st Century’. Dr. Ferguson co-founded PiES, Project for innovation, Energy and Sustainability, www.pies-northcarolina.org, a non-profit green business incubator. He am a Fellow of IEEE, IOP, and SPIE.

Diana Garland, Ed.D.

Treasurer
Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA)

 

Emily Goldstein

Instructional Designer
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Emily Goldstein is an instructional designer who loves technology. She holds a MS in Agricultural Education and a BS in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Emily has training in various design tools of the trade including Peer Reviewer Certification (Quality Matters), Designing Learning (ATD), Google Certified Educator (Google), and Web Design (Chancellors Certificate UM System). As an instructional designer for the University of Missouri-St. LouisCenter for Teaching and Learning, Emily teaches a program called Online in 9 to faculty to design and develop online courses that meet their desired learning outcomes. Emily’s work as an instructional designer satisfies her desire to continuously learn as does researching technological trends in higher education.

Kellie Grasman

Lecturer
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
Missouri S&T

Kellie Grasman is a Lecturer of the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering department for Missouri S&T. She currently resides in New York state and teaches courses remotely.

Diane Gremp

Instructional Technology Coordinator
South Central Regional Professional Development Center
Missouri S&T

 

Ben Gwynne

Senior Schools Manager
EverFi

 

Keeta Holmes

Assistant Director
Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Keeta Holmes is Assistant Director in the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she works closely with faculty to design courses and programs that offer students creative ways to demonstrate understanding and mastery of course concepts. Her research interests include student motivation, grit/persistence, instructional humor, and student perceptions of learning. She is finishing her doctoral work in STEM education this August 2017. 

Kelly L. Jones, Ph.D.

Shared Brilliance, LLC

Dr. Kelly L. Jones works at the intersection of narrative and learning to facilitate transformative experiences grounded in cognition, creativity, connections, and community. A qualitative researcher and instructional designer with 15 years of experience in education, curriculum design, learning technologies, new media, and digital storytelling, Kelly is an adjunct instructor, speaker, and consultant. She serves on the ATD St. Louis Chapter Board of Directors as VP of Communications and works as the Marketing Training Manager for Nestlé Purina in St. Louis. Kelly holds a B.S. in Communication & Information Technology, an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction. Previously, she was a faculty member and Director of Learning Technologies at Mercer University, and in 2011 she was named a Governor's Teaching Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. Kelly is an advocate for educational access and equity, new literacies, open educational resources, and public libraries.

Amardeep kaur, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Missouri S&T

Dr. Amardeep Kaur joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, MO as an Assistant Teaching Professor in August 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2014. Her dissertation emphasis was on developing and investigating optical fiber sensors for applications in structural health monitoring. Her current research interests are Engineering Education, Investigation of Learning Pedagogies, Optical Fiber Sensors and Smart structures.

She enjoys teaching introductory computer and electrical engineering courses. Her other teaching interests include electronics, circuits and optics. She is looking forward to bring in more hands-on learning into her teaching by bringing in examples of technological advancements into the classroom. She is currently working on redesigning the Circuits for non-EE majors course offered at Missouri S&T to better suit the content, its delivery and application to better suit the needs of non-major students. She is also developing a sophomore level Introductory Circuits laboratory to make it available for off-campus or distance students. Investigating the new teaching and learning methods are one of her key interests that originates from her motivation to make her teaching student-learning centered. 

She is a member of ASEE, Sigma Xi, IEEE, HKN-IEEE, SPIE and SWE. She serves as a reviewer for IEEE Sensors, Optics Express, Journal of Sensors, and ASEE. She is the chair-elect of  Midwest section of the ASEE and will serve as the chair during 2017-2018.

kYmberly Keeton

Academic Librarian & Assistant Professor
Lincoln University

kYmberly Keeton is a writer, academic librarian, and creative mixologist. The academic librarian received her M.L.S degree in May 2014 from the University of North Texas. She designed the first Hip Hop Information Literacy course at Lincoln University Missouri, now housed under the Library Science minor. In Fall 2016, Keeton created and published an online Hip Hop Lib Guide for novice, intermediate, skilled, and life-long learners. Keeton is an 2016 ALA Emerging Leader Alumni, 2016 ACRL Assessment in Action Alumnus, and was featured as the ACRL Member of the Week in November 2016. The artistic librarian recently was nominated and appointed to the ACRL (FAB) Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board. Website: www.thehbculibrarian.wordpress.com LibGuide: www.hiphoplibguide.wordpress.com Sandbox: http://sandbox.acrl.org/users/professorkeeton

Razmus Kerwin

Instructional Developer
Missouri S&T

 

Dincer Konur, PH.D.

Assistant Professor
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
Missouri S&T

Dr. Dincer Konur is an Assistant Professor at the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara Turkey. He has worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis. His research interests include applied operations research/optimization and game theory in the fields of Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Distribution, Transportation, and Systems Engineering. Dr. Konur's educational research is about optimizing the teaching of optimization.

Jossalyn Larson, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
English & Technical Communication
Missouri S&T

Dr. Jossalyn Larson is an Assistant Teaching Professor with the Department of English and Technical Communication at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 2015. Dr. Larson's research interests include rhetoric, science writing, religious discourse and philosophy (and the interplay of these concepts), as well as writing pedagogy for STEM students.

Bih-Ru Lea, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Business & Information Technology
Missouri S&T

Dr. Bih-Ru Lea teaches Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), supply chain management, and performance dashboard. Her research interests include: supply chain management, text mining, Social Networks, ERP implementation, virtual organizations, balanced scorecard, digital cities, enterprise resource planning (ERP), information technology, ERP architecture, dashboard, management accounting systems, and performance measurements.

Nicolas A. Libre, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering
Missouri S&T

Nicolas Ali Libre, Ph.D., is an assistant teaching professor of Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his B.S. (2001), M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2009) in Structural Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran. His research interests and experience are in the field of computational mechanics, cement-based composite materials and teaching innovations through educational technologies. Given his multidisciplinary background, he was appointed as the director of research (2011-2013) at Construction Materials Institute, University of Tehran and assistant professor at Islamic Azad University. He joined Missouri S&T as a faculty member since August 2015. In that capacity, he had the opportunity of leading several industry-related research projects and mentoring nine graduate students and over 20 undergraduate students. He has published 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 50 conference papers.

Shelly McDavid

Access Services and Learning Commons Librarian
Missouri S&T

 

Iman Mehdipour

Ph.D. Candidate
Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering
Missouri S&T

Iman Mehdipour is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology under the supervision of Prof. Kamal H. Khayat. His research efforts have been focused on advanced binder systems and innovative crack-free concrete materials to address the growing technical and environmental requirements for construction of infrastructure in the 21st century. He served as a lecturer for undergraduates at Azad University in Iran for one year. His goal as a teaching assistant or instructor in classroom at the undergraduate level is to inspire civil engineering students to appreciate design of materials they will employ in their future careers, as well as to apply active learning tools to stimulate students’ thinking. Over the span of his education, he has authored and co-authored two book chapters, 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 26 conference papers. His research efforts and professional services have been recognized with several outstanding awards.

Beth Reardon

Missouri S&T

Beth Reardon works at Missouri S&T in Educational Technology, assisting faculty in the university’s transition to the Canvas learning management system.  With over twenty-five years in software programming, data warehousing, and graphic interface design, Beth’s experience in IT informs her work in educational delivery methods.

DAn Reardon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
English & Technical Communication
Missouri S&T

 

Dr. Dan Reardon is Assistant Professor of English at Missouri S&T, where he is the composition director and Teacher Education Program advisor.  Dan has published articles about his educational research in Composition Forum, Student Success in Writing, and Teacher-Scholar.  Dan also teaches science fiction and fantasy literature at Missouri S&T. 

Rachel Schneider, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
English & Technical Communication
Missouri S&T

Dr. Rachel Schneider is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Missouri S&T. Her research interests include multimodal composition, digital humanities, the history of the book, genre studies, and eighteenth-century British and American literature. She has taught classes on rhetoric and writing, writing in the disciplines, literature surveys, introduction to literary studies, and the graphic novel. Since working in UT-Austin's Digital Writing and Research Lab, she has experimented with many approaches to incorporating technology in her classroom and created various assessments using technology.

B.J. Shrestha, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Missouri S&T

Dr. B.J. Shrestha has been teaching various courses including Circuit Analysis since 1996 to the present at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology. Striving for Excellence in Teaching by way of incorporating innovative approached is his passion. He is interested to bring forth innovative class dynamics to help create best practices in class room teaching. He, along with his peers was recently awarded an e-fellows project proposal to redesign a Circuit Analysis Course. Outside of Educational innovation research, his discipline-based research interest are in the field of image processing, specifically as applied to skin cancer diagnosis, neutron and photon transport, Monte Carlo Simulations.

Previously, he presented talks on “Building Expectations” at Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) 2015, and on “Learning to Learn” at TLT 2016.

Amy Skyles

Instructional Designer
Missouri S&T

 

Karen Sprous

English as Second Language Teacher
Rolla Public Schools

Karen Sprous is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for the Rolla Public School District and adjunct lecturer for the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received her MA-TESOL from Southeast Missouri State University. Prior to her career in English as a Second Language (ESL) education, she taught Early Childhood. She is also a licensed, certified Interpreter for the Deaf and has worked as an educational interpreter for Deaf students. Karen believes that teaching writing in English cannot be separated from reading; they are uniquely dependent on each other.

Jeff Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor
Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering
Missouri S&T

 

Dr. Jeff Thomas has taught engineering classes at Missouri S&T for over 20 years. He experiments with teaching methods and educational media. People from all over the world spend tens of thousands of hours per year interacting with his online resources.

Becky Treu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Physical Sciences
Moberly Area Community College 

Dr. Becky Treu is currently a full time associate professor of physical sciences at Moberly Area Community College--Advanced Technology Center Campus. She earned a B.S. in chemistry from Lindenwood University, a M.S. (R) in analytical chemistry and a Ph.D. in Integrated and Applied Sciences from Saint Louis University. She also completed a post doctoral fellowship at Missouri S&T in the Material Research Center. Her main teaching interests include multidiscipline integration of physical sciences and mathematics while using a modeling approach to further engage students' interest with challenging material. Removing the stigma that many students feel the physical sciences are too challenging to attempt is her ultimate goal. With the right tools and engagement level any student can acheive success in the physical sciences.

Lisa Weiskopf

Instructional Technology Specialist
Sullivan School District

Lisa Weiskopf has been in education for over 20 years. The majority of her career was in a third grade eMINTS classroom. Currently, she is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Sullivan School District. Lisa is a Common Sense Certified Educator for Digital Citizenship.

Dave Westenberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
Missouri S&T

Dr. Dave Westenberg is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. He is a microbiologist who loves microbial diversity. He earned his BS in Microbiology and Public Health from Michigan State and his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. He has been active in microbiology education through the American Society for Microbiology and is a member of their Biology Scholars Program. He co-directs the Missouri S&T SEQL professional development program for K-12 teachers and serves as chair of the ASM Committee for K-12 Outreach.

Margaret Wu

Educational Assessment Specialist
Purdue University