Faculty Colloquium

2016-2017 Faculty Colloquium

Presentations to be announced.


Dr. Ann Martinez and Dr. Greg Smith
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Library Conference Room

Green is the New Black: The Garden as (Women's) Prison in Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale"
Dr. Ann Martinez
A reexamination of medieval literature through an ecocritical lens shows that the portrayal of social attitudes regarding nature and women reflect medieval cultural perceptions about control and mastery. The domesticated and the untamed nature por-trayed in Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale help contextualize his interrogation of society’s constricting control over women by showcasing a woman’s relationship with these two diametrical spaces. This tale in particular features an enclosed garden where nature is beautified and objectified, and which holds a beautiful and objectified woman. The woman later becomes the vehicle with which Chaucer introduces the wodes wilde (wild woods) as a limitless alternative to the garden, free of stylization and domestication, but vulnerable to a damaging patriarchal presence nonetheless. 

The World According to Us: Wildlife Conservation in Human-Dominated Landscapes
Dr. Greg Smith
Anthropogenic impacts to the environment form a suite of problems that are detrimental for native species: habitat loss and fragmentation, overexploitation, pollution, climate change, and the global redistribution of non-native species. Understanding basic ecology and natural history as well as our own role within ecosystems is crucial to the development of collaborative, far-reaching conservation strategies that successfully engage all stake holders. This research talk will focus on several aspects of this conservation dynamic. 

Kent State Stark Nursing Faculty

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Nursing Lab - Science & Nursing
Refreshments will be provided. Please wear red in support of heart health awareness.

Feeling the Beat...Helping Your Heart Stay Healthy
In honor of Heart Health Awareness month, Kent State Stark nursing faculty will set up various learning stations related to heart health. The stations will include:

  • Symptoms of heart attack and stroke and how to respond to those symptoms
  • Heart healthy food and drink
  • Choking and hands only CPR
  • Simulation of heart attack
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol screening

Presented by: 

  • Deb Shelestak, RN, Ph.D.
  • Dawn Richards, BSN, RN-BC
  • Cherie Mountain, MSN, RN-BC
  • Eldy Lazaroff, RN, MSN, NP
  • Jean Zaluski, M.Ed.
  • Loretta Aller, RN, MSN, CNS
  • Janet Reed, RN, MSN
  • Chrissy Kauth, RN, MSN
  • Laura Brison, RN, BSN, MT
  • Jennifer Hostutler, RN, CCRN, CNS
  • Melissa Owen, MSN, RN

Kent State Stark Theatre: The Bicentennial Project
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5:15 p.m.
Library Conference Room
- Open to the Stark Campus community and public

The Development of The Bicentennial Project: Challenges and Opportunities
This presentation will provide a discussion of the process of developing and producing The Bicentennial Project, an original work performed at Kent State Stark February 26-28 and March 4-6. The director, playwright, theatre specialist and an author of articles on Stark County's bicentennial will discuss what it is like to put together a theatrical production that is also a history play.


  • Brian Newberg, director
  • Arwen Mitchell, playwright
  • Louis Williams, theatre specialist
  • Gary Brown, writing editor-at-large, The Canton Repository

Dr. Eric Taylor and Andrea Myers

Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m.
Library Conference Room 

The Merits of Outdoor Education when Virtual Education Seems to be Outpacing First-Hand Experience
Dr. Eric Taylor

Geology and related disciplines of science have a long-standing tradition of being in the field when it comes to really learning the material. Being outside and seeing environments and processes in person brings a powerful learning and often welcomed social experience. Despite the advantages, such an approach to geology education can place heavy burdens of time and cost on students. In light of this dilemma, many geology educators are trying to offer cost-effective and time-balanced field experiences through on-campus or local field trips where an outdoor experience is still possible. Implementing smaller scale yet out-of-class learning environments is even more crucial as a way to continue to provide students enriching first-hand and hands-on opportunities that supplement traditional face-to-face and increasing popular online instruction and learning. In my presentation I share my learning experience in developing an integrated curriculum, a summary of student responses to this approach, and some examples of “field” education that can be implemented into a regular classroom instruction without undue burden on students and instructors.

The Space Between
Andrea Myers

Andrea Myers will discuss her ongoing studio practice and her exploration of the space between two and three dimensionality and the hybridizing of artistic mediums. Her work ranges from experiments with paper and fabric to outdoor public sculpture and commissioned works. She will also highlight recent artist residency opportunities and curatorial projects.

2016-17 Committee Members

Mitch McKenney (chair)
Rob Sturr
Patrick Dillon
Robert Kipka
Chih-ling Liou