Faculty Panel Town Hall Meetings to Focus on Fall Learning Environments, Face-to-Face Instruction

Faculty members from Kent State University will take part in two town hall meetings this week leading up to the beginning of the fall semester. The first meeting is provided for parents and students and will focus on the fall learning environment; the second meeting is offered for faculty who will be teaching face-to-face courses this fall.

Panel 1 for Students & Parents

A panel of distinguished faculty will hold a town hall meeting for parents and students
to share insight into face-to-face and remote courses
for the 2020 Fall Semester and field questions on
Facebook Live
Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. EDT

on the university's Facebook page.

Students and parents are invited to engage with Kent State faculty members in a panel discussion focused on highlighting the face-to-face and remote strategies that support student learning. Attendees will learn how our faculty are prepared to provide the best learning experience across all modes of delivery.

Faculty panelists include:

  • Tina Bhargava, Dr.P.H., Associate Professor, College of Public Health
  • Pam Grimm, Ph.D., Faculty Senate Chair and Professor, College of Business Administration
  • Jenny Marcinkiewicz, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jim Seelye, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Robin Vande Zande, Ph.D., Professor, College of the Arts

For those unable to log in during the live sessions, a recording of each interview will be available for viewing on the university's Facebook page.


Panel 2 for Faculty

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley, Ph.D.,
and a panel of faculty and administrative leaders
will host a series of town hall meetings for faculty.
The third faculty town hall meeting of the series takes place
Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. EDT
via Microsoft Teams Live Event.

Interim Provost Tankersley invites faculty who are teaching face-to-face classes to this town hall. Attendees will receive helpful tips and get an overview of the available room technology from:

  • Jim Raber, Ph.D., Executive Director of Educational Technology and Service Management, Division of Information Technology
  • Jenny Marcinkiewicz, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Also participating in this town hall to help answer questions are:

  • Sue Averill, J.D., Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Pam Grimm, Ph.D., Faculty Senate Chair and Professor, College of Business Administration
  • Tracy Laux, Faculty Senate Vice Chair, President of the Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Unit, AAUP-KSU, and Senior Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah C. Smith, Ph.D., President of the Tenure Track Unit, AAUP-KSU, and Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

To access the meeting, click on this link to join via Microsoft Teams Live Event.


The Kent State community is encouraged to visit Kent State's coronavirus information page for the latest university updates, including planning for the reopening of campuses. For academic-specific information, please visit the Academic Affairs information page. For questions regarding COVID-19, call 1-833-4ASKODH or the Kent City Health Department at 330-678-8109.

POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 1:56pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 2:03pm