Faculty Affiliate Program

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The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a new opportunity for full-time faculty, the Faculty Affiliate program.  The goals of this program are to: build capacity in our teaching and learning mission; bring new perspectives to the work of the Center; and create greater outreach to academic units.  The Faculty Affiliates Program is designed to give individual faculty members the opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of the Center for Teaching and Learning.  Faculty Affiliates will be expected to devote 8-10 hours per week during the academic year to their work with the CTL. 

 Applications have closed for the 2023-2024 Faculty Affiliate Program.  Please look back in early Spring 2024 for updating program information.  

For 2023-2024, affiliates will work closely with CTL staff on one of three initiatives related to teaching and learning: 

1) Equity Champions Communities of Practice.

Faculty Affiliates will work to plan and implement Equity Champions Communities of Practice.  These communities of practice will build upon approaches developed as part of the Student Experience Project proven to support student belonging and to narrow equity gaps among disadvantaged students.

  2) Valuing of Teaching.

Faculty Affiliates will work on projects that elevate the value of teaching at Kent State University.  These projects may relate to improved models to evaluate teaching effectiveness and strategies to recognize and reward teaching, among others.

3) New Faculty Programming

Faculty Affiliates will work on a new program for new faculty that will focus on pedagogy, navigating the university, and working together with faculty mentors. 

Faculty affiliates will be eligible for 6 hours of workload equivalency for their work with us.

Applicants must have their unit administrator (department chair, school director, college dean or regional campus dean) notify us that they will support the workload reallocation and are also supportive of the faculty member serving in this role.  This may be sent as a letter or an email to ctl@kent.edu.  The faculty member’s unit will receive funds to cover costs associated with workload reallocation (3 hours per semester; $12,000 for the academic year).

For more information or to discuss your application, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at ctl@kent.edu or 330-672-2992.

2023-2024 CTL Faculty Affiliates

Eric Taylor- Equity Campions Communities of Practice

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“I am a native of Utah who moved east to go to school at OSU and have been in Ohio for about 19 years. I was born and raised in Utah south of Salt Lake City next to the Wasatch mountains where I spent many hours hiking, biking, and getting sticker bushes stuck in all sorts of places. I love not just geology but also music (classical), jogging (especially on trails), being outdoors (not mowing), and reading a good book. I am a husband to a wonderful wife and father of four kids ages 11-18. This fall begins my 11th year here at KSU at Stark. My academic interests are geology and human health, geology education, and environmental geology. I love teaching and I aspire to genuinely improve my teaching skills and the overall experience for my students in and out of the classroom.”

Marie Gasper-Hulvat- Valuing of Teaching

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Marie Gasper-Hulvat is an Associate Professor of Art History at Kent State University at Stark, where she has taught since 2013. Her research interests include early Stalinist art, visual culture, and exhibition practices as well as the pedagogy of art history.  Her most recent peer-reviewed publication appears in the 2023 edited volume, Russian Orientalism in a Global Context: Hybridity, encounter, and representation, 1740-1940, from Manchester University Press. She has published within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning on active learning in the post-secondary art history classroom, particularly with respect to historical role-playing modules known as Reacting to the Past games, of which she is the author of four game modules in development. She regularly teaches spring break study abroad courses in Rome and Paris with intentional design for DEI. 

Jill Kawalec- New Faculty Programming

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Jill Kawalec is Professor and Division Head of Preclinical Sciences at the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM).  She is also the Director of Research for the college.  Jill earned her BS in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and her MS and PhD in biomedical engineering with a specialization in orthopaedic biomaterials from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.  She joined CPM (originally the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine) in 1996 as an Assistant Professor and Director of Research.  Jill coordinates and teaches the Principles of Medical Research course, coordinates the Preclinical Sciences Competency course and delivers a lecture on Principles of Biomaterials for the Introduction to Podiatric Surgery course.  She is passionate about innovating in her classroom and serves as the college’s ambassador for the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).  Outside of work, Jill enjoys hiking, kayaking, volleyball, scuba diving and skiing.


2022-2023 CTL Faculty Affiliate

Liz Wagoner, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of English) 

Ewagoner@kent.edu,  ORH 108 

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Liz (all pronouns) is an Assistant Professor of English who has been teaching at Kent State for 18 years.  Liz teaches AFS College Writing I and II courses for the CommUNITY Lab program, as well as science fiction themed Freshman Honors Colloquia and the occasional creative writing and literature course.  

She holds a Ph.D. with an emphasis in American Literature Post-1945 from Kent State University, and developed a reading methodology for the multimodal novel. 

Liz’s pedagogical interests include Inquiry-based learning, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, First-Generation students, Belonging, and Universal design to increase access to course activities for neurodiverse students.