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Faculty Highlight: Rose Casterline Draws Students to Success

Wednesday, November 17, 2021  By Jennifer Keefe Quick … Take out a piece of paper and a pencil. Now, draw a vase, a table, a window and a chair. Oh, and you only have about five minutes to complete them all. This hands-on, metacognitive experience is how students in Professor of Art Rose Casterline’s introductory visual art […]

Faculty Highlight: Kirsten Holt Says Transparency Is the...

Thursday, October 28, 2021 By Jennifer Keefe  East Campus Professor of English Kirsten Holt does a lot of things to make writing relevant to her students, but one of her most successful approaches is simple — she keeps it real. In addition to poetry and creative writing, Kirsten teaches English Composition I and II, classes […]

Faculty Highlight: Hemangi Patil Helps Students Help One...

Thursday, September 30, 2021 By Jennifer Keefe When Professor of Biology Hemangi Patil saw her students were having trouble understanding how much time they needed to commit to her class to do well, she decided to do something about it. Hemangi, who earned tenure in April, used her action research project to create a way for students […]

Faculty Highlight: Eric Crumpler Teaches the Science...

Thursday, August 26, 2021 By Wendy Jo Moyer When you think of a chemistry course, the first thing that likely comes to mind is the periodic table and lab experiments. But in Professor of Chemistry Eric Crumpler’s courses, he also includes a topic you wouldn’t expect — how to request a recommendation from a professor. “In our […]

Faculty Highlight: Heff Heffernan Reinforces Law...

Thursday, July 29, 2021 By Wendy Jo Moyer Dave “Heff” Heffernan, professor, criminal justice technology, and Osceola Campus Criminal Justice program chair, expands the critical thinking and ethical skills of law enforcement, corrections and probation officers through practical activities that reinforce their learning — including some exercises that may hit close to home. As part of the Criminal Justice Experiential […]

Faculty Highlight: Ron Owens Keeps Employees and...

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 By Claudia Zequeira and Wendy Jo Moyer Ron Owens lives for fitness and wellness. At Valencia College, where Ron began working in 2008, Ron serves as teaching lab supervisor for the Physical Education department, where he is also department chair. He also teaches numerous health and wellness-related classes and oversees the […]

Faculty Highlight: Christopher Paolella’s Passion...

Thursday, May 27, 2021 By Claudia Zequeira Christopher Paloella’s passion for history is as hard to hide, as the saying goes, as love, smoke and cough. In the classroom, Christopher, professor, history, has particular ways of bringing episodes of the past to life. Over the last two years — which is how long he has […]

Faculty Highlight: Nancy E. Rizzo and the VPA Help...

Thursday, April 29, 2021 By Claudia Zequeira The Valencia Psychology Association (VPA) has been especially busy this year, all in an effort to address the many challenges faced by students, faculty and staff during an unprecedented time for mental health issues in the country and in the world. With Professor of Psychology Nancy E. Rizzo […]

Faculty Highlight: Ellen Costello Brings Exciting...

By Claudia Zequeira The saying “it takes one to know one” applies perfectly to Ellen Costello, manager, teacher preparation, Educator Prep Institute. Years ago, Ellen was a psychology major who decided being a K-12 teacher was her calling. But making the leap to education, an entirely different profession, was made possible thanks to an educator […]

Faculty Highlight: Paula DaSilva Brings Meaningful...

Thursday, February 25, 2021 By Claudia Zequeira When service learning opportunities diminished for her Introduction to the Teaching Profession students as a result of the pandemic, Paula DaSilva, professor, education, did not skip a beat. Quickly, and beginning last summer, Paula rose to the occasion by relying on her professional network and personal connections to create […]