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Faculty Highlight: Susan Yawn Improves Students’...

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe For some, criminal justice might seem cut and dry, right and wrong, but for Professor of Criminal Justice Technology Susan Yawn, criminal justice is a conversation. Susan uses a variety of techniques to encourage her students to actively take part in class, from interactive lectures to giving students […]

Faculty Highlight: Kris Merceron Flips the Script to...

Thursday, May 26, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe Kris Merceron, discipline coordinator and professor of both speech and New Student Experience at the Poinciana Campus, wants his students to know he’s a regular person, just like them. He does this by creating an environment that is welcoming. “Lots of students walk through the door frightened, anxious […]

Faculty Highlight: Ian O’Toole Programs Classes for...

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe  Professor of Computer Programming and Analysis Ian O’Toole believes that just because computers are known for lacking feelings, that doesn’t mean programming professors need to be that way. Ian, who first joined the College in 2007 as a part-time tutor in the programming lab, is now in the third year […]

Faculty Highlight: Shea Faulkner Fosters Connection and...

Thursday, January 27, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe For East Campus Professor of English Shea Faulkner, connection comes in many forms. “Connection and connectedness are at the forefront of my teaching philosophy,” she explains. “I want my students to build relationships with me and with other students in the classroom.” She says it’s also important to […]

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 […]