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Faculty Highlight: Edie Gaythwaite First to Complete...

By Claudia Zequeira A year of hard work has paid off for Edie Gaythwaite, professor, speech, the first faculty member to complete the PJI Peace and Justice Practitioner Certification for faculty at Valencia. Community of Scholars is the first requirement for the Peace and Justice Practitioner Certification for faculty, followed by three Faculty Development courses in learning-centered […]

Students Identify Their Thinking Process in Jennifer...

By Wendy Jo Moyer Jennifer Tomlinson, faculty, New Student Experience, was seeking a way to make group presentations in her African American Humanities class more robust and to help her students understand that the project is not only about mastering content, but to simultaneously learn about themselves and how to work with others. To meet […]

Claudia Genovese-Martinez Improves Students’ Lives...

As professor of mathematics and director of developmental math on West Campus, Claudia Genovese-Martinez continuously rethinks and reevaluates the need for professional development in developmental mathematics, in an ever-changing world. “Developmental math faculty face a unique reality when teaching a developmental math class. We not only address the curriculum, but also deal with students’ motivational struggles and […]

Edward Frame Uses Sabbatical Leave to Study New...

By Wendy Jo Moyer The purpose of Sabbatical Leave is to provide eligible faculty with a significant opportunity for new, or renewed, achievement and growth through activities such as study, research, writing, creative work and travel, so that the individual’s teaching and/or professional effectiveness may be enhanced. With a desire to immerse himself in another culture, so […]

It All Adds Up: Jessica Anfinson Experiences Success...

By Dani Moritz-Long Most mathematics scholars aren’t known for their performances on screen. Oddly enough, Professor of Mathematics Jessica Anfinson is known (and appreciated) for just that. Inspired by the book “Naked Teaching,” which explores the concept of flipping the classroom to leverage technology while sustaining meaningful face-to-face interactions, Jessica has implemented online videos in […]

Lauren Sykes Supports Criminal Justice Students Through...

By Dani Moritz-Long A professor and program chair of criminal justice technology on the West Campus, Lauren Sykes believes in experiential learning. That’s why she draws on her 30-plus years of experience in criminal justice to provide her students ample opportunities to learn through hands-on experiences and exposure to people in the field. For example, students […]

Carolyn DeLeo Reflects on the Use of Mind Mapping as an...

After attending the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Annual Conference in October 2018, Carolyn DeLeo, professor, sonography, was inspired to bring mind mapping into her classroom. Below is Carolyn’s honest reflection of using mind mapping and an evaluation of the instructional strategy’s usefulness and success in her classroom. By Carolyn DeLeo, Professor, Sonography  Mind […]

Larry Herndon and Anna Saintil Expose Students to Untold...

By Dani Moritz-Long Untold stories. Unheard truths. Too often, the realities of African American history — of authentic American history — go unwritten, unlearned and unappreciated. Consequently, many of our students are uninformed about and unexposed to these untold stories of African American history and, sometimes, disconnected to African American ancestry and heritage. Student Life Skills Professors […]

Lianna McGowan Integrates the Peace and Justice...

By Dani Moritz-Long Most students come to college with some kind of trauma. It isn’t a unique phenomenon to Valencia College, but a pervasive truth that affects students across the country, even around the globe. For some students, that trauma stems from years of repressed anxiety and depression. For others, it’s a result of socioeconomic […]

Nadine Daniels Bridges the Classroom to Careers Through...

By Aaron Bergeson, Faculty Developer and Instructional Designer When Professor of Biology Nadine Daniels taught a year of anatomy and physiology at Stetson University, the school requested that classes refrain from dissecting animals. Initially, this was an obstacle — something that might prevent students from achieving desired learning outcomes. Fortunately, with a little ingenuity, Nadine was […]