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What We Are Reading: Nudge – Improving Decisions about...

Book: Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness Author: Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein Reviewer: Karen Cowden, Professor of Reading and English for Academic Purposes A choice architect has responsibility for organizing the context in which people make decisions. Choice architecture and traditional architecture both require planning and following guidelines and restrictions. […]

Congratulations West Campus Roueche Excellence Award Winners

Left to right: Donna Colwell and Karen Cowden A message from Falecia Williams, President, West Campus Congratulations to West Campus’ Donna Colwell and Karen Cowden on being named 2016 John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award Winners. The John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards are open to League for Innovation in the Community College alliance member institutions to celebrate […]

It’s Time to Celebrate; 2016 Roueche Excellence...

Congratulations to Valencia’s eight outstanding 2016 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award recipients. The John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards are open to League for Innovation in the Community College alliance member institutions to celebrate outstanding contributions in improving student learning and leadership by community college faculty and staff. The recipients are: East and Winter Park […]

West Campus Faculty Awarded Endowed Chairs for Learning L...

A message from Falecia Williams, President, West Campus We are pleased to announce the following distinguished professors and scholars from West Campus who have been awarded a 2015 – 2016 Valencia Foundation Endowed Chair for Learning Leadership: Category I Robin Poole, professor, dental hygiene – Chesley G. Magruder Foundation Chair in Allied Health – $4,300 Irina […]

Karen Cowden Reflects on Role as Faculty Fellow

When Karen Cowden joined the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) team as Faculty Fellow in 2013, she immediately made an impact as she began to engage faculty in conversations deeply steeped in emerging technology and best practices to inform their teaching. Over the course of two years, anyone who worked with Karen witnessed […]

Can You Caption? Yes, you can…or, you can source...

By Karen Cowden, Professor, Reading/Faculty Fellow, West Campus Did you know that captioning is for mainstream America? Further, did you know the responsibility of captioning course content is the responsibility of each professor/instructor? As part of my William C. Demtree, Jr. Endowed Chair for 2014-2015, I partnered with the Office of Students with Disabilities and […]

April 2014 Kudos

Keith Houck and Valencia’s Sustainability Successes Recognized by SACUBO Congratulations to Keith Houck, vice president, operations and finance, who received the Distinguished Service Award  from the Southern Association for College and University Business Officers (SACUBO) at its annual meeting earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas. SACUBO was founded in 1928 and represents the colleges […]

February 2014 Kudos

Week of February 23rd – March 1st, 2014 Wins Best in Category at Sunshine Blog Awards Congratulations to Josh Murdock, instructional designer, whose blog,, was named Best Educational Blog on Education/Parenting for 2013 at the FLBlogCon Forum on January 11, 2014. FLBlogCon is a blogger and social media conference that convenes the state’s […]

Karen Cowden Earns ‘Developmental Education Specialist’ C...

Karen Cowden, professor of reading on West Campus, has recently received certification as a “Developmental Education Specialist” from the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators.  Karen was one of the educators selected from across the United States to participate in the Kellogg Institute and its certification process during the 2012-2013 academic […]

Research in Action: Connecting Information Literacy with...

Last semester, through the collaborative efforts of Karen Cowden, professor of reading, and Beth King, librarian, a comprehensive learning module was implemented on West Campus to connect the new world of e-texts, online reading, and standards of information literacy with developmental reading students. This project titled, “Informational Literacy to Build Relational, Career, and College Success […]