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Photo Blog: IFDS in Tunisia

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful country of Tunisia in June as part a faculty member participating in the international faculty professional development (IFDS) seminar titled: “The New Tunisia: Migration and Democratic Consolidation” organized by SIT abroad. My participation in the seminar was sponsored by an IFDS grant awarded to faculty members at The University of Tampa by the Office of International Programs and the International Programs Committee. I was honored to received this grant. Participation in this seminar gave me the opportunity to learn more about topics related migration in the African continent, specifically the Maghreb region. Several of our meetings with experts and NGOs focused on conversations that allow use to learn more about the social, political, and economic effects of migration in the Maghreb region, sub-Saharan Africa, and European countries. I plan to write more about the seminar in the near future; however, for now I want to share some of the photos taken during the seminar.

One of the many reasons I am sharing this photo blog is that in the months prior to my departure to Tunisia, I mentioned to a few colleagues, friends, and family members the destination of my IFDS. I was amazed by the number of people who do not know where Tunisia is located or that it even a country. So, I feel that it is important to let others see (even if just through the lens of my camera) a bit of Tunisia.

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Graduate & Undergraduate Mentee Contract

Hello! Happy New Year (sorry it is that awkward time of the year in which I am not sure if I should or should not say “Happy New Year”)!

I recently started a small research group with graduate and undergraduate students at my institution. Early in the Fall semester, a few students reached out to me (looking for research experience, mentorship, and collaboration) and I thought it would be a good idea. All of this students want to further their education and go on to doctoral programs. We are currently working on three to four projects together. Last semester was sort of my first time giving this “research group” thing a trial. I learned so much from the experience!

  • Consistent meetings are good
  • Have a meeting agenda
  • Set realistic deadlines
  • Understand each other’s skills
  • Understand each other’s expectations

Yesterday was our first meeting after the Winter Break. We talked about the upcoming data collections, IRB applications, conference proposals, conference presentations, and manuscripts we are planning to work on this semester (we are busy!). I also took time during our meeting to talk about this mentoring experience and what we should all expect. I shared the “Graduate Mentee Contract” to guide the discussion. It was passed on to me by an academic mama who works at a different institution. So I am paying it forward and sharing it in my blog just in case anyone else is looking for something similar.

 

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Photos of #CIEEIFDS Seville

Here are the images I was able to capture during the IFDS in Seville last week. I figured it was best to post this sooner rather than later because I wanted to acknowledge the amazing people that we (the seminar attendees) worked with during our time in Seville. Thank you to Oscar Ceballos, Carlos Pineda, Miguel Romero, Antonio Perez, Carlos Sanches, Ruben Diaz and Emilio Gonzales Ferrin. I would also like to thank the six ladies with whom I shared and collaborated with during the seminar: Collete, Rebecca, Nancy, Kaitlin, Ellen, and Rylan. Learned so much from you ladies!

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Older Adult Neuro Research [#Crowdfunding]

Here is the quick version: One of my research collaborators JoAnne Scott started a  crowdfunding page (https://www.gofundme.com/EEGresearch) to help support a portion of our research project related to Geriatric Learners. You can watch the video below to learn more about the project and to understand how the funds will help cover the expenses of the project:

Jo and myself are very passionate about this research project! I hope you consider supporting this effort. To keep all of you (who ever takes the times to read my blog — ?) inform on this project and how things are moving along, there is a Facebook Page for the project: https://www.facebook.com/EEGresearch

Thank you in advance!

Academia, Grant, Teaching

Teaching Innovation Grant 2013 – 2014 Approved!

I was awarded a Teaching Innovation Grant (2013 – 2014) by the University of Tampa!

The purpose of the grant is to promote innovative practice in teaching that will enhance instruction and make it more effective and efficient. This grants are given to those that want to “improve the effectiveness of their teaching.” Ideally, the focus is on enhancing the learning experience of the students. I am using the grant to implement an innovative approach to online discussion forums. Based on the feedback of the students and listening to their comments regarding discussion boards, I want to take a different approach with the Spring 2014 classes. I also want to use part of the grant to provide them with the equipment necessary to properly participate in the class.

More details will be posted once the Spring 2014 semester starts!