Office of the Provost

2009 Faculty Development Grant Reports

Paul Husselbee

In accordance with the procedures set forth for the Faculty Development Grant I received for the Spring 2008 semester, I respectfully submit this summary of the use of funds of $2,275.00 that were awarded to me to fund costs related to the pre-production and production phases of a documentary video about the successful history of Southern Utah University's famed "Coaching Factory."

Thus far, the pre-production and production phases have been successful. Working with a university videographer (Lee Byers), I have conducted on-site interviews with 12 coaches. In addition, Lee and I have collected video of several coaches on the field or in the gym coaching their teams and working with their athletes.

To capture video for the documentary, Lee and I have traveled to Las Vegas and Mesquite, Nevada, and St. George, Kanab, Panguitch, Salina, Gunnison, Provo and Salt Lake City. We have attended football and basketball camps in which SUU alumni coaches have coached teams in interscholastic competition.

In addition, I have made arrangements to purchase video of SUU alumni coaches' media interviews and news footage from championship seasons at the high school and collegiate levels.

Of the funds granted in the Faculty Development Grant, approximately $850 was spent on travel (mileage, lodging and meals), $500 was spent as overload compensation to our videographer (Lee Byers), and $925 was spent on materials and supplies, including rental of camera equipment, purchase of videotapes, and purchase of video from professional video production companies in Las Vegas and Twin Falls, Idaho.

The next phase of production on the documentary will begin in Fall 2008 semester. I anticipate completing the documentary during the Spring 2009 semester.

Eric Brown

I would like to thank the Southern Utah University and the Faculty Development Committee for the opportunity to participate in this Oxford Round Table. I presented my paper at the Oxford Round Table referred to in the title of this document in the morning session, Monday, July 21, 2008. The paper was received warmly and there was discussion about the themes of the paper following the presentation. Dr. James Giordano, the Samueli-Rockefeller Professor in the Department of Medicine, and Scholar in Residence at the Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA, was the facilitator at the conference. Later that day, Dr. Giordano asked me if I planned to submit my paper for publication with The Forum on Public Policy. I replied in the affirmative. Papers are reviewed at three levels, 1) by the facilitator of the particular Round Table session in which the paper is presented and discussed, 2) by blind review of three outside peer readers, and 3) by the editors of the Forum in consultation with the Board of Editors. This is the same process for the hardcopy and online versions.

Dr Giordano then asked if I would also submit the paper to him at the same time for inclusion in an anthology that he was planning on the topic that he hopes to publish early in 2009, to which I readily agreed. Dr. Giordano is the author of 110 peer-reviewed publications, 5 books, and is the editor for 5 publications on bioethics.

The conference also had value to me in the other presentations which represented perspectives from India, United States, Namibia, Slovak Republic, Denmark, Nigeria, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Canada, and China and various disciplines of museology, art and design, art history, physics, engineering, letters, economics, music, religion, history, ethnic studies, geosciences, and law. These various disciplines and nations, all focusing on the interplay between the arts and sciences, brought tremendous insight to many issues relevant today at Southern Utah University and universities in general.
The conference itself was augmented by the setting at the University

of Oxford. I found opportunity to study at the Ashmolean Museum, visited the Ruskin School of Drawing, and toured Blenheim Palace, all of which will impact my teaching. Blenheim Palace is a work of architecture that received coverage in Marilyn Stokstad's A Brief Art History to which I wrote the Teachers Manual, the Student Study Guide, and the accompanying test file, so it was particularly important to me personally see it. The Ashmolean is world renown for their drawing collection, having 50 drawings by Raphael, 50 by Michelangelo, and a great many others. I was granted special access to the "Western Art Print Room" on two separate days to examine a selected part of their drawing collection. Only four people are allowed in at a time, which means that perhaps 10 people may have access in a day. In addition to the aforementioned artists I requested a drawing by Grünewald, drawings by William Blake, Hans Holbein the Elder and Younger, and Pieter Brueghel the Elder. I was also able to view the work of Burne-Jones which a colleague at the Round Table had requested at the same time.

All of this will certainly inform my teaching. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

Dr Shalini Kesar

13th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)
August 2008

With the support of our Provost Grant Office, I was able to present my paper at 13th Americas' Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS). This annual conference is viewed as one of the leading conferences for presenting the broadest variety of research done by and for information systems academicians. Papers and panel presentations in this conference are selected from over 700 submissions, and the AMCIS Proceedings are in the permanent collections of libraries throughout the world.

Presentation: I presented my paper "E-Government Implementation Challenges in UK: A Case Study of Trading Standards Department" held in Toronto, Canada, August14-17, 2008. The AMCIS is one of the prestigious conferences in information systems.

Benefits to SUU: As a member of AIS (Association of Information Systems), I was able to network with a number of eminent scholars in the information systems area. I attended many mini-track including information security and other related topics in information systems. Currently, I am in process of co-authoring a paper for a peer reviewed international journal.

Nichole Wangsgard

On November 8th, 2008, I presented "Addressing the Motivational Needs of Students with EBD Who Are Struggling Readers" at the Teacher Education Division Conference held in Dallas, Texas. Professionals who attended my poster session were shown methods used to explore what motivated five middle school students with E/BD, who are struggling readers, to engage in the reading process. I also shared teacher friendly techniques used to assess and address the unique motivational needs of students with E/BD before, during, and after the learning to read process.

On November 18th, 2008, I presented findings from a study that examined students with emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD), who are struggling readers, perceptions of the reading process at the 32nd Annual TECBD Conference held in Tempe, Arizona. The session was titled "The Perceptions of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Regarding the Learning to Read Process." Professionals who attended this session (a) recognize the need for more research in reading interventions for students with E/BD, (b) recognize the past and present perceptions students with E/BD, who are struggling readers, have of themselves as readers, (c) understand how to effectively measure reader self-perceptions, and (d) identify the characteristics that impede students with E/BD, who are struggling readers, from using effective reading strategies.

I would like to gratefully thank the Provost Office for the Provost's Faculty Development Grants which helped make the opportunity to attend and present at these conferences possible. Approximately 50 people visited, read, or discussed my poster session in Dallas and 25 people attended my presentation in Arizona. Attendees asked several questions and were interested in trajectory of my line of research. I also attended several sessions in a variety of topics that will help keep me abreast of current issues related to educating teachers and continuing to conduct research in a variety of needs. In summary, each session provided me with a host of information that will enrich my growth as an educator.

Janet B. Seegmiller

Trip Report
Oral History Association Annual Meeting,
Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 15-18, 2008

I represented Southern Utah University at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting from October 15 to 18, 2008. The meeting this year had a theme based in the new technology which is changing the collection and presentation of oral history in our world. The theme was "A Convergence of Interests: Oral History in the Digital Age."

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, I attended two workshops: "Oral History and the Law" and "Digital Preservation." Both relate to issues that we are facing with our oral history collection.

On Friday, I presented my paper, "Saving the History of our National Parks: 'What time do they turn on the lights in the Grand Canyon and other stories from the employees of the Utah Parks Company'" The technology all worked and the reception by attendees was good.

During the conference I learned about other successful oral history programs as well as software and a fabulous new search engine coming out in the spring by a Carnegie Mellon computer scientist that we may be able to use. It will be open source and that's exciting for all of us who may want to put our histories online some day. UNLV has done oral history with a number of employees and down winders of the Nevada Test Site. We should refer researchers to them who are interested in that issue.

Michael McGarvey

Nov 3, 2008

I attended the National Rural Education Association convention in San Antonio, TX. October 25th-27th. During that time I attended several sessions. They include the General Session I, Integrating 21st Century Competencies into the Traditional Curriculum, General Session II, and The WGU (Western Governor's University) Teachers College-An ideal Professional Development Resources for Rural Education.

In addition to attending the sessions, I presented during one of the professional development sessions. My topic was "Schools and Bullying". The presentation identified the types and extent of bullying seen in middle school settings. The presentation went on to define some of the ways that school personnel can respond and help control bullying in the schools. An outline of the presentation follows:
Schools and Bullying

  1. Definition of Bullying
  2. Extent of Bullying
  3. The Bully
  4. Why Children Bully
  5. The Victim
  6. Helping the Victim Respond to Bullying
  7. A Teacher's Response to Bullying
  8. A School's Response to Bullying

The presentation was intended to make the audience aware of the extent of bullying in all schools and give examples of the response that teachers and administration should give to the problem of bullying.

The presentation was well received by the audience. Several members of the audience had questions during and after the presentation. After the presentation there was a lively discussion on the subject.

This presentation has helped me to better understand the problem of bullying. From my research, I was amazed at the extent of bullying in the schools. I learned more about bullying and the effects on the bully, victim, and school performance. As a part of the preparation for this presentation, I presented at a faculty meeting of Canyon View Middle School. The national and local presentation was my small way of getting the information out to the schools and the administration about the problem of bullying.

In addition to the presentations, I observe student teachers every semester. One of the many topics that I discuss with the student teachers is the problem of bullying its signs, extent, and possible solutions. I feel that the research and presentations on this subject give me a better insight and also help my pre-service teachers.

Gerald Calvasina

Provost Fund for Faculty Professional Development – October 2008 Conference

I requested funding to support participation in the 2008 Fall Allied Academies International Conference held in Reno, NV October 15, 16, & 17, 2008. I was the lead author on one paper "Recent United States Supreme Court Decisions and Human Resource Management Decision making: The 2007/2008 Term". The paper received a Distinguished Research Award and will eventually be published in the Journal of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues. I also served as a Session Chair for one Interdisciplinary Session at the conference. All submissions at the conference were peer reviewed and accepted papers published in the proceedings. The paper I presented related to courses I teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. Work on the paper required extensive review of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, current literature, and management Practices. The review and research activities and discussion at the meeting with others in attendance will enable me to upgrade my course presentations in my undergraduate Management classes, MGMT 3340 Employment Law, MGMT 3240 Human Resource Management, and my graduate course, MGMT 6300 HR Law.

Brit Mace

Provost Faculty Development Funding Report

June, 2008

Dear Committee,

Thank you for funding my travel request to attend and present my research examining the human dimensions of national park soundscapes. This was an invited paper, and was presented at the 14th Annual International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in Burlington, Vermont during June of 2008. This paper was presented during a three-part interdisciplinary session on soundscape management and methodological issues in national parks. and was very well received. Well over 50 attendees reacted positively to the presentation, with many connections made with researchers from across the United States and around the world. Managers from parks were also present, and I was offered an opportunity to consult with park managers from Grand Canyon National Park in the completion of an environmental impact statement on sound and noise in the park. Furthermore, a special issue of the journal Park Science on park soundscapes has also been approved as a result of collaborations from my attendance at this conference. I will be a contributing author in this special issue due in 2009. I have a copy of the ISSRM program on CD if anyone is interested in viewing it. The full program from this conference can also be accessed on the web at:

Once again, thank you for your support of this important project. It is greatly appreciated.


Britton L. Mace
Associate Professor of Psychology

Randy Christensen

Final Report
Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium
November 2-4, 2008 Chicago

Marc Prensky, author of Don't Bother Me Mom, I'm Learning, answered my question of why the American Library Association would sponsor a conference on gaming in libraries. He said that complex games, those that take 8-100 hours to play, contain many of the same elements as information literacy. You identify the problem, you seek information on how to solve it, you make application, and you evaluate the results. He claimed that computer and video games are preparing kids for 21st century success, and that we as librarians can help. People learn from role playing and simulations. They play games because games are the most engaging intellectual thing we have produced. Through them we learn to make decisions under stress, employ scientific deduction, cooperate, collaborate, and work in teams. However, we do have a responsibility to mediate by helping players learn the importance of making ethical and moral choices.

As you see from the above, the participants at this conference were strong advocates. They felt that game playing has a bad image among older people and the media because of the violence, but that impact is minimal. Gamers tend to tune the gore out and concentrate on their strategy and on developing skills.

The presentation by Scott Rice, the E-Learning Librarian at Appalachian State University, was particularly interesting. He wrote a book called Gaming in Academic Libraries. He said when considering a gaming program, there are three main considerations: gaming and collections, gaming and information literacy, and gaming and marketing. He gave examples of what academic libraries had done in each category. Afterward, I asked him if he had a feel for the percentage of academic libraries that have implemented gaming programs. He wasn't sure.


This was an interesting conference to attend. The ALA is actively promoting the combination of games and libraries. Given the limits of personnel and resources, it may be premature to initiate a program at present, but we should continue to monitor this trend.

Brian Lyons

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the Faculty Development Grant that I received in order to lead two separate discussions at the 2009 National Association for Kinesiology & Physical Education in Higher Education Conference in Sarasota, FL. I would like to report that I collaborated with Dr. Steven Frierman, a sport psychologist from Hofstra University, and we presented Should Strength and Conditioning Strategies and Tactics be a Required Course in an Undergraduate Physical Education Teacher Preparation Program? I also presented Intradisciplinary Physical Education: Integrating Science and Activity with Dr. JulieTaylor. The discussions were meaningful, and included leading physical educators from various institutions of higher learning from across the nation. Conference attendees included professors and administrators from diverse institutions such as The University of Alabama, Florida A&M University, Marshall University, Indiana State University, The Ohio State University, Metropolitan State College, The University of Tennessee, The University of Utah, and West Virginia University. I felt this was an excellent opportunity to interact with leading professionals in the field, and it was a privilege to represent Southern Utah University.

Florin Balasa

14th IEEE Asia & South-Pacific Design Automation Conference
(ASP-DAC 2009)

This is a brief report summarizing my attendance at the IEEE Asia & South-Pacific Design Automation Conference, one of the highly ranked conferences in the field of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) – my main research area. Having an acceptance rate of 32% this year, this is the top conference in the field from Asia. The location of the conference is not fixed: this year it took place at the Pacifico convention center from Yokohama, Japan, in the very modern district Minato Mirai 21.
Minato Mirai 21 is a large urban development in Yokohama, Japan. The name, which means "Harbor Future 21," was selected in a public competition. Construction of the area started in 1983. Built largely on reclaimed land, the area now features the Landmark Tower, Japan's tallest skyscraper, the Queen's Square shopping mall, the Pacifico convention center, Intercontinental Hotel, and more. Next to the Landmark Tower is Yokohama Museum of Art.
I presented a research work on the problem of energy-aware memory management for embedded multidimensional signal processing systems. This work was co-authored by my former Ph.D. student (from University of Illinois at Chicago) Hongwei Zhu (currently with ARM, Inc., in Sunnyvale, California), another Ph.D. student of mine (also from UIC), Ilie I. Luican (who is still working with me to complete his Ph.D. program), and a representative from industry, Doru V. Nasui, who has a high managerial position at American Int. Radio, Inc., a midsize telecommunication company from the Chicago area.

The conference was attended by most of the top people from academia working in the field of Electronic Design Automation, as well as many researchers and designers from the semiconductor and EDA companies, especially from Japan, but also from Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, and – more recently – from the mainland China.

Besides presenting our research work to such a prestigious conference, I had the opportunity to attend many technical sessions on physical design automation, on high-level synthesis, memory-related topics, and also keynote presentations. I did also some networking with colleagues from my research area (especially from Japan), both from industry and academia.

Gerald E. Calvasina

Provost Fund for Faculty Professional Development - Fiscal Year 2009

I requested funding to support participation in the 2009 Allied Academies International Conference held in New Orleans, LA April 8 – 10, 2009. I was the lead author on one paper Complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act. All submissions at the conference were peer reviewed and accepted papers published in the proceedings. The paper I presented related to courses I teach at both the graduate and undergraduate level. This paper received a distinguished research award at the New Orleans meeting and will be published in the next edition of the Journal of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues. Work on the paper required extensive review of current court decisions and other research. The review and research activities and discussion at the meeting with others in attendance will enable me to upgrade my course presentations in both my graduate and undergraduate Employment Law classes and my undergraduate Human Resource Management classes.

Randy Christensen

From Candy to Clickers
Provost Development Grant and Library Travel Report

Richard Eissinger and I attended the LOEX Annual Conference 2009 on April 30-May 2 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Funding was provided by a Provost Development Grant and by the Gerald R. Sherratt Library.

What we did

Let me begin by saying that even sophisticated library instructors, such as those attending LOEX, are engaged, interested, and sometimes excited by participating in interactive classroom activities.

We began by demonstrating ice-breakers. Randy started with a simple "turn to your neighbor and tell your name and a favorite hobby." A ticking clock then a buzzer sound signaled that it was time to resume. Richard then did an ice breaker using iClickers to do a poll on the anxiety level of attendees before teaching a class.

Once the ice was broken, Randy demonstrated a "Knowledge Chase" activity in which participants were divided into teams thru the toss of a rubber chicken. A rooster crowed at successful rubber chicken tosses. Teams competed against each other to answer representative questions based on ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards, databases, information literacy, and reference sources. An applause sound indicated a correct answer. Members of the winning teams received miniature Hershey's candy bars.

Randy showed how free PowerPoint game templates can be used to plug-in whatever questions you want to create a spectacular game without much effort. The one demonstrated was "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," based around the theme of atomic bomb development in New Mexico near the location of the conference.

Richard demonstrated how brainstorming and concept mapping can be used to help students develop and research a topic. He displayed results from Visuwords, Webspiration, and EBSCO Visual Search using themes from New Mexico author Leslie Silko's novel, Ceremony, as the model.

Richard and Randy worked together to demonstrate an "on-the-fly" use of clickers. Randy asked "What is the most important library research skill." As people responded, Richard recorded the responses and conducted a poll developed at-the-time to assess the group feeling.

As a concluding activity, Randy asked participants to tell how they could implement interactive learning activities in their own situations. Richard recorded the responses and showed how a Poll Everywhere Website uses texting input from cell phones to graphically display the resulting choices.

After the presentation, we received lots of positive feedback.

What I learned from others

The morning keynote speaker, Stephen Abram, spoke on "Information Fluency in a Virtual World." He stressed the need for librarians to cater to their customers and provide relevant, timely, and courteous service. He is acting as a consultant for the construction of a new library. They are going as far as providing electrical outlets in each locker so patrons can recharge their electronic devices while storing their belongings.

The dinner speaker, Jimmy Santiago Baca, is of Indio-Mexican descent. He was raised by his grandmother and later sent to an orphanage. He ran away at age 13 and got into so much trouble that he was eventually sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison. He learned to read and write and unearthed a voracious passion for poetry. What he learned in books convinced him that there is an alternative to what he was taught in early life. He now writes and teaches others who are overcoming hardship. As he told of his experiences and read a selection from a forthcoming book, I gained a feeling of empathy for the ambitions and struggles of minorities.

The morning plenary speaker, Susan Deese-Roberts, gave an overview of the different learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. She had us try writing our name and the date with our non-dominant hand. She drew the parallel of how difficult it is for students when we try to make they learn outside of the manner which is most comfortable for them. In our teaching, we should provide activities that will engage each of the types of learners.

In the "How to illuminate your classroom with interactive learning techniques" session, Jacqui Weetman DaCosta and Eleanora Dubicki mentioned the "Cephalonian Method" of teaching in which pre-developed questions are given to students. Those with the questions then ask them during the class session. Based on the question, number, and color, the instructor displays a PowerPoint slide with the answer. I would like to try this in my LM 1010 orientation session.

In the "Videos on the research trail" session, Krystyna Mrozek and McKinley Sielaff told of their experience in getting library related videos from YouTube and of filming their own videos with Colorado College students to let peers instead of a librarians tell about how to do research. This may be a way to dramatize the importance of information literacy for my LM 1010 class

Sophitmanee Sukalakamala, PhD

I would like to thank the Provost Office for the Provost Fund for Faculty Professional Development Grants which helped make the opportunity to attend and present at the 16th international annual conference of the European Institute of Retailing and Service Studies (EIRASS) held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada July 6 – 9, 2009. This conference aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines and countries interested in retailing and consumer services.

I am the first author of a paper entitled Factors Influencing Healthy Food Choices in Restaurants: A US Consumer Perspective, which was presented for the traditional presentation at the conference on July 8, 2009. The research determine the importance consumers place on healthy food items offered in restaurants, investigate consumer satisfaction with healthy food items offered in restaurants, identify the product attributes consumers consider when evaluating healthy foods items in restaurants, and determine consumer preferences and expectations regarding healthy food items in restaurants. The findings of this study can benefit the foodservice industry by understanding the healthy food choice strategies among consumers. The restaurant industry can promote healthy food choices by creating and marketing healthy food products. A short discussion session after my presentation provided a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and discuss the current issues in foodservice industry with other scholars from the United States, Canada, and several European countries.

I had opportunity to attend several presentation sessions on consumer behavior, service quality, and globalization. I was able to collect useful information that may be applied to hospitality field. During the luncheons and dinners, I also had opportunities to opportunities to acquire new knowledge, exchange ideas, have networking opportunities with scholars from the United States, Canada, and several European countries on travel and tourism industry, wine industry, and consumer behavior. I am planning to share these current information and knowledge with my students in HRHM 3020: Hospitality Sanitation and Safety Management, HRHM 3200: Food and Beverage Management and HRHM 3000: Introduction to Hospitality Management.

Thank you again for your support.

Steve Barney

The Provost's Faculty Development Committee awarded me $453 to attend the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At this conference, I presented a paper entitled "Undergraduate Students' Experience at an Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association". I also co-authored a paper presented by my students Stacy Phillips, Lynetta Martindale, Rebecca Herrring, and Derek Anderson entitled, "Construct Validity of the Sorensen Self Esteem Scale".

Gerald E. Calvasina

I requested funding to support participation in the 2009 Allied Academies International Conference held in New Orleans, LA April 8 – 10, 2009. I was the lead author on one paper Complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act. All submissions at the conference were peer reviewed and accepted papers published in the proceedings. The paper I presented related to courses I teach at both the graduate and undergraduate level. This paper received a distinguished research award at the New Orleans meeting and will be published in the next edition of the Journal of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues. Work on the paper required extensive review of current court decisions and other research. The review and research activities and discussion at the meeting with others in attendance will enable me to upgrade my course presentations in both my graduate and undergraduate Employment Law classes and my undergraduate Human Resource Management classes.