NMSU Conference on Assessment 2015

Putting the Pieces Together
The Quality Initiative & the Baccalaureate Experience
NMSU-Las Cruces Campus
March 12 – 13, 2015

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Thursday, March 12, 2015 – Pre-Conference Workshops

Time Event
8:30-10:30am Critical Thinking: What Does It Really Look Like When Your Students Are Doing It?
Tine Reimers and Bill Roberson, Vancouver Island University
Milton 50
2:00-5:00pm Conceptualizing the Critical Thinking Classroom
Tine Reimers and Bill Roberson, Vancouver Island University
Milton 50

Friday, March 13, 2015 – Morning Program

Time Event(s)
8:00-9:15am Registration
Corbett Center, Senate Gallery (3rd floor)
8:30-9:40am Opening Plenary: The New York Times in the Classroom
Todd Halvorsen, Representative for The New York Times
Corbett Center, Senate Chambers (3rd floor)
9:30am-4:00pm Registration
Domenici Foyer
10:00-10:45am Breakout Sessions
Domenici 125 Domenici 006 Domenici 121 Milton 50 Milton 81
Is there Value in Departmental Outcomes Assessment?
Panel 
Writing in the Disciplines: What Your Students May Not Have Learned in First Year Writing
H. Graves 
What to Expect When You’re Assessing
M. Bernstein 
Student Track: The New York Times and YOU:  How Does The NY Times Impact Your College Education?
T. Halvorsen
WEAVE for Administrators: Strategic Planning, Program Review, Effectiveness
A. Malinovsky
11:00-11:45am Breakout Sessions
Domenici 125 Domenici 006 Domenici 121 Milton 50 Milton 81
Students Outside the Classroom: Assessing Campus Life
Panel
Writing in STEM Disciplines: How to Build on What Your Students Learned in First Year Writing
H. Graves 
Overview of NMSU’s Quality Initiative: “Expert Insider Prose: Developing Students’ Disciplinary Expertise in Writing”
S. Stovall
D. Trafimow
Student Track: Your Undergraduate Experience:  It’s More Than Just a Degree!
T. Cox,
E. Leatherman
WEAVE Hands-on Training for Users A. Malinovsky
11:45am-12:30pm Poster Session
Domenici Foyer


Friday, March 13, 2015 – Afternoon Program

Time Event(s)
12:30-1:45pm Plenary: What Inspires Students to Write and What Do We Ask Them to Write?Roger Graves, University of AlbertaDomenici 109
Lunch (included in Full-Day Registration only)
2:00-2:45pm Breakout Sessions
Domenici 005 Domenici 106 Domenici 018 Milton 50 Milton 81
How Do Faculty Beliefs About Writing Impact Students’ Writing?
D. Trafimow,
Y. Raut, L. Ruckel, S. Stovall
Program Review Insights
Panel
Program-Level Assessment of General Education
D. Smith,
J. Fitzsimmons
Student Track: Your Undergraduate Experience:  It’s More Than Just a Degree! (repeat)
T. Cox,
E. Leatherman
WEAVE Hands-on Training for Users
(repeat)
A. Malinovsky
3:00-3:45pm Breakout Sessions
Domenici 005 Domenici 006 Domenici 018 Milton 50 Milton 81
Assessing Scholarly Teaching: Reflections from the Peer Review Network (PRN)
AST committee
Writing to Learn: Does It Really Work?
Panel
Student Aims for the Baccalaureate Experience: How Students Meet Them, How Students View Them
CASL-BE
Student Track: Your Undergraduate Experience:  It’s More Than Just a Degree! (repeat)
T. Cox,
E. Leatherman
WEAVE: What Are the Possibilities?
A. Malinovsky
4:00-4:30pm Closing Plenary/Remarks and Announcement of In-conference Student Writing Competition Winner
Daniel J. Howard, NMSU Executive Vice President & Provost
Domenici 109

Welcome

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the first NMSU Conference on Assessment (2015), “Putting the Pieces Together: The Quality Initiative & the Baccalaureate Experience.” We are pleased and honored to have you join us to learn and share your ideas about the Quality Initiative at NMSU to improve undergraduate student writing, “Expert Insider Prose: Developing Students’ Disciplinary Expertise in Writing,” and the relationship of this initiative to NMSU’s Vision for the Baccalaureate Experience specifically in the area of effective communication.

Keeping the student as the focal point of these conversations, we have a wide variety of sessions, posters, and topics that explore various aspects and potential impacts of assessment—all ultimately aimed at improving both learning and life experiences of NMSU students. We hope these sessions will pique your interest and offer insight about using assessment practices for positive gains. We anticipate you will be a contributor and collaborator to an increasingly integrated conversation about the NMSU student experience.

We encourage you to complete and return evaluations for all sessions attended so that we can improve future conference opportunities. Evaluations will be available in each session. After the conference, you will receive an email to complete an evaluation on the overall conference.

Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to hearing about your experiences at this conference.

With Warm Regards,

The University Outcomes Assessment Council (UOAC)

Thursday, 8:30 – 10:30am

Pre-conference: Critical Thinking: What Does It Really Look Like When Your Students Are Doing It?

Milton Hall Room 50

Presenters:

  • Tine Reimers, Vancouver Island University
  • Bill Roberson, Vancouver Island University

It’s tough to evaluate what you can’t see. So what needs to happen so that our students’ critical thinking becomes more VISIBLE—both to students themselves, as well as to instructors? This workshop serves as an introduction to the challenges of inducing students to think more rigorously, systematically, and reflectively both within and across disciplines. Participants will step into the role of learners in order to experience and reflect upon the precise structures and formats of university teaching that promote critical thinking.

Register for the Critical Thinking Workshop

Thursday, 2:00 – 500pm

Pre-conference: Conceptualizing the Critical Thinking Classroom

Milton Hall Room 50

Presenters:

  • Tine Reimers, Vancouver Island University
  • Bill Roberson, Vancouver Island University

How do we engineer classroom processes that concretely put students into engaging, authentic thinking situations? The answer lies in an instructional approach that transforms our textbook content into student learning activities that foster an “attitude of inquiry.” This session will demonstrate ways to “reproblematize” the material of a discipline so as to invite students into authentic engagement with significant discipline-specific questions. Participants will experience and analyze critical thinking tasks that place students into activities common among university faculty: inquiry, discovery, interpretation, invention, scholarship, and application of research. Each of these tasks illustrates different ways in which the common textbook material of academic study and research—the ordinary “content” of our courses–can be transformed into inquiries that turn students into active analysts, questioners, judges and decision-makers.

Register for the Conceptualizing Workshop

Friday, 8:30 – 9:40am

Opening Plenary: The New York Times in the Classroom

Corbett Center, Senate Gallery (3rd floor)

Facilitator: Mr. Todd Halvorsen, Representative for The New York Times

The New York Times in the Classroom session will allow attendees to acquaint themselves with NMSU’s Vision for the Baccalaureate Experience (BE). Attendees will learn about writing-to-learn practices, and learn how to use The New York Times open resource in the classroom to support BE outcomes.

Friday, 10:00 – 10:45am

Is There Value in Departmental Outcomes Assessment?

Domenici, Room 125

Panelists:

  • Mary Prentice, Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Steve Stochaj, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Phillip Deleon, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Inna Pivkina, Computer Sciences

Many academic departments at NMSU have developed innovative and useful assessment practices that inform faculty about the challenges and accomplishments of their students. In this session, panelists will describe how their departments use what they learn to strengthen their programs. Following their overviews, panelists will answer questions from session participants.

Student Track: The New York Times and YOU:  How Does The NY Times Impact Your College Education?

Milton Hall, Room 50

Facilitator: Mr. Todd Halvorsen, Representative for The New York Times

Student attendees will be introduced to The New York Times and will explore opportunities to use and benefit from The NYT. A short, in-session writing competition will prepare students to enter two upcoming competitions – NMSU’s Letter to the Editor ($500 cash award) and The NYT national “Modern Love” competition ($1500 cash award). One student will win a NYT swag bag valued at $150.

WEAVE for Administrators: Strategic Planning, Program Review, Effectiveness

Milton Hall, Room 81

Presenter: Mrs. Amber Malinovsky, Director of Interactive Content

This session will highlight the reporting functions in WEAVE that support oversight and management of program, department, college and institutional effectiveness processes. Specifically, it will demonstrate how top-level support can be operationalized to make a big difference in maximizing the effective use of this tool.

What to Expect When You’re Assessing

Domenici, Room 121

Presenter: Ms. Michelle Bernstein, Housing & Campus Life

Congratulations, you’re delivering your very own assessment! Oh, you’ve heard it’s painful? And that it makes your feet swell? Don’t listen to those old myths about assessment. Assessing our programs and services does not have to be intimidating or overwhelming… in fact it can be rewarding and even FUN!

Writing in the Disciplines: What Your Students May Not Have Learned in First Year Writing

Domenici, Room 006

Presenter: Dr. Heather Graves, University of Alberta

In this workshop we will explore some strategies that instructors can use to help their students improve the quality of their writing: create model papers, describe the discourse conventions of your field, and provide detailed rubrics. Workshop participants will gain ideas they can use to incorporate more writing opportunities into their classes as well as exercises and activities designed to help their students become better writers of academic discourse.

Friday, 11:00 – 11:45 am

Overview of NMSU’s Quality Initiative: “Expert Insider Prose: Developing Students’ Disciplinary Expertise in Writing”

Domenici, Room 121

Presenters:

  • Shelly Stovall, Office of Assessment
  • David Trafimow, Psychology

In response to long-expressed concerns from faculty, NMSU launched a comprehensive effort to improve undergraduate student writing in 2013. This 4-year focus includes collecting information about campus conditions related to writing, evaluating student writing in and across disciplines, and collaborating to identify institutional, departmental and individual actions to improve student writing.

Students Outside the Classroom: Assessing Campus Life

Domenici, Room 125

Panel:

  • John Sandstrom, NMSU Library
  • Michelle Bernstein, Housing & Campus Life
  • Carol Nevarez, Health & Wellness
  • Ruben Nanez, , Health & Wellness

Facilitators: Outcomes Assessment Committee for Co-curriculum Administration & Operations

  • Pam Jeffries, NMSU Information & Computer Technologies
  • Teresa Burgin, NMSU Center for Learning & Professional Development
  • Michelle Gavin, Research, Integrity & Ethics

Student learning isn’t restricted to classroom spaces. This panel discusses how assessment of co-curricular, administrative and operational services foster students’ life learning experiences by highlighting three recent campus assessment projects. Join OAC-CAO as we discuss the life-cycle of assessment and what we are looking for when we evaluate projects each Fall.

Student Track: Your Undergraduate Experience: It’s More Than Just a Degree!

Milton Hall, Room 50

Presenters:

  • Tiffany Cox, Provost Research Scholar, Senior, Government
  • Elizabeth Leatherman, Provost Research Scholar, Junior, Special Education & Comm. Disorders

Join this workshop (just for students!) and help us understand what your NMSU experience means to you. Bring your friends and share your thoughts as we create a story of what it means to be an Aggie. Session attendees (students) will receive a $10 gift card.

WEAVE Hands-on Training for Users

Milton Hall, Room 81

Presenter: Mrs. Amber Malinovsky, Director of Interactive Content

This is a hands-on session for those who will be using (or wish to explore the possibilities of using) WEAVE to report on assessment at various levels, including for their departments or programs, or at other levels. Topics covered will include entering and editing elements of assessment plans, entering targets and findings, creating and tracking action plans, and generating reports.

Writing in STEM Disciplines: How to Build on What Your Students Learned in First Year Writing

Domenici, Room 006

Presenter: Dr. Heather Graves, University of Alberta

In this workshop we will examine ways in which traditional advice on writing in composition classes may ill prepare students for writing in science (e.g., Use active voice, ‘point first’ structure, and quotations). Then we will explore some activities and exercises that instructors in STEM disciplines can use to help their students become better writers of scientific prose: change the audience, model scientific discourse, and describe argument structure. Workshop participants should take away some useful ideas for instructional material that will help their students improve their writing.

Friday, 11:45am-12:30pm – Poster Session, Domenici Foyer

Academic Writing Assessment in the CELP

Mr. Andrew Freye, Education-C&I-TESOL
Mr. Menglin Xu, Education-C&I-TESOL

Using an intervention methodology, student writing samples were collected. Students were given the opportunity for one-on-one tutoring with emphasis on grammar, syntax and academic language.

Assessing Less Technical ABET Criteria via Essays

Dr. Robert Paz, Electrical & Computer Engineering
The ABET criteria 3f, 3g2, 3h, and 3j are criteria that are difficult to assess in the context of many engineering courses. For many engineering courses these criteria consider topics not part of the textbook. It has been found that an essay can be used to effectively assess these criteria in a (relatively) painless way.

Assessing Patron Driven Acquisitions at NMSU Library

Ms. Samantha Rich, NMSU Library
Mr. John C. Sandstrom, NMSU Library

In 2014, the NMSU Library piloted a Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) program to increase access to e-books in the areas of Education, Business, and Health and Human Services. This poster documents the assessment of the PDA pilot including effectiveness, quality, as well as challenges and opportunities for an ongoing PDA program.

Assessing Student Writing in the College of ACES

Dr. Esther Devall, Family & Consumer Sciences
Dr. Kathryn Stoner, Fishery, Wildlife, & Conservation Ecology

This poster describes the plan in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences to assess student writing. Student papers in capstone classes will be randomly selected and evaluated by departmental assessment committees using a common College rubric. Based on the results, strategies will be developed to improve student writing.

A Classroom Assessment: Creating Scaffolding Assignments to Improve Student Writing

Ms. Corey Purcell, English & Communication Studies
With the goal of improving student writing, examine one instructor’s approach to helping students understand content and create stronger, more focused messages. Based on an in-class assessment project.

College of Arts & Sciences – Quality Initiative

Dr. Ken Van Winkle, Arts & Sciences
Dr. Christa Slaton, Arts & Sciences

Dr. Barry Thatcher, English

Dr. William Quintana, Chemistry & Biochemistry

The College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University developed a plan to align Academic Program Assessment with the University’s Quality Initiative, “Writing in the Discipline.”

New Special Education Teacher Perceptions of Effective Classroom Assessment

Dr. Karen Potter, Special Education & Communication Disorders
This poster explains themes that emerged from interviewing new special education teachers. Participants characterized their levels of competence in classroom assessment, explained their use of classroom assessment to inform instruction, and explained aspects of their preparation program that impacted their ability to effectively assess.

NMSU’s Quality Initiative Project

Dr. Shelly Stovall, Office of Assessment
Dr. David Trafimow, Psychology

Ms. Lindsay Ruckel, Psychology

Mr. Yogesh Raut, Psychology

NMSU’s four-year Quality Initiative project to improve undergraduate student writing is complex and multifaceted. This poster outlines core projects and activities NMSU is engaging in as initial steps to investigate, understand and improve student writing across and within disciplines.

NMSU’s Provost’s Research Scholars – Investigating the Baccalaureate Experience

Ms. Tiffany Cox, Provost’s Research Scholar, Office of Assessment              
Ms. Elizabeth Leatherman, Provost’s Research Scholar, Office of Assessment

“Provost’s Research Scholars” (PRS) are undergraduate students who are actively engaged in assessing the Baccalaureate Experience (BE) of their peers. In this special topics Honors course, students become action researchers to contribute to NMSU’s understanding of our students and their learning experiences. This poster outlines the work of the PRS in Spring 2015.

Online Course Improvement Program: Assessing Re-Designed Online Courses Through Student Evaluation

Mrs. Sandra Johnson, Instructional Innovation & Quality
Dr. Susan Bussmann, Instructional Innovation & Quality                 

Ms. Michelle Lebsock, Instructional Innovation & Quality  

Five years of program evaluation data for the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) clearly shows that it is having a positive impact on the design of blended and online courses, faculty pedagogy, and helping the program meet the goal of creating a culture of quality for online courses. Student feedback indicates high levels of student satisfaction.

Quality Matters Course Review Process
Dr. Sharon Lalla, Instructional Innovation & Quality

Ms. Miley Grandjean, Instructional Innovation & Quality

Quality Matters is a national set of standards for evaluating the design of an online course to ensure that it meets 8 standards: Introduction, Learning Objectives, Assessment, Instructional Materials, Course Activities, Technology, Learner Support, and Accessibility. A Peer review results in a rigorous evaluation of the course to ensure continuous course improvement. The poster will describe the evaluation (peer review) process.

Tools You Can Use: Resources for Building an Assessment Toolbox

Mr. Felipe Castillo, NMSU Library
Ms. Paula Johnson, NMSU Library

Ms. Samantha Rich, NMSU Library
Inspired by the assessment activities presented in the conference? Want to learn more about the tools and methods for carrying out your own assessment project? This poster will highlight some resources provided by the university, and those available online at low or no cost.

Utilizing Classic Literature for Academic Writing Development of Non-Native English Speakers

Ms. Chemey Andre, Curriculum & Instruction
Ms. Laura Martinez, Curriculum & Instruction

Mr. Heath Tjaden, Curriculum & Instruction

A Student Oral Language Observation Matrix (SOLOM) will be used to measure writing and vocabulary development in an advanced English language-learning classroom in the Center for English Language Program (CELP) at New Mexico State University (NMSU).

Writing and Assessment ~ Valuing Process and Outcome from a Multiplicity of Views

Dr. Jessica Blanchard, Curriculum & Instruction
For both student and teacher, the shared process of writing and assessment is an opportunity for both to gain awareness for what is within and outside oneself. It allows for mutual self-actualization, empowerment, and growth. There is respect in the give-and-take of wisdom on both sides. Visions expand. Worlds open.

Writing to Learn as Pre- and Post-Assessment Using Metacognition

Ms. Beth Humphreys, NMSU Grants – Communications
Did you know students resent pretests? They know what they are for, but beginning the semester with an assignment designed for them to fail strikes a wrong note. Alternatively instructors can revise the process using metacognition. Assessment can be something not only more cognitive but an activity where students provide their own feedback.

Friday, 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Lunch Plenary: What Inspires Students to Write, and What Do We Ask Them to Write?

Domenici, Room 109

Presenter: Dr. Roger Graves, University of Alberta

What inspires students to write? Recently we asked a broad cross-section of students that question, and they responded with statements such as “topics I’m passionate about.” With those statements in mind, we’ll consider data from a study of 5000 undergraduate writing assignments in 12 Canadian universities and 36 different departments that shows how writing varies markedly from discipline to discipline. How can we create writing assignments and assessments to students’ passion for learning?

Friday, 2:00 – 2:45pm

How Do Faculty Beliefs About Writing Impact Students’ Writing?

Domenici, Room 005

Presenters:

  • David Trafimow, Psychology
  • Yogesh Raut, Psychology
  • Lindsay Ruckel, Psychology
  • Shelly Stovall, Office of Assessment

Although most faculty agree that the more students write the better writers they become, many faculty do not require students to write in their own courses. What most influences faculty to assign (or not) writing in their courses? Our research reveals two primary indicators. Come and share your response to these findings.

Program-Level Assessment of General Education

Domenici, Room 018

Presenters: Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning in General Education

  • David Smith, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Julie Fitzsimmons, Art

For several years, NMSU has been doing program-level assessment of General Education. In this session, we will provide an overview of the process, a description of some significant findings, and discussion of ongoing successes and challenges to this process.

Program Review Insights

Domenici, Room 106

Panelists:

  • Richard Adkisson, Department Head, Economics & International Business
  • Esther Devall, Department Head, Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Monica Torres, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Doña Ana Community College
  • Robert Wood, Interim Associate Dean for Research, Education College

Facilitator: Ms. Natalie Kellner, Strategic Planning & Performance Management

NMSU is engaged in implementing a program review process to enhance overall program effectiveness, examine facilities, support accreditation and guide strategic planning. Through examination of learning assessments, program data, facilities, and resources, the self-study and external review teams recommend actions for program enhancement and future directions. Panel members share experiences, insights and lessons learned.

Student Track: Your Undergraduate Experience: It’s More Than Just a Degree! (repeat session)

Milton Hall, Room 50

Presenters:

  • Tiffany Cox, Provost Research Scholar, Senior, Government
  • Elizabeth Leatherman, Provost Research Scholar, Junior, Special Education & Comm. Disorders

Join this workshop (just for students!) and help us understand what your NMSU experience means to you. Bring your friends and share your thoughts as we create a story of what it means to be an Aggie. Session attendees (students) will receive a $10 gift card.

WEAVE Hands-on Training for Users (repeat session)

Milton Hall Room 81

Presenter: Mrs. Amber Malinovsky, Director of Interactive Content

This is a hands-on session for those who will be using (or wish to explore the possibilities of using) WEAVE to report on assessment at various levels, including for their departments or programs, or at other levels. Topics covered will include entering and editing elements of assessment plans, entering targets and findings, creating and tracking action plans, and generating reports.

Friday, 3:00 – 3:45pm

Assessing Scholarly Teaching: Reflections from the Peer Review Network

Domenici 005

Presenters: Advocates for Scholarly Teaching

  • Tauna Cole-Dorn, Art
  • Meghan Downes, Economics & International Business
  • Maria Gurrola, Social Work
  • Samantha Rich, Library

Office of Assessment developed the Peer Review Network (PRN) as a means of facilitating reflection and discussion of teaching scholarship. This session explores the PRN process, discoveries and participants’ experiences reflecting on their teaching assignments as they relate to the Baccalaureate Experience.

Student Aims for the Baccalaureate Experience: How Students Meet Them, How Students View Them

Domenici 018

Presenter: Committee for Assessment of Student Learning – Baccalaureate Experience  

  • Mardi Mahaffy, Library
  • David Melendez, Student Success
  • Elizabeth Stringam, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management
  • Anita Reinhardt, Nursing
  • Patricia Wojahn, English

The NMSU Las Cruces Vision for the Baccalaureate Experience Rubric maps the progression of student achievement in core skill sets that move beyond expertise in a specific subject. This presentation will review the rubric and the development of a survey measuring students’ perceptions of the importance of each skill set.

Student Track: Your Undergraduate Experience: It’s More Than Just a Degree! (repeat session)

Milton Hall, Room 50

Presenters:

  • Tiffany Cox, Provost Research Scholar, Senior, Government
  • Elizabeth Leatherman, Provost Research Scholar, Junior, Special Education & Comm. Disorders

Join this workshop (just for students!) and help us understand what your NMSU experience means to you. Bring your friends and share your thoughts as we create a story of what it means to be an Aggie. Session attendees (students) will receive a $10 gift card.

WEAVE: What are the Possibilities?

Milton Hall Room 81

Presenter: Mrs. Amber Malinovsky, Director of Interactive Content

Find out what the additional possibilities are for using WEAVE. This session will demonstrate WEAVE functionality for curriculum mapping, annual reporting and program review.

Writing to Learn – Does It Really Work?

Domenici, Room 006

Panel:

  • Salim Bawazir, Civil Engineering Department
  • Chris Burnham, English
  • Karl Geisler, Economics, Applied Statistics, & International Business
  • Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza, Languages & Linguistics
  • Henrietta Williams Pichon, Educational Leadership & Administration

In support of NMSU’s Quality Initiative, in Summer 2014 the Teaching Academy Board competitively awarded 6 mini-grants to NMSU faculty to participate in a new, Writing to Learn program. The program is administered by NMSU English faculty. Come learn how participants are helping their students learn discipline concepts through writing.

Friday, 4:00 – 4:30pm

Closing Plenary/Remarks and Announcement of In-conference Student Writing Competition Winner

Domenici 109

Provost Daniel Howard

Dr. Howard will provide a summary and his perspective of the day’s activities.

Heather Graves

Dr. Heather Graves is an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, where she has worked since 2008. Before that she taught at DePaul University in Chicago and Illinois State University in Normal, IL. She has taught academic writing, rhetoric, technical communication, writing in new media, and business and professional communication and at all levels of university from first year to doctoral study. She has given 50+ presentations at national and international conferences in writing studies and rhetoric and several interdisciplinary conferences including organizational studies (business) and neuroprion research (science). She is the author of Rhetoric in(to) Science: Style as Invention in Inquiry, published in 2005 by Hampton Press; she has co-edited two academic books and co-authored four textbooks, A Strategic Guide to Technical Communication (1st & 2nd Ed.) and Dynamics of Business and Professional Communication: A Case-based Approach (forthcoming 2015)with Roger Graves, and the Canadian editions of The Brief Penguin Handbook (1 – 3rd editions) and The Little Penguin Handbook (1 – 3rd editions) with Lester Faigley and Roger Graves. She has published articles on rhetoric in science (including mathematics and physics), gender, and business communication in journals including POROI, Discourse Studies, English for Specific Purposes Journal, Gender Forum, and Technical Communication Quarterly. In 2011 she was the first Scholar in Residence for Arts Research in Nanotechnology at the National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton, AB. She has also participated in research grants totaling $430,000 from funding agencies including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and PrioNet Canada National Centre of Excellence.

Roger Graves

Dr. Roger Graves is Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and Interim Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta. He is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books and 26 articles, including Writing Instruction in Canadian Universities and Dynamics of Business and Professional Communication. He is Past President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), a member of the editorial boards for College English and the IEEE Proceedings on Technical Communication, and publisher of Inkshed Publications, the publications initiative of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (CASLL/Inkshed). His current research interests include writing assignments across disciplinary fields and group writing tutorials to support student writers in disciplines throughout post-secondary education. He has given over 200 presentations to students in the last seven years in courses from Fine Arts to Business, Sociology to Political Science, and Engineering to Nursing and presented at conferences in Europe, North America, and Australia.

Todd Halvorsen

Mr. Todd Halvorsen has represented The New York Times for the past eight years, for the past six years as part of the Education Division. Todd’s role with The New York Times is to help educators incorporate Times content and educational resources into the curriculum. Todd and The Times Education Division’s goal is to assist student’s critical thinking, reading, writing, engagement, diversity, and global awareness development.

Todd has assisted hundreds of institutions, including New Mexico State University; adapt The New York Times as an open resource for students and faculty. Todd is part of a team with responsibilities to over 800,000 students and faculty who utilize The Times in the classroom each and every day.

Todd has been married to his wife Lorenia for the past 23 years raising a 14-year old daughter and a 12-year-old son. Both of Todd’s children are IB track students and avid readers, creative writers, and, of course, read The New York Times daily.

Daniel Howard

Dr. Howard returned to NMSU on August 1, 2013 to serve as Executive Vice President and Provost. Prior to his return, he spent five years at the University of Colorado Denver as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Howard first arrived at NMSU 26 years ago as an Assistant Professor of Biology. A distinguished member of the faculty, he earned recognition as a Regents Professor and served as Head of the Department of Biology. During his time as Department Head, he spearheaded the effort to renovate and expand Foster Hall and he led the team that secured the first Howard Hughes Medical Institute Improvement of Undergraduate Science Education grant at NMSU.

Dr. Howard received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University where he studied biology and graduated with distinction and honors. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University.  He has been married for 35 years to Dr. Jenifer Lichtenfels, a pediatrician.  They have two daughters, both of whom followed their mother’s footsteps, rather than their father’s. The older, Brittany, is an otolaryngologist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ.  The younger, Reid, is a third year medical student at the University of Colorado.

Amber Malinovsky

Mrs. Amber Malinovsky, Director of Interactive Content, comes to WEAVE from the Office of Institutional Assessment at Texas A&M University, where she was the Assistant Director and WEAVEonline Administrator. She helped launch and implement WEAVE on this large campus, and worked with faculty and staff in both academic and administrative units in trainings, workshops, and consultations. In addition, Amber was very involved in general education assessment, using WEAVE for programmatic accreditation, and the Annual Texas A&M Assessment Conference. Prior to her work at TAMU, Amber earned her MA in English and was a lecturer for the English Departments at both Texas A&M and Blinn College, where she taught composition, literature and technical writing. While in the role of Writing Center Director at Blinn College, Amber completed the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification for the Writing Center, and became involved with Writing Center and course assessment for Blinn’s SACS accreditation. In the five years she has been with WEAVE, Amber has worked in support, implementation, training, consulting, and software and website design and testing.

Tine Reimers

Dr. Tine Reimers has been a university teacher in settings ranging from large Research I institutions to small colleges, including international appointments in France and Japan, and institutions in multiple regions in the US. With over 20 years of classroom and faculty development experience, Tine has built a thorough understanding of the strategies best suited for effective student learning, curriculum design and faculty success. Her areas of expertise include student engagement in the classroom, assessment of student learning outcomes, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty, faculty leadership development, and faculty mentoring. Tine has held positions in faculty development at UNC-Chapel Hill and Indiana University, directed the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at UT-El Paso, served as founding Executive Director of the NSF ADVANCE Center at Cornell University, and as Director for Faculty and Program Development at the University at Albany, NY. She now works with the team at the Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning at Vancouver Island University, consulting with faculty from all disciplines and presenting workshops to help them develop teaching innovations.

Bill Roberson

Dr. Bill Roberson entered academe in 1987, first as a faculty member, and later as a faculty development professional. Since then, Dr. Roberson has been in pursuit of teaching excellence—for individual instructors, for academic programs, for institutions, and for himself. Since 1992 this pursuit has become the focal point of his professional activity and practice in curricular and instructional innovation. His primary area of interest is the design of courses, activities and assignments that ensure intellectual engagement of students and the development of their ability to think critically. Foremost, he is an advocate for transforming the way we define and structure learning experiences for novices in our disciplines. His public workshops and seminars ask participants to assume the role of learners in unfamiliar contexts, and experience the excitement of challenges that foster an authentic engagement with new ideas. Bill’s career in university faculty development programs includes positions at UNC-Chapel Hill, Indiana University, University of Texas-El Paso, State University of New York (Albany). In 2014 he joined the instructional development team at Vancouver Island University in British Columbia, to participate in Canada’s experiment with the creation of public “Teaching Universities.” In addition, he has also given workshops, keynotes and other presentations at more than 90 institutions of higher education in the US and abroad.

Acknowledgments

Conference Sponsors

  • NMSU Office of the Provost – Lunch
  • NMSU Office of Assessment – Breakfast and conference speakers
  • ASNMSU – Conference bags & writing competition
  • Instructional Innovation & Quality – Printing and duplication
  • NMSU Teaching Academy – Pre-conference speakers
  • The New York Times inEducation – Resources for writing competition
  • 5A Pecan – Presenter gifts

Appreciation to

  • Student Ambassadors – Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health & Social Sciences, Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
  • Advocates for Scholarly Teaching (AST)
  • Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning across the Baccalaureate Experience (CASL-BE)
  • Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning in General Education (CASL-GE)
  • Outcomes Assessment Committee for Co-curriculum, Administration and Operations (OAC-CAO)
  • University Outcomes Assessment Council (UOAC)
  • Center for Learning & Professional Development (CLPD)
  • Instructional Innovation & Quality (IIQ)
  • Provost’s Research Scholars
  • Strategic Planning & Performance Management
  • Writing to Learn Program

Conference Staff

  • Shelly Stovall, Office of Assessment, UOAC
  • Shaun Aki, Office of Assessment
  • Catie Allen, Office of Assessment
  • Judy Bosland, Institutional Analysis, UOAC
  • Teresa Burgin, Center for Learning & Professional Development, UOAC
  • Jessica Croom, Office of Assessment
  • Meghan Downes, Economic & International Business, UOAC
  • Greg Fant, Office of the Provost, UOAC
  • Julie Fitzsimmons, Art, UOAC
  • Kerry Forsythe, Instructional Innovation & Quality
  • Miley Grandjean, Instructional Innovation & Quality
  • Laura Grant, Office of the Associate Provost
  • Robbie Grant, Instructional Innovation & Quality
  • Michelle Jackson, Teaching Academy
  • Beth Kaltenbach, Office of Assessment
  • Mardi Mahaffy, Library
  • Sharon Lalla, Instructional Innovation & Quality
  • Norice Lee, Library
  • Sandra Lujan, Teaching Academy
  • Yogesh Raut, Office of Assessment
  • Christine Reyes, Center for Learning & Professional Development
  • Greg Smart, Center for Learning & Professional Development
  • Susana Venegas, Instructional Innovation & Quality

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Driving directions

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From the north (Albuquerque)

Take Interstate 25 south to University Avenue, Exit 1. Continue heading right on the exit ramp. Proceed west on University Avenue. Turn left on Triviz Drive. Turn right on Arrowhead Drive and right to the Pan American Center parking lot. The Educational Services Building is located on the west side of the Pan American Center. Park in any empty space and check in at University Admissions in the Educational Services Building.

From the south (El Paso)

Take Interstate 10 to Interstate 25. Exit Interstate 25 north to University Avenue, Exit 1. Turn left on University Avenue. Turn left on Triviz Drive. Turn right on Arrowhead Drive and right to the Pan American Center parking lot. The Educational Services Building is located on the west side of the Pan American Center. Park in any empty space and check in at University Admissions in the Educational Services Building.

From the east (Alamogordo)

Take U.S. Highway 70 west to Interstate 25. Exit Interstate 25 south and proceed to University Avenue, Exit 1. Continue heading right on the exit ramp. Turn left on Triviz Drive. Turn right on Arrowhead Drive and right to the Pan American Center Parking lot. The Educational Services Building is located on the west side of the Pan American Center. Park in any empty space and check in at University Admissions in the Educational Services Building.

From the west (Deming)

Take the Main Street Exit #142 (off of Interstate 10). Turn right on Main Street (northbound), and then right on University Avenue. Continue to proceed east on University Avenue. Turn right on Triviz Drive. Turn right on Arrowhead Drive and right to the Pan American Center Parking lot. The Educational Services Building is located on the west side of the Pan American Center. Park in any empty space and check in at University Admissions in the Educational Services Building.

Visitor Parking

NMSU requires permits to park on Campus between 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday. Visitors can print a free 1-day parking permit.