Cheryl E. Ball, Tracey Beckley, Megan Fahey, Hope Hart, Justin Hayhurst, Amy Kuhn, Carrie Lamanna, John Oughton, Marina Galvez Peralta, Demi Fuentes Ramirez, Lizzie Santiago, and Lydia Welker
Welcome to the 2017 directory for the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) at West Virginia University! This inaugural SoTL directory began as a collaboration between the Teaching and Learning Commons and the Digital Publishing Institute.
We began the academic year defining the broad scope of research that we wanted faculty instructors to include under the heading of SoTL work--from peer-reviewed publications to presentations and poster sessions--anything that included thoughtful reflection on and research of teaching practices that was distributed to audiences in a formal way. We hope this inaugural directory introduces you to a few of the scholars on campus doing outstanding pedagogical research.
In part through the Faculty Associates program of the TLC, the editorial team worked to produce this booklet as an open-access resource for faculty instructors to learn about each others' scholarly–pedagogical work and to build collaborations where possible. We hope to continue producing this book on an annual or biennial basis and to possibly create a database for additions, updates, and more easy searching of colleagues. If you would like to be included in future iterations of this directory for your pedagogical research, please contact the Teaching and Learning Commons.
Cheryl E. Ball and Drew M. Loewe
Bad Ideas About Writing counters major myths about writing instruction. Inspired by the provocative science- and social-science-focused book This Idea Must Die and written for a general audience, the collection offers opinionated, research-based statements intended to spark debate and to offer a better way of teaching writing. Contributors, as scholars of rhetoric and composition, provide a snapshot of and antidotes to major myths in writing instruction. This collection is published in whole by the Digital Publishing Institute at WVU Libraries and in part by Inside Higher Ed.
Supplemental files feature archived episodes of the Bad Ideas About Writing Podcast, read by Dr. Kyle Stedman of Rockford University.
Kevin Barksdale and Ken Fones-Wolf
Kevin Barksdale (Marshall University) and Ken Fones-Wolf (West Virginia University) assembled this collection of essays, mostly from the journal they edit, West Virginia History, to serve as a reader for courses on the Mountain State’s history. In selecting essays, they emphasized pieces that addressed themes from differing perspectives. For example, the first two essays examine the eighteenth-century frontier and Indian-white relations, one from the perspective of Europeans seeking to destroy Native Americans and the other from the vantage of the Cherokee hoping for some security. Among the other topics highlighted in these essays are: the coming of the Civil War, the efforts of women and blacks to negotiate citizenship during Reconstruction, the struggles of immigrants and African Americans during industrialization, the impact of the Cold War, and episodes that might be grouped as part of the culture wars. As such, they offer multiple opportunities for students to compare and contrast the experiences of varying groups of West Virginians throughout the state’s history.
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