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Future of Higher Education Forums

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At the University of Toledo, being prepared for the future of higher education is key to our long-term success. By advancing and readying our faculty in research, teaching, service, and leadership we advance the mission of the university and ensure UToledo makes a difference in the lives of people and improves the human condition.  UT has a responsibility to facilitate this by encouraging relevant, accessible, and comprehensive professional development for all faculty around pertinent issues in higher education. The best resources we have, are our own faculty experts.

The Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the University Teaching Center is pleased to announce the second year of Future of Higher Education Forums. This program seeks participation and expertise from UToledo faculty in providing a platform for conversation in various topical areas impacting faculty and student success.

All sessions are the third Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Carlson Library, Room 1005, Main Campus


Telling Your Story with Publication Metrics  

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LeeWade M. Lee-Smith

Wade M. Lee-Smith is the Research Engagement Librarian and an Associate Professor in the University Libraries.  His research and teaching interests include the changing ways in which scholars can document and interpret the effect their research has on the scholarly publication ecosystem.  As a Science Librarian, he also has nearly 25 years of experience training researchers in the efficient and effective use of tools to perform literature-based research, especially in STEM fields. 

Creating and Supporting Community Engaged Learning

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Community Engaged Learning is the practice of connecting student and faculty with activities that address community-identified needs in a mutually beneficial partnership that deepens students' academic and civic learning. Hear from faculty who are currently active in this practice and learn about how to get a course designated as service learning.

Gen Z Goes to College: Strategies for Teaching a New Generation 

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 PaprockiAngela Paprocki, PHD Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Development

Dr. Paprocki has worked in higher education for over 15 years, starting as an adjunct faculty member at Michiana College in South Bend, IN where she went on to be Academic Dean and Chief Academic Officer. After relocating back to Northwest Ohio, she accepted a position with The University of Toledo in 2006. Since joining UToledo, she has held various leadership positions that span both Academic and Student Affairs. Her experience includes serving as Assistant Provost for Student Success where she provided the mission and vision for 14 academic support and student services offices while also serving as the institutions ADA Compliance Officer. Currently Dr. Paprocki serves as the Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Instruction with oversight of the University Teaching Center and responsibility for various state curricular initiatives. In this capacity, Paprocki works closely with faculty on course design assisting them with developing courses designed to meet the needs of today's learners. She is also responsible for curricular compliance with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. She has dedicated her career to leading strategic initiatives focused on inclusivity, transparency, and institutional effectiveness to improve student outcomes.

Paprocki has served on numerous institutional committees including chairing various search committees and has been instrumental in process improvement and policy development. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the American Council of Education Women's Network of Ohio. Paprocki holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration (2015), a Master of Education (2001), and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1993), all from The University of Toledo.

Developing Effective Growth Mindset 

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BartellDenise Bartell, Ph.D.

Denise Bartell serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Student Success at the University of Toledo, a student-centered, public metropolitan research university with nearly 20,000 students and 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, including Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Law. Founded in 1872, UToledo is committed to improving access and opportunity to a high-quality, affordable education that contributes to the well-being of our region and the world. In her position at UToledo, Dr. Bartell is the front-line leader of strategic initiatives across the university related to the retention and success of students from pre-college through degree completion, with a particular focus on improving equity of access and experience for students historically underserved by higher education.

Dr. Bartell's scholarly work focuses on taking a holistic, equity-minded, assets-focused approach to supporting student success. Her motivation for this work is a foundational belief in higher education as a public good to which all should have equal access, and a commitment to advance educational opportunities for all students, especially those for whom structural inequities have historically limited access to higher education. Dr. Bartell's most recent work explores a reconceptualization of traditional faculty development models to improve capacities to work with underserved populations by utilizing principles of high impact, applied learning and authentic engagement. In addition to publication and presentations at the state and national levels, she regularly leads workshops on developing high impact first year seminars and peer mentoring programs, infusing equity-minded professional development opportunities into student success programs, and high impact student success program development and assessment.

Previously, Dr. Bartell served as the founding Director of Student Success & Engagement at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. While at Green Bay she worked to develop a First Year Seminar program that is a national best-practices model for improving engagement, retention and graduation. She procured over $600,000 in grant funding for projects to create emergency financial grants, early alert capacities, learning communities and other high impact practices, and peer mentor programs on campus. She also developed an assets-focused intensive first year learning experience for historically underserved and academically at-risk students, improving retention through year four by over 18% and four year graduation rates by 11% for the students it served. Dr. Bartell earned a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies from Cornell University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.


Participatory Action Research and Community Engagement

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HAmerLynn Hamer

From 2007 through 2015, Dr. Hamer taught graduate students from across professional disciplines in the Qualitative I basic research course using a participatory action research (PAR) pedagogy. In order to understand and practice basic qualitative research data methods, including collection and analysis, students participated in a group PAR project, co-led by community members from the Kwanzaa Park/Junction neighborhood east of UToledo's Scott Park campus. Along with learning the qualitative methods, students learned how to engage with communities and gained community-based knowledge necessary for culturally relevant professional practices.

Dr. Hamer  will discuss the logistics of course development, the use of PAR not only as a research methodology but also as an engaged pedagogy, and the findings from her current work analyzing lessons learned over the course of the decade of collaboration.


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Last Updated: 10/28/19