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Laboratory development and specialized training programs to benefit faculty, staff and students are some of the exciting new projects to be funded by the Keenan–Martine grants announced by St. Bonaventure University.
The awards are funded through a gift from Leslie C. Quick III, member and past chair of St. Bonaventure University’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Eileen. In 1999, two $1 million endowments were named after longtime faculty members, the late Dr. Leo E. Keenan Jr. and Dr. James J. Martine. These grants provided to faculty are funded through the interest generated by the endowments.
The Leo E. Keenan Jr. and James J. Martine Faculty Development Endowments are intended to “provide funds to faculty engaged in activities designed to improve the quality of the teaching and learning process at St. Bonaventure University.” The Martine endowment provides for funding of activities associated with the general education core curriculum (Clare College), while the Keenan endowment provides funds for all other areas.
Through the Leo Keenan Faculty Development Endowment for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning at St. Bonaventure, nine members of the University community received grants totaling more than $34,000.
Two associate professors of counselor education received funding for their projects: Dr. Barbara Trolley, for her project “Faculty and Student Training: Counseling Diverse Populations” and Dr. Craig Zuckerman for his project to provide “Trauma Focused Training for MSED Counselor Education Students.” Dr. Darryl Mayeaux, associate professor of psychology, was awarded funds that will allow for the creation of a “Biopsychology Laboratory,” while an award granted to Dr. Les Sabina, professor of music, will allow for “iPad-based Music Creation, Production, and Performance.”
Funding to provide “Staff Development Opportunities for instructional Excellence” was awarded to Dr. Peggy Burke, associate professor of education, dean of the school of graduate studies and associate provost. Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, assistant professor biology, and Dr. Paula Kenneson, assistant professor of education, will use their award for “Aligning Biology Lab Planning, Instructional Design and Common Core College Readiness Writing Standards to Increase Student Learning.”
To complete the Keenan awards, Dr. Diana Lawrence-Brown, associate professor of education, will use awarded funds to provide “Assistive Technology for Inclusion of Students with Exceptionalities” and Dr. Karen Wieland, an assistant professor of education, for “Developing Expertise in Structured Language Remediation and Passing Forward to Bona’s Aspiring Reading Specialists.”
Four faculty members were awarded $15,000 in funds from the Martine Faculty Endowment for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning in Clare College.
Dean of the School of Franciscan Studies, Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., was awarded funds for a program being offered in July by the Franciscan Institute titled “The Challenge of Ethical Living in the 21st Century,” as well as two SBU faculty training workshops, “Franciscan Values: Tagline or Tactical Choice?” and “Clare College Core Curriculum: A New Faculty Orientation Program, Summer 2012.” Dr. Manju Prakash, adjunct professor, on behalf of the Department of Mathematics, was awarded funds for a project on “How to Make Mathematics Meaningful to non-Mathematics Majors.”
And, funding is being provided to Dr. Oleg Bychkov, professor of theology, for his project working toward “Improving Teaching in Clare 209 or Equivalent Core Courses in the Arts” and to Dr. Russell Woodruff, assistant professor of philosophy, for his endeavor in “Revising Clare 304, The Good Life.”
“Thank you to all applicants for the work involved in submitting their proposals and we encourage everyone to continue their research efforts and formulate proposals for consideration in future years,” said Dr. David DiMattio, dean of Clare College.
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