W E E K L Y U P D A T E
Friday, February 19, 2010
Ms. Jennifer Sias, an Associate Professor and
Director of Information Literacy and Instructional
Services, showcases her passion for journalism
and narrative storytelling through her CNN iRe-
ports profile. By creating video podcasts, like the
story about a therapy dog that boosts readership
among WV children, she exposes under-reported
local stories of interest to a wide audience.
Faculty Publications and Presentations: CNN iReports Profile
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News: Common Reading Selection
After sorting through dozens of submissions, several faculty and students spent their winter
breaks reading the final four Common Reading choices for the First Year Seminar. After careful
deliberation, Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” was chosen for the 2010-11 academic year.
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Meet the Faculty: Mr. Robert Rabe
Academic Affairs 2010
Resource: First Year Seminar Faculty Development Institute
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will offer a semester-long faculty development
institute for faculty scheduled to teach the new First Year Seminar (FYS 100) during the
2010-11 academic year. A cohort of faculty will meet to study and test a range of teaching
strategies designed to improve critical thinking and to move students more quickly to the
upper end of Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive thinking. Faculty participants will work as a
collaborative group with the goal of developing methods that encourage students to recog-
nize the interconnectedness of courses in their general education program. More...
Mr. Robert Rabe is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and
Mass Communications. His research involves mass media
history. His current resear