USFSM has awarded mini grants to Drs. Phil Wagner and Pat Wilson.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM profs win grants to promote critical thinking

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: April 28, 2017

Bulls Notebook: USFSM profs win grants to promote critical thinking

Dr. G. Pat Wilson

SARASOTA, Fla. (April 28, 2017)USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Dr. Phil Wagner and Dr. Pat Wilson are being awarded campuswide “mini grants” for their creative approach in bringing critical-thinking skills to the classroom.

The two submitted grant proposals to create course assignments that promote critical thinking skills, a component of USFSM’s Quality Enhancement Plan. A panel of faculty selected the winners.

Dr. Wilson, an associate professor in the School of Education, received a $950 grant to purchase books and other course items to be used within book clubs where education students can discuss and analyze the reading material.

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Dr. Phillip Wagner

Through these discussions, the students can sharpen their critical-thinking skills while discerning whether the material is appropriate and instructive for public school classrooms.

Dr. Wagner, a communications instructor in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, meanwhile received a $1,200 grant to help design and produce a series of online “immersive case studies” to assist in his health communications class.

Through each of the proposed online health modules, the students will encounter case studies, or “sticky situations,” that involve a health narrative and problem that’s largely unsolvable. As the students try to access the health services they need, they encounter various barriers to those services.

The studies will explore a variety of scenarios and touch on reproductive health, socieo-economic barriers, LGBTQ health, race and ethnicity, physical disability, mental health, obesity and weight and chronic illness.

PACE to debut new business course

Bulls Notebook: USFSM profs win grants to promote critical thinking

Ross Alander

The Office of Professional And Continuing Education is unveiling a course entitled “The Art of Negotiation.”

This face-to-face class will meet Sept. 9 and Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

It will be taught by Ross Alander, a retired senior lecturer in management studies at USFSM’s College of Business and a labor arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. He is also an employment mediator with the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators.

To register or to learn more, visit

CLASS awards high-achieving students

The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences recognized several high-achieving students at its annual awards ceremony Friday at the Selby Auditorium.

The event, the “Celebration of Student Achievement,” honored dozens of students in numerous categories:

Notable Conference Presentations

Shawna Machado, Master’s of Social Work Candidate, “Multiple Perspectives on Homelessness: An Evidence-based View of a Ubiquitous Societal Issue,” presented at the National Association of Social Workers Regional Annual Educational Event

Outstanding Students 2016-2017

Department of Liberal Arts (undergraduate)

Leah Meldman, English

Eric Morgan, History

Lewis Certain, Professional & Technical Communication

Department of Social Sciences (undergraduate)

Danielle Dreznin, Criminology

Octavio Gomez, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Department of Social Sciences (graduate)

Andrew Saputo, Criminal Justice Administration

Leah Abramoff, Social Work

School of Education (undergraduate)

Wendy Turk, Elementary Education

School of Education (graduate)

Jeanne Asberry, Elementary Education

Erik Miller Prize for Literary Criticism

First place

Jordan Kohn, English, “Men have all the Power: Gender Inequality and Free Will in Paradise Lost.”

Second place

Leah Meldman, English, “A Warning about Warming: Science and Religion in Climate Fiction.”

Graduate Students Selected for Scholarship

School of Education

Zadda Bazzy

Shannon Fleming

Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Capstone

School of Education

Nina Ethridge

Amanda Kushner

Nicole Marcinko

PAInT: Partnerships for Arts-Intergrated Instruction

School of Education

Jeanne Asberry

Kristina Bryant

Karrie Drendel

Jasmine Hanson

Wendy Turk

Kara Wakley

Student Showcase for Projects, Research and Innovation

First Place Poster

Marissa Fleenor & Ashley Wichern, “The Phenomenon of Foreign Fighting Revisited: Have Motivations for Foreign Fighting Changed?”

Third Place Poster

Sandra Sabino, “Political Conservatism and Racial Differences in Arrest Rates”

First Place Oral Presentation

Wendy Turk, “Arts-Integrated Teaching for Low SES Learners”

First Place Oral Presentation

Breanna Glover-Van Rensselaer, “Casual Dining Employee Turnover: Causes and Effects in Sarasota”

First Place Oral Presentation

Stephanie Maddox, “Assessing the Perceptions of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Therapists Regarding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”

Second Place Oral Presentation

Denise Rodiguez, “Age and Cybercrime Victimization: Is It How Long You Are Online, What You Do Online, or What You Post Online?”

Third Place Oral Presentation

Sadie Lipman, “Mind the Gap: Gender Differences in STEM Fields”

Honor Society Inductions

Alpha Iota Sigma, Interdisciplinary Studies Honor Society

Nancy Allen

Quinshanta Armour

Alina Evans

Regina Rodriguez Tirado

Jennifer Smith

Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honor Society

Stephanie Borkowski

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society

Chloe Conboy

Morgan O’Brien

Kaitlin Ritz

Thomas Schwarz

Emily Smith

Rachel Staigerwald

Outstanding Service to Student Clubs

Tawanna Peterson, Criminology

Geborah Joseph-Smith, Interdisciplinary Social Science, USFSM Ambassadors

Outstanding Projects

Department of Liberal Arts

Leah Holst, History, “Mobilizing the Printed Word: Libraries and Books During the Cold War.”

Victoria Yoder, Professional & Technical Communication, “21st Century Media”

Department of Social Sciences

Andrew Becht, Undergraduate/Criminology, “An Investigation to Better Determine Mass Incarceration’s Effects on Crime Rates”

Matt Bertrand, Graduate/Criminology, “Locus of Control and Police Use of Force”

Anna Huh, Graduate/Social Work, “U.S. Veterans and PTSD: A Macro and Family-Systems Perspective”

William Pardy, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, “Examining Religious Apprehension among Members of Narcotics Anonymous”

School of Education

Kirsten Gutierrez, Undergraduate/Elementary Education, “Interdisciplinary Unit Plan of a Fourth Grade Space Science”

Bridgett Wells, Undergraduate/Elementary Education, “Individual Pupil Performance Profile Project”

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