Chris Sweet (email@example.com) is the Information Literacy and Scholarly Communications Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan
University. He has a diverse library background that includes experience in archives,
public libraries, and community colleges. This diversity, along with his liberal arts
background has heavily influenced his scholarship. Chris has eclectic and ever-changing
interests, but much of his scholarship revolves around information literacy, library
instruction, and social justice. In 2015, Chris began researching and writing about
the history of bicycling.
Episode 2 -- In-Class Activities for an Online Environment with Mignon Monpetit
In this episode, psychology professor Mignon Monpetit describes her strategies for
moving in-class activities to the online classroom environment.
Mignon Monpetit Jolly (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University. She specializes
in lifespan development, focusing on issues affecting the elderly population. During
the pandemic, she has been innovative in her efforts to offer her students opportunities,
including student-faculty research collaboration.
Episode 3 -- Engaging Students Online with Pennie Gray
In this episode, Kate and Educational Studies professor Pennie Gray about her experiences teaching online for
the first time, how she engages students on Zoom, and what technologies she’s excited
about keeping when students return to the in-person classroom.
Professor Gray (email@example.com) taught middle school reading for twelve years prior to joining the Educational Studies
department as an adjunct faculty member in 2002. She is currently an associate professor
and teaches courses in child study, elementary reading, children’s literature, and
first year composition (Gateway).
Professor Gray is deeply committed to the social justice mission of the university
and the Educational Studies department and enjoys learning with and from her students.
Literacy in general and writing in particular are two of her passions. She is licensed
in Illinois as a Reading Specialist (K-12) and holds additional teaching licenses
in elementary education (K-9) and reading instruction (K-12).
Episode 4 -- How to Use Games in the Classroom and in Course Design with Gavin Leach
In this episode, Kate talks with Professor of Marketing and the Associate Director
of the IDEA center Gavin Leach about how to use games in the classroom and also how
to use gamification as a way to think about digital course design.
Gavin Leach grew up in New Mexico and considers himself a Lobo for life, having earned
all of his degrees from the University of New Mexico (MA in Organizational Communication).
His research interests include instructional design for teaching millenials, quality
of life factors for young professionals and academic community engagement with non-profit
organizations. Gavin is Associate Director of Innovation and Instructor in Business at Illinois Wesleyan
Episode 5 -- Teaching Online as a Matter of Policy with Andrew Shallue
In this episode, computer science professor Andrew Shallue about teaching online as
a matter of policy. CORRECTION: Kate incorrectly identifies Andrew as a professor
of mathematics at the beginning of the episode.
draw.io --an app for easily creating sharable graphics
Andrew started at IWU in Fall 2009. His research area is algorithmic number theory
and its applications to cryptography. Algorithmic number theory is very conducive
to student research, and students who are interested in doing a research project are
encouraged to contact Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org), especially if they have programming experience.
Episode 6 -- Civic Engagement as Pedagogy with Deborah Halperin
In this episode, Action Research Center Director Deborah Halperin talks about the
intersections between civic engagement and pedagogy.
Deborah is the Director of the Action Research Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.
In her role, she facilitates community-university partnerships, assists faculty with
co-curricular service learning projects and teaches courses in community-based research
and grant writing.
Deborah serves on the Board of Directors for Milestones Early Learning Center and
Preschool and the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. Deborah has also been a
part of the United Way Income Vision Council, Conexiones, the MultiCultural Leadership
Program, and the McLean County Wellness Coalition.
Deborah has been honored as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the category of Social
Services and was one of the community’s Top 20 under 40. Deborah has been a featured
speaker at local as well as national conferences concerning community partnerships
and higher education. Deborah has also been participated in a local TEDx Youth program
where she co-presented with her children.
With 25 years of experience in not-for-profits, Deborah’s professional career includes
the American Red Cross, MADD, the National Runaway Switchboard, Planned Parenthood,
and the YWCA. She has also worked as a grant writer and a strategic planning consultant.
Deborah has a Bachelor's degree in sociology from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
She also has a Master of Science degree in Human Service Administration.
Originally from Hawaii, Deborah has lived in Bloomington since 2003. Her husband,
Greg, is an ophthalmologist at the Gailey Eye Clinic and she has three children: Griffin,
Tess, and Leo.
Professor Nillas (email@example.com) started her mathematics teaching career as a high school teacher but later spent
years working and teaching in distance education. She has taught diverse groups of
learners from high school students, pre-service teachers, adult learners, to in-service
mathematics teachers. Her fascination for research lies strongly on topics such as
classroom discourse (language and mathematics), pre-service teacher's mathematical
understanding, teaching and learning with technology (all content areas), teacher
research, and online teaching and learning.
Kate Browne (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Digital Strategist in the Information
Technology Services department at IWU. She is also a writer, speaker, and researcher
on a mission to rewrite the stories we tell about ourselves. She uses her PhD in Writing
Pedagogy for good as a professor teaching at the intersection(s) of digital media
I am a scientific educator, passionate about teaching and learning- actively seeking
out innovation and continuously developing my teaching strategies. I am responsible
for the coordination and instruction of our foundational biology course laboratories
(BIOL 101/102). In this course, students are introduced to the process of science
and encouraged to experimentally design and conduct their own research projects. Students
learn how to analyze and communicate their results to a wider audience. In addition,
the General Biology labs provide students an in-depth study of the physiology and
structure of a variety of organisms with additional opportunities to develop dissection
As an educator, my role is not to simply provide information, but rather to facilitate
the learning of that information. I utilize active learning strategies and student
feedback to create opportunities that will help them learn best. I strive to create
an inclusive environment and I am committed to the personal development of my students.
My work in teaching and learning has been incredibly fulfilling and I am dedicated
to continuing the conversation and advocating for the use of informed and effective
teaching methods in higher education.