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Northwest Missouri State University

Scholarly Activity

Improvement of Teaching and Learning Grants

To support and enhance the improvement of teaching and learning at Northwest, Academic Initatives funds are allocated by the Provost to support proejcts which have met specific guidelines.  This program is an open process whereby all university units are invited to submit proposals that are directed toward the improvement of teaching and learning within the framework of the mission of the university and the specific department or area.  A sub-committe of the Faculty Senate's Assessment Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Deans Council for approval. 

Below is the list of faculty/staff who received an Improvement of Teaching and Learning Grant for the 2013/14 academic year:

Grant Recipient(s)


Project Title

Karen Detrixhe, Gayla Kobialka, David Shadinger, William Murphy, and Rheba Vetter Communication and Mass Media, Fine and Performing Arts, Health and Human Services, Modern Languages

Learning Diversity Through Argentine Tango:  Music, Dance, Cultural and Socio-Historical-Political Implications

Himadri Chakraborty, Rebecca Dunnell and John Shaw Fine and Performing Arts and Natural Sciences Eldred Spell Residency
Alice Foose and Sue Myllykangas Health and Human Services Re-Imagining What is Possible:  Student Generated Interactive Projects using Makey-Makey
Lauren Leach-Steffens Behavioral Sciences

Case Management in the Field

Steven Chappell, William Murphy and Jon Pluskota Communication and Mass Media Mobile Multimedia Reporting Kits (aka iPod Journalism)
Sue Myllykangas Health and Human Services A Lesson in Empathy:  Experiencing Dementia
Erin Oehler, TBD Horace Mann and Professional Education Writing and Illustrating Picture Books: A Collaborative Process Between Faculty, Preservice Students and Elementary Age Students