January Conference 2014

Presenters Profile


Ms. Sara Arnold-Garza Sara Arnold-Garza is a Research & Instruction Librarian at Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library. She is liaison to the Department of Political Science and provides research assistance and information literacy instruction to the university community. Sara’s focus is to bring innovation to library services and to promote diversity in the profession of librarianship. Her interests include library instruction and information literacy, the future of the academic library, and learning new things.
Dr. Liz Berquist Dr. Liz Berquist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education where she works with pre-service educators and teaches a variety of courses including Working with Families of Children with Disabilities, Assistive Technology, and Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction. Dr. Berquist also supervises interns placed in Baltimore County and Baltimore City Public Schools. Her research interests include Universal Design for Learning, conceptual change, faculty professional development, transforming schools through inclusive practices and enhancing university-school partnerships. She is also a member of the CAST UDL faculty cadre.
Dr. Jessica R. Braunstein-Minkove
Dr. Braunstein-Minkove is an Associate Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Kinesiology. She earned a PhD from the University of Florida in Health & Human Performance (Sport Management), a MS from the University of Florida in Exercise and Sport Sciences (Sport Management), and a BS from the University of Florida in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (Leisure Services Management). Her research and teaching interests focus on the management and marketing aspects of sport. She has recently published in the Journal of SPORT, Sport, Business, and Management: An International Journal, and Sport Marketing Quarterly.
Dr. Catherine Breneman
Dr. Breneman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Studies and Community Development at Towson University. She received her M.S.W. from West Virginia University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She has over twenty years of experience in social work and administration in a variety of health and mental health settings. Her areas of interest are case management and mental health.
Dr. Jaime R. DeLuca
Dr. DeLuca is an assistant professor of Sport Management in the Department of Kinesiology. She earned a PhD from the University of Maryland in Physical Cultural Studies, a MA from the University of Connecticut in Sport Management and the Sociology of Sport, and a BS from the Pennsylvania State University in Business Administration. Her research and teaching interests focus on both the management and socio-cultural aspects of sport. She has recently published scholarship in the Journal of Sport, Exercise & Health, and the Journal of Sport & Social Issues.
Mr. Matthew DiGirolamo
Mr. DiGirolam is an undergraduate student who is the current president of the Towson University Gaming organization and a student in the department of Art and Design. TUGO is Towson's only student organization dedicated to video and tabletop gaming. They show previews of great single-player games in order to further the argument that video games can be an art form, and invite anyone to come play multiplayer games in a casual, inclusive atmosphere. They also promote tabletop RPGs by providing a public forum for members to find existing campaigns or to pitch ideas for new ones.
Ms. Sarah Gilchrist
Ms. Gilchrist graduated with a Masters of Library Science (MLS) from Indiana University in 2011. Her research interests include open access, games and gamification, information literacy instruction, intellectual freedom, and educational technology. She teaches graduate and undergraduate information literacy instruction sessions for the departments of Art and Design, Art Education, Art History, Education Technology and Literacy, Instructional Leadership and Professional Development, and Secondary Education. She has presented at national and regional library conferences, has published two articles, and recently participated in the Teaching Track at American Library Association's Immersion Program in Seattle.
Dr. Kathleen A. Gould Kathleen A. Gould, Ed. D., M.A., R.D., L.D.N. has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science at Towson University since 2005. She is a Registered Dietitian and has taught nutrition courses in the Department of Health Science and Kinesiology. In May 2013 she completed her doctorate in Instructional Technology at Towson University in the College of Education. Her doctoral research was focused on student self-directed learning readiness and success in online problem based learning.
Dr. Matthew Hemm Dr. Matthew Hemm is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and is a Jess and Mildred Fisher Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences. Dr. Hemm has taught the Molecular Biology Lecture and Laboratory classes, as well as the Molecular Biology graduate class. His area of study is the identification and characterization of small proteins in bacteria, and is particularly interested in the integration of small protein research into the laboratory classroom.
Dr. Dana Kollmann Dr. Dana Kollmann is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. She earned a MFS (Master of Forensic Science) degree from George Washington University and a MA and PhD from American University. Dr. Kollmann has over 12 years of experience as a crime scene investigator and has worked forensic cases and performed bioarchaeological analyses of human remains regionally and abroad. Her research interests broadly include mortuary archaeology, paleonutrition, and the bioarchaeology of Late Woodland populations in the Middle and Upper Potomac Valleys of Maryland.
Ms. Diane Kuthy
Ms.Kuthy is a lecturer in the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education since 2008 and is completing course work towards a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Diane was a recipient of an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship and a Towson University Service-Learning Faculty Fellow.
Dr. Qing Li
Dr. Qing Li (Ph.D, University of Toronto) is professor of educational technology in the College of Education. Before came to Towson in 2011, Dr. Li was a professor of educational technology at the University of Calgary, Canada for 9 years. In Towson, Dr. Li has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional technology including Digital Game-Based Learning. Dr. Li has research interests in the areas of digital game-based learning, and E-learning and cyberbullying. Her research has culminated in over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, 2 books, major research funding, and numerous conference presentations at the local, national, and international level.
Dr. Sarah Lohnes Watulak
Dr. Sarah Lohnes Watulak is an assistant professor of instructional technology in the Educational Technology & Literacy department. Sarah teaches courses at the undergraduate (TSEM), masters, and doctoral levels. Her research primarily focuses on the everyday technology practices of college students; recent projects have explored the relationship between undergraduate Facebook use and mattering, as well as the development of critical digital literacy among pre-service teachers.
Ms. Kimberly Miller
Ms. Miller is Research and Instruction Librarian for Emerging Technologies and liaison to the Department of Psychology at Albert S. Cook Library. She received her Master of Science in Information (MSI) from the University of Michigan's School of Information. While providing day-to-day technology leadership within the context of Cook Library's research, reference, and instruction activities, she is interested in investigating how new technologies are best used as tools to enhance teaching, learning, and user experiences focused on supporting critical information literacy development.
Mr. Ryan Murray Ryan Murray is an Assistant Professor in the Electronic Media and Film Department at Towson University. He is a multidisciplinary artist who creates paintings, videos, music, and sculptures. His work explores the connections and disconnections between rationality and psychedelic mysticism in pop culture. He has exhibited artwork across the United States in gallery exhibitions, video screenings, and books. Murray received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. David Robinson Dr. Robinson is a clinical assistant professor for the Department of Educational Technology and Literacy and graduate program director for the Instructional Technology Master's with a Concentration is School Library Media Program. Dr. Robinson's research interests include: preservice teachers and technology integration; prek-12 school library and technology integration; universal design for learning; and online learning.

Dr. Bill Sadera

Dr. Sadera is Professor of Instructional Technology in the College of Education's Department of Educational Technology and Literacy. Dr. Sadera also serves as the Director of the Instructional technology Doctoral Program. In his 13 years at Towson University, Dr. Sadera has developed numerous courses on effectively integrating technology to improve student learning and teacher preparation. Dr. Sadera regularly publishes research in the field of technology and teacher preparation and online learning.
Ms. Jessica Stansbury Jessica A. Stansbury is a Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Towson University. She graduated in 2009 with her M.A. in Experimental Psychology and is currently a doctorate student in the Instructional Technology Program at Towson University. Prior to coming to Towson University as full time faculty, she worked at Johns Hopkins University as a research assistant and Senior Research Coordinator on multiple research projects regarding substance abuse. Her current research interests include morality, innovative teaching methods, and using technology as a research tool. Aside from her work with morality, she has had two research presentations, two research publications, one multiple media appearance and multiple invited presentations regarding her work with video gaming in higher education.

Dr. Precha Thavikulwat

(Ph.D., University of Minnesota)

Dr. Thavikulwat is professor of management at Towson University, the business and management editor of Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice, and Research, and a past president and fellow of the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning. His research interest is in the design of computerized business gaming simulations, especially for the purpose of assessing business education. He is the author of four computerized business gaming simulations: MANAGEMENT 500, CEO, DEAL, and GEO.
Ms. Lynn Tomlinson Ms. Tomlinson is investigating expanded animation projects as a scholar, curator, and artist, reflecting her interest hybrid art forms and interdisciplinary practice. Her clay-on-glass animated shorts have been screened in festivals internationally and aired on children's public television, MTV, and Sesame Street. She has taught at the University of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Delaware College of Art and Design, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Stockton State College, and Cornell University. Tomlinson teaches at Towson University in Maryland, where she is also working on an interdisciplinary MFA.
Dr. Bethany Willis Hepp Dr. Willis Hepp is a Lecturer at Towson University in the Department of Family Studies and Community Development. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include transnational family formation and structure; the global circulation of children; collaborative planning for human services; life course and strengths-based models for family and community development; diversity in research, teaching, curriculum, and community development.
Dr. Larry Wimmers Dr. Larry Wimmers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Director of the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics program. Dr. Wimmers is an advocate for undergraduate research. He previously chaired the University Undergraduate Research Committee, has received several NSF grants to support undergraduate research and serves on the Executive Board of the national Council on Undergraduate Research. His academic research interests include plant cell membrane function and plant adaptation to environmental stress.
Dr. David Wizer
Dr. David Wizer is a professor and chair of the Department of Educational Technology & Literacy at Towson University. His area of study is instructional technology where his prime responsibilities are to teach graduate courses and to work with doctoral students in education. Dr. Wizer is an advocate for faculty development in uses of technology to improve student learning. His research interests include: distance education, universal design for learning, faculty development with technology, and group learning with computers.


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The January Conference will take place on January 15, 2014 in the Chesapeake Rooms of the University Union.





Key Dates

Oct. 3 - Proposals Due
Nov. 11 – Presenters Notified
Nov. 15 - Registration Opens
Jan. 15 - January Conference

Snow date - January 22



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