Teaching Challenges & Potential Solutions: What Might Work for You?

When and Where

May 10 2017 10:30-11:30AM | Greenbrier Room

Session Information

Feedback from WVU instructors over the past four years has revealed these teaching challenges:
- Teaching large classes
- Promoting student engagement and performance
- Gauging students’ learning before the quiz or test
- Encouraging students’ voices and choices
- Identifying and addressing students’ learning needs

Join the Teaching & Learning Commons Faculty Associates to explore these teaching challenges and learn about potential solutions that might work for you and your students. One topic will be explored at each table. When your hear the chime, it’s on to the next topic!

Amy Kuhn & John Oughton from the Teaching and Learning Commons

TLC Faculty Associates:
Michelle Richards-Babb, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Director of Office of Undergraduate Research
Vagner Benedito, Associate Professor of Biochemical Genetics
Beth Tomlinson, Teaching Assistant Professor, Marketing
Lynne Cossman, Professor and Chair of Sociology
Marina Galvez-Peralta, Teaching Assistant Professor of Pharmacy


Michelle Richards-Babb, Vagner Benedito, Elizabeth Tomlinson, Lynne Cossman, Marina Galvez Peralta

Michelle Richards-Babb

Michelle Richards-Babb is an Associate Professor within the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at West Virginia University. She has been involved in administering undergraduate research experience programs (SURE and REU) for more than nine years. The Office of Undergraduate Research seeks to enhance academic excellence through undergraduate research and creative endeavors and was established as a resource for both students and faculty members.

Vagner Benedito

Dr. Vagner Benedito is an Associate Professor of Advanced Biochemical Genetics in the Program of Genetics and Developmental Biology. He teaches Grants & Grantsmanship for graduate students in the summer. His research focuses on plant genetics & genomics with emphases in the genetic control of plant physiology and cellular biochemistry. His research projects explore the molecular nutrition of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes, and natural genetic variation of important agricultural traits in tomato.

Elizabeth Tomlinson

Elizabeth Tomlinson teaches business communication and introduction to business. She established the College's Business Learning Resource Center in 2012. Tomlinson earned a bachelor's degree in English at The College of Wooster; a master's degree in English, with a concentration in rhetoric and composition, at John Carroll University; and a Ph.D. in English within the Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice concentration at Kent State University. Before coming to WVU, Tomlinson served as a Teaching Fellow at Kent State and as Assistant Writing Program Coordinator there. At John Carroll, she served as Assistant Writing Center Director. Her research has been accepted in Computers and Composition, Community Literacy Journal, Composition Studies, Writing Lab Newsletter, and Teaching in the Two Year College, among others. Her scholarly interests include business communication, rhetoric, qualitative research methods, and digital literacies.

Lynne Cossman

Jeralynn (Lynne) Sittig Cossman is a medical sociologist and demographer who chairs the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University.  She has been funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services.  She has published in several sociology and interdisciplinary journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Social Problems, Health and Place, Population Research and Policy Review, Sociological Inquiry, and The Journal of Rural Health.  Her current research focuses on spatial concentrations of mortality and morbidity, the physician workforce, and fear of crime for vulnerable (e.g., sick, elderly) populations.  As chair at WVU, she has led the faculty in many curricular and policy change, including  the development of a doctoral program. She is a food and wine enthusiast and when not engaged in academic life, she enjoys exploring wild and wonderful West Virginia.

Marina Galvez Peralta

Dr. Marina Galvez-Peralta, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. She is a PharmD, MS, PhD and Board Certified Clinical Pharmacologist. Dr. Galvez’s areas of research interest are understanding chemotherapy resistance, individual response variability to chemotherapy, drug combination optimization and drug response in special populations. Her expertise includes drug discovery, combinatorial pharmacotherapy, molecular pharmacology, metal toxicity, pharmacogenomics and teratogenicity. She is currently involved in coordinating or teaching different integrated courses at the School of Pharmacy at WVU (Pharmacogenomics, Drug Delivery, Immunology, Cardiology, and Oncology among others), as well as the area of emphasis on research for the PharmD program. After receiving her PharmD and PhD at the University of Seville in Spain, she completed postdoctoral fellowships at Mayo Clinic and the University of Cincinnati and obtained PharmD equivalency in the States. Dr. Galvez has also taught in Pharmacognosy, Pharmacodynamics, Phytotherapy and Toxicology courses in the past. Dr. Galvez has authored over 25 manuscripts and her work has been cited in more than 400 articles. In addition, she serves as treasurer of the AWIS-WV chapter, and as mentor for the WVU chapter of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.