jwu:charlotte news

jwu:charlotte news

Spotlighting Talent
JWU Charlotte Campus faculty Alana Sherrill

Inservice Showcases Research and Publication

Simplicity was the key to the unique faculty inservice held in January. Posters showcased faculty members’ talents, publications or research. Instructors from all colleges participated, asking questions and sharing opinions and advice about qualitative research, publication and curriculum development.

Alistair Williams, associate professor in The Hospitality College, read from a conference paper he will present in Costa Rica in June. Mary Etta Moorachian, PhD., of the College of Culinary Arts, displayed information on “Healthy Futures Starting in the Kitchen.” The pilot program, developed through a collaborative grant with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Health Department, will tackle nutrition issues and provide culinary training to food service workers in North Carolina child care centers.

“It was an informal teaching and learning group, a more interactive way to learn from one another,” said Williams, who organized the session. “We didn’t want a teaching session. The format was a confidence builder, less formal and more visual.”

Manasseh Zechariah, PhD., from the College of Business, presented his paper, “Using ‘Clickers’ in Teaching Principle-level Economics Courses,” from the Gulf Coast Economics Association annual conference in Savannah, Ga. Clickers is an audience response system technology ubiquitous in TV game shows, being adopted by educators in classrooms across the globe. Research shows that most students’ attention lapses 15 to 20 minutes into a traditional lecture, and solutions include active learning as an intrinsic part of the instructor’s toolkit.

The School of Arts & Sciences was represented by Pat MacEnulty, PhD., who brought her latest book, “An American Requiem,” a memoir about caring for her aging mother. Alana Sherrill displayed her dissertation research on “Tokens on Smoke: Poetry on Displacement from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” Sherrill’s focus is on poems by an array of emigrants from the park — from early natives and mountaineers to modern poets — and the influence of its bioregion as a force that molded actions, communication, literature and culture.

Inservice Learning is an important part of the JWU community. By showcasing their outside scholarly activities, faculty members build a stronger educational environment.

image top: Alana Sherrill displays dissertation research on poetry from the Great Smoky Mountains for faculty during Inservice Learning.

JWU Has Voice in State Health Issues
Peter Lehmuller, associate dean of academic affairs, recently served on the task force for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Prevention (NCIOM) for the Health of North Carolina: Prevention Action Plan.

NCIOM works on the premise that prevention is a basic health care strategy for improving public health and decreasing costs. The task force considered obesity, nutrition and physical activity in the equation. While virtually all participating academic institutions were research, medical or public health oriented, JWU provided more application-based information. The campus is involved with farmers’ markets, “slow food,” farm-to-fork, composting and sustainable seafood initiatives that are corollaries of socio-environmental awareness and nutrition.

“The interaction of food and health is a critical focus for the College of Culinary Arts, and will become of ever greater importance in our curriculum as we move through the 21st century,” Lehmuller said. “As a leader in food service education, JWU must participate in, and use the results of this type of forum as a way to integrate our mission with the nation’s future health.”

President Arthur Gallagher

“We are proud of our educational experience. The balance of academic, social and community involvement gives our graduates all the tools to be successful in the business world.”