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Innovative Teaching Fellows

Current Innovative Teaching Fellows

Jesse Helton, Ph.D., Fall 2015

Jesse HeltonJesse J. Helton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. His research focus is on the wellbeing of children who have been maltreated. In the Learning Studio, Dr. Helton will be teaching "Children, Youth, and Family Services." The purpose of the course is to enhance Masters of Social Work (MSW) students' understanding of the various social services and policies that affect the well-being of at-risk children and families. The course will be taught using an overall problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy. Within that framework, students will learn how to effectively and efficiently use evidence-based practice (EBP) methods to tackle relevant problems in the fields of child welfare, education, mental health, health care, and juvenile justice. For each class, social work practitioners from local agencies in St. Louis will Fuze into the classroom to help students solve the week's problem. As "payment" for their time, students will then create a tailored EBP research brief or technology product for the practitioner's agency.


Luke Yarbrough, Ph.D., Fall 2015
Luke YarbroughLuke Yarbrough is Assistant Professor in the History Department. He teaches on topics pertaining to the Middle East from Late Antiquity to the present. In his research and writing, he studies relations among the Christians, Jews, and Muslims of the Middle East, the transmission of historical knowledge, and formations of power in the early and medieval Islamic periods.

At Saint Louis University, Yarbrough has taught world history surveys, an introduction to the Middle East, a course on the making of the Islamic world, and a graduate survey of medieval Islamic historiography. In Fall 2015, he will use the Learning Studio to lead a course entitled "Jihad: Striving in God's Way." In addition to examining the complex and contingent historical development of notions of jihad among Muslims since the seventh century, students in the course will conduct a series of conversations with contemporary Muslim leaders in order better to understand current receptions and interpretations of jihad. We will also spend our time working to connect individual historical documents to larger developments that have affected this perennially important and controversial concept, striving above all to approach it as historians: that is, both critically and with empathy.


Upcoming Innovative Teaching Fellows

Mark Wilson, M.F.A., Spring 2016

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is an Associate Professor of Theatre and is the resident lighting designer for the Saint Louis University Theatre. Mark teaches Lighting Design, Survey of Theatrical Design, Computer Aided Design, and Introduction to Theatre. In his early career he had intern experiences at the Guthrie Theatre, the Yale School of Drama, and he arrived in St Louis in 1985 to work at the Repertory Theatre and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where he worked for 12 years in the capacities as Assistant Technical Director, Technical Director, Production Manager and as a free-lance lighting designer. Prior to joining the Saint Louis University Theatre Faculty in 2003, he was employed at Busch Creative Services, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch as a technical designer in the corporate events and display departments.

Mark is very active in the local St. Louis theatre community and he has designed for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The St. Louis Black Repertory Company, New Jewish Theatre, Mustard Seed Theatre and last summer he designed the lighting and special effects for Young Frankenstein at the St Michaels Playhouse in Burlington, Vermont. He has designed lighting and provided technical consultation and 3D design development for many corporate and marketing events ranging from a dark ride for the Ferrari Theme Park in Abu Dhabi to the technical direction for an early Nelly and the St Lunatics Music Video, Midwest Swing filmed in St Louis. Mark is excited to work with the Reinert Center Staff to help redesign his Introduction to Theatre class with an emphasis on the implementation of digital media and technology in modern live entertainment. The redesigned Introduction to Theatre will premiere in The Learning Studio in the Spring of 2016 and will be an ideal environment for students to explore the history of theatre and technology from the origins of storytelling with shadow puppets around a cave campfire to the modern day electronic campfire equivalents -- projection design, digital mapping, holographic experiments, LED screens, virtual and automated scenery, gesture technology, modern lighting and sound design, and atmospheric special effects.


Amy E. Wright, Ph.D., Spring 2016

Amy WrightAmy E. Wright (Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, Brown University, 2006) has worked with Spanish and ESL students of all age groups, teaching migrant farm workers in her home state of North Carolina, adults in Rhode Island, early college students in NYC, and university students in small private and large public schools from the East Coast to Alaska. At Saint Louis University she is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literatures & Cultures, also serving as coordinator of the Intermediate Spanish Writing Course and initiative/program leader of a SLU-Sponsored Study Abroad Program to be based in Mérida, Yucatán. Her current courses and research examines community / otherness in Latin American contexts, as well as the use of "writing-to-learn" techniques to increase community, fluency and enjoyment in the foreign language classroom. Amy's Spanish course in the Reinert Studio culminates in a student-led community performance of original work surrounding a collective reading of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez's 100 Años de Soledad:
Performing Solitude in Community, and consists of students' close reading of the text alongside virtual workshops with Spanish-speaking performance artists from Mexico, Spain, Colombia and the United States. In addition to an article under review regarding writing-to-learn techniques in the second language classroom, Amy has published articles on 19th-century print culture (Latin American Literary Review, Revista Iberoamericana, and Siglo Diecinueve), as well as book chapters on 19th-century serialized literature (Vanderbilt UP, 2009) and nation-building prose (Cambridge UP, 2015) in Mexico. She is currently working on a book project that examines the early 19th-century Latin American serial novel's ambivalent relationship to European models and its deep connections to the incipient collective identity under development throughout the Independence and Nation-Building Period (1800-1880).


Past Innovative Teaching Fellows

Anne Stiles, Ph.D., Spring 2015

Anne StilesAnne Stiles is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Medical Humanities Interdisciplinary Minor at Saint Louis University. Her research focuses on intersections between literature, neurology, and pseudoscience. Most recently, she has investigated faith healing methods popular during the nineteenth century, such as Christian Science and New Thought, in the works of Frances Hodgson Burnett and Henry James.

Since coming to SLU in 2011, Stiles has taught courses on Victorian literature and psychology, as well as introductory courses in medical humanities. In spring 2015, she will use the Learning Studio to teach English 349: Public Health and the Victorian Built Environment. This course explores the spaces in which Victorians lived their day-to-day lives, reflecting upon the architecture, furniture, interior design, and fashion of the period, not to mention the public health issues that loomed large in nineteenth-century cities. Students will examine primary source materials uniquely available here in St. Louis, including local Victorian house museums and nineteenth-century books and manuscripts held in SLU's Special Collections Department. They will also create short videos about these artifacts, using the technologies available in the Learning Studio.


Jintong Tang, Ph.D., Spring 2015

Jintong TangJintong Tang, Ph.D., is an associate professor of entrepreneurship and management at John Cook School of Business. Her research interests include entrepreneurs' alertness, affect, entrepreneurial orientation, and social performance of Chinese SMEs. She has published in a variety of premier entrepreneurship and management journals such as Journal of Management, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, , etc. She is a Coleman Fellow, Innovative Teaching Fellow, and VOICES Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Saint Louis University. She plans to utilize the learning studio to create a friendly environment for effective teamwork and as well as a real business atmosphere for students' feasibility projects.


Ann Wainscott, Ph.D., Spring 2015

Ann WainscottAnn Wainscott is Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Louis University with a specialty in the study of the Middle East and North Africa. Her research examines the politicization of Islamic education in the Moroccan public schools in the age of the War on Terror. Her research languages are Arabic, French, and Spanish.

In the classroom, Wainscott challenges students to critically engage with the American industry of knowledge production about the Middle East. In addition, she focuses on how the classroom can be a space for exploring and developing skills, especially rhetoric and analysis. At SLU, she teaches classes addressing the Arab Uprisings, gender, American foreign policy as well as an introductory class on the politics of the Middle East. In the Spring of 2015, Wainscott will teach "America and the Middle East" in the Learning Studio. The class addresses the notion of "expertise" that pervades American foreign policy about the Middle East. Students will be challenged to assess others' expertise and perform their own expertise publicly.

Douglas Ryan Boin, Ph.D., Fall 2014

Doug BoinDouglas Ryan Boin is an assistant professor of history and an expert on the religious history of the Roman Empire. A native of Chicago, he received his B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. From 2010-2013, he taught in the Department of Classics at his alma mater, Georgetown, in Washington, D.C. His first book, Ostia in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2013) looked at urban and social changes at the old harbor town of Rome during the "end of the empire." His next book, titled Coming Out Christian in the Roman World, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press. He speaks regularly on aspects of late Roman history, archaeology, and religion at national and international conferences.

In the Learning Studio, Prof. Boin will be teaching "The Rise of Christianity in Rome and the Transformation of the City," a section of the first- and second-year history class, Origins of the Modern World to 1500. Designed around this seminal moment in both ancient and world history, this course asks students to integrate textual and archaeological evidence in order to see the rise of Christianity in a social-historical perspective. It will also focus on integrating both old and new technologies-helping students develop their skills as writers while also learning how to curate accurate and relevant historical information from new media.


Kim Druschel, Ph.D., Fall 2014

Kim DruschelKim Druschel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Her research area is topology, the study of spaces, with a specialization in certain singular spaces called orbifolds. These arise in physics and also give one way to explain the symmetries in M.C. Escher's art. Kim has taught a diversity of courses from freshman Algebra to graduate topics courses in Topology, as well as Statistics and Computer Science courses, including a Computer Graphics course. She feels this breadth of courses, as well as the strong support for and work of her department colleagues in innovative teaching, have been beneficial in her development as an educator. She has been a recipient of and finalist for the College of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award in the Natural Sciences. She is looking forward to using the technology and room versatility in the Leaning Studio for the course Mathematics and the Art of M.C. Escher to help students explore and understand the geometry in Escher's work through several means, including iPad apps, computer programs, the multi-input video wall, and printmaking.


Leslie Hinyard, Ph.D., MSW, Fall 2014

Leslie HinyardLeslie Hinyard is an assistant professor and the associate director for academic affairs at the Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR). Her research interests include methodologic and measurement issues surrounding the use of generic measures of health related quality of life in disease-specific populations, medication and treatment adherence patterns in persons with diabetes, and health related quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer and taste dysfunction. Dr. Hinyard teaches courses in research methods, biostatistics, epidemiology, and health outcomes measurement and teaches using both online and in-person formats. The course being taught in the Learning Studio in Fall 2014-ORES 230 Survey of Epidemiology in Health Services Research-is an introduction to epidemiologic methods and their applications in improving health services and, ultimately, population health. As an instructor, Dr. Hinyard works hard to create an active an engaging learning atmosphere and she is excited to use the space and technology available in the Learning Studio to create a highly interactive peer-learning environment.

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