(All Staff and Faculty are invited to attend)
January 19th, 2016 Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Beverly Gordon "Work, Stress, and Health"
It is no secret that our society is pervaded with impressive and pervasive sources of stress that challenge the resilience of the toughest among us. Among those stressors, job stress ranks high as a threat to mental health. It is the elephant in the room that thrives on silence and avoidance; quietly destroying the lives of many men and women. A holistic approach to preserving the health and well-being of society's workforce is essential for creating and maintaining a more humane society.
February 18th, 2016 Room 149 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Professor Jonathan Agresta "Dissertation Proposal - A Qualitative Study of the Marketing and Public Relations Strategies of For-Profit Higher Education Institutions Following the U.S. Senate HELP Investigation"
One of the largest changes to the American higher education landscape in recent years is the expansion of for-profit colleges and universities. Hundreds of small campuses and centers, supported by a corporate headquarters, have sprouted up in almost all major cities, and many of their suburbs, throughout the nation. Where there is no location, or viable option for one, an online degree is available through many of the more popular for-profit schools in operation. The University of Phoenix, DeVry University, the Art Institutes, and many others have pushed to gain market share by spending billions on advertising and public relations (Harkin, 2012). Roughly one third of all spending is on advertising, while little is allocated to instruction (de Vise, 2010). These publicly traded, for-profit schools were largely unknown by many Americans, until the United States Senate investigated a handful of their schools and uncovered practices that not only damaged their reputations, but potentially killed their ever-growing enrollment. Since the investigation's report was made public the for-profit schools needed to both comply to new regulations and to repair their broken reputations. This study focuses on the latter, and will shed light on the internal perceptions of the for-profit's reputation and marketing efforts.
March 15th, 2016 Room 149 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Professor Jim Schneider "Recognizing stereotype threat in marginalized students"
Steele and Aronson (1995) penned the term stereotype threat after carefully analyzing extensive data on the underperformance of Black students on standardized tests. The researchers posited, and later confirmed, knowledge of existing cultural stereotypes about the inferiority of Black intellect increased anxiety in students taking standardized exams as they tried not to reinforce these stereotypes. Since these initial findings, stereotype threat has grown to describe a wide array of deficits, or gaps, in performance. This presentation will explore stereotype threat--what it is and how to identify it--and its impact on learning, belongingness, and ultimately persistence. Finally, while this presentation will focus primarily on mature female students, the population at the heart of my doctoral dissertation, other marginalized populations will also be addressed.
May 10th, 2016 Room 149 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Matthew Williams "Video editing"
July 21st, 2016 Room 149 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Edward Carvalho "Espada's VIVAS TO THOSE WHO HAVE FAILED"
A leading national expert on the life and work of poet and activist Martín Espada, Dr. Carvalho will present a National Poetry Month talk on Espada's tenth book of poetry, VIVAS TO THOSE WHO HAVE FAILED (Norton, 2016). For more on this book and its thematic content, please see Carvalho's forthcoming review in North American Review (U of Northern Iowa, Spring 2016).