Undergraduate Studies Annual Report, 2006-07

Significant Activities in the Unit during 2006-2007 


Center for Instruction and Research Technology:  

Lab Activity: CIRT had more than 3,321 interactions with 428 unique faculty members during the 2006-07 academic year, and provided 562 equipment check-outs.

Events: CIRT held 30 faculty events during the 2006-07 academic year, ranging from brown bag discussions to hands-on training. The department also offered an intensive, week-long seminar for faculty to redesign a course for the online environment. Applications were competitive and faculty received a laptop for completion of redesign.

Major Projects: The first of what is to be an annual survey was delivered in Spring 2006 in an effort to more systematically gather information about faculty�s use of technology, needs for support, and preferences for learning about new technologies.During 2006-2007, CIRT also increased efforts to partner with academic departments and ITS on campus to offer pilots of potentially promising technologies to faculty. One result was the adoption of a classroom response, or �clicker�, system by the campus. Adoption has been strong and faculty report positive impact on classroom engagement.

Scholarly and Creative productivity: Department staff gave 5 presentations at regional and national conferences. 


Undergraduate Academic Enrichment Program:

Scholarships: Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Winner: Natalia Klosak Only 60 students in the nation received Fellowships valued at $5,000 each to support first-year graduate study at institutions of their choice.

Internships: Ben Hogarth – a sophomore political science major interned with Senator Edward Kennedy�s office through the Washington Center. (Placement made by Nancy Soderberg)

Mai Tran – a sophomore political science major interned with the Hilary Clinton presidential campaign through the Washington Center (Placement made by Nancy Soderberg).

Dane Boog – junior international studies major interned this summer with Human Rights First in New York City (Placement made by Nancy Soderberg).

Joey Clements – junior public relations major and international studies major interned this summer with the World Food Program in Rome, Italy (Placement made by Nancy Soderberg).

Amy Collotta – sophomore business management major interned with Bonacare and D-jobs International in Seoul, South Korea.

Stacy Enriquez – senior nursing student interned in South Africa, where she studied the health care system and how the country is treating its HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Undergraduate Research: Largest Osprey Journal in the history of the program was published. The 2007 issue has 438 pages. The initial issue in 2001 had 77 pages!

UNF Student Selected for the Council on Undergraduate Research�s Posters on the Hill. Student: Psychology major Vanessa Teixiera Advisor: Dominik Guess Title: "Why Do They Hate Us?" A Cultural-Psychological Theory of Suicide Terrorism.

UAEP Student Success Stories: Tatiana Melnick, whose paper appeared in the 2007 issue of the Osprey Journal and who was a member of the University Scholar�s Honor Society, matriculated at the University of Michigan�s law school in fall 2006.

Nnatalia Klosak whose paper appeared in the 2006 Osprey Journal and won a 2006 Honorable Mention Award in the Goldwater Scholarship competition and a 2007 Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship received a full scholarship to pursue her M.D and Ph.D degrees at the University of Florida. She will begin her studies in August of 2007.

Face to Face Program: (Face to Face in an on-going series of in-depth conversations with prominent members of the Northeast Florida community.)

Fall 2006: Peter Rummell, CEO of the St. Joe Company

Spring 2007: Jack Del Rio, Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars

"Other Club" Dinners:

Oct. 27, 2006: "Does Money Really Buy Happiness or is Money the Root of All Evil?" Which cliche´ is closer to the truth?

March 2, 2007: "Isolation or Globalization, Which Is the Best Course?" Which cliche´ is closer to the truth? .


Office of Academic Testing:  

Administration of new test: The Office of Academic Testing (OAT) began administration of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for the College of Health Nursing program in the fall of 2006. The TEAS is an entrance examination required of all applicants to the Prelicensure and Accelerated Prelicensure tracks of the BSN program. TEAS candidate registration is managed by the College of Nursing, while OAT managed test administration including the hiring and training of necessary staff. Test administration began in December 2006 and continued through March 2007, during which over 300 tests were administered. Tests are usually administered on Saturdays with an occasional Tuesday evening alternate administration. Since TEAS is internet based, the College of Health computer labs were utilized for test administrations. TEAS testing will be administered next year from November 2007 through March 2008.