CATL Announces Spring 2013 Teaching & Learning Grant recipients

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning announces the recipients of the Spring 2013 Teaching and Learning Grants.

Daryl Lawson in Physical Therapy Education will use $1200 to support training for the Treason t3200 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound system, which can create real-time images of muscles, tendons, nerves, bones, arteries, and veins. Svetlana Nepocatych, Exercise Science Department, will use her funds to purchase FitBit (Flex) accelerometers to increase student understanding in courses related to the epidemiology of physical activity, $3399.

Mary Knight-McKenna, School of Education, will purchase several Wilson Reading System sets for use in EDU 444: Language and Literacy Methods in Special Education, $2964.

Youssef Osman in the Communications Department will support the purchase of a professional digital cinema camera, $4700.  The purchase of the “Red One” camera will increase opportunities for industry-quality work for majors in Communications programs and will enable faculty to propose additional advanced courses related to production and post-production.

Virginia Novine-Whittaker & Matt Buckmaster, Music Department, will use $5389 to purchase sound equipment in support of their project Experiential Outreach through Music: Funding a New ELR Course.  The course, Elon Music Ambassadors, grants Performing Arts students the opportunity to design, research, write, and present a musical performance project for local schools and community organizations.

Toddie Peters in Religious Studies will use her funds to support the development of a set of courses for Elon’s new Poverty and Social Justice Minor, $2590.  Taught by faculty from multiple departments, these courses seek to educate students about the causes and realities of poverty and equip students to participate effectively in its alleviation.

Samantha DiRosa, of the Art and Environmental Studies department, will attend training related to environmental- and eco-art making, $500.  Michael Strickland, also of the Environmental Studies Department, will use $2389 in support of his project Expanding Food Education Capacity through Harvest Extension: Cold Storage, Canning, Fermentation, and Mushrooms. Ryan Kirk, Environmental Studies, will purchase equipment to establish field-based hydrology exercises in the Elon University Forest, $1848.

The Teaching and Learning Grant Review committee included faculty members Katie King, Katy Rouse, Qian Xu, Victoria Moore, Mark Kurt, Rissa Trachman, and Mary Jo Festle.

The CATL Teaching and Learning Grants program supports innovative teaching and learning projects. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000, although smaller and larger proposals will be considered. Grants generally support start-up and one-time expenses (materials, stipends, and so on), rather than paying for ongoing operational costs.  For more information, visit our website at