Project Based Learning for College Algebra
Submitter: Stephanie Branham
Throughout the College Algebra course, students learn about different functions including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic. While word problems are introduced to give students some understanding of the real world applications of these functions, students are always curious about how the equation they are analyzing is formulated. My goal is to develop a comprehensive, project-based learning assignment, so that students can make connections between real world data and the functions they learn in College Algebra. Students will also have a chance to develop research questions and draw conclusions based on their data analysis. The aim of this project is to enhance the student’s quantitative reasoning skills through a learning-by-doing experience.
Charlotte Salomon and Ottilie Gobel Moore in the Nazi Era: A Documentary Mini-Series
Submitter: Dana Plays
Charlotte Salomon and Gobel Ottilie Moore in the Nazi Era: A Documentary Mini-Series created by Dana Plays focuses on the well-known German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon, and the filmmaker’s great aunt Ottilie Gobel Moore who sheltered Salomon along her grandparents and other stateless and disenfranchised refugees including Jewish composers, artists, film producers, Roma, resistance, anti-Nazi journalists, of many nationalities on her property in the south of France during WWII. As her benefactor, Ottilie Moore enabled Charlotte Salomon to develop as an artist leading to her magnum opus, Life? or Theatre? After the war, Ottilie Moore gave this work to Charlotte’s father Albert Salomon, and famous opera singer stepmother, Paula Lindberg Salomon, who miraculously escaped from Westerbork concentration camp. The miniseries follows Plays’ two feature documentaries on this subject. The streaming episodic format provides more runtime (450 minutes) than the feature documentary films, allowing for deeper narrative development through each episode, and provides a streaming accessible format with closed captions in multiple languages to advance this work worldwide. Plays holds an important personal, family archive on Moore, including home movies, photographs, affidavits, letters, and records and feels obligated to disseminate this work more extensively through the miniseries to contribute important research to the ongoing international scholarly research and dialogue on these subjects. Plays has advanced her research by working closely with Yad Vashem, the Charlotte Salomon Foundation and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam the latter two provide full access of their collections for Plays’ works on this subject.
How To Teach Humanities-as-Art-History: Developing a Faculty Training Manual for a General Education Core Course
Submitter: Rosemarie Trentinella
With the pending implementation of the new Spartan Studies curriculum at the University of Tampa comes a need for resources to support continuous pedagogical and faculty development. The work proposed to be completed under this Professional Development Award is multifaceted and aims to facilitate the sustainable improvement and development of an entirely new, multi-section Humanities Core course. Through a combination of reflective and revisionist activities, I plan to develop a robust set of resources to support my and future faculty efforts to provide high-quality educational experiences to general education students at the University of Tampa. Though my work during the Spring 2024 semester will focus on the content and strategies I deploy in my own UTART200: Worlds of Art course, a secondary goal will be to apply lessons learned from this experience toward preparing external funding applications to support the development of college- and university-wide faculty training and professional development opportunities. In this way, all faculty developing or teaching courses in the Spartan Studies curriculum at the University of Tampa can potentially benefit from the outcomes of this project.
Diversity Progress in Science Journals: Florida vs. California
Submitter: Jennifer Wortham
The Florida Academy of Sciences journal, started in 1936, and the California Academy of Sciences journal, started in 1854, are the the main regional academic science journals in both states representing all scientific disciplines and have published manuscripts continuously since their origins. These journals have posted objectives, with California focusing on diversity from journal origin and having several statements and panels about diversity on their website. Florida does not mention diversity anywhere. These journals are ideal sources to evaluate how science journals have changed over time and if those changes match society’s expectation of diversity progress through the decades. All data has been collected already from both journals in every decade, such as percent of female authors compared with male authors, single versus multiple authors, marine-topic manuscripts, length of articles, percent of out-of-state authors and contributions, as well as other diversity measures and changes over time. California was predicted to have more diversity and equality in publication rates between genders compared with Florida, with both journals predicted to have increases in female representation over time. Statistical analysis evaluated these trends and recommendations to increase diversity in both academies are discussed along with opportunities for improvements. Data will be analyzed & graphs created by the PDA start. Writing the manuscript up for peer-review publication would be one PDA outcome (journal such as the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science, Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, or the Florida Scientist) along with a conference presentation.