Faculty Grant Spotlight: Dr. Kelly Wallace

Several Trocaire College faculty received Faculty Initiative Grants for the Spring 2018 semester. This small stipend is to be used to promote initiatives and innovation in the classroom that will enhance student learning, engagement, and retention.

We will highlight one faculty member per week on the Trocaire Trailblazer blog to highlight this important and exciting work and give a glimpse into what our hard-working faculty members have planned for their classrooms.


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Kelly Wallace, PhD., M.S.

I treat students the way that I would like to be treated, with honesty and respect. I also use a fair amount of humor on my classroom to keep students engaged.

Courses taught:

BIO130, BIO130 lab, BIO131, BIO131 lab, BIO333, MB119

 

Faculty Initiative Grant project:

For my grant project I decided to try bringing some technology into the classroom. After attending our spring faculty development days and meeting with one of the presenters, I decided to ask students to create their own website and post to it throughout the semester. Students were asked to summarize that particular weeks topics discussed in class by adding images and videos to their websites.

 

What do you hope to gain from the project?

My main goals in this project were to engage students using a platform most people enjoy working with (technology), give students who are more reserved an opportunity to express their thoughts/concerns in an environment where they would not feel pressured or judged, and also to determine if students are picking up on key concepts as we move through the semester.

 

More about Dr. Wallace:

 

Education:

SUNY Oswego, B.S
University of Rochester, M.S.
SUNY Upstate Medical, PhD.

 

Time at Trocaire:

3 years

 

Teaching Philosophy:

I treat students the way that I would like to be treated, with honesty and respect. I also use a fair amount of humor on my classroom to keep students engaged.

 

Research/academic Interests:

My research involved studying the genetic disorder 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. This condition is the result of a missing segment of one chromosome that results in many physical, mental, and emotional anomalies in an individual. Specifically, my research focus on effects in the brain on a structural as well as functional level.