CELT Coffee Hour, 9/2 10:30 am

CELT Coffee Hour 9/2/2020 10:30am -11:30am

Dear Faculty, please join CELT for an informal conversation among peers about teaching. Share and discuss with colleagues your Fall 2020 first week’s experiences, challenges, success stories, moments of joy or disappointment, and useful tips. Faculty at all ranks, tracks and disciplines are invited to join the conversation. Bring your late morning cup of joe and meet a supportive community of human, passionate, and compassionate educators.   Hosted by Brosh Teucher

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Faculty Training for Fall Start!

Faculty Training Sessions – Fall 2020

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Please note that session meeting links will be emailed to you prior to the session dates. Please choose the option at the end of the survey to receive a copy of your workshop sign ups.

Blackboard Basics: Learn the basics of building your course in Blackboard
– Thursday, August 20, 9am-11am

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: learn about synchronous online meeting using Blackboard’s integrated meeting tool.
– Thursday, August 20, 1pm-2:30pm

Blackboard Tests: learn how to create online quizzes and tests in Blackboard
– Thursday, September 10, 12pm-1pm
– Tuesday, September 15, 2pm-3pm

Blackboard Grade Center: learn how to set up and navigate your course gradebook
– Wednesday, September 23, 12pm-1pm
– Thursday, October 1, 9am-10am

Summer Training for Faculty Teaching Online

Dear Faculty,

You are invited to register for training sessions taking place June 15-26 and July 13-24. There are a wide variety of times and dates to fit your summer schedules. Workshop descriptions and sign up links are available via the CELT Summer 2020 Workshops page.

6/23/20 update:
New Sessions added (June 29-30, July 7-9, and July 27) – Full details on the Summer 2020 Workshops page:

  • Session 12: Blackboard Basics (Track 5 Tech Tools)
  • Session 13: Kaltura Capture (Track 5 Tech Tools)
  • Session 14: Blackboard Ally Accessibility (Track 5 Tech Tool)
  • Session 15 Incorporating Writing into Any Course, Part 1/2 (Track 2 Course Design)
  • Session 16: Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback for Writing Assignments, Part 2/2 (Track 2 Course Design)

CELT Tribute

Frontline Nursing Faculty

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During this pandemic, we pay tribute to our heroic frontline faculty from the Nursing department.

Dr. Linda Dalessio (upper left) has joined the faculty at Western Connecticut State University full time as an assistant professor. She has taught at Western as an adjunct professor in the BSN program at Waterbury since 2008. Linda graduated with her ADN in 1984 from Capitol Community Technical College in Hartford and received her BSN in 1999 from Elsevier College in New York. She went on to receive her MSN in Forensic nursing at Quinnipiac University. Linda then attended   St. Louis University and graduated in 2005 with a post master’s degree as an acute care nurse practitioner. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Linda has worked as a critical care nurse and nurse practitioner in acute and adult care in many different areas.

She has authored and co-authored grants obtained from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Linda currently has completed a chapter in an upcoming publication for acute care nurse practitioners that deals with toxicology and overdose in the intensive care unit. Publication should be early in 2015. Linda is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and has been CCRN certified since 1989.

Dr. Eileen Campbell (upper right) is an assistant professor of Nursing at Western Connecticut State University. Eileen is also a practicing Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Eileen’s research interests include nursing education and pain management.  As a first-generation college graduate and first-generation American, Eileen is passionate about helping students navigate college and be successful in the nursing program.

Professor Doreen Graham (bottom left) is a full- time Assistant Professor in Nursing at Western Connecticut State University. Doreen has been a full- time professor this past five years and is in the process of finishing her Doctorate dissertation in Nursing Education at Western Connecticut State University. Doreen is also a part-time per diem Nurse Practitioner at Waterbury Hospital in the Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit. Doreen’s background in both nursing and advance practice nursing has been for over thirty years in critical care. Doreen is board certified in critical care and is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Cardiology. Professor Doreen Graham is also a member of both the Mu Beta and Kappa Alpha Chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Professor Doreen Graham teaches undergraduate nursing at Western Connecticut State University. Doreen is also a preceptor for WCSU advance practice nursing students in the cardiovascular unit.

Andrew Hull (bottom right) is the Nursing Simulation Coordinator at Western Connecticut State University.


Campbell, E. (2020). Faculty perspectives of teaching pain management to nursing students. Pain Management Nursing21(2) 179-186.

CELT Podcast: Dr. Veronica Howard

Open Educational Resources

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In this podcast, Dr. Veronica Howard, our featured speaker from University of Alaska Anchorage, will discuss open educational resources.

Dr. Veronica Howard is an assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, chair of the UAA textbook affordability committee, and founding member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s Open Educational Resources (OER) special interest group. As a first-generation college student, working to find ways to make higher education affordable for all students is a deeply personal mission for Veronica. Veronica’s background is in organizational behavior management and sustainable behavior change, and uses these skills to promote wide-spread adoption and creation of OER materials.


Howard, V. J. (2019). Open educational resources in behavior analysis. Behavior Analysis in Practice12(4), 839-853.

Special thanks to Peter Puccio for recording this podcast.

CELT Podcast: Dr. Sharon Yamen

Setting Expectations in the Classroom

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Sharon Yamen, Esq. is an assistant professor in the division of justice and law at the Ancell School of Business, Western Connecticut State University. She received her J.D. at Hofstra University School of Law. Professor Yamen holds her own practice assisting small business start-ups and has ten plus years of teaching experience. Her research is vast and varied, often pointing out disparities in the law. When not teaching, researching or practicing she can be found exploring the great outdoors.

Part 2: Demystifying the digital pedagogy of teaching online

Session recording (requires WCSU login)

You are invited to CELT online faculty panel discussion… Friday, May 8, 12pm-1pm, via WebEx (WCSU Login required to access WebEx meeting link) 

Please join your colleagues for another thought-provoking conversation about the digital pedagogy of teaching online hosted by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. 

This session will focus on fostering online student engagement and learning through fostering community and rapport in the class.  We will discuss a variety of techniques, such as group work, discussion, peer to peer learning and other online course community building techniques. Faculty panelists will share their experience, tips, techniques, and lessons learned on this important and challenging aspect of online learning.  

Hosted by Adam Brewer, CELT Director
Opening Remarks by Missy Alexander, Provost 
Moderated by Aura Lippincott, Instructional Designer 


  • Maya Aloni, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology 
  • Nicole DeRonck, Ph.D., Ed.D., CRC, School Counseling Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Department of Education & Educational Psychology 
  • Sharon Yamen, J.D., Associate Professor, Division of Justice & Law Administration 
  • Sharon Young, LCSW, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Social Work 

CELT Podcast: Dr. Neeta Connally

How being a Researcher can Inform Teaching

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Neeta Pardanani Connally is an associate professor in the Dept. of Biological & Environmental Sciences at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), where she oversees the WCSU Tickborne Disease Prevention Laboratory. Trained as a medical entomologist, her research focuses upon backyard ecology and prevention of Lyme and other tick-associated diseases in the northeastern United States. Some of Neeta’s recent projects have evaluated integrated tick management tactics for preventing tick bites, assessed the effectiveness of tick-repellent clothing, and investigated the role of human behavior in peridomestic tickborne disease risk.

Neeta’s research has been funded by federal grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and she has been a CDC TickNET project contributor in partnership with the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program since 2007. Neeta served on the U.S. Health and Human Services Tick-Borne Disease Working Group as a member of the Tick Biology, Ecology, and Control Subcommittee in 2019, and as a member of the Disease Vectors, Surveillance, and Prevention subcommittee in 2018. She was also appointed
to the Science and Technology Committee of the 2020 CT Governor’s Council on Climate Change.

Neeta has been recognized for her research and outreach efforts, receiving the Connecticut State University Board of Regents system-wide Faculty Research Award in 2020, the Connecticut Campus Compact Community Engaged Scholar Award in 2015, and the Connecticut State University Board of Regents Faculty Research Award for WCSU in 2014. She holds a B.S. in animal biology from Louisiana Tech University, a Master of Science in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to joining the WCSU faculty, Neeta was an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health.

CELT Panel: Demystifying the digital pedagogy of teaching online

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4/17/2020 With four weeks of emergency remote teaching behind you, are you looking to take your online teaching to the next level? Are you new to online, or have some experience, but want to learn “how others are doing it?” As we have all moved to remote teaching, what are some lessons learned that we can apply to the rest of the semester and beyond? During this session, faculty panelists – from brand new to experienced practitioners – will share their experiences, lessons learned, “aha” moments, and the challenges and rewards of online teaching. Learn about what is involved in planning, preparing and facilitating an online course. Gain insights on how this modality is different from (and the same) as on-ground teaching. Learn valuable lessons, tips and tricks from those who have already tried (with or without success).

Hosted by Adam Brewer, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Moderated by Aura Lippincott, Instructional Designer


• Eileen Campbell, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Nursing
• Bruce Dunbar, MA, Adjunct Professor, Photography, Department of Art
• Kristin A. Giamanco, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
• Stephanie Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Professor, Coordinator ABA Program, Department of Education

CELT Podcast: Dr. Caitlin Faas

Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus

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Caitlin Faas is an associate professor and department chair of psychology at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science from Virginia Tech with a specialization in child and adolescent development. Her research has focused on emerging adulthood and educational outcomes. She is also a certified life and weight coach through The Life Coach School. Follow her work at http://www.drcaitlinfaas.com/