P.A.C.E. Newsletter for November 2018

From the P.A.C.E. Director, Kellie Toon

Kellie ToonGreetings Pellissippi Colleagues, and welcome to fall! By now everyone is in the full semester swing and busy with meetings, teaching, grading, and oh, did I mention meetings?!?

But I hope in these crazy moments you take some time for yourself, and come check out what P.A.C.E. can do for you. We have been quite busy this month preparing for two upcoming must see events, both to be held the first week of November.

On Monday, November 5, P.A.C.E. partners with TnCIS and the International Education Committee to bring Dr. William Gaudelli to Pellissippi State. Dr. Gaudelli, a professor and leader in global citizenship education, addresses the question: What does it mean to be a global citizen? Gaudelli engages the audience as he examines the educational implications of global citizenship in light of pressing global issues.

Following Dr. Gaudelli’s presentation, we will bring this concept home as we hear from our own Pellissippi students, and what global citizenship means to them. Our student panel will share how their global experiences and understandings impact the classroom experience. That afternoon, Dr. Gaudelli will follow up with a break-out session to delve more deeply into the concept of global citizenship. The presentation and student panel will be held in the Goins auditorium and streamed live to all campuses. The afternoon session will be held in P.A.C.E., Portable F 101. If you cannot make it to all of the sessions that day, please carve time out for yourself to make at least one part of this unique opportunity.

Two days later on November 7, P.A.C.E. partners with Service-Learning Director, Drema Bowers, to host Service-Learning expert Carole Swayze. Ms. Swayze, Director of Experiential Learning at Middle Tennessee State University, presents “From Principles to Practice: Student Engagement and Success through Service-Learning.” Ms. Swayze will present from the new Zoom room, Goins 251. A Zoom link will be sent out prior to the session, thus you may join in wherever you are! Whether you have used service-learning in your class, or you are just beginning to consider it, this is a must-see event.

These are only two of the many things happening at P.A.C.E. Check the P.A.C.E. web site for more information on the exciting opportunities happening both at P.A.C.E. and around the College. Remember to take some time out for yourself and come and enjoy everything P.A.C.E. is offering.

Remember, Excellence is Collaborative; take part, engage, and join the movement!

P.A.C.E. Events Calendar

Please join us for one or more of these events:

  • Thursday, November 1,  12:30 to 3:30: NISOD pre-recorded Webinar: Minority-Serving Community College Communities of Practice: Career Pathways for Students of Color (PACE classroom, HV Portable F101)
  • Monday, November 5 Global Diversity Day. 11am: Dr. William Gaudelli presents, Global Citizenship Education: Inequality, Governance, and Innovation. This presentation will be followed by a Global Student Panel from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. (GOINS Auditorium and streamed live to all campuses).
  • Monday, November 5, 2:00 pm -3:00 pm, Global Citizenship breakout session hosted by Dr. Gaudelli and World Savvy. This session will delve more deeply into the concept of global citizenship. (PACE, Portable F101)
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2:30pm: Service Learning Speaker: Carol Swayze, Director of Experiential Learning at MTSU will share how faculty members from 34 academic departments have infused Service-Learning into their courses and enhanced student engagement and success. The MTSU program is sustainable and replicable.  (HV Goins 251 and online at: https://zoom.us/j/9427495696)
  • Wednesday, November 14th, 12pm to 1pm: GIFT Rapping around Service-Learning. Join PACE Faculty Fellow, Cindy Wawrzyniak and other instructors to learn some great ideas for teaching using Service-Learning! (Division Street Campus, Room 116)

Staff Profile: Drema BowersDrema at the food packing event

Department: Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

What is your role at the college? Director of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

How long have you been at PSCC? How long in your current position? I have been with Pellissippi for 4 years and in this current role for just over a year.

Finish this sentence: Successful students _________

Successful students are engaged.

How can your department improve student learning?

By encouraging students to become involved in volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, we are giving students the opportunity to increase their career readiness skills, gain a greater understanding of their community and the needs of it’s citizens and determine how they can impact change. Research also indicates that students who participate in service-learning perform better academically.

Do you have a favorite professional organization, newsletter, or blog that you follow?

Because of my work with the Pellissippi Pantry, I’m learning more about hunger and homelessness among college students and encourage all to follow Sara GoldrickRab – http://saragoldrickrab.com/

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Outside of work, I spend time with my three children. I also attend a lot of concerts and music festivals with my daughter.

If you could have dinner with absolutely anyone, living or not, who would it be?

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be my mother. She passed away 16 years ago so she never had the opportunity to see my children grow up or see how her sacrifices had such a positive impact on our lives.

What book is on your bedside table?

On my bedside table is a journal that I keep my “poems” in. I don’t consider myself a writer but often jot down thoughts.

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

I will be speaking at the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare’s Fall Conference on November 30th. This year’s theme is Justice for All

Faculty Fellow Project Spotlight: Service-LearningCindy

This month we would like to introduce you to Cindy Wawrzyniak and her Faculty Fellow Project. Cindy has been a P.A.C.E. Faculty Fellow since 2017 focusing on the high impact practice (HIP) of Service-Learning.

In Cindy’s own words, here is a description of her project: “Over the last year I have had the pleasure of working with faculty of all disciplines across our college to incorporate Service-Learning (SL) into their courses. It is amazing how combining learning with community service has been applicable to so many topics.

We have found there is a statistically significant difference in academic performance observed between students who participate in SL, and those who do not. Students who participated in SL in my course obtained 82% of the points, and students who did not participate in SL received 57% of these points. This is a strong correlation in academic success and SL. This data is from a tw0-sample t-test.

I find it is most effective when I sit down with faculty one on one in their office and chat about SL and how it can help meet learning objectives for their students. I can help instructors incorporate SL into their class! In addition to my assistance, we have an excellent SL and Civic Engagement administrative team (Drema Bowers and Sandra Davis) who support instructors with community partners and tracking of students SL progress.

The hours a student puts in for SL can also be applied to the students TN promise volunteer commitment (double dip). If a student accumulates enough hours of SL at PSCC, they graduate with an attractive medallion and it goes on their transcripts.

Service-Learning is a win-win for everyone.

For more information about Cindy’s project or if you would like help adding Service-Learning to your course, please contact Cindy at cwawrzyniak@pstcc.edu.

Tech TalkImage of Faculty Fellow Rachel Glazener

By Rachel Glazener, P.A.C.E. Mobile & Emerging Technology Faculty Fellow

Have you ever wanted to know the following about your students during class: How much are they understanding? How are they feeling about this topic? How can I get everyone’s results? How can I get everyone to respond? How can I get them feedback on in-class quizzes faster? How can I make learning more engaging or fun? How can I better prepare for my next lecture on this topic?   There’s an APP for that! Well, there are many options for applications that might be a good fit for your class to answer one or more of the above questions!

The mobile fellows posts an APPy Friday blog post every few Fridays. The latest APPy Friday was on Clicker Style Applications that can be used on any device. Laptops, windows, macs, iOS, and android devices were considered. Why these applications instead of traditional clickers? Many of these are FREE for the students and are either free or low cost to the instructor. Also, many of these applications can provide more real time feedback than clickers. The physical clickers only do one thing, though it does that one thing very well, it clicks in a singular answer for each student attending class and participating.

These apps can help the instructor keep students on task, get the students live results to help remediate in real time, and can help students feel more engaged in class. The apps now go beyond clicking. Some of the apps mentioned can do a full presentation of material with PowerPoint slides and some apps can allow you to go paperless and upload a quiz for students to complete.  Thinking pedagogically these apps can help instructors determine where their students learning gaps are, they can receive feedback from their students to shape the next lecture, and can better insure that every student is interacting with the material in class.

Several faculty on campus are using one or more of these applications. A total of 11 are reviewed in the APPy Friday blog and have been tested by faculty on campus. Check out the full post for APPy Friday here. To highlight a few of Pellissippi State faculty’s favorites would be Formative, not only a digital quizzing tool but also a way to get feedback to students quickly. Kahoot! and Quizizz are a popular way to gamify quizzes in the classroom and adds some competitiveness, students love to be the highest scorers. And Plickers give the instructor the power to gain student feedback without the worry of students having their own device or getting connected.

Are you using any in-class applications not mentioned here, interested in learning how to use these in your courses, or not sure which app would be best for your course? Let Rachel Glazener know at rlglazener@pstcc.edu, she’s available for face to face and zoom meetings for training.

And don’t forget about the Grow Your Skills Tech Challenge going on right now!

Grow Your Skills Completion Card with Tree and directions on how to get to the PACE website.

Need more information on techy resources on campus and other fun educational technology apps? Check out the “Grow Your Skills Tech Challenge.” The challenge is hosted on the PACE website here. There will be a total of 4 levels on the challenge to help faculty get connected on campus, learn about techy tools they have access to, best practices of using these tools in class, and how students interact/connect with these tools. Already techy? Great! There is always a bonus application section in the challenge that will contain applications to help with student engagement and productivity that will hopefully have something new for everyone. Several faculty are already getting APPy on campus and growing their tech skills too!

Dear Instructional DesignerKaren Sorensen

Dear Instructional Designer,

I want to include Service-Learning in my course, but I don’t know how to get started. How do I assess students that do Service-Learning equally with those who don’t. Please help.


Stumped by SL

Dear Stumped,

The timing of your email is perfect. This month, PACE will have a couple events that are specific to Service-Learning that you must check out! See the events calendar for this month.

But more specifically to your question about getting started, here are the steps involved, according to the Faculty Handout prepared by the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement department:

  1. Determine the Service-Learning outcomes
  2. Establish an option to Service-Learning
  3. Consider the number of hours that students will participate in SL.
  4. Register your Course in MyPellissippi/Faculty page (just takes 5 minutes!)
  5. Create a Syllabus Statement
  6. Create a Final Assessment
  7. Create Reflections/Formative Assessments
  8. Encourage your students to choose Service-Learning.

There are a lot of people who can help you get started. Drema Bowers, the SL and Civic Engagement Director and Cindy Wawrzyniak the PACE Faculty Fellow for Service-Learning would both be happy to meet with you.

And I would be very happy to help you come up with outcomes and assessments that are balanced for students who participate in SL and those who don’t.

So I hope you will add Service-Learning to your course for spring term. It’s a unique opportunity for our students to become engaged, and there is a lot of support available to make the experience a success for you, your students and the community!


Karen Sorensen, PACE Instructional Designer


If you have a question for the Instructional Designer, please contact her. With your permission, she may publish your question in the P.A.C.E. newsletter.