VIENNA, W.Va. – Once again Ohio Valley University faculty are sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with others. Five faculty members will present at the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Summit next month in Knoxville, Tenn.
The 16th annual summit will be held Oct. 24-26 in Knoxville, Tenn. The OVU faculty members who will present are Dr. Stephen Opoku-Duah, Gordon Wells, Jo Pennington, Dr. G.K. Pennington, and Dr. Jennifer Presley-Ice.
Dr. Stephen Opoku-Duah, associate professor of physical science, and Gordon Wells, chair of the School of Mathematics & Sciences, will present a breakout session titled, “Shoestring Budget for Undergraduate Research.” In this presentation, they will demonstrate that ACA colleges and universities can still successfully implement undergraduate research from limited budgets.
Opoku-Duah and Wells will be joined by Dr. Jennifer Presley-Ice, assistant professor of natural science and wellness, to present, “Quantitative Reasoning Activities for the Classroom.” They will share a variety of quantitative reasoning activities that they have used and found to be successful with their students.
Opoku-Duah will also lead his own session called “Improving Earth Systems Science Education Using Online Technologies,” which will help ACA participants examine the value of online resources and how to incorporate them into their earth system science courses.
Dr. G.K. Pennington, director of lectureship & forums and professor of Bible, will talk about “Mentoring for Transformation.” He will discuss how a deliberate mentoring effort can make a difference in the lives of students.
Jo Pennington, dean of the College of Education, will lead the breakout session, “Transforming Higher Education with 21st Century Learning.” Her session will provide an overview of the need to transform higher education, discuss changes and strategies for evaluating institutional requirements for degree programs, explore competency-based learning, and share new strategies. She will also be leading the education discipline forum on “Training for Leadership.”
The Appalachian College Association is a consortium of 36 private four-year liberal arts institutions in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The annual summit allows these institutions to share ideas and resources.
Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a residential faith-based Tier I institution with four colleges offering 35 undergraduate degrees and a master of education degree to students from 28 states and 14 nations. To learn more about the university, visit www.ovu.edu.