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Team-Teaching Opportunities

Faculty Interdisciplinary Collaboration

This page is designed to help CMU faculty form teaching teams across disciplines. If you would like to explore a team-teaching opportunity posted below, please email the submitting faculty member directly.

If you would like your idea for a Milestone course posted here, please submit the "Team-Teaching Interest Form."

Submissions will be reviewed and posted by staff. Once submitted, postings will remain until the submitting faculty member sends a request to milestone@coloradomesa.edu asking that the posting be removed.

Faculty Seeking Team-Teaching Partners

Faculty Member

Margot Becktell, Associate Professor of Biology | mbecktel@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Anatomy
  • Plant Physiology
  • Mycology
  • Senior Thesis

Areas of Interest:

  • Botany
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Pathology
  • Art

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Plants in Literature
  • Politics of Food/Agriculture
  • The Art of Botany
  • Plants and People

Course Vision:

  • Plants are everywhere. They provide aesthetic beauty, but also serve many important purposes and functions in our everyday lives. Plants have served, and continue to serve, an integral role in our societies. Plants and people have co-evolved and we owe much of our current existence to plants. Integrating plant biology into several different courses seems like a possibility.

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Carrie McVean Waring, Professor of Biology | cmcvean@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Nature & Philosophy of Science
  • Animal Behavior
  • Microbiology

Areas of Interest:

  • Plagues
  • Ecosystem destruction and how/why these occur

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • How society/culture changes
    • susceptible to disease (plagues)
    • destroy ecosystems
    • how society adapted
  • Look at viruses, bacteria, genetics, components of ecosystem, immune function

Course Vision:

Cover plagues and disease. What was thought to be the source, how cause was determined and how it was dealt with (Bubonic plague and rats; Malaria and swamps. Look at ecological disasters - deforestation, the dust bowl, famine. Examine role of man & the environment.

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Stephanie Matlock, Instructor of Biology | smatlock@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Anatomy of Physiology
  • General Human Biology
  • Desert Ecology
  • Human Osteology

Areas of Interest:

  • Desert Ecology
  • Field Journals
  • Animals, Plants
  • Art

Posted:5/18/16

Faculty Member

Zeynep Ozsoy, Assistant Professor of Biology | aozsoy@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Cellular Biology
  • Attributes of Living Systems
  • Principles of Genetics
  • General Human Biology
  • Protein Chemistry

Areas of Interest:

  • Biological Control agents
  • Molecular Identification/classification
  • Biochemical basis of Diapause response
  • DNA Repair
  • Genetics

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Biocontrol agents
  • Invasive species vs. immigration through history
  • Cancer biology
  • Cancer in literature

Course Vision:

  • An investigation of how 'newcomers' are accepted in nature and human history.

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Richard Vail, Professor of Business | rvail@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Business Strategy
  • Management Theory
  • Operations Management
  • Personal Finance
Possible Topics/Themes:
  • Theory and Practice
  • Decision Making
  • Computer Simulation
  • Historical Change
  • Evolution of Ideas
  • Conflict Management
  • Personal Finance
  • Game Theory
  • Chaos Theory
  • Complex Systems
  • Grounded Theory
  • Modeling
  • Financial crisis
  • Simulation of Individual Decisions
  • Sustainability
  • Citizenship
  • Strategy (Organizational, Political or Military)
  • Healthcare as a Business

Posted:5/17/16

Faculty Member

Georgann Jouflas, Instructor of Business | gjouflas@coloradomesa.edu

Areas of Expertise:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Accounting
  • Basic Business Skills

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Adulting
  • The emotional and business-side of becoming an adult
  • What it takes to be innovative

Posted:5/17/16

Faculty Member

Michael Conklin, Lecturer of Business | mconklin@coloradomesa.edu

Areas of Interest:

  • Free Speech
  • Negotiations, Persuasion

Posted: 5/18/16

Faculty Member

Suzanne Kenney, Instructor of Chemistry | skenney@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Society
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry Labs

Areas of Interest:

  • Chemistry of Art (ceramics, painting)
  • History of Chemical applications
  • Medicine and Chemistry
  • Food

Course Vision 1:

  • Chemistry of art, with a focus on ceramics or painting. Make paints or glazes to use on actual projects, talk about electromagnetic spectrum (color), oxidation states of metals (different color glazes), bonding and properties of clays, safety (MSDS; toxic metals; anding/particulate matter); redox reactions in kiln. Possibly weekend workshop to do hand on work in chemistry lab and art studio (create art and write paper on chemistry aspects of art project)

Course Vision 2:

  • Explore how Chemistry (specific elements and compounds) was involved in changing history of world

Course Vision 3:

  • Medicine-use health sciences as introduction to chemistry concepts

Course Vision 4:

  • Biology/health (food science)-chemistry of food and cooking

Posted: 11/16/15

Faculty Member

Shanell Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice | shsanchez@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Victimology
  • Criminology
  • Research Methods
  • Drugs

Areas of Interest:

  • Victims
  • Immigration
  • Crime and justice
  • Drugs
  • Crime and business

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Drugs and Impact on Society
  • Victims and healthcare
  • Crime and business
  • History of Immigration

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Russ Walker, Professor of Environmental Science and Technology | rwalker@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Sustainable Building
  • Pollution Monitoring
  • Water Quality
  • Atmospheric Science

Areas of Interest:

  • Urban Planning
  • Sustainable Building
  • Environmental Protection
  • Risk Assessment

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Are the favorable effects of urbanization (opportunity for advancement, economies of scale, social and artistic ferment, environmental advantages of growth upward instead of outward…) in balance with the adverse effects of urbanization (poverty, crowding, crime, pollution, reliance on non-local resources…)? If not, how can we manage urbanization to create a more desirable balance?
  • History, politics, social and environmental issues, and the overarching issue of sustainability viewed through the lens of urbanization

Course Vision:

  • In 2012 the fraction of world population living in cities surpassed 50% for the first time and this fraction is only expected to increase. Can cities be changes and growth managed to promote sustainability and public welfare (in all its different facets)?

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Labecca Jones, Instructor of English | ljjones@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • English Composition 111
  • English Composition 112
  • Intro to Creative Writing
  • Scientific Writing

Areas of Interest:

  • Science/technical writing
  • Science and Narrative
  • Food
  • Violence and Media

Course Themes/Vision 1:

  • Science/Technical Writing in Different Disciplines
    • This class would be structured for varying disciplines whose students' needs additional experience reading and writing in their field. The class would be created for students who have declared their major and taken 60-80 credit hours and are transitioning from general studies to coursework focused on their specific major. Specialists in each field could be brought in to discuss the kinds of reading, research, and writing they do as part of their career.

Course Themes/Vision 2:

  • The Rhetoric of Food, Health and Wellness
    • Food is such an important part of our lives, but it's also an industry. The class would focus on the rhetoric surrounding food including advertisements, labeling, nutrition, environmental concerns and marketing for different demographics of the American population. It would be run as an interactive study where students are expected to read, study, and participate in conversations and politics, surrounding food. It may also include diet fads, vitamins, and supplements.

Course Themes/Vision 3:

  • How American news media frames and discusses violence; How we are lead to discuss or avoid communicating about violence depending on the type.
    • This class would focus on the complexity of the rhetoric of violence. It will cover how the media responds to violent events including anything form mass shootings to armed robbery and domestic disturbances. It would also concentrate on firearms and other weaponry, with a discussion on regional (broken down into urban and rural communities), socioeconomic status, hate crimes, domestic violence, hunting, and may also discuss the relationship between gun/weapon violence and illegal substances.

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Kate Belknap, Instructor of English | kbelknap@coloradomesa.edu

Areas of Interest:

  • Field journaling
  • Deserts

Possible topics:

  • Art: sketching
  • Desert Ecology
  • Natural History
  • Hydrology

Posted: 5/17/16

Faculty Member

Maureen McCarney, Lecturer of English | rmccarne@coloradomesa.edu

Areas of Interest:

  • English and Political Science
  • Public Lands
  • Poetry
  • Language
  • Feminism
  • Terrorism and the Media
  • Punk Music
  • Irish Culture
  • Cities
  • Postmodernism
  • The Cold War
  • The Interwar Period

Posted: 5/18/16

Faculty Member

Katherine Hadar, Instructor of Graphic Design | khadar@coloradomesa.edu

Recently-Taught Courses:

  • Lights! Camera! Action!
  • Image and Motion
  • Computer Illustration
  • Motion Graphics
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Intro to Graphic Design

Areas of Interest:

  • Film
  • Film History
  • Screenwriting
  • Film production
  • Sound production
  • Working with actors
  • Directing
  • Contemporary art
  • Projection mapping
  • Performing arts
  • Digital arts

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • A Short Film: From the Writing room to Production
  • Performance Art: Combination of sound, live performance, video projection mapping and digital event recording
  • Directing for Film
  • Film History for taking over the World
  • Project Financing: The Pitch
  • Scores for Film
  • Sound as Audio Art - mixing, sculpting, crafting, journey
  • Documentary with Story Arc
  • Lighting for Interview - Memory and record of events

Course Vision:

  • Film is a cross-over discipline. The nature of its delivery format allows for mass audience contact. The craft of story telling sells medium from a vast mixed multitude of disciplines. I am interested in combining the art of story and film with new disciplines.

Posted:10/14/15

Faculty Member

Eli Hall, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design | emhall@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Typography I
  • Graphic Design I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Screen Printing

Areas of Interest:

  • Visual Communication
  • Sociology
  • Nature
  • UX (user experience)
  • Parenting
  • Design
  • Increasing will power

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Visual Influence of Teens World Wide
  • Marriage of Print and Digital
  • Hierarchy-How it needs to be understood
  • The importance of user experience

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Sarah Swedberg, Associate Professor of History | sswedber@coloradomesa.edu

Recently-Taught Courses:

  • LGBT Studies 101
  • US History
  • Early American Republic
  • American Civil War and Reconstruction

Course Vision 1:

  • Aids and Society
    • When the AIDS crisis hit in the United States, the government was slow to respond. Since then, AIDS has become a global health care crisis. This course would examine the relationship between AIDS and society.

Course Vision 2:

  • Food
    • We need food to survive, but human beings have created entire cultures around food preparation and eating. This course would examine the cultures of food and could include such inquiries such as: What are the gender relationships involved with food gathering and preparation? What relationship exists between food and religion or spirituality? What role does food play in globalization? What political and social effects come from food shortages?

Posted:10/14/15

Faculty Member

Lisa Driskell, Assistant Professor of Mathematics | ldriskel@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Intro to Proofs
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus

Areas of Interest:

  • Voting/ gerrymandering
  • Excitable cells (heart)
  • Fun Math -- Knot Theory, Fibonacci, Infinity, Golden Ratio, Neuroscience (neurons)

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Voting Theory (gerrymandering)
  • Game Theory
  • Patterns in nature
  • Infinity
  • Anatomy, Art and DaVinci

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Dan Schultz-Ela, Associate Professor of Mathematics | dschultz@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
  • College Mathematics
  • Technology for Mathematics Educators

Areas of Interest:

  • Math modeling - patterns, trends, forecasts, influences
  • Math and Earth Sciences
  • Infinities and self-referential systems

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Modeling of spread of disease
  • Patterns in art - symmetry, perspective, proportions from math viewpoint
  • Mathematics of music - description, compression of digital files, patterns
  • Mathematical description of the world - Zero's paradox
  • Mathematics education

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Bill Tiernan, Professor of Physics| btiernan@coloradomesa.edu

Areas of Interest:

  • Physics - Sciences, Public Policy
  • Galileo, Einstein, etc: overturning our view of the universe, our place
  • Building models to understand our world

Posted: 5/17/16

Faculty Member

Bill Flanik, Assistant Professor of Political Science | bflanik@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • International Politics
  • Gender
  • Peace and Conflict
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Technology and Society

Areas of Interest:

  • discourse/language
  • gender/identity
  • conflict and peace
  • politics
  • food (politics, sociology, philosophy)
  • Socio-biology
  • genocide
  • class

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Order and disorder
  • What's for dinner? (Food)

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Dennis Tobin Jr., Lecturer of Process Systems Technology | djtobin@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Introduction to Process Technology
  • Process Technology II: Systems
  • Safety, Health and Environment
  • Capstone

Areas of Interest:

  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial Technology
  • Technology Integration

Possible Topics/Themes:

Faculty Member

Bethany Weber, Assistant Professor of Psychology | bweber@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Decision making
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Sensation and perception
  • General Psychology

Areas of Interest:

  • Cognition
  • Decision making

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Thinking about probability
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Political societal decision making

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Eliot Jennings, Assistant Professor of Public Administration | ejennings@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Hazard Preparedness and Mitigation
  • Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Public Administration
  • State and Local Governments
  • Public Budgeting
  • Public Management
  • Ethics in Public Administration
  • Public Personnel Management

Areas of Interest:

  • Public Finance
  • Natural Disasters
  • Technological Disasters
  • Technology in Emergency Management

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • Famines and drought disasters
  • Bio/Chemical disasters
  • Business continuity and emergency management
  • Natural hazards and emergency management
  • History of disasters
  • Journalism and disasters
  • Public health disasters
  • Psychology of disasters
  • Special populations in disasters
  • Schools and disasters

Course Vision:

  • "Emergency management is the discipline and profession of applying science, technology, planning and management to deal with extreme events that can injure or kill large numbers of people, do extensive damage to property, and disrupt community life." (Drabek and Hoetmer, 1991). As such emergency management is very multi and interdisciplinary field. The science aspect of emergency management incorporates both the hard sciences and social sciences. All phases of emergency management (preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation) incorporate a multitude of disciplines in order to enable public, non-profit and private organizations and individuals to effectively deal with natural and technological hazards. As well, emergency management can be approached from examining very specific hazards and how emergency managers deal with the threats posed by these hazards. These courses would allow for professors from multiple disciplines to draw upon their disciplinary knowledge and expertise to integrate and synthesize their knowledge and methods into one course.

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Olga Grisak, Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology | ogrisak@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Principles of Radiologic Exposure
  • Digital Imaging
  • Imaging Equipment (Physics)
  • Radiation Biology
  • Computed Tomography

Areas of Interest:

  • Radiation Biology
  • Medical Physics
  • Patient Care

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • History of Radiology
  • Application of Forensic Radiology in Criminal Justice
  • Computer-Aided Diagnosis in Medical Imaging

Course Vision:

  • Medical radiology has existed for over a century. Starting from discovery of x-rays by Dr. Rontgen in 1895, radiology had evolved, quite often under necessity dictated by major historical events, such as WWI.As the radiologic sciences have advanced over the years, they became more accurate and relevant for investigating crimes and gathering evidence. Computer-aided diagnosis is entering the radiology mainstream. It utilizes computerized techniques for advances image processing, image feature analysis, data classification, and quantitative computations to assist radiologists and technologists in their medical decision-making processes.

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Patti Ward, Professor of Radiologic Technology | pward@coloradomesa.edu

Course Vision:

  • Art and Health Sciences-drawing bones, muscles, bacteria, viruses, etc.

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Luis Silva-Villar, Professor of Spanish  | lsilvav@coloradomesa.edu

Area of Interest:

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Journalism

Possible topics:

  • History
  • Politics
  • Music
  • Latin America
  • Culture

Posted: 5/17/16

Faculty Member

Mayela Vallejos-Ramirez, Professor of Spanish  | mvallejo@coloradomesa.edu

Area of Interest:

  • Spanish Literature
  • Mexican Revolution
  • Women's Literature
  • Cooking and Literature
  • Latin American Theater
  • Spanish Theater
  • Chorotegan Pottery with a study abroad component
Faculty Member

Jennifer LaBombard-Daniels, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education | jendanie@coloradomesa.edu

Recently Taught Courses:

  • Methods of Teaching Science & Social Science
  • Classroom Management for K-12
  • Teaching as a Profession
  • Pedagogy and Assessment
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary Science: Secondary and K-12

Areas of Interest:

  • Social Science
  • Science
  • Class Management
  • Foundations Assessment and Pedagogy

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • STEM
  • Experimental Learning/Journaling
  • Educational Theory
  • How to run a club
  • Intro/PD on what it is and benefits
  • Flipping the classroom
  • Grant writing for educators
  • Crafting and coloring as therapy
  • Animal therapy

Posted:11/16/15

Faculty Member

Jeanine Howe, Associate Professor of Theatre | jhowe@coloradomesa.edu

Recently-Taught Courses:

  • All Dramatic Literature Courses (beg. to advanced)
  • Michael Chekhov Acting Technique
  • Playwriting
  • Directing
  • Stage Movement
  • Theatre History

Areas of Interest:

  • HIV/AIDS and the social and cultural stigma created by it
  • Performance Art
  • Devised Theatre Pieces
  • The Solo Performance
  • Playwrights and their relationship to culture (any era)
  • Vaudeville
  • The Living Newspaper

Possible Topics/Themes:

  • HIV/AIDS and the social and cultural stigma created by having it - could include study of plays like "Angels in America, "The Normal Heart" "As Is," etc.
  • Creating a full media Performance Art Piece
  • Creating a Contemporary Living Newspaper Show dealing with current political events/people

Course Vision:

  • Theatre Arts is a flexible medium and can be used to teach about anything.

Posted:11/11/15