Know a peer who is engaged in interesting or innovative teaching practice? Nominate them for a CITE Fellowship!
CITE Fellows is a program that supports and enables dedicated teaching faculty to innovate in the fields of online education and technology in the classroom. We aim to engage faculty in activities that inspire, facilitate, and reward inventive projects and courses. Valuable changes to the quality of education must be led by teachers, and we want to support those leaders.
Meet the 2019-20 CITE Fellows!
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Thomas Green, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. His expertise includes organic and bioanalytical chemistry. He is interested in developing organic chemistry laboratory experiments at UAF that are safe, sustainable, and consistent with the principles of green chemistry.
Electrical & Computer Engineering & Mines
Associate Director for Education
Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration
Michael Hatfield, PhD, has a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering & Mines and as the Associate Director for Education in the Geophysical Institute’s Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI). His expertise includes electrical and aerospace engineering, with over 30 years combined experience with the USAF and UAF. He is particularly interested in offering ways for UAS to support Alaska’s K-12 STEM efforts and in building a sustainable aerospace infrastructure through program development at UAF.
Dr. Hatfield will be the first CITE Fellow in Residence at Alaska Center ICE.
Department of Biology and Wildlife
Institute of Arctic Biology
Diana Wolf, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Wildlife, and in the Institute of Arctic Biology. Her expertise is in evolution and genetics, and using genetics data to answer questions about ecology and evolution, and the contents of herbal supplements.
News & Events
UAF students first to do DNA sequencing at home, UAF News, December 12, 2019
2018-19 CITE Fellows
Dr. Topkok’s research interests include multicultural and Indigenous education, decolonization and Indigenist methods and methodologies. He also works with communities to help them document their cultural heritages and community well-being.
Sean Asiqłuq Topkok
School of Education
Online In-Depth Cultural Orientation Resource for UAF
Dr. Topkok’s project is geared towards developing an online professional development opportunity for cultural orientation in order to provide a better ecosystem for faculty and staff to commit and develop into being excellent mentors, teachers, and researchers. Alaska Natives associated with the university will benefit; in turn, everyone will benefit because if you are thinking about what is best for Alaska Native people, you are thinking about what is best for all people.
In-depth online cultural orientation opportunities are necessary because faculty and staff need examples of openly available culturally responsive, authentic learning experiences that strengthen mission efforts to help improve the institution for Alaska Native students. This will be the first of its kind in the UA system. Dr. Topkok is working with Instructional Designers Clara Noomah and Jennifer Moss.
The resource for cultural orientation is slated to become available in 2020.
News & Events
- Cross-cultural Alaska Native dialogues, Elvey Auditorium, UAF Campus, 1:00-12:30pm April 18, 2019
- Cross-cultural Alaska Native dialogues, ELIF BP Theater UAF Campus, 12:00-1:00pm February 28, 2019
Wendy Croskrey‘s expertise includes 3D printing and metal casting from 3D prints, molding bonded sand, thermal forming plastics and the fabrication of materials such as airplane cloth, cast glass, metal, and wood. She is interested in the advancement of technology in the classroom combined with traditional working methods.
Department of Art
Local sourcing of materials for use in molding and casting
Wendy Croskrey’s project starts with sourcing local materials from different parts of the state for potential replacements of expensive outsourced products used in casting. Wax and clays used in the industry can be petroleum, plant or insect-based materials. She is examining the crystalline structures and chemical bases of these materials to find a close match to create a product for use in her courses.
Use of local/regional resources for making materials used in the sculpture studio (and other studio disciplines) would shine a light on alternative natural resource markets in Alaska and eliminate high shipping price from outside manufacturers. If local materials sourced reduced the cost to make waxes, resins, and clays, then reliable formulations could be shared/marketed to the artistic community.
Examining these crystalline structures has influenced her research to extend beyond initial materials to other possible uses within the artwork. Collection of images and content will play a significant role in the development and the outcome. Croskrey is working with Instructional Designers Dan LaSota and Christen Bouffard.
Jason Lazarus’ expertise includes blending the latest digital capture technologies with hands-on, analog techniques and historical photographic processes in the classroom. He is interested in connecting a variety of communities, from students to professionals, through collaborative knowledge preservation of alternative photography materials and methods.
J. Jason Lazarus
Term Instructor, Photography
Department of Communications and Journalism
Collaborative Recordkeeping in the Alt-Pro Photography Community
Jason Lazarus’ project is the development of an online community resource and database that collects the findings of alternative process photographers worldwide in an effort to demystify the lumen print photographic process. This simple, entry-level, analog photographic process is appealing to a wide audience, but due to the often expired nature of materials used in the process, results are often unpredictable and can be discouraging to novice practitioners. By collecting data from hundreds of practitioners worldwide, including image-based results and various process variables, informed decisions on material selections can occur, leading to clearer artistic vision and final result, reduction of frustration related to the process and a greater interest in a better defined photographic process.
Users of the Lumen Print process often cite its serendipitous nature, but novice users often complain that the process isn’t refined enough. Creating such a resource allows people to seek out answers if desired. This resource is innovative because no such database currently exists. Lazarus is working with Instructional Designers Christen Bouffard and Jennifer Moss.
The publication date for the database site is slated for fall, 2019.
News & Events
- Related UAF course: ART F040-F91 — Lumen Printing & Handmade Photos, CRN 51332, May 18-19, 1 pm-6 pm
Dr. Peterson’s expertise includes behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and lifespan psychology. She is interested in expanding the role of distance students in behavioral research and specifically exploring ways to get “hands on” research experience for these students.
Department of Psychology
Trailheads to Innovation: An Exploration of Methods to Immerse Distance Students in Behavioral Research
Dr. Peterson is investigating ways to enrich the research and education experience of distance students through the development of mechanisms for engaging them in immersive remote behavioral research. The result of this effort will provide distance students the opportunity to be fully immersed in the research process.
Typically, behavioral research labs are limited to “in person” experiences. There are currently few viable ways for distance students to be involved in “hands on” collection of human behavioral data. This project will explore ways to enable students to acquire training, participate in data collection, attend lab meetings virtually, network with professionals in their community, and present their research to others. Students will have the opportunity to disseminate research in their own communities with the support of the entire lab team.
Methods for remote research collaboration with students were used during Spring Semester 2019. Dr. Peterson is working with Instructional Designers Janene McMahan and Kendell Newman-Sadiik.
In the News
- Get students in the lab early, eCampus Teaching Tip article, March 24, 2019
Dr. Wooller also serves as the director of the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility and is the Chair of the Marine Biology department at UAF. His expertise includes isotope biogeochemistry, ecology and paleoecology and he is enthusiastic to develop online teaching content to promote isotope science and training. He is also driven to develop an online course (The Science & Practice of Happiness & Wellbeing) aimed at promoting the happiness and wellness of students, staff and faculty in Alaska, the North, and further afield.
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Water & Environmental Research Center
The Science & Practice of Happiness & Wellbeing
Dr. Wooller’s project involves creating an online class devoted to presenting (a little) science about actions that can promote happiness & wellbeing amongst the challenges and adventures of living and thriving (in the north). This class aims to promote the happiness & wellbeing of participants by both studying some science of happiness and engaging in practices that promote happiness and wellbeing. It will also introduce some of the interdisciplinary scientific research underpinning actions that can promote happiness and wellbeing. The class aims to serve UA participants and be accessible further afield, though there will be a focus on the challenges and adventures of living and thriving in the north. Topics and practices will draw from areas of philosophy, physiology, neuroscience, physical activity, psychology, ancestral knowledge, mindfulness, behavior and diet. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with practices that promote happiness and wellbeing in their own lives and share their experiences with others. This course brings the newly popular genre of wellness courses into the relevant context of northern regions.
The course also attempts to bridge disciplines and bring together a wide range of expert collaborators from philosophy, biology, art, science, rural education, and other areas. Dr. Wooller is working with Instructional Designers Sean Holland and Kendell Newman-Sadiik.
The course will be offered in Spring 2020.
News & Events
- Wooller to present ‘Happiness 101’ seminar, University of Alaska Fairbanks Research Event, Jan 26, 2019
The UAF CITE Fellows community has been building since 2013. Previous years’ CITE Fellows often continue to collaborate with instructional designers at UAF eCampus and with other Fellows they have connected with beyond their official fellowship timeframe. We greatly value these relationships as part of our thriving academic innovations community at UAF.
We host a new cohort of CITE Fellows every academic year.
CITE Fellows is a program that recruits, prepares, and supports dedicated teaching faculty in innovation in the field of online education as well as better teaching through the incorporation of thoughtful technological tools. We aim to engage faculty in activities that inspire, facilitate, and reward inventive projects and courses. Valuable changes to the quality of education must be led by the faculty, and we want to support those leaders.
One of the key components of the CITE Fellowship is the cross-disciplinary mentor relationship between incoming and outgoing Fellows. Faculty who have been CITE Fellows will develop relationships across campus with other Fellows and help mentor the process of getting started with their projects. Another key component is a close collaboration with instructional designers on everything from idea generation, to technology assistance, to publication co-authorship.
Fellows can receive the following benefits:
- Travel Stipends
- Access to Cutting Edge Technology Tools
- Eligibility for Financial Incentives & Awards
- Specialized Workshops & Training
- Significant Instructional Design Partnerships & Support
- UAF eCampus Advocacy
“But this is the beauty of the long-zoom perspective….The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches, write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle, reinvent. Build a tangled bank.”
— Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation