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Provost's Awards Lecture Series

 

Spring 2022 Presentations

This lecture series is to honor and showcase each year's recipients of the Provost's Awards.
Please remember to sign-in to Zoom through your Fresno State Zoom portal.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2022
3:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

TO VIEW THE RECORDED PRESENTATIONS OF TANYA NICHOLS AND J. ASHLEY FOSTER, CLICK Here

 

Tanya Nichols, Department of English
2020-2021 Outstanding Lecturer

“Young Writers' Conference: Four Decades of Growing Creativity”

For more than 40 years, the Fresno State English Department has produced the Young Writers' Conference (YWC), attracting 400-plus high school students and their teachers to campus from all over Central California. It has been my privilege to serve as YWC Coordinator for sixteen years. This annual event -- which includes a keynote from a published author, small-group writing workshops led by Master of Fine Arts graduate students, and publication of award-winning youth writers in a student-produced literary journal -- inspires the next generation of Fresno writers to share their voices and their stories to the larger world. This event also gives young writers the opportunity to see themselves on a college campus for the first time.

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J. Ashley Foster, Department of English
2020-2021 Promising New Faculty

“Extending (Xtending) the Discourse: The Transformative Power of an Intersectional, Feminist Digital Humanities”

This presentation features collaborative Digital Humanities (DH) projects created at Fresno State to illustrate the ways in which intersectional, feminist DH can both facilitate the transformation from student into scholar and make a social justice intervention in academic discourses.  Through examining student-engaged projects, based on intersectional and feminist DH design principles (informed by Roopika Risam, Pamela Caughie, and Suzanne Churchill et all, in addition to many others), Dr. Foster shows that DH can create necessary revolutions in teaching, student experience, and the way in which scholarship is conducted and addressed.  Focusing specifically on the Special Collections and DH exhibition Surveying Utopias: A Critical Exploration and the extended and virtual reality (XR/VR) exhibition Modernisms—Xtended, this talk demonstrates how students used DH to engage in powerful historical recouperations that recover multiple visions from the past to formulate a variety of ways to create a better world in the future.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2022
3:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

TO VIEW THE RECORDED PRESENTATIONS OF LEECE LEE-OLIVER AND JIAOCHEN (JASON) LIANG, CLICK HERE

Leece Lee-Oliver, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/American Indian Studies
2020-2021 Promising New Faculty

“Decolonial Education as Liberation: Advancing Justice through Ethnic and Gender Studies”

Dr. Lee-Oliver shares the core tenets of Decolonial theory and Third World consciousness that led to the development of the Third World College, today known as Ethnic Studies. Dr. Lee-Oliver shows how Ethnic and Gender Studies emerge as frameworks for Decoloniality where critical thinking, biopolitics, and place-based learning make way for emerging social justice leaders.

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Jiaochen (Jason) Liang, Department of Agricultural Business
2020-2021 Promising New Faculty

“Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Agribusiness”

Technologies of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) have been widely applied in many different areas of our economy in the most recent decade. In agriculture, computer vision and intelligence decision making are the two most important functions that big data and AI can contribute to promote productivity and efficiency. From the perspective of economics, California sees both huge opportunities and challenges in developing agricultural big data and AI technologies, which highlights the importance of education for the future of the Ag sector.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022
3:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M

TO VIEW THE RECORDED PRESENTATIONS OF PATRICIA D. LOPEZ AND JENNIFER MIELE, CLICK HERE

Patricia D. López, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
2020-2021 Promising New Faculty

“In Lak’Ech: Cultivando y Sirviendo En y Con la Comunidad”

Dr. López will share reflections and contributions directing Fresno State’s Enseñamos en el Valle Central—an initiative focused on strengthening community college pathways for home-grown Xicanx/Latinx and underrepresented educators and the university’s identity as a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution.  

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Jennifer Miele, Department of Finance and Business Law
2020-2021 Promising New Faculty

“Actual and self-reported risk-taking behavior of university students during the COVID-19 pandemic”

Do our expectations of behavior hold during a crisis? Risk attitudes and patterns of investor behavior have been well documented over time. However, what happens when the global community faces an unprecedented crisis such as that presented by the COVID-19 pandemic? In this research, we combine survey and real-time trading simulation data to test whether the relationship between self-reported risk-taking and actual risk-taking of university students was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Fall 2021 Presentations

Thursday, September 16, 2021
3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

To view the recorded presentation click here.

Dr. Kenneth Froelich, Department of Music
2020-2021 - Excellence in Teaching

“Teaching Creativity (and Other Tall Tales!)”

Join Dr. Kenneth Froelich as he discusses how he may (or may not!) encourage creativity in young music composition students. He will also discuss how the creative process is refined through project-based learning, how natural curiosity is cultivated as a tool for creation, and how imposter syndrome and self-doubt are handled as inevitable parts of the process. Punch and pie (maybe).

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021
3:00 P.M. TO 4:00
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Katie Dyer, Department of Child and Family Science
2020-2021 - Faculty Service

“Student Ratings of Instruction: Current Controversies and Future Directions”

Student Ratings of Instruction are ubiquitous in the academy, used for the dual purposes of improving instruction and evaluating instructors. But the reliability and validity of student ratings have been questioned, and their continued use is widely challenged. Dr. Dyer will review the current state of scholarship on student ratings, and consider potential future directions.

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Thomas Holyoke, Department of Political Science
2020-2021 - Faculty Service

“Ups and Downs but Staying In It: Perils and Pleasures of University Service and Why We Must Do It”

University service is more than just a requirement for tenure and promotion. A lot more. Yet it seems that many faculty only want to do just enough to achieve tenure. This is a serious problem, but an understandable one. Many faculty do not want to engage in serious service work because it is difficult and sometimes has serious negative consequences. Yes, it can be difficult at times, and sometimes unpopular decisions must be made, but the alternatives for faculty and higher education are far worse. By reflecting on his own experiences with university service, Dr. Holyoke will highlight some of its pitfalls but also some of its most enjoyable moments, as well as the long-term sense of reward.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
3:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

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Jennifer Randles, Department of Sociology
2020-2021 - Research, Scholarship, and Creative Accomplishment

“Researching Diaper Dilemmas”

In this talk, Jennifer Randles will discuss her current research on diaper insecurity among California families and how this research inspired her teaching, service, and advocacy.

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Frederick Peinado Nelson, Department of Liberal Studies
2020-2021 - Innovation

“Alex, I'll take Building a Program for $400: My Invitational Experience with the South Valley ITEP”

Dr. Peinado Nelson will share his reflections on the work to establish the South Valley Integrated Teacher Education Program, the accelerated 2 year B.A. and teacher credential program at the Fresno State Visalia Campus. This program is collaborative and innovative, involving professionals from multiple community colleges, school districts, and faculty and staff at Fresno State, resulting in an efficient and transformative opportunity for students in the South Valley.

 


 

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