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The following was originally posted on the Valencia Foundation Blog

Posted on September 2, 2011 by Donna Marino

The video below highlights Valencia Foundation Endowed Chair and National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) award winners.

Congratulations to each Valencia College Faculty and Staff for above and beyond efforts to support and enhance the student experience at Valencia!

Valencia educators are encouraged to remain current and continually improve discipline knowledge. With these endowed chairs, our faculty are given the opportunity to examine the effectiveness of their teaching, counseling, librarianship and assessment techniques as they influence student learning.

Congratulations to the following Distinguished Professors and Scholars, who have been awarded a 2011-12 Valencia Foundation Endowed Chair for Learning Leadership:

Category I

Rachel Allen: Patricia Havill Whalen Chair in Social Sciences

Deidre Holmes DuBois: Sue Luzadder Chair in Communications

Richard Gair: Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Chair in the Study of the Shoah

Claudia Genovese-Martinez: Lockheed Martin Chair in Mathematics Albert Groccia: Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Chair in Mathematics

Debra Hollister and Brian Macon: Freeda Louise Foreman Chair in Family Resource Development

Deymond Hoyte: Bank of America Chair in Business Management

Richard Sansone: University Club of Orlando Chair in Humanities

Brenda Schumpert: Lester N. Mandell Chair in Natural and Physical Sciences

Patricia Smith: Lockheed Martin Chair in Science

Betty Wanielisat: Chesley G. Magruder Foundation Chair in Allied Health Yasmeen Qadri: Wayne Densch Chair in Geriatrics

Category II

Colin Archibald: SunGard Endowed Teaching Chair in Computer Science

Mary Beck: Maguire Family Teacher Endowed Chair

Ralph Clemente: Walt Disney World Chair in Film Technology

Steven Cunningham: Tupperware Corporation Chair in Community Quality Corinne Fennessy: William C. Demetree Jr. Foundation Chair in Education for Special Needs

Debbie Hall: Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise

Kitty Harkleroad: Ira Vinson Henderson Chair in Nursing and Allied Health Jim Inglis: Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Chair in Hospitality Management

Ilyse Kusnetz: Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Education for the Physically Challenged

James May: University Club of Orlando Chair in Advanced Computer Technology

Pierre Pilloud: Central Florida Restaurant Association Chair in Restaurant and Food Management

Lana Powell: SunTrust Chair in Economic Development and Business Education

Suzanne Salapa: Universal Orlando Chair in Arts and Entertainment

Pam Sandy and Robin Poole: Chesley G. Magruder Foundation Chair in Health and Life Sciences

Michael Shugg: Jessie and Eugene Drey Endowment of the English-Speaking Union/Central Florida Branch Chair in English and Humanities

Nicole Spottke: Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Endowed Chair in Communications

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This week I was asked to present to the Valencia Foundation Board. The Prezi below is a little something I developed to showcase some of the great things I have learned from working on Endowed Chairs. It is my way of showing my sincere thanks to the foundation, the donors, and anyone related to the endowed chair process. Please know that your work makes a difference in the classroom.



Special Note: Thanks to my friends/colleagues, Dr. Susan Dauer and Debbie Garrison, and the Valencia Foundation & Endowed Chairs, I recently had the opportunity to pilot a handful of classroom uses for both the Nook Color and the Kindle. What follows is a brief note I sent to them in response to questions regarding my experiences with the devices.

Hey Guys, thank you for affording me the opportunity to beta test practical applications for using the Nook Color. In the few months that I have had the device, I have learned quite a bit about e-readers. By happenstance, I was given a Kindle as a gift (Special thanks Sunshine State TESOL) around the same time you allowed me to test the Nook Color. Both devices have their strengths and weaknesses. With both devices, I tested documents, PDFs and scanned images for readability, but prefer documents converted into the specific formats for each device. I, therefore, learned to convert various document types into Epub format (Nook Color) and PRC format (Kindle). For reading, I have to give the advantage to the Kindle. It is lighter, easier to convert files for, more like a book to read, enhanced in its capabilities for interacting with text, has greater battery life, and reads text to you (which is great for ADA compliance).

However, the Nook Color makes up for any weaknesses in readability with its web searching capabilities and its ability to play video. Debbie,  I would imagine that in math courses the Nook Color is great for video/tutor based websites like the Khan Academy. To test its video capabilities, I tried different content. I made a brief training video using Camtasia, narrated a presentation of sequenced static images, and converted DVD movie files for use on the device. Its video capabilities really made it a standout for me.

In all honesty, my testing of the devices is still a work in progress. Unfortunately, there is just not enough time in my day to try all that I would like to try. Perhaps next time you guys write an endowed chair, you may want to include a stipend for release or product development time. I have done this work out of my own general interest, but I think your findings would be more robust if you had a group of individuals working together and bouncing ideas off of one another. I do have to say though that this opportunity to test out new technologies has changed the way I present. For example, earlier this semester I presented as part of the SoftChalk Innovator Series to 380 professors from around the U.S.. Embedded in the presentation was a 23 page instructional handout in PDF, Epub, and PRC formats. I got quite a few compliments on this, and I guess I have you two, the Valencia Foundation, and the Maguire Family Teaching Endowed Chair to thank for it, so thanks.


What an honor, I just read this list of ten published on the Valencia Foundation Site

What were the highlights for Valencia in 2010? While there were many things accomplished, these would certainly qualify for the short list.

1.  Professor James May was chosen Florida Association of Community College’s Professor of the Year.

2.  We added bachelor’s degrees for the first time.

3.  We broke through to #1 in most associate degrees awarded in the country.

4.  We smashed records in financial aid, awarding $156,064,210, up almost a million dollars from ’09.

5.  We had our first Jack Kent Cooke scholar, Mikhail Elliott, who scored a $90,000 scholarship.

6.  Our new classroom building jointly used by UCF opened.

7.  Two of our students (Charnee Ball and Kathryn McCormick) were chosen from 200 contestants to appear in a video series called, “Take America to College.”

8.  Kathleen Plinske, Pepperdine grad and one of 24 Emerging Leaders in the world according to Phi Delta Kappa International, was named to head the Osceola Campus and Valencia at Lake Nona High School.

9.  We launched a new joint Valencia/UCF architecture degree in the fall.

10.  Valencia went greener than ever thanks in part to custodial supervisor Jerry Cochran. Valencia’s recycling program has reduced its carbon footprint by saving 5,931 trees, 132,744 gallons of oil, 1047 cubic yards of landfill space, 1,395,520 kilowatts of energy, and 2.44 million gallons of water.


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Every year in June, endowed chair recipients submit a form that quantifies how funds are utilized over the course of a year. Unfortunately, reports of this nature often fail to capture the depth and breadth of the impact endowed chairs have on students, faculty, and staff. Many of the most profound effects that endowed chairs have go unrecorded because, simply put, they are difficult to quantify. This post is an effort to qualify, rather than quantify, a few of these effects.

It is easy to quantify the purchase of Camtasia (screen-casting software) and the use of Jing and Screenjelly (Free Web 2.0 applications that allow students and other teachers to make screen-casted videos themselves), but how do I quantify the looks on my students’ faces when they first watch individualized feedback videos for essays they have written? Or when they Jing their own videos and tweet or facebook them to their friends? How do I quantify the looks on colleagues’ faces when I show them the possibilities that these new technologies offer?

It’s easy to quantify the purchase of Dragon Naturally Speaking (software which turns my voice to text), but how do I quantify the feelings of inclusion felt by a Deaf student watching a closed captioned YouTube instructional mash-up I have made? How do I quantify the feelings of inclusion felt by a soon-to-be mother home on bed rest who sits next to me “digitally” as we go over one of her papers on a digital/video conference call?

I can quantify the money I spend buying books or going to a conference for training and the purchase of software and hardware to improve materials for my students. I can list the tools and tricks: Adobe CS4, Soft Chalk, Flip Cameras, WordSmith, Camtasia, Snag It, Voice Thread, Word Clouds, SCORMS, Screencasts, Mashup Videos, etc… But how do I quantify the moment of realization when I tell a student, “No, you don’t have to buy a book for this class. Go ahead and put that money to better use. Your book is online and it is free, interactive, and embedded with audio and video”? How do I quantify the charge I get when I see the light bulb come on in the mind of a student because of something I am doing as a result of an endowed chair? Or when a colleague asks me, “Hey James, can you show me how you did that?” Or when lab staff asks, “Hey, can we use that, or will you come teach us that?”

Last year, I was privileged to receive the Maguire Family Teacher Endowed Chair. As a result, this fall I will pilot a free digital text for writing students, and the text includes embedded practice tests and quizzes. I will also be offering this content to others who wish to reduce the cost of texts for their students. During the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years, I utilized funds from the  Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Endowed Chair to bring learning leaders into EAP classrooms and to enhance student engagement opportunities through the use of Web 2.0 technologies. This year, as the recipient of the Jessie and Eugene Drey Endowment, I have the honor of continuing my work and exploring how vocabulary learning can be enhanced through the use of digital corpora. I would like to thank these families for helping me to do what I do, but the word “thanks” can’t really quantify my sincere appreciation for what these endowments do for teaching and learning. Even expressing the word “thanks” in the various languages of my students just doesn’t get it. So, in an effort to better qualify and give others a better feel for how endowed funds continue to cultivate the learning landscape for teachers and students, I have created a brief showcase to share some of the things endowed chairs have allowed me to do with my students. The interactive word cloud above and below this post was created to give you a brief glimpse of how endowed chair funds have allowed me to turn static text into dynamic learning. So, take a moment and think back to your college days, remember those heavy, expensive, and considerably dense texts and then roll over the words in the cloud, click on them, and imagine how these new technologies are changing learning for students.

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With Sincere Thanks,

Dr. James S. May

Professor of English as a Second Language

Valencia Community College