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Released January 15, 2003


HATTIESBURG – Fifteen University of Southern Mississippi faculty will share more than $130,000 in grants and benefits for projects designed to strengthen teaching during the 2003 summer term.

The recipients of Summer Grants for the Improvement of Instruction were selected through the university provost's office to implement 13 separate project proposals, ranging from development of an assessment system for study-abroad programs to design of an online biology laboratory. The grants totaled $130,6667.

Hattiesburg campus Provost Dr. Jay Grimes said he and Dr. Tim Hudson, the Gulf Coast provost, "with strong endorsement from the president, are delighted to be able to fund all of the summer grant applications this year. These awards greatly enhance the excellence and depth of our summer offerings."

The amount of the individual grants is based on faculty rank. The recipients are paid as if they were teaching a full three-hour course load, but they are not assigned responsibilities other than completing their project proposals during the term.

The 2003 recipients, faculty rank, academic discipline, amount of their grants and their proposed projects include:

* Gary Anderson, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, $11,500 for "Improving the Effectiveness of Interactive Online Quizzes Used to Support Learning in Principles of Biology."

* Robin L. Aronson, assistant professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, $9,250 for "Educational Voice Training."

* Tyrone Black, professor, Department of Economics, Finance and International Business, $11,500 for "Developing an Assessment System for British Studies and Other Southern Miss Study-Abroad Programs."

* Kenneth Curry, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, $10,250 for "Designing a Biology Laboratory for the Online Environment."

* James G. Flanagan, professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, $11,500 to "Develop a Teaching Syllabus or Instructors Manual for ‘The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity'."

* Leah J. Fonder-Solano, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, $9,250 for "Teaching Spanish Literature Via Web CT."

* Jeanne Gillespie, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, $9,250 for "Redesign of FL 401: World Languages and Cross-Cultural Training."

* Kathleen Masters, assistant professor, College of Nursing, $9,250 for "Implementation of a Student Nurse Externship."

* Larry Panella, associate professor, School of Music, $10,250 for "Jazz Improvisation: A Theme and Variations Based Approach."

* William Powell and Mark Clark, both associate professors, and Jean-Louis Dassier, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, $9,917 for "A Professional Enhancement Program."

* Paul D. Siakaluk, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, $9,250 for a "Web Site Laboratory for Psychology."

* Tulio Sulbaran, assistant professor, School of Engineering Technology, $9,250 for "Framework to Develop Distributed Virtual Reality Environments to Enhance the Learning Experience of Construction Engineering Technology Students."

* Michael Webster, associate professor, School of Human Performance and Recreation, $10,250 for "The Implementation of Inquiry-Based Learning into Exercise Physiology Laboratories."


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