Faculty Spotlight

Faculty notes – March 2017

March 13, 2017 by Brandman University
AAHHE Fellows

AAHHE Fellows

Leticia Rojas, a faculty member in the School of Education, is one of 10 people chosen for the 2017 Junior Faculty Fellows program sponsored by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). Earlier this month she attended the 12th annual AAHHE national conference, “Degrees of Value: Focus on Student Learn,” held in Costa Mesa, California. Rojas participated in a four-day workshop series focused on sharing research ideas and building mentorship and networking opportunities for faculty and graduate students and was recognized at the awards ceremony.

Nirmala Sharma, Glenn Worthington, Jalin B. Johnson

Nirmala Sharma, Glenn Worthington, Jalin B. Johnson

Nirmala Sharma, Glenn Worthington and Jalin B. Johnson recently participated in the Council of College and Military Educators Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference theme was “Collaboration: Strengthen Ourselves for Those We Serve.”  Sharma is the assistant vice chancellor for Military Services, Worthing is the dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies and a military veteran, and Johnson is an assistant professor in the business school. Session topics included making the transition from military service to related careers, leveraging technology, raising awareness of campus programs and support for online students.

Lynn Larsen, associate dean for the School of Education and the volunteer state director the California Odyssey of the Mind, took part in congratulating members of the five teams from the Moreno Valley Unified School District who recently competed in the regional Inland Empire tournament. Larsen is also a member of the school district’s Strategic Planning Committee. Odyssey of the Mind is creativity competition in which teams of students learn to solve problems, think critically and develop teamwork skills. More than 100 teams competed in the regional event.

Monica Shukla, Jalin B. Johnson and Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg presented an interdisciplinary session, “Engaging and Motivating Diverse Students Across Multiple Learning Platforms,” at the recent Lily Conference on Teaching and Learning held in Anaheim, California.

Shukla  is an associate dean in the School of Business and Professional Studies, Johnson is an assistant professor of business and organizational leadership in the business school and Steinberg is a professor of social and environmental science in the School of Arts and Sciences.

The presentation discussed the role that institutional demographics and diversity play in enhancing the learning environment. It also focused on presenting strategies to motivate adult learners to overcome challenges when returning to the educational environment after a break in education or when going from active military duty to civilian life.

It demonstrated tactics to engage students across multiple learning platforms, blended, online and competency-based.  All three presenters have taught across the trifecta of Brandman’s multiple learning platforms and degree, enabling them to accurately share their real-world experience across a variety of classroom and individualized learning environments.

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