P828: Balancing RTP at a PUI

Author: G. Robert Shelton, Austin Peay State University, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 4:00 PM4:20 PM

Room: MAK A1111

Related Symposium: S52

Balancing retention, promotion, and tenure (RTP) requirements at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) has its unique opportunities for success and failure. Department, college and university culture and cliques can play a huge roll in turning failure into success and vice versa. To paraphrase Max Plank, progress in education happens one retirement at a time.

P650: Project iPad: Breaking teaching boundaries in organic chemistry

Author: Virginia Winstead, Austin Peay State University, USA

Co-Author: G. Robert Shelton, Austin Peay State University, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

Technology is constantly evolving and changing the way people complete every day tasks. With this constant change and development of technology brings a need to update the techniques instructors are using to teach students. Many organizations have successfully researched the effectiveness of technology implementation and adoption using the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT). The UTAUT model can be used to predict participants’ behavioral intention and usage of new technology based on 8 independent variables: performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence, facilitating conditions, gender, age, experience, and voluntariness of use. This study uses the constructivist learning theory and UTAUT model to examine the incorporation of chemistry based iPad apps as a way to supplement traditional lectures for specific modules (e.g., stereochemistry, NMR, etc.) in an undergraduate organic chemistry course. To determine the effectiveness of iPad integration, students in two classes, one a control group (lecture based) and the other a test group (iPad based), were given a survey before and after the module was taught. Their knowledge retention was easily assessed by looking at the students’ responses to specific questions on an exam (given weeks after the module was introduced).

P71: Trouble with undergrads – getting them interested in graduate school

Author: G. Robert Shelton, Austin Peay State University, USA


Date: 8/3/14

Time: 2:25 PM2:45 PM

Room: MAK BLL 110

Related Symposium: S11

Austin Peay State University (APSU) is a PUI located 45 miles north of Nashville. Over the past 5 years APSU’s culture has moved away from the liberal arts designation and is moving towards a small university feel. Faculty retention, promotion, and tenure (RTP) requirements in the areas of research and creativity have become more pronounced. Recent SACS accreditation process included a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that focused on learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, and service learning. All of this coupled with the unique makeup of the student body presents its own issues with motivating students to attend graduate school.