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King University News :: King Professors Present at Appalachian College Association Summit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 16th Appalachian College Association (ACA) Summit recently took place Oct. 24-26 in Knoxville, Tenn. King University was well represented at the conference by several faculty and staff members who presented during the Summit. “To Connect, To Collaborate, To Learn” was the theme of this year’s Summit.

Erika Brammer, dean of Library Services at King University, who was one of this year’s presenters commented when asking her about her overall experience, “The library section of the Appalachian College Association is one of the strongest disciplines of the ACA.  We are a strong network of librarians on a local level that learn and collaborate with one another. Locally, many librarians are facing the same type of issues. Librarians love to learn from other librarians; the ACA Summit is the perfect place for that to happen.”

The ACA Summit takes place annually, focusing on providing assistance to faculty, librarians, and instructional technologists. This year’s theme incorporates the strengths gained from working together to serve students of the central Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The conference is made up of multiple sessions and guests speakers to improve students’ quality of learning and improve their overall higher education experience. It is also a time to recognize student scholarship recipients and their mentors.

King University faculty presentations included: “How can the library support undergraduate research?” by Erika Brammer; “21st Century Teaching: You’ll flip for it” by Wendy Traynor, assistant professor of Mathematics and director of the Mathematics Center; “Touching Books: Practical, interactive, collaborative exercises for teaching book history in multiple disciplines” by Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History; “Reflections upon the Salzburg Global Seminar: A comparison between and ISP program with students and a symposium for professionals” by Shannon Harris; associate professor of History and chair of the History and Political Science Departments; “Learning Languages Beyond the Classroom Setting: A look into community service” by Beatriz Huarte Macione, associate professor of Spanish and chair for the Languages and Literatures Department and Annie Rémillard, director of faculty partnerships; and “Acting with Care: Student nurses and actors engage in collaborative learning” by Cecelia Holden, dean of King’s School of Nursing and Elizabeth Dollar, associate professor of Theatre.

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