Focus on Faculty - Previous Semesters

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Craig Ingram, Director

Focus on Faculty - Previous Semesters

The Instructional Technology Center picks one faculty member (or several members) each semester to be our "focus". They are chosen based on their use of technology and how they incorporate that technology into their teaching. These faculty members represent our "Focus on Faculty" in the previous semesters.


Spring 2012

Sandy Mehlhorn

Dr. Sandy Mehlhorn

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering Technology


As an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering Technology in the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, & Natural Resources, Dr. Mehlhorn combines an assortment of technology in her online and face-to-face courses. In addition to utilizing Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) hardware and software, she also incorporates tools into her teaching such as Adobe Presenter, Livescribe Pen, and ECHO 360 Lecture Capture, to further help students grasp core concepts.


Fall 2011


Dr. John E. Knight

Professor of Management


Dr. John E. Knight is a professor of Management in the Department of Marketing, Computer Science, and Information Systems at UTM. Dr. Knight has incorporated a variety of technologies in his courses and has particularly utilized the ECHO 360 lecture capture system to record and post lectures for both on-line and on-campus classes.


Spring 2011

Beverly Hearn

Dr. Beverly Hearn

Associate Professor, Education

Director of the Reading Center


Dr. Beverly J. Hearn is Director of the Reading Center and Associate Professor of Education. She enjoys developing online courses for educators as well as working closely with West Tennessee teachers to increase the use of technology in their classrooms. Through Project RICA, an ITQ grant, she has integrated the use of Kindles and iPads in Reading Center classes.


Fall 2010

Dr. Julie Hill

Dr. Julie Hill

Associate Professor, Music


Dr. Julie Hill, Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is highly regarded as a performer and pedagogue specializing in contemporary and world percussion. She has presented clinics and concerts for universities and state Day of Percussion festivals throughout the US and is a frequent guest lecturer and performer on the topic of Brazilian percussion.


Spring 2010

Dr. Brian Donavant

Dr. Brian Donavant

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice


Dr. Donavant is a strong proponent of technology in teaching who regularly incorporates emerging technologies in both his online and face-to-face classes.


Fall 2009

Dr. Craig Darroch

Dr. Craig Darroch

Professor, Animal Science


We recognize Dr. Darroch for his extensive use of multimedia technologies, including Echo 360, Adobe Presenter, Captivate, Respondus and video in Blackboard.


Spring 2009

Dr. Chris Baxter

Dr. Chris Baxter

Assistant Professor, Political Science


We recognize Dr. Baxter for his use of Facebook, YouTube, and other online applications in classroom instruction and with student groups for which he serves as adviser.


Fall 2008

Ms. Denise Jones

Ms. Denise Jones

Lecturer of Psychology


We recognize Ms. Jones for her integration of technology in the classroom and for her use of Dragon Web Surveys with an undergraduate student performing independent research.


Spring 2008

Dr. Somsak Sukittanon

Dr. Somsak Sukittanon

Assistant Professor, Engineering


We recognize Dr. Sukittanon for his applied use of Apresso streaming classroom lectures and Web 2.0 collaborative applications as a supplement to his classroom instruction.


Fall 2007


Dr. Daniel Nappo

Assistant Professor, Spanish

Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages


Dr. Robert D. Peckham

Professor of French

Director, Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center


Kyoko Hammond

Lecturer of Japanese


Chosen for their innovative use of Wimba Voice Tools.


Summer 2007

Dr. Richard Chesteen

Dr. Richard Chesteen

Professor, Political Science


Selected as one of the Statewide winners in the Tennessee Sandbox Podcasting Competition, and chosen by us for his willingness to learn something new and incorporate it into his teaching.


Spring 2007

Dr. Timothy Burcham

Dr. Timothy Burcham

Professor and Parker Chair of Excellence, College of Agricultural & Applied Sciences


Dr. Burcham has long been a technology pioneer on UT Martin's campus, and he was chosen because of his constant efforts to innovate with new technology in the classroom, especially in the area of online teaching.

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