Faculty Fellows

Call For Faculty Fellows

  • Do you use a particular piece of educational technology in your classes? 
  • Would you be interested in sharing what you know about it with other faculty?

The TLTC is seeking Faculty Fellows to be the campus experts in one chosen educational technology (Clickers? Voicethread? R?) of your own interest. We seek faculty who would be willing to lead a mid-day seminar once per semester in this academic year to share with us and other interested colleagues what you know and be an on-call expert when questions arise.

Faculty who are accepted as TLTC Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $500 in a year for sharing their expertise in a single software title or piece of hardware. 

If you make use of an educational technology tool you think would be beneficial to the campus community and would like to become a TLTC Faculty Fellow in supporting that tool, please contact Tim Ploss at tim.ploss@oneonta.edu to relate your interest.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, we are pleased to have the following faculty as Fellows:

Rebecca Harrington, MA is the Health Educator at SUNY Oneonta where she provides leadership to both the know violence interpersonal violence prevention committee and the Alcohol & Other Drug committee. She's perhaps best known on campus for pushing the bubble on creative taglines.

Faculty Fellow Rebecca Harrington
Faculty Fellow Rebecca Harrington

Rebecca has contributed many hours to the SUNY system's initiatives including serving on the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force on Sexual Violence Prevention's Subcommittee for Student Onboarding and Ongoing Education, contributing posters system-wide that illustrate aspects of the SUNY Sexual Violence Policy in student-friendly ways, and most recently in the development of the SPARC online training course.

It is through the SPARC that Rebecca learned to use Articulate Storyline to develop a creative commons licensed (through SUNY) online course that met the mandates of prevention education as detailed in NYS Education Law 129B (“Enough is Enough”).  The goal was to offer a low cost solution to rival third party vendors that were charging increasing sums of money as more states created mandates. To date, more than 150 colleges and universities have downloaded SPARC. SUNY anticipates the training of 1 million college students through this course within three to five years. Rebecca is now developing tools to guide SPARC campuses through that customization process.

She was recognized by the American College Health Association's as a Best New Professional in 2009. She was the recipient of the SUNY Oneonta Fran Daley award in 2012 in recognition of excellence within the Student Development division.

Her life balance includes playing tenor saxophone and singing with the band Blues Maneuver, one of the busiest working bands in the Catskills. Current free time interests include taking on a wide variety of home improvement adventures and spending time with her 9 year old Lego genius and budding Star Wars fan, Eli

Faculty Fellow Anita Levine
Faculty Fellow Anita Levine

Anita is an Associate Professor in the Elementary Education and Reading Department and teaches educational technology and methodology courses to those studying to become elementary school educators. She has engaged in several Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects with university faculty as well as public school teachers from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, and Italy. In addition to exploring the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom, her research interests include the role that hope plays in teacher self-renewal, and international comparative education. Anita loves to travel whenever she can!

Faculty Fellow Bharath Ramkumar
Faculty Fellow Bharath Ramkumar

Bharath “Bhar” Ramkumar, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Fashion & Textiles in the Department of Human Ecology and the TLTC Faculty Fellow for Qualtrics, SUNY Oneonta’s new survey platform. With over four years of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research in consumer behavior and marketing related topics, Bhar has used Qualtrics extensively for collecting and analyzing data for various research and teaching related projects. Bhar was selected as a runner-up of the SurveyMod competition held by Qualtrics in 2015 for creating “Flashtrics,” a flash card tool that students can use to learn and memorize definitions and terminologies.

Faculty Fellow Munir Syed
Faculty Fellow Munir Syed

Meet Dr. Munir S. Syed, Program Coordinator of Pre-Health Professions

I am very happy to have joined such a vibrant campus community at SUNY Oneonta. As a perpetual student, I believe that the college’s idyllic setting enhances the feeling of comfort and provides an avenue for self-discovery.

One of my main responsibilities is to advise students who are planning to pursue a career in the health professions. This is approximately 10 percent of the total student population at our college, so I take my role here very seriously.

I am a Doctor of Medicine with years professional experience as a physician. I also hold a Master of Philosophy degree in Medical Microbiology. I have extensive experience in teaching histopathology and clinical pathology at medical schools as well as teaching microbiology, anatomy and physiology, human biology, general biology, and pathophysiology to undergraduate nursing and other allied health majors. I also teach online courses here at SUNY Oneonta. I would like to add that I love to travel and have also led off-campus courses to Thailand and Nepal. I am a voracious reader and an avid gardener.

I think every working day about how I might combine my clinical/professional experience with my teaching experience so that I might find the best way to help our young, pre-health students succeed. I cherish my role as the coordinator of pre-health professions as it provides me with an opportunity to transition from a “sage on the stage” to a “guide on the side.”

It’s exciting for me to be part of the planning and execution of pre-health programs during Open House, Academic Exploration Day, Accepted Students Day and the majors’ fairs. Since I serve as the point of contact for the articulation agreements and early acceptance programs with health profession schools, I can shape the growing opportunities for our students as they look beyond graduation.

It is my hope that I can take what is already a stellar program to new heights and bring about new resources for our students to turn to when they need help.

Feel free to reach me at Munir.Syed@oneonta.edu. I’d be happy to share my thoughts on advising students.

Faculty Fellow Ursula Sanborn-Overby
Faculty Fellow Ursula Sanborn-Overby

Ursula Sanborn-Overby, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the TLTC Faculty Fellow for Qualtrics, a recently acquired survey platform available for use at SUNY Oneonta. Ursula uses Qualtrics for her research that examines how peoples’ ideas about gender change over time, as well as research that looks at gender differences in decision making in the workplace. Ursula also uses Qualtrics in the classroom when teaching students about research methods within psychology and in improving her own teaching.

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