Faculty Vitality Projects

Curriculum Development in Business & Economics
Richard Alston, Economics
Selected faculty members from all departments in the College of Business & Economics and from the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences will review and restructure the economics major and parts of the business core curriculum.

Galapagos Islands Field Experience
Stephen Clark, Botany
A visit to the mecca of all naturalists, in conjunction with post doctoral study, will result in written, photographic, video and audio materials useful in producing a multimedia presentation for popular audiences, an in-service course for high school teachers, new dimensions in WSU courses, and an interdisciplinary natural history guide to the Galapagos Islands.

China: Comparative Corrections and Justice Systems
Kay Gillespie, Sociology
Visits to Chinese juvenile and adult corrections facilities and consultation at universities and a new provincial police academy will provide firsthand experiences to incorporate into a new cross-disciplinary course. Faculty/student exchange possibilities will be explored. 

Performances of Music by Women Composers
Diana Grueninger, Performing Arts
Works of American women composers, including some by the faculty member, will be given wider exposure through performance in Austria, Germany, and Iowa. 

Third World Women
Nancy Hannstad, Political Science
A new course on achievements of women in the third world will be created, emphasizing written and oral communication and critical thinking and contributing a new element to the Political Science and Women’s Studies Curricula.

Broadcasting in The People’s Republic Of China
Raj Kumar, Communication
Based on a visit to China with a delegation of American broadcasters and mass communication educators, multimedia materials and a new course in comparative media systems will be developed. 

Literacy Training in Russia and Ukraine
Judith Mitchell, Teacher Education
Consultation with peers in these former Soviet republics will enable the faculty member to enrich teacher education with knowledge of another culture’s approaches to reading education. 

Integration of Microbiology in Rural High Schools
Craig Oberg, Microbiology
Demonstration/presentations at conferences will acquaint rural Utah teachers with ways of incorporating modern biotechnology into their courses. A network will be established bor WSU students to provide ongoing learning opportunities for rural high school students.

Dawn to Dusk
Patti O’Neal, Performing Arts
A public performance combining dance, theatre, music, and visual images reflecting African experience in the diaspora will be developed and presented.

Microorganismic Degradation of Environmental Pollutants
Mohammad Sondossi, Microbiology
Undergraduate students will be trained to isolate, from sources along the Wasatch Front, strains of bacteria that can chemically degrade hydrocarbons, chlorinated aromatics, and pesticides. Their work will support that of the WSU’s Environmental Services and Chemical Technology Centers.

Solics Modeling Workshop
Kerry Tobin, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Faculty in manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology will learn to integrate new compute hardware and software acquired through the IBM computer-integrated manufacturing consortium into their courses. 

Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
Danny Vaughn, Geography
State-of-the-art applications of spatial analysis through mathematical models will be integrated into courses in geographic informations, which are today’s prime working tool for geographers. 

Francophone Women in Literature
Wangari Waigwa-Stone, Foreign Languages
Through on-location research and consultation, new course work will be developed on French-speaking women in literature for the Women’s Studies and French programs.

Collaborative Vitality Projects

Total Quality Management Training
Lon Addams, Business Administration
Brian Davis, Business Administration
Bruce Handley, Business Administration
A TQM training program will be developed and implemented within Weber State’s Administrative Services division in hopes of spreading quality commitment more broadly on the campus.

Hands-on Computer Networking Instruction
Margaret Bennett, Business Ed & Administrative Systems
Dolly Samson, Computer information Systems
New lab courses in local area network management for students of business telecommunications and computer information systems will be created, making use of recent equipment donations. 

Weather Satellite Educational Conferences
John Thaeler, Mathematics
Robert Twiggs, Electronic Engineering Technology
Wayne Wahlquist, Geography
Faculty in Weber State’s newly evolving Space Education Data Resource Center, which supports teachers interested in operating satellite receiving stations at their schools, will consult with colleagues creating similar programs around the country.