Teaching Innovation Institute


The fall institute will be held on October 20th in Hunt Union. See below for more details on the schedule and sessions.

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Ernest Morrell, Keynote Speaker
Ernest Morrell, Keynote Speaker

ERNEST MORRELL is the Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also an elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association a past-president of the National Council of Teachers of English, and an appointed member of the International Literacy Association’s Research Panel. In 2016, Ernest was ranked among the top 100 university-based education scholars in the Annual EdWeek RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Ernest is also the recipient of the 2017 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies. His scholarly interests include: (1) Anti-colonial and critical practices in the Teaching of English (2) Literature for Children (3) The African Diaspora as Imagined Community (4) Literature and Popular Culture in the African Diaspora, and (5) critical media pedagogies and youth popular cultural production in the digital age. Ernest has written more than 75 articles and book chapters that have appeared in publications such as Research in the Teaching of EnglishTeachers College Record, the Journal of Teacher Education, Reading Research Quarterly, English Education, the English Journal, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Learning, Media, and Technology. He has authored eight books including New Directions in Teaching EnglishDoing Youth Participatory ResearchThe Art of Critical Pedagogy, Critical Literacy and Urban Youth, and Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools, which was awarded Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice Magazine of the American Library Association. Ernest has earned numerous commendations for his university teaching including UCLA’s Department of Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his teaching credential, his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of California, Berkeley where he was the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation award in 2001. Ernest is chair of the Planning and Advisory Committee for the African Diaspora Consortium and he sits on the Executive Boards of LitWorld, the Center for Education Equity, and the Education for Democracy Institute.


At a Glance Schedule




11:40 to 12:30




12:40 to 1:40



Because it Matters: Engaging Students in Today's Colleges and Universities

Ernest Morrell

1:50 to 2:50
Session 1


Keynote Follow Up



Open Educational Resources (OER) in SUNY
This presentation will focus on the $4 million in funds that the New York State legislature provided to SUNY for OER adoption in 2017-2018 and how this could positively impact the students at SUNY Oneonta. A brief history of OER in SUNY and the campuses who have had the most success will also presented, as well as a new service structure being offered to campuses entitled the SUNY OER Services.

Mark McBride
Senior Library Strategist
SUNY Office of Library and Information Services


Union Square

Anxiety, Depression and More: The Surge of Mental Health Symptoms among College Students

In any given year, about one in five adults experience a mental health challenge, and 75 percent of these are onset by age 24 (43 million adults). In terms of life span development, a critical time to identify mental illness is the transition-age, college student cohort. Some have identified college as a risky time for student’s mental health. Recent trends show a surge in mental health problems among college students, particularly anxiety disorders, depression and substance-abuse & related disorders; this developmental age is also the time that chronic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder manifest. This presentation will present information about the mental health challenges of college students. How do those working in educational institutions both treat and teach one’s students effectively? Included in the presentation are data from the CORE Alcohol, Drug and Mental Survey administered to student cohorts at SUNY Oneonta in spring 2017 and spring 2014.

James Zians
Assistant Professor

Rebecca Harrington
Health Educator
Health Center


3:00 to 4:00
Session 2


No session


Using Video to Move the Lectures out of the Classroom
The time spent with students in the classroom is the most valuable time.  When students are able to apply concepts in class and receive immediate feedback from the instructor, their learning is enhanced.  However, much of classroom time is taken up with lectures to explain the needed concepts.  There are now many video recording tools that make it easy to record your lecture and post this online so students can watch this outside of class time.  This presentation will cover some of these video recording tools and methods to display these videos to students. 

Chilton Reynolds
Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center


Union Square

What You’re Really Saying: How Voice Production Communicates in the Classroom and the Workplace
In a teaching environment - regardless of academic discipline - we work as professional communicators. One of our most fundamental tools is a voice capable of expressing ideas with authority, clarity and enthusiasm.  Lessons familiar to professional voice users – actors, singers and public speakers – can be of enormous benefit to teachers and professionals interested in strengthening their presence, vocal expressiveness and oratorical skills. This presentation will address fundamentals of breath support, resonance, articulation and vocal health appropriate to the needs of teachers in the classroom or professionals in the workplace.  Learn methods to help build vocal stamina and confidence that will spice up your lectures and engage your students.

Andrew Kahl
Associate Professor of Theatre


4:00 to 5:00





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