Provost's Awards Lecture Series
Fall 2021 Presentations

This lecture series is to honor and showcase each year's recipients of the Provost's Awards.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021
3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

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Dr. Kenneth Froelich, Department of Music
2020-2021 - Excellence in Teaching

“Teaching Creativity (and Other Tall Tales!)”

Join Dr. Kenneth Froelich as he discusses how he may (or may not!) encourage creativity in young music composition students. He will also discuss how the creative process is refined through project-based learning, how natural curiosity is cultivated as a tool for creation, and how imposter syndrome and self-doubt are handled as inevitable parts of the process. Punch and pie (maybe).


Thursday, October 14, 2021
3:00 p.m. TO 4:00 p.m.

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Katie Dyer, Department of Child and Family Science
2020-2021 - Faculty Service

“Student Ratings of Instruction: Current Controversies and Future Directions”

Student Ratings of Instruction are ubiquitous in the academy, used for the dual purposes of improving instruction and evaluating instructors. But the reliability and validity of student ratings have been questioned, and their continued use is widely challenged. Dr. Dyer will review the current state of scholarship on student ratings, and consider potential future directions.


Thomas Holyoke, Department of Political Science
2020-2021 - Faculty Service

“Ups and Downs but Staying In It: Perils and Pleasures of University Service and Why We Must Do It”

University service is more than just a requirement for tenure and promotion. A lot more. Yet it seems that many faculty only want to do just enough to achieve tenure. This is a serious problem, but an understandable one. Many faculty do not want to engage in serious service work because it is difficult and sometimes has serious negative consequences. Yes, it can be difficult at times, and sometimes unpopular decisions must be made, but the alternatives for faculty and higher education are far worse. By reflecting on his own experiences with university service, Dr. Holyoke will highlight some of its pitfalls but also some of its most enjoyable moments, as well as the long-term sense of reward.


Thursday, November 18, 2021
3:00 p.m. TO 4:00 p.m.

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Jennifer Randles, Department of Sociology
2020-2021 - Research, Scholarship, and Creative Accomplishment

“Researching Diaper Dilemmas”

In this talk, Jennifer Randles will discuss her current research on diaper insecurity among California families and how this research inspired her teaching, service, and advocacy.


Frederick Peinado Nelson, Department of Liberal Studies
2020-2021 - Innovation

“Alex, I'll take Building a Program for $400: My Invitational Experience with the South Valley ITEP”

Dr. Peinado Nelson will share his reflections on the work to establish the South Valley Integrated Teacher Education Program, the accelerated 2 year B.A. and teacher credential program at the Fresno State Visalia Campus. This program is collaborative and innovative, involving professionals from multiple community colleges, school districts, and faculty and staff at Fresno State, resulting in an efficient and transformative opportunity for students in the South Valley.



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