To receive an Excellent rating, a faculty member should demonstrate instructional leadership, e.g., the ability to initiate and execute constructive change in an ISAT, JMU, or external curriculum.
In addition to developing many new course materials for ISAT/CS 344 (Intelligent Systems) and ISAT 341 (Simulation & Modeling), I have demonstrated instructional leadership by proposing, developing, and teaching HON 300/ISAT 680 (Quality and Process Improvement in Action) in Spring 2012 and Spring 2013, by developing a new GSCI 104 (Severe Weather on Earth and in Space) which was delivered in Summer 2013 and Summer 2014, and by developing a Study Abroad program in Iceland which should be delivered for the first time in the summer of 2015.
The Iceland program was conceived when I received a SAGE Grant ($4000) from the Office of International Programs/GenEd to deliver GenEd science/math courses (Cluster Three) in an international setting. This will close one of the major gaps in OIP’s course offerings, which are primarily language and culture based, helping that JMU organization fulfill one of its current strategic goals. In May 2013, I traveled to Iceland to meet with potential collaborators, scope out venues for the study abroad, and identify classroom space and living space. The preliminary work has been completed to lead a study abroad in Iceland during Summer 2015.