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University Professor Course Offerings (Spring Semester 2014)

UP 4901 Class #12033

The Scope of Practice in CSD
Professor: Youngsun Kim, Ph.D. (Communication Sciences & Disorders)

Credit hours: 3

Time/Day: 3:05-5:55pm Mon.

Room: Grover Center W209

Prerequisite: CSD major and (Jr or Sr)


Course Overview 

The purpose of this course is to develop working knowledge of: 1) the scope of practice and clinical ethics in speech pathology and audiology; and 2) understanding of clinical practice by observation and interview of clinical speech language pathologists and audiologists. This course will help undergraduate students pursue a graduate degree and prepare to be a future clinician with competence.

UP 4901S, Class #8800

Climate Change Politics
Professor: Nancy J. Manring, Ph.D., - Political Science

Credit hours: 3

Time/Day: 10:30-11:50am Tu,Th

Room: Research & Technology Bldg 223

Prerequisite: Jr or Sr


Course Overview 
I would like to teach a course that explores the complexity of public discourse about climate change. Conversations about climate change are multi-faceted and vary depending upon the actors involved, the geographic location and scale of the conversation, and the lens through which it is examined. Discussion of climate change spans multiple academic and professional disciplines (i.e., the biophysical sciences, political science, economics, business, engineering, urban planning, environmental studies, philosophy and ethics) as well as many sectors of public and private life. The focus of this course would be to analyze the various ways that climate change is framed and debated in diverse cultural and political settings.


UP 4901N, Class #12995

Global Change Through Charitable Giving
Professor: Art Trese, Ph.D., - Environmental & Plant Biology

Credit hours: 3

Time/Day: 3:05-5:55pm W

Room: Porter 417

Prerequisite: Jr or Sr

Course Overview 
In this course we will explore a diverse selection of philanthropies, charities and non-governmental organizations that are working to improve the lives of people: locally, nationally and globally


University Professor Course Offerings (Spring Semester 2013)

UP 4901 Class #7928
Storytelling and Social Change (Listed as "Stories & Social Change")
Professor: Dr. Lynn M. Harter (Communication Studies)
3 Hrs Credit

Time/Day: 6-8:45pm Tues.
Room: Lasher Hall 209
Prerequisite: JR or SR
Textbook: Harter, L.M. (2013). Imagining New Normals: A Narrative Framework for
Health Communication. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishers. ISBN is 978-0-7575-9797-8

Course Overview 

Whether through birth, life events, or unfortunate circumstances, humans live with vulnerability. Narratives endow life’s disruptions with meaning by organizing events in time and space, developing characters and their relations with one another, and ascertaining causality by plotting otherwise disconnected events. The practice of storytelling reflects the narrative impulse and remains a powerful form of experiencing and expressing vulnerability and loss. In this course, we will approach narrative from an explicitly broad vantage point, casting a wide net that includes autobiographical stories, cultural scripts, institutional plots, and the process of storytelling. Narratives represent performative strategies with particular significance for individuals marginalized or otherwise absent in public discourse. In light of this, we will explore the role of counter-narratives in acknowledging lived inequities and fostering social justice. Counter-narratives describe clusters of histories, anecdotes, and other fragments woven together to disrupt stories of domination. Our goal will be to explore how storytelling can politicize personal experiences, imagine new normals, and mobilize resources for social change.

UP 4901 Class #10331
Productivity and Civility in the Age of Connectivity (Listed as "Civility & Connectivity")
Professor: Dr. Hala Annabi (Management & Information Systems)
3 Hrs Credit

Time/Day: 3:05--6:05pm Wed.
Room: RTEC 201
Prerequisite: JR or SR

Course Overview
The diffusion of mobile technology in society affords us many benefits and conveniences. We have become accustomed to constant connectivity with others, access to information, and immediate responses/results to our questions and requests. Our need for instant information and simultaneous connectivity with multiple environments is now the norm of our daily personal and work activities. Some experts claim that this form of connectivity has some significant negative effects on the individual and society at large. There is increasing evidence of the negative impacts of mobile technology use on individual safety, productivity, communication, social etiquette, and learning.

This course will explore the pervasiveness of mobile technology and its impact on society. In particular, this course will take the students on a journey to explore the positive and negative impacts of mobile technology on society. In this course we will explore topics pertaining to the use of mobile technology in the classroom, boardroom and coffee shop. We will explore personal responsibility and organization policy.





2013-2014 University Professor Award Recipients

  • Youngsun Kim; Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Nancy J. Manring; Political Science
  • Arthur Trese; Environment & Plant Biology
  • Kenneth K. Walsh; Civil Engineering

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