CEHS Launches New Lunchtime Discussion Series

Beginning in January, 2014, the Research Office in the College of Education and Human Services will begin a new lunchtime discussion forum, The BrownBag Buzz. The series is intended to bring together faculty members and graduate students for discussions of a variety of topics and issues —ranging from individual research projects, technology innovations for effective for teaching and learning, and students’ preparation for careers within and outside of academe.

M Cecil Smith, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the college, is organizing the Buzz. “In the brief time that I have been at WVU, many of our faculty in the College of Education and Human Services have expressed the desire to have a variety of opportunities for students and faculty members, and colleagues across disciplines throughout the University, to talk and share ideas about research, scholarship, teaching and learning, as well as the ‘big issues’ that are impacting higher education.”

The BrownBag Buzz will occur from Noon – 1 p.m. in Room 802B Allen Hall. Topics for Spring 2014 are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, January 29
Science and mathematics educators’ research ‬‬‬‬collaborations surrounding teacher professional development and garden-based learning.

Professors James Rye, Melissa Luna, & Sarah Selmer
Department of Curriculum & Instruction


Wednesday, February 12
Counseling work with military families
Professor Jeff Daniels
Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling & Counseling Psychology


Wednesday, February 26
The rise and fall of the public mission: Contextualizing declining state support of higher education in West Virginia and beyond
Professor Nathan Sorber
Program in Higher Education Administration


Wednesday, March 19
Summary of Spring 2014 Conference PresentationsVarious CEHS faculty members and graduate students


Wednesday, April 9
Research with Appalachian families, adolescents, and schools
Professor Amy Root, Learning Sciences & Human Development Department,
Professor Audra Slocum, Curriculum & Instruction Department


Wednesday, April 23
So you want to write an academic book? A few things to know and do
Professor Norman Lass, Communication Sciences & Disorders Department,
Professors Neal Shambaugh & M Cecil Smith, Learning Sciences & Human Developmentn Department


Smith continues, “I think it’s worthwhile for the BrownBag Buzz to be informal, but meaningful, in terms of becoming an enjoyable, informative event that people look forward to attending, and where good ideas can be examined and discussed. We are all incredibly busy and there are few opportunities for these kinds of interactions to occur in the course of the day outside of the classroom, lab, or clinic. It’s so important for people to connect and feel connected – the ideas that are exchanged, the possibilities for collaborative work to emerge, for graduate students to observe up close how faculty think and talk—and for students to discuss their evolving ideas with fellow students and faculty. These kinds of gatherings are so valuable to growing and maintaining a truly intellectual culture in a college.”

WVU faculty and students are invited to bring their lunch for the presentations and conversations.

For more information, contact M Cecil Smith at mcecil.smith@mail.wvu.edu or 293-2174.