The ESU Faculty Development and Research Committee to Host Symposium on April 2 to Showcase Work of Two Major Grant Recipients

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The East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) Office of the Provost and the ESU Faculty Development and Research (FDR) committee will host a symposium on April 2 to showcase the work of two recent major grant recipients. The event will be held from 7 to 9 Lower Dansbury on the ESU campus, to highlight the scholarship of Mihye Jeong, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the ESU Department of Physical Education Teacher Education, and David Mazure, MFA, assistant art professor. Dr. Jeong will present “Parents’ Perceptions toward Facilitators and Barriers: Supporting Physical Activity Participation of Their Children with Disabilities,” and Professor Mazure will present “The End of the World in Tire Rubber.”

The event is part of a week of special programs and activities celebrating ESU student and faculty success leading up to the inauguration of Marcia G. Welsh, the university’s 13th president.

Dr. Jeong’s study examined parental perceptions toward those who assist children with disabilities and the barriers to physical activity faced by these children. She also compared common barriers and types of assistance that support participation of children with disabilities in community-based physical activity programs in different countries.  Jeong will also share how the FDR committee’s support helped increase her grant’s competitiveness.

Professor Mazure will present “The End of the World in Tire Rubber” in which he unravels the mystifying process behind the creation of the imagery in his artwork. He developed an innovative new silkscreen process for this project and explored how installation art and performance art can work together to produce a stronger body of work.  Discover what the nude figure, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and tire rubber have in common in his attempts to repurpose old myths to suit the needs of the new millennium. He will also discuss how an ambitious project such as this would not have been possible without the support of the FDR Major Grant.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors policy mandates that each of the system schools, which includes ESU,  maintain an active faculty development program to encourage continuous attention to the professional growth and development of faculty as teaching scholars.  To this end, the ESU Office of the Provost established the FDR committee. Its membership is broadly representative of the faculty, with members selected proportionally from each of ESU’s four colleges, as well as the dean of the Graduate College. The committee eagerly supports faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity. Major Grant proposals must fall into one of the following categories: faculty or faculty/student research; faculty/student public service; creative or performing arts; curriculum, instruction and assessment or individual career enhancement.

The FDR program provides funding to faculty members to further their professional development in one of three ways: the Travel Grant, the Mini Grant, and the Major Grant. All are funded through the provost’s office.

“The major grant feedback and financial support the FDR Committee awards — thanks to funding by the Office of the Provost ­­‑- is essential for continued faculty growth and development, especially for new faculty members at ESU,” said Paula Parker, Ed.D., associate professor of sport management and chair of the FDR committee.

Light refreshments will be served at the symposium, which is open to the public at no cost.

For more information about the symposium please contact Dr. Parker at 570-422-3874.