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Jody Langdon wins Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

Jody Langdon, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology in the School of Health and Kinesiology, has been awarded the Georgia Southern University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award for her research focused on autonomy-supportive teaching.

The award recognizes the body of SoTL work produced by recipients, with a special emphasis being placed on research that has been completed during the past three years. As a recipient of the SoTL award, Langdon has received a monetary award and has been invited to serve as a featured speaker at the 10th Annual SoTL Commons Conference in Savannah, Georgia, March 29-31.

“I consider winning this award one of my greatest accomplishments and one that is also a reflection of the wonderful people I have collaborated with,” stated Langdon. “I feel SoTL research gives me the information I need to be a better teacher and it allows me to put ideas into practice in a way that is systematic and meaningful.”

By utilizing autonomy-supportive teaching as a guide, Langdon has conducted research on the effects of the flipped classroom model on students’ course experience, basic need satisfaction, motivation and course performance. Langdon’s research has extended to include the effects of an autonomy-supportive training program on the teaching behaviors of graduate teaching assistants. Her most recent engagement in SoTL has been focused on metacognition and how three different types of metacognitive strategies (exam wrappers, informational videos and group quizzes) enhance student learning.

As a current professor involved with the Georgia Southern University’s QEP, Write3, Langdon has used her involvement to research the various influences of different types of assignments on student writing in exercise science.

Langdon makes the fourth faculty member from the College of Health and Human Sciences to be awarded this honor since it was created in 2009. The award recognizes Georgia Southern faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the SoTL. Each year a competitive selection process determines the recipient.

This article was originally posted on February 16, 2017 and can be found here.

College of Education associate professor presents keynote at international conference

Kymberly Harris, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning, was a keynote speaker at the International Forum on Inclusive Education in Xiamen, China.

Harris presented to more than 500 special educators and administrators and was live streamed on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) educational channel.

“I presented the current ‘state of inclusion’ in the United States, as well as specifics on Georgia Southern’s teacher preparation for students with disabilities within our special education program and the dual certification program in early childhood,” said Harris.

The conference took place on Jan. 9-10 at the Xiamen Junlong Hotel and was co-organized by the Center for Integrated Education and Research of Beijing Normal University, the China Disabled Persons’ Welfare Foundation, Love Group, and Xiamen Special Education School.

“The longstanding partnership of the COE’s Department of Teaching and Learning and special education program with our colleagues in the PRC has led to greater opportunities for an exchange of policy ideas,” said Harris. “At this conference, faculty with special education expertise from Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States, along with delegates from across the PRC, came together with a shared goal of increased educational access for students with disabilities. The common message from all presenters was the importance of going forward with student-centered outcomes for this population of learners as the primary focus.”

Harris was invited to be a part of the conference by Meng Deng, Ph.D., deputy dean for the Institute of Special Education and director of the Research Centre for Inclusive Education at Beijing Normal University. Deng was a Fulbright Scholar at Georgia Southern from 2006-2007 during which Harris served as his faculty sponsor. Deng, Harris and COE assistant professor Catherine Howerter, Ph.D., have published several articles and a book chapter on the topic of best practices for students with disabilities in general education classrooms.

During Harris’ visit, she was also invited to speak to faculty at Beijing Normal University.


This article was originally posted on February 2, 2017 and can be found here.

GSU Members Receive Research Funding

The Office of Research Services & Sponsored Programs at Georgia Southern University would like to congratulate the following GSU faculty and/or staff members.


Congratulations to:


Dr. Charles Owens, with the Department of Health Policy and Management, who received research funding from the Coastal Health District, and the Georgia Rural Health Association, Inc.

Dr. Raymona Lawrence, with the Department of Community Health, Behavior, and Education, who received research funding from Augusta University

Dr. Joseph Telfair, with Community Health, Behavior, and Education, who received research funding from the Research Triangle Institute.

Dr. Angela Peden, with Community Health, Behavior, and Education, who received research funding from the District 4 Public Health Department.

Dr. Sungkyun Lim, with the Department of Electrical Engineering, who received research funding from the ARRIS Group, Inc.

Dr. Marina Eremeeva, with the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, who received research funding from the Lyme Disease Association, Inc.

Dr. Celine Manoosingh, with the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management, who received research funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Ronald ‘Chris’ Rustin with the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, who received research funding from the Georgia Department of Public Health.


Call for Proposals: 2017 Georgia Southern Research Symposium


Georgia Southern University is now accepting abstracts/proposals for the 2017 Research Symposium. All students from Georgia Southern University are invited to apply. The Research Symposium is a conference style showcase of undergraduate and graduate student research across multiple disciplines. This event includes speakers, poster and oral presentation sessions from all academic disciplines.

The Research Symposium will be held on APRIL 14, 2017 in Statesboro, GA at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center on the Georgia Southern University campus.  (Map)


Abstract/Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017


  • Business Administration
  • Public Health & Well-being
  • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Education and Learning
  • Engineering and Material Sciences
  • Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Exercise Science and Human Performance
  • Computer Science and Information Technology

Abstract/proposals submissions will be considered for poster presentations, oral presentations, or performing or visual arts. A faculty advisor is required for submission. Space is limited; not every submission will be chosen.  A review committee will evaluate each submission for content and relevance. Abstracts can be submitted under only ONE topic area and must include an abstract synopsis of 300 words or less.  All presenters must register for the Symposium online at

All final presentations will also be uploaded to Digital Commons.

For more information about the Annual Research Symposium, please visit the Research Symposium website at

Faculty Spotlight: Li Li

This installment of Faculty Spotlight features Li Li, Ph.D., professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Primarily a research professor, Li works with both students and faculty to construct experiments and collect data for their research. Li is also a specialist in the human gait, and has created research projects with the University and with private industries to study the way people walk and balance.


This article was originally posted on January 30, 2017 and can be found here.


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