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Work experience

Aug 2004Present

Adjunct Instructor

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Comparative Religion (REL 201):

  • Brought on board to teach one section of Comparative Religion per semester, now teaching three sections per semester, up to 35 students per section
  • Wrote the course description, course outline and expected outcomes for Comparative Religion (REL 201)
  • Developed and launched 14-week online version, created and taught 9-week and 6-week online versions at request of administrative leadership
  • Teaches night and day face-to-face classes as well as online, working with a wide diversity of students

Learning Communities:

  • Currently planning LCCC's first online linked Learning Community with another instructor for the fall of 2009, Comparative Religion and Abnormal Psychology, "The Psychology of Cults."  Students will have a shared online space and several case studies in which they explore the difference between functional and dysfunctional religious associations, whether or not the term "cult" can be applied to new religious movements, and the significance of the issue for the 21st century.
  • Worked with another instructor to create and teach a Learning Community, "The Child and God," spring of 2009, linking Comparative Religion with Child Development in an exploration of the way children learn religion.  Students worked in cooperative groups on smaller projects that ultimately came together in a final book on the shared subject matter.
  • Worked with another instructor to create a Learning Community, "Where Freud Meets God," fall of 2008, that linked Comparative Religion with Social Psychology.  The courses met once per month and the students worked in cooperative groups on incremental assignments that culminated in a final project, the creation of a book exploring the cognitive sources of prejudice against religion.
  • Partnered with an English department colleague and a chemistry professor from Drexel University conducting an open source research project.  The courses (ENG 105 and 107 and a graduate level chemistry course) were not officially linked as a Learning Community, but the students communicated through wikis and blogs.  English composition assignments were centered on medical and chemistry topics and students were tasked with examining the pros and cons of open source science.

English I (ENG 105):

  • Taught for four semesters

Chinese I (CHN 100):

  • Developed first semester online Mandarin Chinese with the school's Instructional Technologist, using podcasts, screen captures, audacity and other technologies in order to incorporate both written and oral Chinese into the course
  • Taught the course online, spring 2008
Sep 1997May 2004

Teacher

Lehigh Valley Home Educators Enrichment Program

Mandarin Chinese

  • Taught Chinese language classes to students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • Created lesson plans and instructional materials; designed educational classroom exercises, games, homework assignments, and tests
  • Led students in cultural enrichment activities and outings
  • Developed proficiency in handling students with different ability levels in a language learning environment

High School Literature

  • Taught English, American and World literature courses to high school students
  • Taught composition and beginning literary analysis
  • Designed the curriculum
Aug 1986Aug 1987

Fulbright Scholar

Academia Sinica

Awarded a Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellowship to complete research on Yang Shih, a Neo-Confucian philosopher.  Traveled to Taiwan, R.O.C. to translate and analyze Yang Shih's treatises from the 11th century CE and historical documents written about the influential philosopher and his activities.

Aug 1985May 1986

Teaching Assistantship

University of Arizona
  • Selected to receive a full academic scholarship and a Department of Defense National Resource Fellowship to complete doctoral degree in Chinese Studies. 
  • Sought out and was awarded a teaching assistantship in final year on site.
  • Taught two discussion sections of an introduction to Eastern religions course to as many as 40 undergraduate students per semester. 
Oct 1980Aug 1981

Interim Director

Dayton, Ohio YWCA International Program
  • Developed and led ESL classes for political refugees and immigrants from a wide variety of nationalities
  • Used content-based approach, minimalist/methodist teaching strategies, and total physical response exercises to reach students at varied ability levels
  • Served as Interim Director of the program; coordinated ESL program services for up to 120 adult participants, overseeing a team of 12 teachers and tutors
Jan 1981Jun 1981

Adjunct Instructor

  • Developed and taught ESL course for college students who were also political refugees and immigrants from Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Georgian, Japanese, German, Central and South American origins
  • Used a content-based approach
  • Taught composition and essay structure
Jan 1981May 1981

ESL Consultant

Greene County, Ohio Welfare Department

Worked with Vietnamese refugee family in assisting resettlement, teaching adults ESL, facilitating linguistic and cultural communications between the family and their sponsoring church.

Education

Aug 1981May 1990

PhD

University of Arizona

Dissertation: South-Returning Wings: Yang Shih and the New Sung Metaphysics

Sep 1979Dec 1980

M.A.

Thesis: The Sacred Meal: An Analysis

Philosophy Teaching Assistant

Sep 1975Jun 1979

B.A.

Honors Thesis: The Uses of Magic in the Pedeir Keinc Y Mabinogi

Experiential Assignments

Personal Experience

Interactive Lessons

Summary

Interdisciplinary Collaboration   Student Evaluation and Assessment    Student Development and Support

      Learning Styles and Diverse Teaching Methods    Continuous Improvement    Technology Use

Foreign Language Acquisition Methodologies    Creative Lesson Planning    Teaching Materials Development

Teaching Effectiveness

Meets students' diverse learning styles by

  • incorporating interactive critical thinking
  • using experiential, creative and multi-sensory assignments and assessments
  • integrating multiple intelligences theory of learning into teaching methods
  • making updates and enhancements to courses based on student responses and emerging research/technology

Work Samples

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Professional Development History

Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, June 2009 [registered]

Reading Apprenticeship Workshop, LCCC, June 2009 [registered]

Title III Developmental Learning Communities Workshop with Emily Lardner and Gillies Malnarich, May 2009

Learning Communities Assessments Workshop with Emily Lardner and Gillies Malnarich, January 2009

Beyond the Digital Divide: Web 2.0, June 2008

Creating Global Learning Laboratories, May 2008

ANGEL Advanced Training, April 2008

ANGEL Basic Training, spring 2008

Beyond the Digital Divide: Web 2.0, June 2007

Designing a Learning Community in an Hour, February 2006

How to Make Group Work Work, May 2006

WebCT Training, summer 2006

ProjecTell Professional Education Conference, April 2005

Crime Scene in the Forest Creative Teaching Workshop, 2005

Technical Proficiencies

  • Microsoft Word
  • Powerpoint
  • ANGEL
  • WebCT
  • SoftChalk LessonBuilders
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • Audacity

Objective

Innovative faculty member with proven curriculum design and instruction, communication and management skills seeks professional instruction position in faculty training and learning community development.

Student Comments

"Dr. Jameson, in my humble opinion, is the finest teacher I have ever met."

"Certainly one of the most interesting classes I have taken!"

"Some of my other professors could learn a thing or two from Dr. Jameson about how to conduct an online class!"

"Her class teaches tolerance and respect."

"All in all I loved her class."

"She is a wonderful teacher."

"The class exceeded my expectations and was wonderful.  Do not change a thing!"

"Gives us material not only to read but to experience."

Workshops and Recognition

Nominated Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year 2009

Presentation, "21st-century Soft Skills as Taught in Learning Communities," Perkins Advisory Board Meeting, LCCC, March 2009

Presentation, "Mixbook.com: a Cooperative Tool in Learning Communities," LCCC Adjunct Convocation, January 2009

Organizer, Religious Diversity Conference, LCCC, April 2008

      Panel of representatives from

      six local religious

      communities, attended by 

      faculty, staff and students

Presentation, "Religious Diversity on the LCCC Campus," LCCC Adjunct Convocation, fall 2007 and again in winter 2008