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EKU Online e-Casts

e-Casts is a video-on-demand and podcast series focused on our dynamic and dedicated faculty at Eastern Kentucky University. We deep dive in one on one conversations ranging from discipline and program specific topics to best practices in teaching online. At times we will even delve into current societal issues related to the faculty member’s area of expertise. Check back every Thursday for a new episode that you can listen to at your convenience. For more information, please email us at IDC@eku.edu or visit our website at http://idc.eku.edu

Disclaimer: The views and ideas represented in these e-Casts are NOT intended to represent the views of e-Campus, the Instructional Design Center, or the University. They are intended to provide information and perspectives about particular topics that serve educational purposes and that promote further discussion, dialogue, and debate, with the goal of further cultivating a growth mindset in all of us.


On these week’s eCast we sit down with Dr. Dana Howell, Chair and Professor of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Dr. Howell is also the founding editor of the international Journal of Occupational Therapy Education. Our topics of discussion include strategies and challenges of engaging online students, the future of the profession and how hands-on learning is integrated into the asynchronous and online environment. Join us for an interesting and engaging conversation! Captioned YouTube link.


On this week's eCast episode we sit down with Dr. Todd McCardle, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Doctoral Program Coordinator, Associate Chair: Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. McCardle wears many hats in his multiple responsibilities to EKU and his students and is a great example of how EKU faculty go above and beyond the traditional expectations of both in-person and online education. Join us as we touch on a variety of topics including strategies of engagement, the inadequacies of education for marginalized populations and lessons education can take away from Covid-19. Captioned YouTube link


On this week’s eCast, we are joined by Michael Fore, assistant professor in Management at EKU and practicing attorney in Madison County, Kentucky. We discuss a number of topics including ethics issues in business, the different approaches of both faculty and students to online education versus traditional classroom instruction, and the various demographics of students the program is attracting to prepare for both new and reinvigorated careers. Join us! Captioned YouTube link.


On this week’s eCast, our guests are Dr. Chad Foster, associate professor and coordinator of the Homeland Security Program in the College of Justice and Safety, and Ms. Mikah Hughes, instructional designer with EKU Online. Together, Foster & Hughes were the recipients of an international Blackboard award in the category of ‘exemplary course’ last year. Join us as we discuss the different modalities that go into innovative online course design, how to maximize student engagement and how EKU Online contributes to student success in the job market for this fascinating field. Captioned YouTube link


On this week’s eCast our guest is Dr. Brooke Bentley, Professor and Chair of the School of Nursing. Dr. Bentley discusses the robust offerings of the Nursing Programs here at Eastern Kentucky University and how we are effectively preparing nurses for a highly demanding field. She also touches on 2020 and Covid-19 as ‘The Year of the Nurse’ and strategies of how nurses are dealing with the stress of being on the front lines as helping professionals. Join us for an engaging and interesting discussion. Captioned YouTube Link


Please join us on this week’s eCast as we speak with our guest faculty, Dr. Angela Wood, Clinical Faculty in the Family Nurse Practitioner program in the College of Health Sciences. Listen as we learn more about her work with hands-on clinical education in an online environment, her involvement in winning an international Blackboard Catalyst Award, and her views on the effect the pandemic has played in the rural health family nurse practitioner program. Captioned YouTube link


Please join us on this week’s eCast as we speak with our guest faculty, Dr. Laura Barthel, Assistant Professor of Accounting in the College of Business and Technology. Listen as we learn more about her effective online teaching practices, her jump from the private sector to higher education, and her views on the role the pandemic has played in the fields of accounting and entrepreneurship. Captioned YouTube link.


This week’s eCast guest is Dr. Jaime Henning, Professor and Coordinator of EKU’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology Master’s program. Please join us as we learn more about this captivating discipline, Dr. Henning’s research in online learning and remote work, and the effects that the pandemic may have on workplace performance and satisfaction.  Captioned YouTube link.


On this week's e-Cast we sit down with Dr. Travis Martin who serves in dual roles as the Director of the Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies and as an administrator for First-Year Courses. The Veterans Studies program at EKU was the first of its kind in the world and continues to expand with over 18 million veterans in the United States alone. Dr. Martin has also been integral in administration and curriculum design for First-Year Courses helping prepare new college students for success. Join us for an engaging and interesting discussion! Captioned YouTube Link


Our guests on this week’s eCast  are math professors Pat Coen and Mark Grogan along with instructional designer Mary Henson. They are co-recipients of the 2020 International Blackboard award for Teaching and Learning.  Join us as we learn of their efforts in turning around a math course from a 70% DWF rate to a 70% pass rate – an incredible accomplishment for a STEM discipline like math. They speak of the changes, technologically, pedagogically, and in its design that helped them achieve such results.  Please join us for a fascinating discussion! Captioned YouTube Link


On this week’s eCast we sit down with Michael Hartman, adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science, specializing in the area of game design. Mr. Hartman has over four decades of experience in game design, founded two studios and has published multiple titles throughout his career. An expert in game theory, gamification and e-Commerce, Michael gives us an overview of the exploding field of game design which has become a 125 billion dollar a year industry and also breaks down the Master’s in Computer Science at EKU along with the various concentrations and certificate options in this exciting field. Join us for a fascinating discussion! Captioned YouTube link


As March is Social Work Month, on this week’s eCast we sit down with Dr. Caroline Reid of EKU’s Social Work Program. Dr. Reid shares how EKU is preparing the next generation of social workers in the face of many challenging issues including addictions, mental health problems, and the rampant opioid crisis.  Please join us for a timely and fascinating discussion about these and other relevant topics. Captioned YouTube link.


On this week’s eCast episode, we sit down with Dr. Siwei Gao, the Thomas and Rebecca Coffey Professor of Insurance Studies and Debbie Ellis, program coordinator of the RMI program. Known for excellence in teaching, Dr. Gao speaks to us on topics ranging from the RMI program to ways to mitigate insurance fraud, while Debbie shares with us the many outstanding opportunities available for students in the program. Join us for an engaging look inside this exciting field. Captioned YouTube link


On this week’s eCast episode, please join us as we speak with Dr. Michelle Gremp, Associate Professor in the College of Education. Serving in the roles of Coordinator of the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and Special Education Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Gremp discusses a wide range of topics from her passion for teaching online to the somewhat negative cultural response of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Please join us for an engaging look at this unique and interesting discipline. Captioned YouTube link.


This week’s eCast episode features a conversation with Dr. Jennifer Fairchild, Professor of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Fairchild teaches both on campus and online and is also the program coordinator. Join us as we drill down into the versatility of a degree or certificate from the program, the effects of Covid-19 on how we communicate and the continuing research of Dr. Fairchild involving women’s narrative reconstruction post-miscarriage and the social support offered to women post-miscarriage. Captioned YouTube link.


On this week’s eCast episode, please join us as we speak with Dr. Beth Polin, Associate Professor in the Department of Management/Marketing/International Business in the College of Business and Technology. Known to be an outstanding instructor, Dr. Polin discusses a wide range of topics including teaching online creatively to the economic impact the pandemic has had on the United States. Please join us for an engaging look at the discipline of management. Captioned YouTube link


On this week’s eCast episode, we sit down with Dr. Ryan Baggett, the Interim Dean of the EKU Graduate School and Professor in the Homeland Security program. Known for excellence in teaching both on-campus and online, Dr. Baggett discusses a wide range of topics from the various degrees offered from one of the leading and largest Homeland Security programs in the country to the recent events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Join us for a fascinating look inside this exciting field. Captioned YouTube link


To kick off Season 2 of EKU Online's eCast series, we sit down with Professor Joshua Reichert from the Fire Protection & Safety Technology Engineering Program. Known for effective online student engagement, Professor Reichert expands upon the different degree programs within the highly regarded Fire and Safety Program at EKU and shares insight on strategies for connecting with students. Captioned YouTube Link


Please join us this week as we speak with Dr. Stephen Sumithran, associate professor in the department of biological sciences and online coordinator for the Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in General Studies. Known for his exceptional online teaching and long time work with e-Campus, Dr. Sumithran is also an avid adventurer and touches on his research in India, annual safari trips and his passion for nature. Captioned YouTube link


On this week’s eCast episode we sit down with Dr. Rachael Hovermale from the College of Nursing . Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, Dr. Hovermale is also a recipient of the 2020 International Blackboard Catalyst Award for excellence in course design. The PMHNP program is consistently ranked as a Top-50 best graduate Nursing program in the country according to US News and World Report. Listen as she discusses the program’s excellence and how mental health is finally coming to the forefront of discussions involving overall well-being. Captioned YouTube link.


On this week’s eCast, we sit down with Dr. James Kirby Easterling, Executive in Residence, to discuss Global Supply Chain Management. Eastern Kentucky University is proud to be preparing graduates for a globally integrated business economy and offering a comprehensive supply chain management program. Dr. Easterling discusses the Score Model and the how and why our students are so successful as graduates going into this exciting field. Captioned YouTube link


On this week’s eCast our guest is Dr. Jim Fatzinger, a tenure-track faculty member in the College of Business and Technology. Dr. Fatzinger has a reputation among both students and colleagues as an exceptional instructor who makes it his mission to provide students with a dynamic and memorable learning experience. Join us as we discuss a variety of topics including management strategies, experiences in the online learning environment, student engagement and water polo. Captioned YouTube Link


On this week's eCast we sit down with Dr. Molly Bradshaw, an associate professor and Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Eastern Kentucky University. Also a faculty innovator at EKU, Dr. Bradshaw shares her insights on how this dynamic program is helping the working, professional nurse prepare for the next stage of their career and what goes into development of this nationally ranked nursing program. Captioned YouTube link


>In this week’s eCast, Foundation Professor of Justice Studies, Dr. Kevin Minor speaks with us about the controversial topic of capital punishment. A renowned expert in this area, Dr. Minor shares with the audience the complex issues surrounding this often debated societal matter including race, cost, and judicial errors. Please listen in for a fascinating discussion on this important topic. Captioned YouTube link

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>Please join us as we chat with Dr. Lisa Day, Director of Women and Gender Studies and Appalachian Studies here at EKU. Learn what makes these disciplines so important and relevant in today’s society and how cultural movements such as the #metoo campaign are making a positive lasting societal impact. And learn of the profound benefits of receiving a minor or certificate in either program. Captioned YouTube link

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>In this week’s eCast, Assistant Professor James Pennington speaks with us about the highly recognized EKU Paralegal program. Offering Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees along with a post-Baccalaureate certificate, all of these programs are approved by the American Bar Association. Join us as we delve into the inner workings of what a paralegal is and what a paralegal does and find out how EKU is uniquely preparing students for a future in the exciting field of the legal system. Captioned YouTube link

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>In this episode, we speak with Dr. April Blakely, an award winning online instructor, and Online Coordinator for the College of Education here at EKU. Our discussion focuses on the current and future state of education in Kentucky. Known for her exceptional online teaching, Dr. Blakely also shares her thoughts and advice for teaching in this virtual modality. Captioned YouTube Link.

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>Please join us as we chat with Assistant Professor David Fifer about the online Emergency Medical Care (EMC) program here at EKU. Learn what makes this baccalaureate program unique and highly recognized in the country. Also listen to some of the first-hand experiences Professor Fifer has had as a practicing paramedic both in the state and when deployed nationally. Captioned YouTube link.

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>In this episode, we speak with Dr. Shirley O’Brien, a University Foundation Professor, a Faculty Innovator, and Online Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program here at EKU. Our discussion touches on the national excellence of the program, the role of an occupational therapist, and her extensive involvement with University governance. Known for her exceptional online teaching, Dr. O’Brien also shares her thoughts and advice for teaching in this modality. Captioned YouTube link.

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>Please join us this week as we speak to Drs. Joel Cormier, Wardell Johnson, and Heather Adams, all professors from the online Sport Management program. Not only do we explore different aspects of this relatively new online program, but we also discuss sports in light of the pandemic and cultural unrest that surround us today. Captioned YouTube link.

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>In this episode we chat with Dr. Dana Keller Bush, the chair of the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University. Our discussion hits on a number of topics including programs in her department, the richness of the curriculum, her joy of teaching online and what parents can do during the pandemic to ensure the well-being of their children. In addition, she shares her thoughts about a new Global Hospitality and Tourism program coming soon to EKU. Captioned YouTube link.

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>In this episode we sit down with Dr. Anne Cizmar, an associate professor in the Department of Government at Eastern Kentucky University. She discusses relevant issues to this year’s political landscape including voter fraud, the role of the electoral college in our voting process, cyber-hacking by foreign countries, and the hot button topics for this year’s Presidential election. Captioned YouTube link

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>In this episode we sit down with Dr. Judah Schept, an Associate Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, to discuss mass incarceration and its rise over the past 40 years along with some other topical issues. Dr. Schept is the author of Progressive Punishment: Job Loss, Jail Growth, and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion (New York University Press, 2015) and the forthcoming book Cages in the Coalfields (New York University Press, 2021). Captioned YouTube link

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>In this episode, Instructional Designer Esther Tattershall chats with Dr. Myra Beth Bundy, a  professor in the department of Psychology at EKU. Dr. Bundy shares some strategies regarding her approach to online education, tips for self-care during the pandemic and insight into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and how it can relate to a multitude of different businesses. Captioned YouTube link

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>Dr. Matt Winslow, Coordinator for EKU Online’s Psychology Program, discusses EKU’s Faculty Innovators, his journey and evolution as an online instructor, the need for connecting with students and helping them connect with their peers, the future of online learning, and advice for instructors new to the online world, particularly during the pandemic. Captined YouTube link

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>Listen to Dr. Ann Callahan, EKU’s MSW Program Director, discuss EKU’s MSW program, challenges of living during the Covid-19 pandemic, and spirituality in the hospice setting. Captioned YouTube link

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