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Podcast icone-Casts is a video-on-demand and podcast series focused on our dynamic and dedicated faculty at Eastern Kentucky University Online. We deep dive in one to one conversations topically ranging from Online Education to Social Work to Psychology and learn how our faculty are acting as change agents in the rapidly changing world of online education. Check back often for new episodes you can listen to at your convenience via downloadable or streamable podcasts or view them on Youtube. For more information please email us at or visit our website at

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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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