Stephen F. Austin State University

Implementation Projects

Current Projects

FLC VI (Spring 2014 Implementation) Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship

Dr. Chris Sams
College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Department of English/Linguistics

Course: ENG 440 Advanced Linguistics
Name of Project: Linguistic Field Methods
Project Idea: Students in the ENG 440 Advanced Linguistics course have all taken ENG 341 Introduction to Linguistics. The ENG 440 semester will be a field methods course in which students will elicit data from a speaker of a language unfamiliar to them in order to analyze the phonological (sound) and morphological (how words are formed) systems of the language. The students will also learn about the culture in which the language is spoken.

Candace Hicks
College of Fine Arts
School of Art

Course: ART 425 Book Arts Studies
Name of Project: Inventing Unique Book Forms
Project Idea: Students will use Book Arts as a springboard for critical writing and the invention of new forms. Students will present their work in two separate professional contexts: at a printmaking fair and with a traveling exhibition.

Dr. Sudeshna Roy

College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Department of Languages, Cultures, and Communication

Course: COM 435 Intercultural Communication
Name of Project: Intercultural Awareness Building in the Community
Project Idea: In this course, students will learn and apply aspects of intercultural communication that helps them become more involved, inclusive, and informed citizens in a global community. Students belong to diverse communities simultaneously and articulate their identity and personhood in each group. Understanding the cultural foundations of communities to which we belong, how they coalesce, and how there may be conflicted perspectives between communities in a particular society cna enable each student to enhance self-perception. If our experiences constitute our identity, then looking at the communities in which those experiences occur is key to understanding of self and others. Students will learn and examine intercultural issues such as challenges of language, ethics, conflict managment/negotation through classroom exercises that will involve watching international movies, writing research papers about other culture experiences as well as outside classroom experiences that will involve contact hours spent in the Nacogdoches Public Library and organizing an intercultural seminar for nurses at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Students will also submit their final research paper to a local, regional, or national conference in the field.


Dr. Jennifer Gumm
College of Sciences and Mathematics
Department of Biology
Course: BIO 438 Ichthyology
Name of Project: Multimodal Signaling in Freshwater Fishes
Project Idea: Colorful freshwater fishes often use visual signals to choose mates. Recent evidence suggests that chemical cues may also be important in mate choice in many species of freshwater fishes. Students will conduct an orginal research project to establish if chemical cues are used for mate choice in darters, small freshwater fishes found in the Southeastern U.S. Further, they will evaluate alternative hypothesis underlying the evolution of multimodal signaling.

Dr. Nicholas Long
College of Sciences and Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Course: MTH 464 Advanced Topics in Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics
Name of Project: Effects of Student Research Projects on Higher Order Thinking Skills
Project Idea: This project consists of a seminar introducing students to mathematics problems and problem solving techniques outside of textbook and typically coursework. The seminar will meet weekly to discuss problems selected by the instructor and students will work on these non-routine problems in small groups. The problems we will be working on involve open-ended statements and solutions as well as problem solving techniques outside of the typical exercises and projects that students typically see. These non-routine problems will incorporate ideas from different areas of mathematics as well as ideas that students do not typically associate with mathematics (such as design or architecture). Problems and discussion will continue based on student interest, although students will have the opportunity to continue work on problems individually or in small groups after the larger group has changed direction. Students are expected to regularly attend and participate in the seminar. Students will be assessed on their presentations throughout the semester and will also take the SALG (Student Assessment of Learning Gains) at the end of the seminar.

Dr. Daniel Scognamillo
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Department of Foresty/Spatial Sciences

Course: GIS 415 Spatial Analysis
Name of Project: Identification of Patterns in Spatial Data: Finding Problems and Implementing Solutions. Project Idea: Students enrolled in any science degree face the challenge of focalizing too much on the technical aspects of their disciplines rather than applying the scientific method and hypotheses testing. Within that framework I developed the idea for this project that is based activities related to the WHAT, WHEN, HOW and WHY questions. For students in the Spatial Science program, that situation can be described as students specializing on certain software but not having a clear understanding of WHAT analytical tools apply for the analysis of a particular data set, HOW, WHEN, or WHY.The distinction is important because, as professionals in Spatial Science, it is expected new graduates will be able to work independently and be aware of the need to identify processes in nature that could have an effect on a specific scenario (related to their field of expertise). This course has been designed to encourage students to ask these questions before applying an analysis. HOW and WHY questions to emphasize the analytical aspect of their profession.

Dr. Yanli Zhang

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Department of Environmental Science/Spatial Science

Course: GIS 301 Geographic Information Systems Application
Name of Project: GPS Data and Accuracy Investigation
Project Idea: GPS (Global Positioning System) is part of GIS (Geographic Information System) which covers GIS itself, GPS and RS (Remote Sensing). Our Spatial Science students will learn GPS basic knowledge from lectures. The proposed project will help them to have more practical knowledge of GPS through 4 real and original research sub-projects: investigation of open source data for GPS (open source and crowd sourcing are hot scientific research topics), evaluation of GPS point accuracy, evaluation of GPS area accuracy, and surveying of National Geodetic Survey's control points in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Pat Stephens-Williams

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Department of Forestry

Course: FOR 252/452 Introduction to Interpretation and Conservation Education Communication
Name of Project: Interpretation and Conservation Communication Planning, Development, and Evaluation.
Project Idea: Natural resource managers use interpretive and education products and programs to influence the public to connect to and care for our natural and cultural resources, and as a behavior modification tool for visitors and the general public. How and what we develop as thematic campaigns depends upon the identification of stakeholder attitudes, needs of the resources, needs of the managers, and the best tools to serve those needs. This course helps students learn how to identify the players and needs, how to evaluate that information for use, design the products needed, and develop and apply evaluation components of the developed products. This is an authentic/service-learning experience with real clients in the federal, state, and public realm of resource management.

Dr. Jessie Sams

College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Department of English/Linguistics

Course: ENG 442 Applied Linguistics in Media
Name of Project: How Accurate is Hollywood?: Critical Analyses of Language Portrayal in Media.
Project Idea: In the ENG 442 course, students will learn features of applied linguistics topics in order to examine the portrayal of those topics in books, movies, and TV shows. Students will learn how to perform research in the field of linguistics, becoming familiar with the top scholarly journals in the field; moreover, they will learn to apply that research to a critical analysis of language use in media. For each major topic covered, students will be required to perform an analysis, based on original research, of the area as it is portrayed in media and will present their analysis in both written and oral formats. At the end of the semester, students will present their work in a campus-wide conference.

Lauren Selden

College of Fine Arts
School of Art

Course: Art 440 Art Metals: Enameling
Name of Project: Intercollegiate Collaboration: Shipping and Exhibiting
Project Idea: Two main subjects will be explored in this course: the technical processes of working with vitreous enamel and the professional practices of collaboratively creating and exhibiting artwork. As part of the first project of the semester, students will send New Mexico State University Art Metals students a found object that exhibits a symbol of personal identity or sense of place. Students will receive the objects, and be asked to immediately review the skills that they procured in previous semesters to create components that could be used toward the creation of a collaborative work about the particular object. At the same time, NMSU will be creating works with the same concept in mind. During the Refined exhibition hosted at the Cole Art Center, students will learn how to properly pack and ship work. When work is completed, students will send the components and a short artist statement by mail to the other university. In the meantime, students will begin work on the second project of the semester exploring the particular techniques appropriate to enameling: proper firing temperatures, sifting, cloisonné, decals, and ornamentation with oils and various types of enamel. A visiting artist will come to campus to show other important techniques and working processes. Students will have a critique for project two and receive the components by mail from the other university. Students will manipulate, fabricate, subtract, or elevate the components to a finished work of art using the newly learned skill sets. During the creative process, students will have the ability to communicate with the other university through Facebook to gather any needed information and to create a "relationship" with another artist. Student will reflect on the experience in a blog entry and exhibit the work at the universities.


Dr. Clive Muir
Nelson Rusche College of Business
Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies

Course: BCM 347 Administrative Communication
Name of Project: Business News Report Project
Project Idea: This project is designed to teach students how to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate real-world, business news reported in general and trade publications. Students will be paired with a business professional based on industry and interest, and the students will read and report on business news from three sources to their business partners on a bi-weekly basis. On alternate weeks, the whole class will have small-group discussions about the news/reports, and critique the reports before they are submitted to the business partners. Since employers complain that college graduates literacy skills are lacking, this project will help students to use higher order reading/thinking skills as they read and report business information.

Dr. Ray Darville

College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Course: SOC 495
Name of Project: Applied Social Research in Yellowstone National Park
Project Idea: After consultation with managers at Yellowstone National Park, students will develop a research project to address one or more identified research needs at the Park. Students will then carry out data collection in the Park, will engage in data analysis of the data, and produce a report to their findings to Park managers.

Dr. Violet Rogers

Nelson Rusche College of Business
Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Course: ACC 437 Auditing Principles
Name of Project: Using Authoritative Literature, Story-telling, and Music in Auditing.
Project Idea: Auditing 437 is a theory based course that uses Authoritative Literature as a background and basis. Most of the Authoritative literature comes from the AICPA (American Institute of Public Accountancy). Specifically, I will use the AICPA Audit and Accounting guide Set _ Online Subscription (Academic). Publisher AICPA. Must have member number (available upon approval). Purchase price for 100 students is $805 and the subscription lasts one year. I enroll 60-80 students per long term. Using the authoritative literature and textbook Auditing and Assurance Services (Messier, Glover & Prawitt, 8thed). Two theories are apparent. One is Schema Theory, and the other is based on Taxonomic Theory. Thus, an audit may be conducted in two ways. One is Schematic (Through a systems approach, such as the revenue cycle) and the other is taxonomic (a balance sheet approach or rather account balance such as an accounts receivable balance). Both theories use Management assertions as a premise. The management assertions include "Existence" (of an account). The question is "Does this Cash exist? Other management assertions include Valuation and Allocation (Historical Cost Versus Lower of Cost or Market, etc). Another is Rights and Obligations (do you have a right to drive the vehicle around and do you owe a note against it). Another is Presentation and Disclosure (is it presented properly on the statements and is it properly valued in terms of historical cost vs. Lower of cost or market). Another is Completeness (have you included all of your Costs). The purpose of the project is to reinforce management assertions and how they relate to both theories. Sometimes, small firms use a balance sheet (taxonomic) approach, yet, larger firms use a schematic approach. Some firms use both. Thus story telling becomes important. Story-telling is not fictitious, but rather descriptive and flow-chartable. By using the assertions under each method, story-telling and related "audit programs" will be developed under each method. Audit programs are a map diagraming actions to be taken and completed by the auditor.

Dr. Theresa Coble

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Department of Forestry

Course: FOR 458 Forest Resource Management
Name of Project: Developing a Recreation Management Plan for LaNana Creek Corridor, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Project Idea: The Context The purpose of recreation planning and management is to maintain high quality biophysical resource conditions while maximizing desired visitor outcomes and benefits. Recreation planning and management requires stakeholder engagement and a rigorous public involvement process. It depends upon the articulation of clear management goals and objectives. It also requires that management decision making and problem solving be defensible and comprehensive. Recreation planning and management is a high-level skill set comprised of a series of inter-related competencies. If students are to gain skills in this area, they must be immersed in real-world, problem solving contexts with scaffolding and support for the learning process.

The Issue FOR 458 represents the capstone course for students earning a B.S. in Forestry (BSF) degree. Like other 400-level courses in the major, FOR 458 provides an opportunity for students to acquire and demonstrate mastery in the following BSF program learning outcomes: forest ecology and biology; the measurement of forest resources; managing forest resources; forest resource policy, economics and administration; and oral and written communication skills. To demonstrate mastery in these areas, students must have in-depth exposure to diverse planning and management contexts, including those associated with the recreational use of public lands.

The Project Students will complete a recreation management plan for the Lanana Creek Corridor (from North Stallings Drive to Main Street) in Nacogdoches, Texas. For the recreation management plan, students will conduct an inventory of site activities, resources and conditions; produce GIS maps illustrating research findings; delineate a system of recreation opportunity classes; create a GIS map of recreation opportunity classes; identify and address a series of visitor use management problems; generate a set of management recommendations to maintain high quality resource conditions and visitor experiences; and convey their findings through written reports, audiovisual elements, and oral presentations. Over subsequent semesters, additional tracts will be added. Thus, over time, students will develop a cumulative, seamless recreation plan for the City of Nacogdoches for the Lanana and Banita Creek drainages. Students will produce a recreation plan for a loop trail system that pulls together a "ring of recreational greenspace" that will thread its way through the City. The Lanana and Banita Creek Loop Trail plan (and each sub-plan developed toward that end) will specify existing facilities, resources, activities and uses, delineate desired recreational opportunities (via a zoning process), and select management strategies and tactics to address unacceptable impacts to biophysical resource conditions and visitor experiences.

Collaboration & Partnerships A Recreation Plan Advisory Committee has been assembled for this project. The Advisory Committee represents key stakeholders, managers and decision makers who input and involvement is essential for project implementation and effectiveness. Currently the Recreation Plan Advisory Committee includes the following member:

1. Mr. Jim Jeffers (City Manager, City of Nacogdoches)

2. Dr. David Creech (Faculty Emeritus, Former Director SFA Gardens,)

3. Dr. Ab Abernethy (SFA Faculty Emeritus)

4. Dr. Rick Hurst (Community-level Stakeholder, City of Nacogdoches Recreational Trail Committee Member)

5. Mr. Ron Watson (Associate Director, SFA Building & Grounds)

6. Mr. Mark Holl (SFA Building & Grounds)

7. Mr. Steven Whitman (Director, SFA Outdoor Pursuits)

8. Dr. Brian Oswald (Professor, Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture)

9. Ms. Dawn Stover (Director, SFA Gardens)

10. Mr. Peter Reigelman (Student Representative, Bike Shop Employee)

Dr. Michelle Williams

James I. Perkins College of Education

Department of Elementary Education

Course: MLG 401 The Middle Level Learning Community

Name of Project: Ideal Middle Level Design Project

Project Idea: Using your knowledge of young adolescent development and middle level philosophy, you will design an ideal middle school in groups of three or four. The design should reflect accurate research, theory, and best practice regarding middle school concept as well as other best practices discussed in the course. THIS PROJECT WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL OUTSIDE RESEARCH and READING. The middle school design will be presented to the class at the end of the course.