NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The 2015 Stephen F. Austin State University Bright Ideas Conference, highlighting faculty research, scholarship and artistry, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center on SFA's campus.

More than 100 research posters and scholarly exhibits, including seven individual spotlight exhibits, will be on display from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. An Authors and Artists Reception at 1:30 p.m. and a High-Impact Practices and Certified Online Instructor recognition ceremony at 2:30 p.m. will culminate the conference in the Twilight Ballroom.

The annual Bright Ideas Conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Office of High-Impact Practices.

"This conference not only showcases discipline-specific research but also research on the scholarship of teaching and learning," said Dr. Richard Berry, SFA provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"For many of our faculty, the dedication to the pursuit of research and creative work has resulted in publication, exhibitions or performances. One new aspect of this year's conference is the Authors and Artists Reception, which provides the university with the opportunity to offer our thanks and support for these efforts."

This addition will honor faculty members who have published scholarly works or performed or exhibited creative works during the 2014 calendar year.

A spotlight exhibit was chosen to represent each of the six SFA colleges, as well as the Ralph W. Steen Library. This year's presenters include:

Dr. Justin Blount, Nelson Rusche College of Business, "Social Enterprise and Corporate Governance;"

Drs. Christina Sinclair and Jay Thornton, James I. Perkins College of Education, "This is a Picture of…Exploring Pre-Service Teachers' Experiences Living in a Hybrid Curriculum;"

Dr. Jamie Weaver, College of Fine Arts, "Blind Woman's Bluff;"

Drs. Daniel Unger, David Kulhavy, I-Kuai Hung and Yanli Zhang, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, "Using Field-Based Instruction and Hands-On Applications to Quantify Natural Resources;"

Jonathon Quam, College of Liberal and Applied Arts, "Forward: Racial Disparities and the Changing Power Structure of Madison, Wisconsin;"

Drs. Della Conner and Janice Hensarling, College of Sciences and Mathematics, "A Shot in the Dark: Innovation Community Outreach to Save Lives;" and

Kyle Ainsworth and Shaun Roberts, Ralph W. Steen Library, "Portraits of Freedom."

The public is invited, and admission is free. For additional information about the Bright Ideas Conference, contact the SFA Center for Teaching and Learning at (936) 468-1735, or email Megan Weatherly at, or visit