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Annual Methodist University Title III Teaching and Learning Symposium
May 1, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Bowman retired as a Lieutenant from the Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department on September 1, 2009. His last assignment was with the Department's Operations Division in the 2nd Precinct as a Patrol Lieutenant. In that assignment he was responsible for leading night operations in the Oceanfront Community Oriented Policing area.
He previously served as a Sergeant in Professional Development & Training as the Department's leadership development coordinator. He has served as the lead faculty member and coordinator for the Department's West Point Leadership Course since its inception in 2003. In his capacity as the Department's leadership development coordinator he has attended faculty development with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, New York. As the West Point Leadership Course Coordinator he also managed the Department's multi-rater (360-degree) feedback program and served as a member of the Department's leadership coaching cadre. He was also been responsible for developing leadership and followership training for the Department's Basic Recruit Academy, the Field Training Officer's Course, the Sergeant's Preparatory Course, and the Field Training Sergeant's Course.
Mark also served as a Patrol Sergeant, a Detective Sergeant, a Master Police Officer, a Drug Recognition Expert on the Department's DUI Task Force, and as a SWAT Officer.
Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Masters in Public Safety Leadership from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Policy, with a cognate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia in August 2009.
Mark served 26 years on active and reserve duty; both enlisted and commissioned, and retired as a Major from the U. S. Army Reserve. He served over 18 years as a Special Forces Officer, twice commanding a Special Forces A Detachment. He has completed a variety of professional education courses at the U. S. Army Infantry School, JFK Special Warfare Center and School, and the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Mark is an amateur triathlete and has completed two Ironman, three Half Ironman, and over 60 Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons.
Mark and his wife Brenda have three children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Bowman will present how to integrate Google Apps into the teaching process
Janet E. Hurn is Coordinator of E-Learning Initiatives for Miami University's regional locations and a Senior Instructor of Physics. Janet leads a team of educational designer/technologists and oversees the development of online and hybrid courses that helps faculty integrate technology into their classrooms and staff incorporate technology to improve workflow. She puts her 20 plus years of classroom experience and her love for learning together into a passion for emerging best practices in education. Her research interests include learning analytics, academic integrity in the online environment and online student retention. She is a Google Apps for Education Certified trainer and a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer.
Julie Straub is the Educational Technology Coordinator for Miami University
regional locations. She has had the opportunity to serve in instructional
and leadership roles in the educational technology field within the K-12
and higher education environments. She has taught traditional (face-to-face),
hybrid and online courses. On the flip side, she has completed one of
her graduate degrees as an online student. Julie is excited by the endless
opportunities that educational technology and e-learning provides to facilitate
growth and success using technology as a tool to enhance the teaching
My most recent passion has become utilizing technology to enhance mathematics learning, especially as it relates to student success and student retention. I am presenting papers and actively seeking grants to support this scholarship.
My research interests have always been pedagogical in nature. I stay excited about advances, especially technological advances, which enhance our ability to get difficult material across to our students. The last fifteen years, I have stayed at the leading edge of many multimedia authoring tools and classroom management systems. My main area of interest right now is the development of learning modules for use in flipping the math classroom. I have presented papers at regional, national and international conferences.