Dr. Joan Schuman is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Missouri S&T. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Arkansas and completed her Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi. Schuman is a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified through the Project Management Institute. She worked for several years in the aerospace industry with the Boeing Company initially as a design engineer and then later in systems engineering. At Missouri S&T, she teaches a variety of courses emphasizing Project Management and Financial Management for both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Her research interests focus on engineering education with a special interest in Service Learning and project management. Schuman is also the Departmental Experiential Learning Coordinator. She has developed her undergraduate project management class into a Service Learning class where the students work with area communities on real projects that benefit both the communities and students.
Dr. Katie Shannon is Associate Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with Honors from the University of North Carolina and her PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the Harvard Medical School. She has been active in biology education research since early in her career. She was a fellow in the Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) as a Postdoc at UNC. In the SPIRE program Dr. Shannon was introduced to the fellowship of teaching and learning. In 2013, she participated in the American Society for Microbiology Biology Scholars Program Research Residency. During her research residency, she conducted research to determine if an assignment achieves the desired learning objectives. At Missouri S&T, she works closely with students on campus in many capacities. She has trained forty undergraduates in her lab, volunteered to run hands on activities for girls’ summer camps, and advises pre-med students. She is also a co-advisor of the Missouri S&T iGEM, a synthetic biology student design team. Dr. Shannon’s primary teaching role is Cell Biology (BioSci 2213). She used technology to improve the course, utilizing personal response systems (clickers) to increase student involvement and “flipping” one day a week by recording and editing online lectures to better utilize class time for problem solving.
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