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Lee University Students and Faculty Present at ACA Conference
Merritt Jenkins - 10/18/2019

Lee University Students and Faculty Present at ACA Conference


Thirty Lee University faculty and students were invited to present at the Appalachian College Association (ACA) 2019 Annual Summit: A Community of Collaboration, which took place Sept. 19-21. 


"Lee University's presence was strong at the recent ACA conference with 50 faculty, staff, and students registering for the annual meeting," said Dr. Debbie Murray, vice president for academic affairs. "In fact, there were more attendees from Lee than from any of the other 34 institutions in the ACA. This was a record attendance for the Summit. Beyond the numbers, I was so proud of the professionalism and expertise displayed by the faculty and students in their presentations."


Lee faculty led 18 different presentations on disciplines ranging from nursing to library instruction and from art to chemistry pedagogy. The sessions focused on four strands of practice, supporting the theme of collaboration: in the classroom, outside the classroom, in the larger community, and pedagogical and co-curricular innovation.


Some of the presentations included "The Pen is Mightier than the [Microscope]," "Breaking Out into Collaboration: Learning More in Community," "Neodiversity for Engaged Pedagogy at Appalachian Colleges: Teaching and Leadership Institute 2019 Takeaways," and "If they're talking, am I teaching?"


The 25 faculty presenters include Luis Almeida, Michaelia Black, Shane Brown, La-Juan Bradford, Julie Burchfield, Jonathan Cornett, Jeannie Duff, Brent Ferrell, Rebecca Hergert, Amanda Jones, Caroline Maher-Boulis, Mary Mathias-Dickerson, Lori Mattace, Amy Mercer, Karen Mountain, Bethany Sargent, Sarah Schlosser, Donna Summerlin, Bryan Poole, Delia Price, Jessica Price, Jason Robinson, Kathy Rose, Diette Ward, and Lori West.


Student presentations included "Detecting Abnormalities in Lithium-ion Batteries: A Closer Look at a Battery's Waveform," Characterization of Novel TMEM67 Gene Variants Associated with Joubert Syndrome," "Range and Habitat Analysis of the Conasauga Blue Burrower," and "Quest for the Mathematically Ideal Font."


The four student presenters were Andrew Franklin, Alissa Jackson, Paul Montgomery, and Rachel Wood.


The mission of the ACA is to serve Appalachian communities through the transformational work of its faculty, staff, and students. Programs offered by the Association are designed to promote cooperation and collaboration among member institutions, and to support scholarly and creative activities of faculty and students.


To view the entire program and presentations, visit

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