Plenary Speakers

amadorJose Amador is professor of soil science and microbial ecology in the Dept. of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island. He has a B.S. in Biochemistry and MS and Ph.D. in Soil Science from Cornell University. Jose’s research focuses on applied aspects of soil microbiology and ecology, from understanding the role of earthworms in nutrient cycling, to the microbiology and biogeochemistry of septic systems. Over the past 21 years he has taught courses in introduction to soil science, soil microbiology, soil and water chemistry and microbial ecology of soils at the University of Rhode Island. More recently he co-taught an honors course in communicating science to the public with Prof. Libby Miles in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. Jose is the author, with Libby Miles and C. B. Peters, of The Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College Classroom, and editor, with Kathleen Torrens, of Taking Your Course Online: An Interdisciplinary Journey.

milesLibby Miles is Associate Professor of Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island. Her research interests revolve around institutional change, both in theory and in practice. Her early work focused on instituting change in the textbook publishing industry, which garnered numerous national awards. More recently her attention has been drawn to curricular and pedagogical innovation as a change agent, which has led to her inclusion on several nationally-sponsored interdisciplinary projects involving the assessment of student learning. Libby teaches all levels of Writing & Rhetoric courses, from introductory writing to travel writing and rhetorical history, through graduate seminars on theories of writing instruction – and she recently co-taught an honors course on communicating science to the public with Prof. Jose Amador of the Natural Resources Science Department. Also with Jose and Prof. C. B. Peters of Sociology, Libby co-authored The Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College Classroom. Libby is the recipient of the 2010 URI Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.

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