News and Announcements

SITE Welcomes Institute Fellow Nicholas Rowland

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We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nicholas Rowland as an Institute Fellow as part of his work as the inaugural Faculty Scholar for the Student Engagement Network's Engaged Scholarship Academy.

The aim of the Engaged Scholarship Academy is to deepen university-wide discourse, practice, and recognition of engaged scholarship. As a Faculty Scholar, Rowland’s two-year project will involve review and empirical testing of best practices for showcasing engaged scholarship to the University community and the broader public. His project, of course, will provide students with opportunities to engage students in scholarship.

Dr. Rowland and his students' goal is to elevate and incentivize engaged scholarship by transitioning Penn State's undergraduate research fairs into Engaged Scholarship Fairs. The students will be involved in identifying, adapting, and testing best practices for use at Penn State. They will also investigate practices for expanding the research fair model to include activities such as giving presentations about study away or research posters about internships.

The Schreyer Institute has provided funding for Nicholas to hire and train his team of undergraduate research assistants. We look forward especially to working with this team as they disseminate their efforts through seminars for students and faculty.

For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Rowland. If you are interested proposing a special project as an Institute Fellow, please contact us at or 814.865.8681.


Long-Awaited! Customize a CV in Activity Insight

We have waited a long time for this, and it is finally here! You can now customize a CV in Activity Insight! This feature is currently available only to those with a Faculty security role. If you are an Administrator in Activity Insight and would like to see how this works, send an email message to

The CV can be seen only by the faculty member who creates the report. No one else will have access to it unless you choose to share it in a separate file.

Full instructions can be found at Note, the image below will appear the first time you click on the Create a New Report button. Click on the X in the top right-hand corner to close this window before proceeding.

Screen shot of an advertisement for Digital Measures' customize a CV functionality.

If you have any questions or problems with this or another Activity Insight feature, please contact the Activity Insight Support team at

Project and Supply Chain Management (PSCM) State-wide August Meeting

Penn State New Kensington, August 14 and 15

Faculty from 10 campuses gathered for a PSCM Discipline workshop and program kickoff meeting at Penn State New Kensington. The meeting provided an opportunity to build faculty community between the faculty teaching existing PSCM programs at Penn State Erie, The Behrend Campus, and faculty at campuses within the University College.

The Project and Supply Chain program consortium recently launched at five campuses in Western PA (Beaver, Greater Allegheny, Fayette, New Kensington, and Shenango)were able to lay the groundwork for improved collaboration between the campuses currently offering the PSCM program in Western Pennsylvania and the recently approved PSCM program at four campuses in the east.

The nearly 30 participants addressed topics that included the relationship of the degree program to the Bachelor of Science in Business, assessment, program marketing, student opportunities in industry and professional organizations, certificate program, advising and academic services, and included a workshop on SAP. The program generated significant conversation and many new connections were made between campus faculty.

Funding from the Schreyer Institute provided a timely opportunity to gather all faculty across the state at the start of the eastern PSCM program, as well as introduce the three new faculty at the existing western consortium. The funding also helped to maximize participation and helped lay the foundation for strong academic programs statewide. All objectives as outlined in the agenda were met with further goals of designing assessment with BSB alignment being a top priority to pursue this semester were made.

For more information about this initiative, please contact David Stone, Director of Collaborative Programs, Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses.

How much time does it take the average college student to complete common academic tasks?

A Course Workload Estimator from Rice University's Center for Teaching Excellence may help shed some light on the answer. The authors, Elizabeth Barre and Justin Esarey, provide a tool to estimate how much time students might spend completing reading assignments, writing assignments, and studying for exams. They also include details about how they estimated workloads as well as references.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Call for 2018 Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award Nominations

The Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award celebrates the accomplishments of faculty members whose work transforms education through the use of technology. This award is given in recognition of excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions over time. Examples of enhancement include the development of projects, courses, collaborations, or scholarship that explores innovative uses of technology that have the potential to significantly improve teaching, learning, learning spaces, and scholarship at Penn State and beyond. Of particular interest are the creation of original approaches or outcomes that have implications beyond one specific academic area.

All Pennsylvania State University Faculty (tenure or fixed-term, regardless of rank) are eligible for nomination. Self-nominations are welcome. Recipients will receive a cash award and a medal.

To submit a nomination and learn more about the award, visit:

Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

SRTEs Go Mobile!

This semester students can choose to submit SRTEs using the new mobile friendly web version for phones and tablets. No app download is necessary, upon sign-in students will see this option when they have active SRTEs to complete. Students may find it convenient to respond to open-ended questions using the voice-recognition built into their mobile devices.

Screen shot of mobile icon from SRTE tool. 
Screen shot of Mobile SRTE icon.

When students choose the mobile option, they will see only one question at a time, rather than the entire SRTE form on their screens.

The regular web version SRTE is still available for students with laptops or without mobile devices.

Faculty will also be able to use the mobile version to check response rates for courses with active SRTEs. Those faculty who are concerned about response rates will be interested in taking advantage of this new functionality by asking students with mobile devices to complete their SRTEs during class.

Faculty: please remember that if you set aside class time for students to complete the SRTE, you need to leave the room.