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Eberly Connections: Lunch and Learn Series

About the Series

Eberly College is committed to your success. Our goal is to provide an assortment of development opportunities and community building activities for faculty. One such opportunity is the newly reimagined Eberly Connections: Lunch and Learn Series. During these once a month, 50-minute sessions, faculty will engage with some of WVU’s most innovative teachers, leaders and intellectuals on issues pertinent to any faculty member’s scholarly, service and teaching development. We encourage you to bring your lunch and attend all sessions you can. Kids and furry family members are always welcome!

The full schedule is below. Please register for one or all using the following link. You will receive the Zoom link 24 hours before the session is scheduled to start. Thanks for your time and we look forward to seeing you.

Register for the sessions.

Do This Not That: Mentoring Graduate Students

Tuesday, January 26, 12-12:50 p.m.


  • Richard Thomas, PhD (Interim Associate Provost, Graduate Education and Professor, Biology)
  • Jessica Queener, PhD (Graduate Program Director, Eberly College)
  • Claire St. Peter (Professor and Area Coordinator, Psychology)
  • Jamie Shinn, PhD (Assistant Professor, Geology and Geography)

Topics Covered: Mentoring, professionalization, graduate student data

Promises and Pitfalls: Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research

Tuesday, February 23, 12-12:50 p.m.


  • Kasi Jackson, PhD (Director, ADVANCE and Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies)
  • Bradley Wilson, PhD (Director, Center for Resilient Communities and Professor, Geology and Geography)
  • Margaret Stout, PhD (Associate Professor, Public Administration)

Topics Covered: The importance of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, messaging your research, finding research partners, getting your work to count

On Track: Teaching and Service Professors

Tuesday, March 30, 12-12:50 p.m.


  • Renée Nicholson, MFA (Director, WVU Humanities Center, Director and Teaching Associate Professor, Multi- and Interdisciplinary Studies and RBA)
  • David Hoinski, PhD (Assistant Teaching Professor, Philosophy)
  • Amena Anderson, PhD (Associate Director, ADVANCE and Service Assistant Professor)
  • Amy Alvarez, MFA (Assistant Teaching Professor, English)

Topics Covered: Experiences, time management, charting an academic path, research

The Engaged Professor: Bridging Campus and the Community

Tuesday, April 27, 12-12:50 p.m.


  • Jessie Wilkerson, PhD (Joyce and Stuart Robbins Chair and Associate Professor, History)
  • Mehmet Öztan, PhD (Service Assistant Professor)
  • Kathryn Williamson, PhD (Teaching Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy)
  • Deana Morrow, PhD (Director and Professor, School of Social Work)
  • Andrea Soccorsi (Instructor and Academic Adviser, Programs for Multi- and Interdisciplinary Studies)

Topics Covered: Finding community partners, representing the university, controversy, student engaged activity and research