College of Arts and Sciences
New Blog Highlights Teaching and Learning

sotl-sealA new blog, the SoTL Advocate, has been established by the Office of the Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at ISU to highlight the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) projects of ISU faculty and to encourage discussion about teaching and learning amongst the SoTL community at ISU and beyond. Consistent with ISU’s definition of SoTL, this blog will support and encourage the systematic study and reflection of student learning at ISU (and beyond) made public.

It is anticipated that the SoTL Advocate will publish various types of blog posts to encourage discussion and appeal to a variety of stakeholders interested in SoTL in higher education. To this end, the blog’s focus will reflect the interests of ISU faculty, staff, and students with regard to SoTL.

The SoTL Advocate blog may be viewed at:

Questions about the blog or ideas for blog topics and posts may be sent to Kathleen McKinney at

News from the College

Ticket Deadline Jan. 9 for MLK Dinner

Wes Moore

Wes Moore is an Army combat veteran, a Rhodes Scholar, a former White House Fel­low and the host of the PBS show about returning veterans, Coming Back with Wes Moore. Yet what intrigued him was another Wes Moore.

Moore will present The Other Wes Moore for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. Reservations are required. Seats are $15 for students and $35 for non-students. Reservations can be made until Jan. 9 by calling (309) 438-8790 or online at


New Weapons for Lab Detectives
photo of Christopher Mulligan and Adam O’Leary

Christopher Mulligan and Adam O’Leary

Christopher Mulligan, associate professor of analytical chemistry, is making strides toward developing cutting-edge instrumentation for chemical detection in his lab at Illinois State University. The application of his work is broad, ranging from detecting contamination in water – such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides – to improving crime scene forensics.

Mulligan explained, “As more and more new medicines and chemicals become available for public use, the more difficult it becomes to detect these potential contaminants in water sources and aquatic environments.” (more…)

BIO Student Named Gates Scholar
photo of Dyrell Ashley

Dyrell Ashley

Illinois State University student Dyrell Ashley has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ashley, a freshman from Chicago, is the first Gates Scholar from the University. Ashley is one of 1,000 students who will be awarded a good-through-graduation scholarship that can be used to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of his or her choice.

“This was a long and exhaustive application process,” said Ashley, who is working toward a degree in biology teacher education, “but everything from room and board to books and tuition is covered.” (more…)

Redbirds Meet in Japan
photo of Aaron Smith, Gina Panazzo, and Moriki Smith

Aaron Smith, Gina Panazzo, and Moriki Smith

Last week while spending the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family in Japan, Aaron Smith, a faculty member in English, had the opportunity to meet up with his former student Gina Panazzo. Gina is currently teaching English in Japan with the prestigious Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program.

More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

December 2 – School of Biological Sciences Integrative Seminar, Carola Staedele (Stein lab), Weigel fellowship award seminar “Changing neural coding – axonal neuromodulation of a sensory neuron,” Room 121, SLB, 12 p.m.

December 3 – Department of Philosophy, Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 131, Stevenson Hall (STV), 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

December 5 – Department of Chemistry, Kurt Tyminski, ISU Department of Chemistry, will present a seminar entitled, “Kinetic and Mechanistic Effects of Substituents on the Aldehyde Portion of N-(hydroxybenzyl) Benzamides,” Room 225, Julian, 3:00 p.m.

December 5 and 6 –  Department of Physics, ‘Tis the Season Holiday Show at Planetarium, $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors, and $2 for children ages 3 to 4, Planetarium, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

December 13 – CAS Winter Commencement, Redbird Arena, 9 a.m.