AMSC Spotlight

2021 Georgia Regional & International Awards PHI THETA KAPPA Honor Society

2021 Georgia Regional & International Awards PHI THETA KAPPA Honor Society

2021 Georgia Regional & International Awards PHI THETA KAPPA Honor Society Beta Beta Tau Chapter

Dr. Kenja McCray

AMSC's Dr. Kenja McCray Leads Team in Publishing Tributes to Late Historian

Dr. Kenja McCray

The scholarly manuscript titled "Remembering Jacqueline Anne Rouse, 1950-2020: Scholarship, Educational Advocacy, and Mentoring as Audacious Leadership" has been published in the Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians. Kenja McCray. Ph.D., Associate Professor of History in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and program coordinator of environmental justice initiatives at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC), served as the article's lead author. Clark Atlanta University's Charmayne E. Patterson, Ph.D. and Southern University and A&M College's Christy Garrison-Harrison, Ph.D. co-authored the piece.

Dr. Rouse's death highlighted the importance of the present era as an inflection point in African American women's history and signaled the urgency of remembering the pioneers who birthed and molded the field. McCray, Patterson, and Garrison-Harrison explore how Rouse utilized groundbreaking scholarship, supportive instruction, and strong mentorship to claim places and hold spaces for her students. The article combines a review of Rouse's scholarship with students' and advisees' oral and written statements to explore the professor's legacies of advocacy and mentorship. Drawing on previous studies of vanguard Black women history makers, the authors conclude that Rouse was an exceptional educator who embodied what they call a form of "audacious leadership" from which others can learn instructive lessons.

The journal article builds on testimonies Dr. McCray originally curated for a special issue newsletter of the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH) in August 2020. Dr. Rouse was an early leader within ABWH who taught at Georgia State University for 29 years. The edition highlights her life and legacy.

The special newsletter edition can be found here.

Congratulations Drs. Curtis L. Todd, Kokila Ravi, and Kenja McCray

Curtis L. Todd, Kokila Ravi, and Kenja McCray

AMSC Faculty Team Examination of Critical Thinking Skills and Online Course Environments Selected for New Research Anthology

The manuscript, "Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills in Online Course Environments: Instructional Techniques and Strategies" penned by Drs. Curtis L. Todd, Kokila Ravi, and Kenja McCray, has been selected for the 2021 IGI Global Research Anthology titled Research Anthology on Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Students. The book chapter is the result of the authors' shared interest in best practice standards for online course design and delivery methods to improve both teaching and learning.

Their research transitions beyond theoretical constructs regarding best practices and standards for distance education. In doing so, the authors provide practical applications through the use of case studies in demonstrating a "how to" student engagement framework and online instructional model. This model fosters a practical online course environment and useful strategies for developing critical thinking skills.

Further, as noted by the publisher, "Learning strategies for critical thinking are a vital part of today's curriculum as students have few additional opportunities to learn these skills outside of school environments. Therefore, it is essential that educators be given practical strategies for improving their critical thinking skills as well as methods to effectively provide critical thinking skills to their students."

Dr. Todd is Professor of Social Work and provides instruction in criminal justice. He also leads student retention, progression and graduation special initiatives. Dr. Ravi is Director of Distance Education and Specialized Programs. She also serves as the Prior Learning Assessment Director and Institutional Representative for Quality Matters. Dr. McCray is an Associate Professor of History and Program Coordinator of the College's environmental justice initiatives. The original manuscript was published in the International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design (2019, volume 9, issue 1). Chapter 43

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