Online learning is growing at The University of Texas at Dallas! As a result, this newsletter will be a bit broader in scope, including news from distance learning programs across the university. As time goes on and more programs and courses come online, we look forward to keeping you in the know.
I would like to congratulate Online Accounting Professor Mary Beth Goodrich and Online Academic Advisor Corina Cantua for being recognized by the Jindal School of Management for excellence in teaching and service. Many of you have experienced Professor Goodrich’s passion for teaching and all JSOM online students have benefitted from the guidance and exceptional customer service of Ms. Cantua. Thank you for all you do!
Last semester we asked for your feedback on how the eLearning Team communicates. We received 100 responses to our survey and here is what you said.
When asked to rate the frequency of communications from the UT Dallas eLearning Team, you said:
When asked if you feel the UT Dallas eLearning team communicates effectively, you said:
Finally, 88% (84 Responses) stated that they felt the UT Dallas eLearning Team is receptive to student comments/suggestions, while 13% (12 respondents) stated they did not feel we are receptive. I can assure you that my primary goal is customer service. We are here to help facilitate the best educational experience possible. If there is a way that you feel we can improve upon this, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]. Thank you for all of the great feedback! Your communication and ideas will help to shape the future of our online programs.
The survey for this semester is on technical support. Please consider letting us know your thoughts by taking this very short survey.
Thank you and have a great semester!
-Darren Crone, Ed.D., eLearning Director
The eLearning Team invites you to meet our students by viewing a different profile each newsletter. This semester's featured student is Rachelle Bye.
As you search for what online courses to take this Spring 2012 semester, please be aware that the section numbers have changed. Instead of the letter "G" they will now contain the letter "I". Therefore, section numbers 0G1, 0G2, 0G3, etc. will now show up as 0I1, 0I2, 0I3. You will still be able to search for the course(s) by selecting Online/Internet as the instruction method in CourseBook. (That remains the same.) Remember if you only want to display the online courses offered through the Naveen Jindal School of Management, you will need to select SOM – Management as the school.
Enrollment dates were posted to your ORION account on October 31st. As in previous semesters, your enrollment date will give you the date and time when you can start adding courses to your schedule. In the meantime, please take time to review your account for any holds that may delay your registration. If you do not plan to register early but have specific courses in mind, monitor the seats available in those courses. You may have to register early in a course that is in high demand and is quickly filling up.
If you have any questions, please contact the JSOM Academic Advising Office. Now is a good time to get an updated degree audit if you are more than halfway finished with your degree.
All the best,
-Corina Cantua, Academic Advisor
Online MBA Program
Hello online students,
Larry Chasteen, [email protected], Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the UT Dallas Online MBA Program
Meet Our Faculty
Steven Solcher has been a member of the faculty at The University of Texas at Dallas since August 2010.
Mr. Solcher graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and from Oklahoma State University with a Master of Science in Accounting. He was an employee of McCown DeLeeuw and Co. He worked in the private equity firms accounting and tax function as well as the firm’s investment staff.
Mr. Solcher is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
ACCT6352 Corporate Taxation (3 semester hours) Income taxes on corporations and associations, reorganizations, and corporate distributions are examined. The role of taxes in business decisions and business strategy is emphasized. Prerequisite: AIM 6351 or equivalent.
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes
To Use Critical Thinking
To Understand the Ethical Considerations in Tax Practice
To Enhance Communication Skills
I enjoy teaching this course online. I strive to bring the same level of academic excellence as I do in the classroom. Because of the voluminous amount of material covered in this course, it is an ongoing challenge for me to ensure the level of learning is comparable. The online venue is a great alternative for those students with non-traditional schedules (i.e. full-time employees; overseas deployment; individuals with families). Because of the diverse population of students in an online course, this brings a unique perspective to the course that I do not always get in the classroom.
On a personal note: I am really looking forward to teaching the on-line class. While clearly different than the classroom experience I think you will find it rewarding. If you are in Dallas please feel free to stop by UTD and introduce yourself!
Also on a personal note- a little about myself: I enjoy golf and the lake (during the summer only!) and traveling.
Jindal School of Management Online Teaching Award Nomination
Meet Our Faculty
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Affairs Wendy L. Hassett teaches several online graduate classes for the Master of Public Affairs program in EPPS. Her courses focus on the topics of local economic development, public productivity, ethics, organizational culture, and information systems in the policy environment. During the Spring 2012 semester, Dr. Hassett will be teaching Ethics, Culture, and Public Responsibility (PA 7318/POEC 7318) and Local Economic Development (PA 6342/ECON 6372). Both classes will be offered online via eLearning and can be used to fulfill core MPA course requirements.
Her scholarly work has appeared in key academic journals including: Public Administration Review, Public Performance & Management Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration, and Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management. Some of her more recent work appears in More than Mayor or Manager: Campaigns to Change Form of Government in America's Large Cities (2010) edited by James H. Svara and Douglas J. Watson and published by Georgetown University Press. In early 2011, she completed work on the sixth edition of the Guide for Charter Commissions for the National Civic League. Before joining the faculty at UTD, Dr. Hassett worked as an assistant city manager and has over twelve years of experience in local government management.
Meet Our Faculty
Alexey Root is a senior lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She has been a member of the faculty since 1999. She is the instructor for the Chess Online courses, Chess I (ED 4358 and ED 5344) and Chess II (ED 4359 and 5345).
Alexey Root has a Ph.D. in education from UCLA. Her most notable chess accomplishment was winning the U.S. Women’s chess championship in 1989. She has written five books on chess in education: The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14 (2011); People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess (2010); Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities (2009); Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (2008); Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators (2006).
Chess Online course descriptions:
ED 5344: Chess I — Chess in the Elementary School Curriculum (Graduate) 3 semester hours. A consideration of methods for using chess to teach problem solving, math, and reading skills in the elementary classroom, based upon the curricular model developed by McNeil.
ED 4359: Chess II — Using Institutional & Cultural Contexts of Chess (Undergraduate). 3 semester hours. ED 4359 students give examples of the cultural role of chess as a combination of art, game, history, and science using the interdisciplinary methods of the arts and humanities. Students in ED 4359 analyze essays on chess in education. Each student’s culminating paper proposes improving an existing chess program or developing a new chess program.
ED 5345: Chess II — Institutional & Cultural Contexts of Chess (Graduate). 3 semester hours. ED5345 is an in-depth study of the history, art, game, science, and culture of chess. Students write their first paper on how cultural differences influenced the level of female participation in chess through the ages. Students assess research and choose funding opportunities for chess in education. Each student’s final paper is a research-based proposal for integrating chess into a community institution.
After completing Chess I and Chess II, students have: