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Welcome to my Penn State York web space!

Click on the tabs above for information about teaching resources, including workshops, the Teaching & Learning @ PSY Newsletter, and the latest on what I’m learning in order to share it with our campus faculty at my Recent Projects Blog.

Below is a little bit about my background and the work I do at Penn State York.

Nittany Lion paw printInstructional Design

When I tell people my job title, I often get the question, “What do you do exactly?” Well, an instructional designer (ID) usually works with faculty in a resource capacity:

  • providing information and resources on best practices in education
  • assisting collaboratively in the course design process
  • instructing in the effective use of technology in teaching

My time is usually spent in collaborating one-on-one with faculty, developing resources to help faculty inform their teaching practice, conducting workshops, and researching current trends in education.

I often think of IDs as people who carry a tool belt full of ideas and applications for educational endeavors. By talking with faculty about what they would like to do with their classes, IDs can recommend activities and approaches that will help faculty build successful and rewarding courses for instructors and students alike.

"paw print"Instruction

I teach college reading courses as well as the occasional ESL course on this campus and sometimes at our local community college as time allows. I love teaching. It is my passion and laboratory! I have been working for the past few years on developing my teaching craft, using the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as the conduit through which I try new approaches, measure impact, and communicate results (positives and flops!) It has been a rich and rewarding journey. Over the last year specifically, I have been working with people at the University of Bristol (UK), using the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI) to help students strengthen the learning attributes they need to be successful and powerful lifelong learners.

Nittany Lion Paw PrintPersonal History

I am a York native, happily returning home after many years away. I served as an instructional designer at Montgomery College (near Washington, DC) and at Towson University where I helped to prepare faculty to teach online.  I love my job because it gives me access to so many different content areas and teaching situations which I enjoy tremendously. I also enjoy cooking, traveling, and am dedicated to adult literacy and ESL issues.

Nittany Lion Paw Print Education

Institutional Research Certificate (PSU) on-going

MSEd Language Education (Literacy)
Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)

MEd Instructional Systems
Pennsylvania State University Great Valley Campus (Malvern, PA)

BA in Geology
University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)

Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate General Science 7-12
Immaculata University (Immaculata, PA)

PA Program Specialist in English as a Second Language
I.U. 13 (Lancaster, PA)

AS Occupational Science in Culinary Arts
Johnson and Wales University (Providence, RI)

Nittany Lion Paw PrintPublications

Shaffer, S.C. ; (submitted June 9, 2014) Building Student Capacity for Reflective Thinking. Manuscript submitted for publication to The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning; SUNY, Plattsburgh, NY.

Shaffer, S.C., Eshbach, B.E., & Santiago-Blay, J.A.; (submitted March 1, 2014) Fostering First-Semester Success for Academically At-Risk Students in a Science General Education Course Using a Paired Reading Course Model; Journal on Excellence in College Teaching; Miami University; Miami, OH.

Shaffer, S. C.; (March 2013) Would they Play? Would they Learn? The Teaching Professor; Vol. 27 Issue 3, p1-6. 2p, Magna Publications, Madison, WI.

Shaffer, S.C.; (Winter 2013); Faculty Innovations in the Classroom; Penn State York Student Affairs Newsletter; http://www2.yk.psu.edu/student-affairs/2012/11/faculty-innovations-in-the-classroom/

Sutton, J. & Shaffer, S.; (2007) Could Communication Be the Next Outsourced Commodity? Fostering Communicative Competencies in a Global World. Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course, Volume 11. Kendall/Hunt Publishers, Dubuque, IA.

Shaffer, S., Lackey, S. P., & Bolling, G; Blogging as a Venue for Nursing Faculty Development; Nursing Education Perspectives (May/June 2006) National League for Nursing. New York.

Shaffer, S.; Online Course Accessibility Considerations; Faculty Forum: Focus on Faculty Teaching, Service, and Scholarship at Towson University (February 2006). Erratum: Title printed incorrectly as Going Hybrid- Lessons Learned from Hybrid Courses.

Teaching & Learning at Penn State York Newsletter http://www2.yk.psu.edu/sites/scs15/teaching-learning-resources2/teaching-learning-psy-newsletter/

Professional Development Blog postings http://www2.yk.psu.edu/sites/scs15/blog/

"paw print"Presentations

Learning Design Summer Camp (July 17, 2014); Using self-knowledge and purposeful reflection to encourage positive change in the college years; Penn State University; State College, PA.

Innovations in Faculty Development Symposium (June 3, 2014); Co-Presenter: Barbara Eshbach, Head Librarian, Penn State York; Springboarding as a Faculty Professional Development Model; Shippensburg University; Shippensburg, PA.

The Lilly Conference on College Teaching & Learning (May 30, 2014); Co-Presenter: Barbara Eshbach, Head Librarian, Penn State York; Building Lifelong Learning Attributes in First-Semester Students Using the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI); Bethesda, MD.

Center for Teaching Excellence Business Professor Teaching Summit; (May 15, 2014); Co-Presenter: Dr. Samir Shah, Associate Clinical Professor in MIS, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University; Measuring of Student Growth as Lifelong Learners in Global Information Systems Classroom Projects; Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Excellence: Gateway Course Experience Conference (March 24, 2014); Using Adaptive Learning Technology and Reflective Exercises to Improve First-Year Success in a Paired Developmental College Reading/Environmental Science Course; Indianapolis, IN.

Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium; Penn State University; (March 22, 2014); Co-Presenters: Barbara Eshbach, Head Librarian, Penn State York & Dr. Jorge Santiago-Blay, Biology Instructor, Penn State York; Using Adaptive Learning Technology and Reflective Exercises to Improve First-Year Success in a Paired Developmental College Reading/Environmental Science Course; State College, PA.

Drexel University Center for Teaching Excellence Business Professor Teaching Summit; (May 17, 2013); Co-Presenter: Dr. Samir Shah, Associate Clinical Professor in MIS, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University Innovative One-shots Build Motivation and Currency in a Gen-Ed IST Course, Philadelphia, PA.

The Lilly Conference on College Teaching & Learning; (June 1, 2013); Carpe Diem: Making the Most of a Paired Reading Course for First Semester Students; Bethesda, MD.

2013 TLT Symposium (PSU): Using Stanford University’s dSchool Process to Build Creativity and Innovation in Courses and Campus Processes. March 2013; State College, PA.

Invited online panelist: Beyond employability: Embedding life skills in higher education; October 5, 2012; The Guardian, London, UK; http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/oct/03/embedding-skills-in-higher-education

Presentation for the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA) Summer Education Conference; July 13, 2012; Technology in Accounting Education: Learning Support and Professional Readiness; Hershey, PA. http://teachaccountingtech.wordpress.com/

Shaffer, S., Using On-line Study Groups for Faculty Development; Faculty of the Future Conference; June 3, 2005; Bucks County Community College, PA. Presenter.

Shaffer, S., Issues in the recruitment, selection, training, and retention of Catholic sisters. Spiritual Transformation Scientific Research Program; Works of Love: Scientific & Religious Perspectives on Altruism; (June 2, 2003, Villanova University, PA). Roundtable discussant.

"paw print" Awards

Penn State York “Unsung Hero” Service Award recipient – April 27, 2014 – recognizes a Penn State York faculty or staff member for unselfishly providing outstanding service to the campus and its students, often with limited recognition. Selection is made through student, faculty, and staff nominations.

Nittany Lion Paw PrintContact me:

Suzanne C. Shaffer
Penn State York Campus
1031 Edgecomb Rd.
York, PA 17403
ISTC 209