Morning Panel Discussion
Laura Dumin, Ph.D.
Laura Dumin is a Professor of English and technical writing at the University of Central Oklahoma. She serves as the university’s Artificial Intelligence Coordinator, exploring the impact of generative AI on writing classrooms and running a thriving Facebook learning community to allow instructors to learn from each other: https://www.facebook.com/groups/632930835501841.
Dr. Dumin is also a co-managing editor for the Journal of Transformative Learning, a campus SoTL mentor, directs UCO’s Technical Writing BA program, and advises the Composition and Rhetoric MA program. She received an M.S. in technical writing and composition/rhetoric from Radford University in 2001 and obtained her Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University in 2010.
Ernst Bekkering, Ph.D.
Dr. Bekkering is a Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern Oklahoma State University where he has taught courses in information systems, technology, and computer science since 2004. He is passionate about incorporating technology in his courses, both on a theoretical and on a practical level. In recent years, his research has focused on educational issues such as enforcement of prerequisites, program assessment in computer science, the relationship between class participation and performance, and of course, the potential for incorporating artificial intelligence in computer science courses.
Greg Stone, Ph.D.
Dr. Stone is Associate Vice President of Academic and Campus Operations at Tulsa Community College, providing leadership for TCC’s Division of Engaged Learning, Tutoring Services, Department of Online Learning, and the Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity. Dr. Stone has a regular presence on each campus and focuses on improving campus communication, cross-departmental processes, and employee engagement. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Tulsa in 2015 and holds additional degrees from Northeastern State University and TCC.
Wren Fratarcangeli is a current undergraduate at the University of Central Oklahoma and will be providing insights about artificial intelligence in education from a student’s perspective.
Afternoon Panel Discussion
Elise McCauley has been an educator for 30 years. She currently works at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma as a speech and English professor where she has taught since 2017. She has served as a DaVinci Institute Board member since 2018. Elise’s professional interests include teaching public speaking and educating students about online and in-person communication etiquette and ethics. Her personal passions revolve around her three adult children and her brand-new husband.
Erin Karl received her BA in History from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2005 and her MA in History-Museum Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2008. She has been teaching college-level history classes since 2009. In 2020 she became the full-time history professor at Redlands Community College. Erin’s passion for teaching transcends platforms but she is especially passionate about creating high-quality, online history course instruction.
Shaun Peevsasser, Ph.D.
Dr. Peevsasser is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Department Chair of Social Sciences at Tulsa Community College. Shaun has previously worked with TCC Librarians to create Academic Integrity resources for students in all classes. Currently, he is collaborating with them again to update those resources to reflect Generative AI in the classroom.
Jessica Salmans Meditz
Jessica Salmans Meditz is an Associate Professor of Film and Live Entertainment at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU). She also teaches German as part of the World Languages Minor. Jessica currently serves on the SWOSU Faculty Senate Executive Council, Chairs the university’s Ad-Hoc Committee on AI Use, is a member of the General Education Committee, and co-Chairs the Sub-Committee for Gen Ed Assessment. She is also on the SWOSU Strategic Planning Team.
Christala Smith is the Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Technology for Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is co-chair of the Professional Development Committee for COLE, serves on the Oklahoma Education Commission, and is a member of Oklahoma’s AI Impact Committee. She teaches composition for Southeastern where she instructs students about how to ethically use AI. She also hosts weekly meetings for SE faculty and staff to discuss AI and address related issues as they arise in the classroom and workplace. Christala holds degrees in English Education (BA) and Curriculum and Instruction (MA).