Instructor leads roundtable session

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Instructor leads roundtable session

November 30, 2010

 Melanie Wilderman presenting at a roundtable discussion.
Melanie Wilderman, left, instructor of mass communication at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and Dr. Tami Moore, Oklahoma State University College of Education doctoral professor, attend a roundtable session during the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference that took place in November in Indianapolis, Ind.

 Melanie Wilderman and doctorate collegues
Students of Dr. Tami Moore, doctoral professor at Oklahoma State University’s College of Education, attend the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Sharing the table are, from left, Boomer Appleman, Josh Krawczyk, Melanie Wilderman, Moore and Zarrina Azizova, who attended the conference from Nov. 17 to 20.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Melanie Wilderman, instructor of mass communication, recently joined fellow doctoral colleagues to present a roundtable session during the 35th annual Association for the Study of Higher Education conference. The conference took place Nov. 17-20 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Wilderman, along with Boomer Appleman, doctoral student; Dr. Tami Moore, doctoral professor from Oklahoma State University; and Shu-Chen Chiang from Ohio State University, hosted “Universities and the Knowledge Economy: Linking Local University Administration to Global Conversations.”

“This presentation came about with my work in an arranged class with Dr. Moore,” Wilderman said. “We observed a meeting of university administrators and business leaders in the Tulsa area in spring 2010 called ‘The Oklahoma Leadership Roundtable,’ and we wrote a paper based on their discussion concerning the issues and challenges and potential that exists between the business sector and higher education. We were accepted to present our paper in a roundtable format at this conference.”

Wilderman is pursuing her doctorate at OSU in Higher Education Leadership and Administration, with an emphasis toward journalism education. She said the research for the roundtable discussion was an excellent opportunity to work outside her usual area of study.

“The conference was amazing,” Wilderman said. “I attended sessions about creative ways to help faculty prevent plagiarism and also some service learning-related sessions, another area of research interest for me.”

The four-day conference provided Wilderman an opportunity to explore new educational avenues, as well as take in some new sights.“Downtown Indianapolis is a great place to visit anyway, so combined with the conference it was an all-around spectacular weekend,” she said. “My fellow doctoral candidates and my professor are all amazing people. It was a joy to work with them and present our experience to others interested in higher education issues.”