Jennifer L. Styron

Positions

research overview

  • Dr. Styron is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Teaching and Assessment at the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning (SCSIL) at EVMS. She earned a PhD in Instructional Technology and Design from The University of Southern Mississippi and has extensive experience in grant administration, interprofessional education and practice, and active learning strategies, such as Team-Based Learning. During her time at the University of South Alabama, Dr. Styron was part of a three-year $1.3 million-dollar HRSA project aimed at developing Interprofessional core competencies among health professions faculty and students, and delivering high quality, efficient, team-based care in community-based clinical settings to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Styron has been involved with the submission of more $75,000,000 in grant projects to various funding agencies over the course of her career. She has published 21 journal articles and has presented at numerous regional, national, and international professional conferences. Her research interests include simulation, active learning, Team-Based Learning (TBL), organizational leadership, instructional practices, educational technology, electronic health record adoption and use, and interprofessional education and practice.

overview

  • As the Director of Teaching and Assessment at the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning, I oversee all educational and assessment activities at the Simulation Center. This appointment includes working with our standardized patient educators, faculty and external clients to establish desired outcomes and learning objectives and help align appropriate assessment activities to evaluate learner performance. My background in both instructional design as well as minor in educational research provide the skillset needed to successfully execute these responsibilities. Prior to this appointment, I was the Director of Special Projects and Evaluation at the University of South Alabama's College of Nursing. This position allowed me the opportunity to work with principal investigators of funded grant projects to implement evaluation procedures that would track, monitor and measure intended outcomes. In addition, I was responsible for tracking the College's program assessment progress ensuring the program met expectations regarding operational and student learning outcomes. Finally my work as a project faculty member on a three-year HRSA grant provided the opportunity to work closely with the statistical consultant to collect data through various means, manage that data, and assist with data analysis and program recommendations based on findings. As a result of these previous experiences, I am aware of the importance of frequent communication among project members and of constructing a realistic research plan, timeline, and budget.

selected publications

preferred title

  • Assistant Professor And Director, Teaching & Assessment

full name

  • Jennifer L. Styron, PhD

recognition and awards

  • 2019- International Award for Excellence, Volume 8 for Paper Entitled, "Community-Based Health and Wellness: The Role of Interprofessional Practice in Vulnerable Populations." The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society
    2019- Best poster award nominee for "Utilizing TBL Online in a Research Methods Course: A Pilot Study." The 18th Annual Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) Meeting, Tampa, Florida.
    2017- University of South Alabama College of Nursing, 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award
    2017- Harvard Macy Institute Scholar, A Systems Approach to Assessment in Health Professions Education
    2016-2017- University of South Alabama Quality Enhancement Plan, Faculty Presenter
    2016-2017- University of South Alabama Quality Enhancement Plan, Pedagogical Scholar
    2016- Appreciation Award for Keynote Address at a Plenary Session, World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2016- Styron, R. A. & Styron, J. L. (Invited Plenary Presentation). Engaging Online Learners in a Synchronous Environment.
    2015- Best paper presentation award for "Modeling Evidence-Based Application: Using Team-Based Learning to Increase Higher Order Thinking in Nursing Research." World Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2015- Best paper presentation award for "Directing a Quality Enhancement Plan." Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications Conference,
    2015- Appreciation Award for Keynote Address at a Plenary Session, World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL. International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2015- Styron, R. A. & Styron, J. L. (Invited Plenary Presentation). Fostering Innovation in Higher Education through Entrepreneurial Leadership. The 19th World Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2015- University of South Alabama Quality Enhancement Plan, 2015 Educator of DistinctioN
    2015- University of South Alabama Quality Enhancement Plan, QEP Scholarship Award
    2014-2017- University of South Alabama Quality Enhancement Plan, Professional Development Fellow, TEAM USA
    2014-2016- University of South Alabama Interprofessional Fellow Initiatives, Certificate of Appreciation
    2014-2015- University of South Alabama Quality Enhancement Plan, Team-based Learning
    2015- Certificate of Pedagogy Level II
    2014- Certificate of Pedagogy Level I
    2014- University of South Alabama College of Nursing, 2014 Faculty Scholarship AwarD
    2014- Appreciation Award for Keynote Address at a Plenary Session, World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2014- Styron, R. A. & Styron, J. L. (Invited Plenary Presentation). Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Improve Student Learning. Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2014- Best paper presentation award for "Interprofessional Collaborative Practice to Improve Patient Outcomes: A Pilot Study." Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications Conference, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2013- Best paper presentation award for "Perceptions of Electronic Health Records in Mississippi." Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications Conference, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2013- Nominated as a potential candidate for Worldwide Who's Who.
    2012- AcademicKeys Who's Who in Health Sciences Higher Education (WWHSHE).
    2011- Best paper presentation award for "Teaching to the Test: A Controversial Issue in Measurement." Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications Conference, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2011- Best paper presentation award for "Principals' Use of Technology Relative to National Educational Technology Standards." Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications Conference, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2011- Outstanding Instructional Technology and Design PhD Student Award, Instructional Technology Emphasis, Department of Technology Education, College of Education and Psychology, The University of Southern Mississippi.
    2010- Best student presentation award, "The Diffusion of Horizon Wimba into Online Courses." Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, Anaheim, CA.
    2010- Best paper presentation award for "Connecting Technology with Student Achievement: The Use of Technology by Blue Ribbon School Principals." Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications Conference, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), Orlando, FL.
    2010- Best paper presentation award for "Student Cheating and Alternative Web-Based Assessment." IABR and ITLC Conference, The Clute Institute for Academic Research, Orlando, FL.
    2009- Departmental paper award for "Financing Graduate Education: The (Im) Probability of Repaying Student Loans." The University of Southern Mississippi's Graduate Student Research Symposium, Hattiesburg, MS.
    2007- Magna Cum Laude Member of The National Scholars Honor Society.
    2006- 2nd Place in the Order of Omega Case Study Competition, AFA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
    2006- Awarded Most Inspiring Advisor, American Intercontinental University Online, Beaverton, OR.
    2006- Recognized for Excellent Attendance, American Intercontinental University Online, Beaverton, OR.
    2006- Recognized for Outstanding Student Retention Rate, American Intercontinental University Online, Beaverton, OR.
    2005- Awarded for Student Start Rate, American Intercontinental University Online, Beaverton, OR.
    2005- Awarded Most Improved Advisor, American Intercontinental University Online, Beaverton, OR.

visualizations

Recent publications and grants in Researchers@EVMS