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Drs. Barbara Kraj and Tinnikka Robertson-Jones selected as the Dean's Fellows

by Erica Howell

The Office of the Dean is pleased to announce the faculty members who were selected as the Dean's Fellows. Tinnikka Robertson-Jones, DNP, was selected as the Dean's Fellow for Student Recruitment, and Barbara Kraj, PhD, was selected as the Dean's Fellow for Teaching and Instruction.

Dr. Robertson-Jones serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Retention and recruitment have always been a priority and passion in her career as a nurse educator. She has a record for being a strong advocate for students.

As the Dean's Fellow for Student Recruitment, she will plan and execute a recruitment program by working with the Dean's Office and the Office of Advising to create a master plan for recruitment of secondary school students for all programs within the College.

"I am eager to develop and support efforts to expand our reach into the secondary school system, for the purpose of facilitating a mutually beneficial relationship that shares the value of becoming a Monarch and promotes our mission to support them through their progression of professional development," said Dr. Robertson-Jones. "I am deeply vested in the value of being a Monarch and the importance of positively and intentionally representing our brand and all that we have to offer."

Dr. Kraj has served as a full-time tenured Associate Professor in the School of Medical Diagnostic and Translational Sciences since July 2016 and has over 17 years of experience in both undergraduate and graduate teaching. She was appointed program director of the Medical Laboratory Science program in 2013 and has mentored several new faculty members at both ODU and the Medical College of Georgia. While most of her instruction experience is in medical laboratory science, she has experience teaching students outside of her own discipline.

As the Dean's Fellow for Teaching and Instruction (DFTI), she will work with the Dean to plan and execute a series of programs to assist new faculty with teaching matters. This effort is one part of a pilot program aimed at overall mentoring of new faculty to be successful in their teaching, research, and service roles at ODU. She will collaborate with the Center for Faculty Development, which will allow for information sharing on programs across the university.

"I believe I have a good understanding of the unique nature and instructional requirements of different health science disciplines," Dr. Kraj said. "As DFTI, I would like to focus on facilitating access to available instructional design tools, aiming to establish a robust, non-compulsory peer review system allowing new faculty to evolve in their teaching skills."

At the end of the academic year, the Dean's Fellows will each submit a report detailing their work and programs they established and make suggestions for improvements for the following year.

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