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Provost Lecture Series: Education professor to speak about reading on the Web

Dr. Donald Luck, a professor of education who has taught at APSU for 18 years, will present the next session in the weekly Provost Lecture Series at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Morgan University Center, Room 307. The title of his presentation is "Reading in the Web Environment."

Dr. Donald Luck, a professor of education who has taught at APSU for 18 years, will present the next session in the weekly Provost Lecture Series at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Morgan University Center, Room 307. The title of his presentation is "Reading in the Web Environment."

With the technological advent of e-books, e-readers and other digital innovations, reading material has moved from print media to online. And the process of reading on a computer screen can be different – an aspect that a veteran Austin Peay State University professor will address.

Dr. Donald Luck, a professor of education who has taught at APSU for 18 years, will present the next session in the weekly Provost Lecture Series at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Morgan University Center, Room 307. The title of his presentation is "Reading in the Web Environment."

“My lecture deals with my research on the process of reading online, how reading differs from print to screen and strategies for improving the screen reading experience,” Luck said. “These strategies will be demonstrated and attendees are encouraged to bring laptops and tablets to implement these strategies and improve their own screen reading experience.”

Luck has been involved in implementing technology in schools since having first used a computer in his classroom in 1979. His doctoral research was one of the first research projects to investigate the effect of email on classroom teachers and their communication satisfaction. He currently teaches courses in the instructional technology specialty area of the curriculum and instruction master’s degree program at APSU. He is associate editor of the SRATE Journal and current president of the National Social Science Association.  

He has a bachelor’s in history from Wartburg College, and he earned both his doctorate in curriculum and instruction and master’s in secondary administration from the University of Northern Iowa.

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303 (unless noted otherwise) and include the following:

Sept. 22: Dr. Clark Maddux, associate professor of English

Sept. 29: Dr. Rebecca Jones, associate professor of chemistry

Oct. 6: Dr. Dwayne Estes, associate professor of biology

Oct. 13: Dr. Korre Foster, assistant professor of music

Oct. 20: Susan Bryant, professor of art

Oct. 27: Angelina Fowler, Center of Excellence for Field Biology

Nov. 3: Dr. Dan Frederick, professor of geology and geography

Nov. 10: Dr. Kathrine Flower, assistant professor of sociology

Nov. 17: Darren Michael, associate professor of theater and dance

Dec. 1: Dr. Tim Leszczak, assistant professor of health and human performance

Jan. 12: Dr. Ellen Smyth, instructor of mathematics

Jan. 19: Dr. Ann Silverberg, professor of music

Jan. 26: Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, assistant professor of political science

Feb. 2: Dr. Rebecca Johansen, assistant professor of biology

Feb. 9: Dr. Sergei Markov, associate professor of biology

Feb. 16: Cynthia Marsh, professor of art

Feb. 23: Dr. Christine Mathenge, associate professor of geology

March 1: Dr. Robert Shelton, associate professor of chemistry

March 15, MUC 307: Dr. Allyn Smith, associate professor of physics

March 22: Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music

March 29: Dr. Cameron Sutt, assistant professor of history

April 5: Mark DeYoung, assistant professor of art

April 12: Dr. Tim Winters, professor of English

April 19, MUC 103: Dr. Jeffrey Wood, professor of music

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

APSU faculty members with recent research of acclaim also will be given a platform within this series. In addition, other faculty members of local or widespread renown will be invited to lecture within this series.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at (931) 221-7992 or email him at johnsonb@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger