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College: Undergraduate Education

Sellnow Named Director of Presentation U

Published: Feb 26, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) — Last spring, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved "Presentation U" as the University of Kentucky's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is one of 12 core requirements the university takes on to reaffirm its accreditation through SACS. Today, Presentation U is housed under the Division of Undergraduate Education and reaching across the university to serve. 
 
Presentation U aims to improve all students' presentation and communication skills across various platforms. The intention is to improve the student learning experience with a focus on developing integrated oral, written, visual and multimedia communication skills, while also offering a unique service to faculty in developing opportunities in their courses for students to learn these skills.  
 
Deanna Sellnow, professor and director of instructional communication in the UK College of Communication and Information, has been named interim director of the Presentation U initiative.  Sellnow served as co-chair of the QEP committee, along with Diane Snow, professor of neuroscience and director of the UK Office of Undergraduate Research.
 
"The goal of the QEP is not to encumber departments on campus with more requirements," Sellnow. "Instead, the QEP that UK selected will provide infrastructural support for faculty and students."
 
With Sellnow, Presentation U is being implemented by a diverse group of faculty, staff and graduate students who are developing instructional modules, grading rubrics and assessment methods.  Workshops will be held each semester that are open to all teaching faculty and staff. In addition to several graduate assistantships, there will also be opportunities for undergraduates to apply for internships and serve as tutors in the Presentation U labs/studios to help other students complete and refine their communication projects. 
 
Presentation U also continues the commitment of UK Core's Composition and Communication learning outcomes beyond the freshman or sophomore year, working with faculty and staff who choose to institute new communication-based curricula or to formalize programs already in place. 
 
The College of Communication and Information will hold a reception to honor Sellnow for her new appointment as Presentation U director from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the Niles Gallery of the Lucille Little Library.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@gmail.com 
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