The 2023 issue of Kansas English, the award-winning, peer-reviewed journal of the Kansas Association of Teachers of English (KATE), is now available on WSU’s Open Journal Systems.

Dr. Katie Cramer, professor of English education in the School of Education, has served as editor-in-chief of Kansas English since 2017 and collaborates with Dr. Susan Matveyeva, journal manager, of WSU Libraries to publish the journal each year.

This year’s issue of Kansas English was published on June 30 and features the work of several WSU-affiliated faculty and graduates:

Those interested in submitting their work to Kansas English, review the call for general submissions as well as the call for column submissions.

Teaching Today: be in the know each month

Each month, the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) publishes Teaching Today, a teaching-focused newsletter for instructors at WSU. For March’s issue, OIR handed the reins over to the Retention Faculty Fellows for a takeover.

March’s issue took longer than expected due to a shift to Microsoft Sway. Readers don’t need any special software or access to continue reading, but for any issues, contact OIR at

The recording of “Stigmas, Stereotypes & Safety: A conversation about substance use and abuse in our community” from Feb. 23 is now available to students, faculty and staff to watch.

Dylan Dunn, assistant director at SAFE (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic) Project, led a discussion at Wichita State about how society views and approaches substance use and addiction. Through a mixture of reflective and practical discussion, participants developed a greater understanding of the role they play in supporting students impacted by substance use and how to directly prevent overdoses and empower recovery. The presentation also provided information about navigating and better understanding the current realities of fentanyl.

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Each month, the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) publishes Teaching Today, a teaching-focused newsletter for instructors at WSU. For February’s issue, OIR highlights many things it loves, including free training resources, Blackboard Ultra updates, an archive of available data sets and more.

OIR asks readers to share Teaching Today with a friend and to reach out if they think there is something it should cover. Contact the OIR at

Teaching Today, Be in the know every month

Each month, the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) publishes Teaching Today, a teaching-focused newsletter for instructors at WSU. For the first Teaching Today of 2023, it is taking a look back at the January Academic Resources Conference (ARC) with links to all available session recordings.

OIR has organized all its sessions by topic so they are easy to find. Nearly all of the January ARC23 sessions are there, but a few will not be available until the February issue because of necessary editing.

It hopes readers enjoy the look back at the ARC and are able to catch up on any sessions they missed. Suggestions for topics for the May ARC or in future issues of Teaching Today can be sent to the OIR at

Teaching Today

The November edition of Teaching Today is all about gratitude.

In this edition, Provost Shirley Lefever extends her thanks to Wichita State instructors. In addition, Office of Instructional Resources staff and contributors thank those who make our everyday lives at WSU better in large and small ways.

Have a look, and maybe you’ll see your name in a gratitude shout-out section.

If you have questions about Teaching Today or would like to subscribe, please email

Dr. Scott Miller, chair and professor of aerospace engineering, and director of the Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program (KNEP), will offer a virtual presentation about the KNEP program at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10.

The goal of NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.

Please email to receive a link to attend, or sign up via myTraining on myWSU.

Dr. Yumi Suzuki, School of Criminal Justice associate professor; and Dr. Sergio Salinas Monroy, School of Computing associate professor, recently had their article published in Security Journal, the peer-reviewed journal for security researchers and professionals.

Their article, “Prevention and Mitigation Measures against Phishing Emails: A Sequential Schema Model,” proposes a sequential phishing email model to prevent and mitigate its impact on individuals and companies that may not be able to afford anti-phishing software or IT professionals. The article includes using easy-to-implement measures, such as automatic spam folders, strong passwords and more administrator-oriented measures, including domain verification and intrusion detection and prevention systems. Their article combines the latest crime prevention measures and cybersecurity practices for understanding widespread security incidents that begin with phishing emails.

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Wichita States Office of Research will host two workshops for faculty this week via Zoom. The workshops will cover the following:

  •  WSU Faculty Support Committee workshop on Internal Grant Opportunities — 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26: The Faculty Support Committee will present a workshop on WSU Internal Grant Opportunities including University Research/Creative Projects (URCA), Multidisciplinary Research Projects (MURPA) and Award for Research/Creative (ARC). These internal grant applications are for seed funding only available to WSU faculty.
  • WSU Office of Research Introduction for New Faculty — noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27: Fran Cook, WSU Office of Research training manager, will present “Introduction to the Office of Research for New Faculty.” Cook will cover resources and contacts for Wichita State’s Office of Research, how to find funding, how to grant budgeting and provide grant writing tips. A question and answer session will also be included.

For more information or to attend, email or sign up via myTraining to attend.

Several WSU Environmental Finance Center staff will present Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) and Kansas Section American Water Works Association (KsAWWA) annual Water and Wastewater Conference.

The organizations invited to present at this event are recognized as the leading technical and educational organizations dedicated to the enhancement and protection of Kansas’ water resources.  Approximately 800 water quality professionals are expected to attend the conference  Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Topeka, Kansas.

Environmental Finance Center staff presentations will include:

  • “Lead Service Line Replacement: Options for Replacement and Financing” presented by Nick Willis, senior program manager
  • “Customer Affordability for Small Communities” presented by Michelle DeHaven, program associate
  • “Leadership for Diversity”  presented by Jeff Severin, EFC program manager
  • “The Small Community Assistance Program (SCAP) Asset Management Tool: A free resource for utilities” presented by Brian Bohnsack, program manager and Jeff Severin

To learn more about these presentations, please contact the WSU Environmental Center at