Faculty & Staff
Assistant Professor of CommunicationOffice Location: Rupp 209
Phone: (765) 998-4806
Specialties: interpersonal communication, team building, personality profile analysis, family communication, corporate training, corporate advising, gender communication, business relations
Vitae PDF: Jeanne Sigworth's Printable Vitae
Jeanne R. Sigworth, M.S.
Professor of Communication Arts
Professor – Communication Arts Department
Traditional Courses Taught
Taylor University Courses Taught: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication-Team Building.
Public Speaking Courses: Course redesigned to incorporate implementation of aids including nationally recognized supplemental aids and case studies, Web learning centers, updated video clips, online study guides, new feedback methods, online testing and an increased implementation of technology.
Established: OMP - One Minute Paper implemented as a means of feedback, continual communication, accountability and attendance.
Established: “1-on-1” Conferences: “1-on-1” conferences were implemented to increase student & professor continuous reviews and audit of progress. Each student required to meet 1 on 1 with the professor four times throughout the semester to review rubrics, scores, testing and overall class progress.
Established: Reflective Papers. At the end of the semester, students required to submit course analysis and reflective paper, including self-audit with rubrics and grading grid endorsing accountability of rhetorical analysis and self-critiquing.
Established: Additional writing assignments and thesis papers to be in compliance with Taylor University foundational core Gen Ed outcomes including aesthetic literacy, civic mindedness, communication fluency, critical thinking, responsible stewardship and spiritual maturity.
Established: Implementation of assignments researching current online postings of presentation guidelines and analysis along with historical research and evaluations of effective orators.
ONLINE COURSES TAUGHT
2008 – Present
Established and Designed: First Online Taylor University course within the CAS department.
Interpersonal Communication CAS 120
Online Interpersonal Communication class completed in 2008 in collaboration with the ETC department at TU. Successful completion of course curriculum, format, design and layout, including activation of discussion board and media aids. Continued Edit, reformat and redesign to ensure compliance with online guidelines and “user friendly” methodology for students.
Established: Redesign of online course from the previous year to incorporate a redesigned format and webinar connections.
Redesign included incorporating new online aids, movie clips, extensive media links, learning lab access, blogs and wiki connections.
TRADITIONAL COURSES TAUGHT
Interpersonal Communication Courses
Courses taught with pedagogical methods to assure compliance with Taylor University foundational core outcomes including aesthetic literacy, civic mindedness, communication fluency, critical thinking, responsible stewardship and spiritual maturity.
Established and designed: Group lab assignments, case study analysis, and global communication views were implemented in Case Method Teaching methodologies. Textbook change and additional supplemental materials were also incorporated to expand potential learning and multi-cultural perceptions.
Small Group Communications-Team Building Course: Taught with implementation of recently published materials by Harvard School of Business – Leading Teams and Team Building along with text and online resources endorsing effective team building methodologies analysis and multiple case study examples, including projections and dysfunctional comparisons.
HYBRID COURSES TAUGHT
2010 – Present
Interpersonal Communications Courses
Interpersonal Communications class benefited from a spring 2010 mini-grant project redesign awarded to professor to migrate class into hybrid mode. All course work was redesigned and reformatted. Learning lab units were designed and group networking was implemented, including blogs and conferencing. Full movies, documentaries, and over 60 media links were activated to enhance learning initiatives.
Innovative Network @ IWU
Indiana Wesleyan University: Business Department Faculty.
Courses Taught: Business Communications, Marketing, Business Management, Corporate Communications
Administrative Duties: Internship/Practicum Adviser at the Innovative Network @ IWU.
Implemented collaborative efforts with community, 120 businesses, faculty and institutions. 889 students placed in internships/practicum opportunities.
National Director of World Hope Network
World Hope International, Inc.
Administrative Duties: National Director/Founder of stateside operations of an at-risk people group program – Rebuilding the Walls of Hope.
Implemented nationwide in rural, urban and suburban communities. Grant supported.
Managed grant writing and collaborations with private, state, local and federal grants.
Fulfilled Human Resource duties with employees at multiple site locations nationwide, consisting of 10 paid employees and 120 volunteers in multiple site locations.
Collaborative Efforts: Managed collaborative efforts with local city officials, welfare-to-work
agencies, government agencies, Urban Enterprise Associations, political leaders, Salvation Army local chapters, academic institutions, inner-city and suburban churches. Collaboration with other NFP international agencies including World Relief, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, Prison Fellowship, Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Marketing Efforts: Managed nationwide marketing efforts for Network program and materials.
Presentations: Speaker at national conventions including the following cities: Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Louisville, Dallas, Brooklyn, NY and Buffalo, NY.
Human Resource and Operations Director
TLC Management Inc.
Administrative Duties: Managed employee relations for 14 private companies (health care
facilities) corporately owned and operated by private investors. Trained employees within the company and contracted with other corporations in relational communication, conflict management, personality profiles, polies and procedures.
Established: Founder and administrator of Continued Education in collaboration with state health care officials and state regulations.
Ivy Tech State College State of Indiana Region 5 and 6 Site Locations:
Courses Taught: Business Communications, Psychology, Sociology, Family Relations, Corporate Management, Business Management, Principles of Management, And Organizational Communication.
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
American Business Women’s Association – ABWA
Christian Community Development Association – CCDA
Association for Business Communication – ABC
Association for Women in Communications – AWC
American Society for Training & Development – ASTD
National Communication Association – NCA
Fellow: May 2013-June 2013: Attended Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Global Conference for Case Method Teaching, Harvard School of Business, Cambridge, MA.
Fellow: May 2010 – June 2010: Attended Harvard International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Academic Disciplines Global Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
February 2012: Presenter Faculty Enrichment Session ETC – Promoting Critical Thinking in the Classroom
October 2011: Presenter at Faculty Enrichment Session ETC – Hybrid Teaching Methods
Attended Colleagues College – Taylor University, fall 207, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Awarded ETC Mini-Grant Award 2010: Accepted proposal: “Redesign of a Gen Ed Class into Hybrid Mode.”
Presented “Redesign of a Gen Ed Class into Hybrid Mode” at the fall 2010 Technology for Teaching Conference at Taylor University.
Attended Technology for Teaching Conferences at Taylor University – fall 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Studying implementation of technology into the classroom including assessment methodologies, Turning Point, Online testing, Blog, Wiki, Discussion Board, SafeAssign, Twitter, Khan Academy, Course Design Pedagogy for Tomorrow.
Fellow: Presented “It’s Just a Gen Ed Class?” in collaboration with five faculty from Taylor University at the Midwest Scholars Conference – Indianapolis, IN. March 2010.
Fellow: Participated in LC Assignment Team – Mini-Grant study “The Big Idea: Reflection Papers on the Big Questions of a Course” Participated as a faculty committee member to evaluate course objectives in the classroom. Served with eight other appointed faculty in studying strategies to develop a tool/model of evaluation over cross-disciplines that could be utilized in a general yet specific manner evaluating course effectiveness. Final report/study presented at the national Lilly Conference. 2009-2010
Attended ICI Instructional Technology Summit – Taylor University, 2009.
Seminars/areas of study: Bb Respondus test creation, Bb testing/lockdown browser, TEPS, Bb wikis, hybrid course design.
Fellow: Participated – Teaching Squares at Taylor University, 2008 – 2009.
Attended Colleagues College – Taylor University fall 2008. Seminars/areas of study: hybrid design, managing laptops in the classroom, Bb assessment tools, grade book Bb, Bb learning labs, Bb portfolios, Bb test manager, Scholar Bb, windows movie maker.
Seminars/Conference at Taylor University Technology for Teaching Conference fall 2008. Seminars/areas of study: polycom and distance learning, hybrid course design, Bb assessment tools, Bb management, learning labs, StudyMate, online testing, Bb course design.
Seminars/Conference at Taylor University Technology for Teaching Conference – Taylor University fall 2007. Seminars/areas of study: Wiki, turning point, creating tutorials, Web content implementation, Bb maintenance.
Participated in audit of Bb online classes for Taylor University at Fort Wayne. Courses audited: Family Communications and Interpersonal Communications.
Fellow: Attended Faculty Enrichment Seminars at Taylor University 2007-Present: Survival Skills for Teaching Large Classes and new faculty orientation sessions.
Rebuilding the Walls of Hope Mentor Manual – Wesleyan Publishing House
Rebuilding the Walls of Hope Mentee Manual – Wesleyan Publishing House
Rebuilding the Walls of Hope Site Leader’s Manual – Wesleyan Publishing House
World Hope Network News - bi-monthly newsletter – editor 1999-2004
MISCELLANEOUS TAYLOR UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES AND ACTIVITIES
Fellow: Faculty Committee – Community Life Committee (CLC)
Assigned to serve on the Community Life Committee at Taylor University. Faculty assigned appointment 2009-2012. The committee meets twice a month to promote opportunities for personal and spiritual growth in the lives of community members, formulate/implement policies affecting student life best served by committee members, oversee and review student awards, review regulation policies and procedures and other issues involving the greater campus community and other designated duties.
Selected faculty judge for Air Band student production, Taylor University fall 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Judge for poster competition, Taylor University, Center for Research and Innovation, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Judge for poster competition, Taylor University - Department of Communication Studies.
Judge for Envision Film Festival, Taylor University Media Department, 2009.
Speaker for dorm devotionals, Taylor University 2008-2009.
Judge for poster competition, Taylor University Center for Research and Innovation, fall 2009.
Host for international speaker, Taylor University – Dr. JoAnne Lyon, 2009.
Acting host for event sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Spencer Centre for Global Engagement. Dr. Lyon, a personal friend and former boss, is an international recognized authority on global initiatives, poverty, sex trafficking crisis, and 501 – N.F.P. organizations, shared her expertise in chapel and seminars in Mitchell Theater. Seminar topics included:
501 N.F.P. Development, Communicating Cross Culturally, Integration of Faith and Society, Gender Communication, Women in Leadership, Sustaining Collaborations and International Relations.
Fellow - Senior Luncheon and Banquet. 2007 to present have assisted in hosting an honors banquet for graduating seniors of the communications department.
Fellow - Community Arts Chapel – 2007
Managed with several other faculty from the communications department the Christmas chapel service at Taylor University.
Visitation Day – Parent Weekend
2007 – Present Collaborated with admissions office to host many families/guests in the classroom while in session. Host numerous parents and visitors in our home while they visit Taylor campus for events.
Sunday School Class Host
2006 – Present Serve as host for college age Sunday school class at our church. Serve weekly a continental breakfast and greet students from Anderson, Ivy Tech, IWU and Taylor University.
Mentor to International Students from Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University:
Friend, mentor and coach of international students – a developed relationship beyond the walls of the classroom. Life skills, cultural and language barriers along with individual counseling/coaching conducted to empower students while residing state side. Relationships developed include students from the represented countries of: India, Kenya, Belgium, Hungary, Liberia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Egypt, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Belize, Belgium, China, Chile, Czech Republic, Columbia, Germany, Bahamas, Turkey, Costa Rica, Denmark, Equator, Brazil, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Guyana, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Sweden, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia, and Yemen.
Host for Sunday Dinners
2003 – Present Coordinate and manage meals served at our church for Taylor and other university student groups. Annual all church fall “welcome back” dinner for college students, dinner for scheduled concerts by the Taylor Gospel Choir, Trojan football team, IWU Chorale, IWU orchestra, IWU Gospel Choir.
Host for Student groups
2004 – Present Host/open our home for various groups from Taylor University for fun and fellowship. Groups have included the Taylor Gospel Choir, Trojan football team members, and various students who have been in my classes. Twice a month average these informal gatherings take place, known as “hanging out at mama Sig’s house.”