Summer Session 2020

ACE 152: Career Development (2 credits)
Instructor: Cyndi McShane
Dates: June 22 to July 24

Designed to aid students unclear of their major, this course utilizes experiential learning, class discussion, and reflective writing and projects to engage students in practical, real-world career and major engagement. Through this course, students will learn more about themselves by participating in a number of informative interviewing and career research activities to gain a better understanding of what majors they would like to explore and what career paths they may eventually decide to follow. By the end of the course, students will have participated and reflected upon a number of career experiences, participated in classroom discussion, and created a small portfolio displaying these experiences and growth.

ART 115A: Drawing I (4 credits)
Instructor: Elizabeth Olbert
Dates: June 22 to July 24
Mandatory Class Meetings: Thursdays 7:30pm-8:30pm

An introduction to the basic principles, techniques and materials of drawing. Emphasis on drawing as a means of seeing and recording the physical world. The role of drawing in visual communication and creative exploration will also be emphasized.

CHY 110N: Elementary Chemistry (4 credits)
Instructor: Martin Morocco
Dates: June 22 to July 24

An introduction to the content, methods, and philosophy of science with an emphasis on the principles of chemistry and their application to topics in research and current issues in science. Each instructor will focus on a specific area of chemistry to allow more in-depth study of a particular sub-discipline or interdisciplinary topic. Topics of focus may include such areas as Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, or Forensic Chemistry

ENG 177: Discovering Poetry Writing (4 credits)
Instructor: Carey Salerno
Dates: June 22 to July 24

Poetry Reading & Writing is a course that familiarizes students with the basic craft, devices, and forms of poetry. Students will learn how to analyze and discuss poetry, write and workshop poems, and engage in revision during this introductory course

ENG 177H: Local Stories, Your Stories (4 credits)
Instructor: Luanne Yetter
Dates: June 22 to July 24

Town histories and family histories both make great material for creative nonfiction. We will explore these aspects of the past that are especially fascinating because they are meaningful to you. Personal interviews, genealogies, old newspapers and more can be used to create vivid stories that are part of your own personal history. The instructor is the author of three books of local history: Bar Harbor in the Roaring Twenties, Portland’s Past and Remembering Franklin County. This course can fulfill the ENG 212 nonfiction requirement for creative writing majors at UMF.

ENG 177H: Dig-it-al! Gardens & Community II (4 Credits)
Instructor: Gretchen Legler
Dates: June 22 to July 24
Mandatory Class Meetings: Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00am-11:30am

This course has no prerequisites and is open to all majors. Students who enroll in ENG 177H with Professor Misty Beck during May Term are invited to continue their gardening work in this course, earning an additional 4 credits. Students joining this iteration of the course will continue or begin small-scale gardens in their own window-boxes, backyards, and home communities. In addition to learning techniques for creating sustainable, organic gardens in differing settings, students will dig into the literature and practice of community gardening; learn about food security, food justice, and local land-based efforts to alleviate hunger, such as gleaning and farming for food banks. We’ll also research garden designs and some of the multiple purposes of gardens, including the garden as a site for nurturing community-building and emotional and physical wellness. Other issues we will explore may include: the role of restorative agriculture in meeting the challenges of climate change, the role of the garden in creating meaningful human-scale responses to global problems, the economics of global agriculture and food production, and the garden as a site for slow looking and other mindfulness practices. Class will be conducted by discussion on Zoom (on Mondays and Wednesdays); by writing weekly reflections on readings and on the work of gardening (in Google Classroom); and through peer interaction on our own online garden journals or blogs (WordPress). Readings will include essays, articles, memoir, and fiction. Depictions of gardens in art and film will also be explored.

ENV 110N/ENV 257: Soils and the Environment (4 credits)
Instructor: Jean Doty
Dates: June 22 to July 16

This lab-based course examines the important role soils play in the environment. Through field study and lab analysis, students learn the important morphological, physical and chemical features of soils common to Western Maine. How these features influence soil quality and how human impact degrades soil quality will be emphasized throughout the course.

LIA 177: Financial Literacy (2 credits)
Instructor: Sarah Hinman
Dates: June 22 to July 5

Budgeting, Roth IRA, rainy day fund, student loan repayment plans- personal finance can feel overwhelming and scary. But this isn’t your ordinary personal finance class; this is financial WELLNESS. This interactive class will take a deep dive into your relationship with money, how your family’s money culture has influenced your money habitudes (habits + attitudes), and set you on the path to a brighter financial future. Through lecture, discussion, readings, and studying current events and best practices, this class will help students develop money management skills, make informed choices about their student loan borrowing, and begin to plan for their financial future post-graduation.

INS 100S: Introduction to International and Global Studies (4 credits)
Instructor: Linda Beck
Dates: June 22 to July 10

This introductory course takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore key issues in International and Global Studies. Co-taught by a group of faculty from different disciplines who work in various world regions, the course is framed by an analysis of five key concepts: place, identity, relations, knowledge, and power.

MAT 103M: Mathematical Content for Elementary School Teachers (3 or 4 credits)
Instructor: Lori Koban
Dates: June 22 to July 24

This is one of two courses designed to provide elementary education and K-3 early childhood education majors with the math content they will need. This course concentrates on geometry appropriate to the K-8 curriculum, but at a difficulty level appropriate to college students. The course also incorporates significant amounts of general problem-solving.
Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra and high school geometry

MAT 120M: Introductory Statistics (3 or 4 credits)
Instructor: Lori Koban
Dates: June 22 to July 24

A general introductory course including descriptive statistics, basic probability, normal distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing for means and proportions, two-sample t-tests for means, Chi-Squared tests, regression and correlation.
Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra

POS 121S: Comparative Politics (4 credits)
Instructor: Scott Erb
Dates: June 22 to July 24

This course compares the political systems of different countries throughout the world, comparing political institutions, processes and policies while analyzing the impact of cultural, context and history on political systems.

SPA 177: Essential Spanish for the Professions (4 Credits)
Instructor: Steve Wenz
Dates: June 22 to July 24

In this online course, you will learn the fundamental Spanish vocabulary and grammatical structures related to three areas of professional activity: business, medicine, and law. We will also discuss professional etiquette and cultural differences in each of these fields. Activities will include readings, viewing short videos, participation in a discussion forum, and preparing documents such as cover letters and résumés in Spanish. In consultation with the professor, students will design and complete a final project involving one of the topics from the course.


August Session 2020

EDU 277: Back to School: Why relationships & self-care are now more important than ever (2 Credits)
Instructor: Koren Coughlin
Dates: August 3 to Aug 28

Teaching is a human profession, requiring individuals to connect with a diverse group of people across a school community. This course will examine why relationships are essential to success in the classroom as well as how to build relationships after the disruption from the Covid-19 virus. Topics will also include self-care, ways to connect with students and families, as well as how to find and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

ENG 277: The Detective Novel (4 Credits)
Instructor: Lorna Hughes
Dates: August 3 to Aug 28

Although everyone is familiar with the great detective Sherlock Holmes, and mystery novels have been a popular favorite for centuries, literary critics have only recently begun to recognize the significance of the genre. In this course, we will sample a variety of approaches to the mystery. For example, we will read some adventures of the archetypal charismatic detective Sherlock Holmes and continue with P.D. James’ contemporary incarnation, Adam Dalgliesh in The Private Patient. We will read its 20th century version of the psychological mystery in Ruth Rendell’s study of love, sexuality and violence in From Doon with Death. On the other hand, we will also consider the so-called “hard-boiled” detective of the specifically American tradition, reflected in Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. Finally, we will read the mystery A Secret Place by the contemporary Irish novelist Tana French whose investigation of murder in a private girls’ school combines many elements of them all. Besides this reading, students will participate in on-going discussion boards concerning each of the readings, will provide brief response papers, will write two essays, and do a brief presentation involving applying the ideas we have discussed about the crime/detective novel to a contemporary media series (television or film) that focuses on crime.

ENG 277H: Migration Matters (4 Credits)
Instructor: Olivia Donaldson
Dates: August 3 to August 28

This course examines international migration in the 21st-century with an emphasis on the lived experiences of migrants. It draws from a variety of texts (e.g. digital stories, film, journalism, prose, photography, children’s books, migration studies research, etc.) to explore various forms of migration and themes such as the journey, adaptation, language, and so forth. This course is open to students of all majors and is especially suitable for (aspiring) educators and other professionals who work with migrant and refugee populations.
Prerequisite: ENG 100

ENV 110N: Wildlife Ecology and Conservations (4 credits)
Instructor: Donelle Schwalm
Dates: August 3 to August 28

Introduction to the principles of wildlife ecology and conservation, placed in the context of the ways humans influence wildlife ecology. Students will gain understanding of behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary principles, as well as exposure to the scientific method and how it is used to inform wildlife conservation. Local and global case studies will be discussed. The three hour period will generally be split into 1.5 hours of lecture and 1.5 hours of lab, which is generally conducted outdoors.

HEA 277: Guns and Glory: Understanding Gun Violence and Public Health Prevention Measures in the USA (4 credits)
Instructor: Kelly Bentley
Dates: August 3 to August 25

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S This course will examine the complexities of gun violence and the scope of its impact in the USA through an analysis of: the role of toxic masculinity and guns; carrying laws; the trends and impact of gun violence, the demographics of gun use (e.g., protection, sport); gun violence in public places (e.g., communities and schools); and, evidence based public health policies aimed at reducing the impact of gun violence.

PSY 105S: Personal Development and Psychological Well-Being (4 Credits)
Instructor: Natasha Lekes
Dates: August 3 to August 25

This course takes a counseling approach to personal growth and well-being. It provides an opportunity to apply psychological principles to understanding one’s life. Drawing from Humanistic Psychology, the course emphasizes the importance of personal choice and responsibility. Topics will include finding meaning in life, becoming autonomous, developing meaningful relationships, managing stress, balancing work and play, appreciating one’s body, sexuality, and making career choices. Active participation and reflection required. Pass/Fail Only.

SPA 277H: Latin American Cultures (4 Credits)
Instructor: Steven Wenz
Dates: August 3 to August 28

This course, taught in English, will explore the diverse cultural practices of Spanish America and Brazil. We will study literary and historical writings, painting, architecture, music, dance, and film. Students will participate in discussion boards and video conversations, and course assignments will include short weekly reflection papers, analytical essays, and a multimedia final project designed in consultation with the professor.