Innovation Labs for 2019-20 Academic Year

Innovation Lab topics change from year to year; the labs below will be offered in 2019-20. 

Because Innovation Labs are dynamic, problem-solving projects rather than typical content-driven classes, we offer here descriptions of the issues and work undertaken by the instructors — their obsessions, really — rather than conventional course descriptions. Students and instructors will work together to define the courses and chart a path for the academic year. 

All Innovation Labs are two-semester sequences; students must complete both semesters (IL1 and IL2) to receive credit.

 

UHON 2850 (47281) – Innovation Lab I
M 2:00–4:30

Dr. Steven Olson

 

Steve Olson is Distinguished Lecturer of Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Assistant Director of Executive Education in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business. An insatiable learner and activator of learning, Steve’s lifelong passion is to help every person exceed his or her imagined potential. Prior to joining UTC, Steve taught at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, and Kennesaw State’s Coles College of Business. He also taught at Emory Medical School and Emory's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Steve has held visiting professorships at New York University’s Stern School of Business, University of Oxford (UK), Santa Clara University, and Wichita State University. Steve also co-founded and managed Generative Consulting, which served as the leadership development arm of the Great Place to Work Institute and its Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For" project. Several of Steve’s clients appear on that list, including the #1 Best Place to Work in America in 1999. He has trained over two thousand managers and senior executives on leadership and innovation and maintains an active practice in both fields.

Steve believes that students learn innovation best when they pursue their own passions and interests and when teachers get alongside them and learn with them. In past I-Labs, students have pursued varied projects, from tutoring, mentoring, and college preparation to mindfulness, recycling, homelessness, and dog parks. Steve currently focuses his own innovation work on applying the science of learning to digital, competency-based program designs.  For the past three years he has been pioneering the micro-learning movement in executive education and is leading UTCs foray into competency-based education.

Steve gets re-energized by running, swimming, surfing, sailing, whitewater canoeing, hunting and hiking.  He lives in Chattanooga with his wife and two children.

 

UHON 2850 (42483) – Innovation Lab I
R 2:00–4:30

Professor David Steele

 

David Steele is UTC’s director of civic engagement and assistant professor of practice. He has previously taught undergraduate courses in political science, organizational communication, and leadership studies. His academic “homes” have been in history, political science, and communication. Prior to coming to UTC, David served as vice president of policy and education at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as chief marketing officer for the Florida Department of Citrus, Polk State College, the University of South Florida’s polytechnic campus, and a tech startup; directed Purdue University’s Center for International Business Education and Research; and served a couple of other chambers of commerce.

David loves history, politics, design, branding, social media, soccer, and Chattanooga. The puzzles he is currently obsessed with include reparations (“How do we account for the persistent and predictable inequities that have intentional, historical roots and devastating consequences?”); institutional design (“How do our values shape the structure of our institutions, and how do our institutions shape our values?”); social capital (“How do identify and cultivate the value of our relationships?”); and issues related to equity and economic mobility (“How do we define and measure ‘the American dream’ and what does that imply about our policy imperatives?”). He lives with his wife and two young children in North Chattanooga.

 

UHON 2850 (42483) – Innovation Lab I
M 4:30–7:00

Professors Laurie Melnik and Angela Dittmar

 

Laurie Melnik Allen is the Executive Director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Laurie has an M.F.A. in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida and an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management from UTC. She believes the arts make a powerful impact in everyone’s lives and advocates 24/7 for all communities to have access to quality arts learning experiences. Whether it’s early childhood, K-12, higher education, or workforce development, Laurie is passionate about teaching a variety of skills in and through the arts. Growing up, Laurie was very active in theatre and dance and owes a lot to the arts for helping her in school and throughout life. 

Laurie believes learning is and should be messy. She enjoys collaborating with students to solve problems (the bigger the better!), especially community issues around arts education, social emotional learning, and creative placemaking. Her favorite way to enter a problem is through children’s books. She believes children’s books offer a quick way to build a common language and nobody is ever too old for a great picture book. Some of her favorites: Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg, What Do You Do With An Idea? By Kobi Yamada, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats, and They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel.

Angela Dittmar serves the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts as the Arts Program Coordinator. Prior to joining the team, she coordinated a robust cancer outreach program as a Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at CHI Memorial. Prior to that, Angela enjoyed teaching Painting, Drawing, Foundation, and art history courses in the UTC Department of Art and serving the department as Visual Resource Curator. She is a member of Americans for the Arts and the Arts for Healing Council at CHI Memorial. 

As an artist, Angela cross-examines the language of aesthetics and sciences around perception, aesthetics, and neurology. Angela has a proud history of personal and professional growth at UTC - holding BFA in Painting and Drawing and a Psychology minor with honors. Afterwards, she earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art with honors at Hunter College, City University of New York. 

On the side, Angela advocates for social justice focusing on environmental, racial and economic issues. She co-chairs a project currently in its fifth year where gardeners across the region grow sweet potatoes for homeless and refugees. She is a member of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light and GreenFaith. 

Angela enjoys gardening at the NEEMA Taking Root Garden on Main Street, swimming, kayaking, hiking, reading, and thinking through art and walking. She believes learning is about embracing our growth through thinking, interpreting, reflecting, and questioning. And she is passionate that the arts are a pathway for those skills to become fully realized. Paul Klee uses the example of the pendulum to illustrate the importance of a growth mentality. You can either spiral inward until you stop at the post or spiral outward for infinite growth.

 


 

Innovation Labs for 2018-19 Academic Year

Innovation Lab topics change from year to year; the labs below will be offered in 2018–2019. 

Because Innovation Labs are dynamic, problem-solving projects rather than typical content-driven classes, we offer here descriptions of the issues and work undertaken by the instructors — their obsessions, really — rather than conventional course descriptions. Students and instructors will work together to define the courses and chart a path for the academic year. 

All Innovation Labs are two-semester sequences; students must complete both semesters (IL1 and IL2) to receive credit.


UHON 2850 (47274) – Innovation Lab I
M 2:00–4:30

Dr. Steven Olson

Steve Olson is Distinguished Lecturer of Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Assistant Director of Executive Education in the College of Business. An insatiable learner and activator of learning, Steve’s lifelong passion is to help every person exceed his or her imagined potential. Steve’s has taught at Emory University’s Business School, Medical School, and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University’s Stern School of Business, University of Oxford (UK), Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University and Wichita State University. He has trained over two thousand managers and senior executives on leadership, innovation and ethics, both in the U.S. and abroad. For his efforts, Steve has been recognized as the top teacher, outstanding professor, best lecturer, or most influential professor nine times. 

Steve believes that students learn best when teachers learn with them. Steve’s own learning currently focuses on applying the science of learning to digital and blended course designs.  For the past two years he has been pioneering the micro-learning movement in executive education.

When he’s not deep at work in his study, you will find Steve serving and learning with organizations trying solve the world’s toughest problems—homelessness, poverty, educational disparity, war, and healing & homecoming for our veterans and their families. Steve gets re-energized by swimming, surfing, sailing, whitewater canoeing, hunting and hiking. Steve loves spending quality time with friends and his wife and two children.


UHON 2850 (47275) – Innovation Lab I
R 2:00–4:30

Dr. Andrew Bailey

Drew Bailey is UC Foundation Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism and has been at UTC since 2012. He has worked in the field of adventure/environmental education for over 20 years, with more than a dozen organizations. He’s excited to now live in one of the best outdoor towns in the country and truly believes that the natural resources surrounding the Chattanooga area can and should benefit everyone. Drew has conducted research into the economic impacts of outdoor-based tourism to Chattanooga (e.g. Ironman), priorities for park and green-space development in the county, and the physical and psycho-social benefits associated with time spent outdoors. He views the poor state of physical and mental health in the region as one of the most pressing issues. A perfect storm of sedentary lifestyles, systemic barriers (e.g. car-dependent culture, lack of physical education in schools), and unequal access to resources have contributed to rampant chronic illness. It is perplexing that “America’s best outdoor town” (Outside Magazine, 2015) should also be one of the least healthy. To remedy this, Dr. Bailey would like to explore the idea of equal access to outdoor activities, increasing diversity in outdoor environments, and lay the foundation for replacing prescription medications with outdoor prescriptions (c.f. Outdoors.org).

Drew’s priorities will likely lead to collaboration with established partners in the City and County government, family health providers, and a variety of outdoor organizations (e.g. Rock Creek, Roots Rated, Wild Trails, etc.).


UHON 2850 (50232) – Innovation Lab I

T 2:00–4:30

Dr. Cecelia Wigal

Cecelia Wigal is a Professor of Engineering with degrees in electrical and industrial engineering and has held many roles in the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science. Cecelia comes from an industry background where she helped design electric power systems for aircraft. Her academic focus is on anything that involves systems thinking. She teaches engineering design courses, project-based instruction courses, information systems courses, and systems modeling courses. Cecelia’s primary areas of research include complex system analysis and quality process analysis with respect to nontraditional applications such as service systems. Cecelia is particularly interested in improving the lives of those with physical and mental disabilities so they can be independent and personally engaged members of society. Cecelia is constantly moving, experiencing life, enjoying the environment, and trying new experiences. She is known as an endurance athlete. She completes one new experience every year, such as swim 10 miles in the Tennessee River. She believes there is nothing we can not do if we have the desire. Cecelia also believes there is no stopping our learning – the world is there for us and all should have the opportunity to learn from it and experience it to its fullest!