Category Archives: Faculty

October is National Physical Therapy Month: Celebrate with these 5 resources

October is National Physical Therapy Month and is a yearly opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy. The five resources below highlight evidence-based physical therapy practices, physical therapy in children, the history of physical therapy in America and more.

Evidence Based Physical Therapy

Guccione’s Geriatric Physical Therapy

Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children

National Physical Therapy Examination and Board Review

History of Physical Therapy in the United States [VIDEO]

Learn more about National Physical Therapy Month and ways you can get involved.

Fall 2021 Research Support Newsletter: Find tools & assistance now

The Fall 2021 edition of the Research Support Newsletter is here! In the report, you’ll find details on tools to assist with research and support available at every stage of the research and publication process. These resources are available to faculty, clinicians, students, and staff through a site-wide license paid for by the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries. 

Center City Newsletter
East Falls Newsletter

Check out the newsletter to learn more about:

  • Open Athens
  • NVivo 12
  • Sciwheel & RefWorks
  • Pivot-PR
  • LGBTQ+ Source
  • SAS
  • PRISMA 20

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Rhonda, Access Services Assistant

Ever wonder who makes sure that your InterLibrary Loan requests for books and articles get fulfilled so quickly? You can thank Rhonda in the Access Services department for that!

We sat down with Rhonda to learn a little bit about her past experience before joining the world of libraries, why she enjoys working at Gutman, and what she likes to do in her free time.

What is your title and can you tell us a little bit about your role at the Gutman Library?
Hello Everyone! I am the Access Services Assistant here at Gutman Library. Basically, I am the person who gets the books for you through Interlibrary Loan and the person you usually see running around the library like a chicken with my head cut off! I am mostly at the circulation desk answering any questions or concerns you may have. Whether that’s letting you know how long we are open, clearing printer jams if needed, or doing whatever else is needed to be of service!

When did you start working here?
I started in February 2020.

Wow, so you began right before the pandemic! What was that experience like, and are you happy now that students and staff are back on campus?
It was a little scary since I was only in the building for about five weeks before everything was shut down. It was a bit daunting learning at home about my job but I feel like I gained a stronger mental fortitude because of it. I am so incredibly happy that students and staff are back on campus! I developed a rapport with so many people during quarantine that it was the best experience ever when I could start placing faces to these names I interacted with on a daily basis.

Can you tell us a little bit about your previous job before getting into the library field? What did you do and what made you interested in working in the library setting?
I have my bachelors in Social Work and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. I previously worked in the Social Services field, mostly providing support to survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, working with families in the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and counseling High schoolers.  However, social services takes a heavy toll on your mental health and I felt myself burning out. I did not feel it was ethical to provide support to someone if I was not there to fully give myself to them. I decided to take a break and begin volunteering at my local library. I also enjoyed going to the library as a child and it was not until I was older that I realized you could have a career working in libraries. I decided to continue volunteering until I was hired there and eventually found myself at Thomas Jefferson University!

What’s your favorite part about working in the library and Thomas Jefferson University?
Honestly, and this may sound cheesy, I really enjoy interacting with students, faculty, and staff on campus. It does my heart good when I am able to answer a question or help someone in any way, no matter how small it is. Seeing the gratitude and smiles on everyone’s face really keeps me going because I know that just that small act of kindness from me can really make a person’s day. Also, I love the books. Books are just so magical since they hold so much knowledge and history, especially our older bound journals downstairs. You can just see how much they’ve been through and seen so much over the years. I enjoy being able to interact with the older items since I am taken back to that time, and it’s the coolest thing to know that I am touching something that is decades, sometimes a century, older than I am. So, if you ever see me talking to them, simply pay me no mind. Ha!

When you’re not working at Gutman, how do you like to spend your time?
I am a huge nerd, so I will either spend my time playing video games, watching anime or Star Trek, or reading comics. I also thoroughly enjoy to cook so when I have some down time, I like to try different recipes. When I am not doing any of those things, then I engage in my guilty pleasure of watching trashy reality TV.

Do you know what OER stands for? Learn about Open Educational Resources on October 26

Did you know that the average undergraduate student spends $1,240 on textbooks and learning materials per year? Or that 65% of students do NOT purchase a textbook because of the cost?

Open Educational Resources (OER) help solve the problems of inequity and inaccessibility in education. OER are open access educational materials, including textbooks, videos, etc., that instructors can use at no cost. OER makes courses more accessible to all students and offers faculty more flexibility and control over their course content.

Learn about how you can use OER in your curriculum at our upcoming workshop:

Leveraging Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Pedagogy to Support Students & Promote Educational Equity
Tuesday, October 26, 12-1pm

At this workshop, led by Daniel Verbit, MLIS, and Larissa Gordon, MSLIS, M.ED, M.A., of the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries, you’ll learn how to search for OER and how the library can help you find the right materials for your courses.

Read the complete workshop description and register here and learn more about OER here.

NEW ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP SERIES: Information Literacy Starter Pack (4 videos)

As Jefferson faculty, researchers, and staff, we know that you are busy. That’s why we recently created four (and more to come!) video recordings so that you can enjoy the Academic Commons and Thomas Jefferson University Libraries workshops at a convenient time.

These four videos make up a workshop series called Information Literacy Starter Pack, which highlights databases and resources to assist in your clinical and teaching practice. Resources discussed in the video series include ClinicalKey, DynaMed, Draw it to Know it, Statista, JoVE, and more.

Click a workshop title below to watch the videos or scroll down to read workshop descriptions and learning objectives.

Information Literacy Starter Pack: Clinical:
Evidence Based Practice (ClinicalKey)

Information Literacy Starter Pack: Clinical:
Evidence Based Practice (DynaMed)

Information Literacy Starter Pack: Sciences:
New Databases to Enhance Your Curriculum (Draw it to Know it, Statista)

Information Literacy Starter Pack
We Have a Video for That

Clinical: Evidence Based Practice (ClinicalKey)
The tools of evidence-based medicine are continually evolving. It is vital for those working with patients and in the healthcare field to keep up to date on how to interact with the current evidence-based tools.  One of the newest resources to Jefferson Health is ClinicalKey, which provides an array of literature, tools, and resources.

After completing the session, participants will be able to:

  • Search and access information in ClinicalKey for Nursing
  • Understand what resources are available
  • Successfully create a personal account in the platform

Watch Workshop Recording

Clinical: Evidence Based Practice (DynaMed)
The tools of evidence-based medicine are continually evolving. It is vital for those working with patients and in the healthcare field to keep up to date on how to interact with the current evidence-based tools.  One of the newest resources to Jefferson Health is DynaMed, a point of care resource. DynaMed is implemented within the EHR system EPIC at Jefferson Health and has a mobile app available. 

After completing the session, participants will be able to:

  • Search and access information in DynaMed
  • Understand what resources are available
  • Successfully create a personal account in the platform

Watch Workshop Recording

Sciences: New Databases to Enhance Your Curriculum (Draw it to Know it, Statista)
Are you frustrated with curriculum planning or looking for new ways to get students engaged in learning? Want to know more about what resources are available to you at Jefferson? This portion of our series will take you on a detailed tour of the Draw It to Know It and Statista resources. Draw it to Know it: Medical & Biological Sciences is a multimodal database for interacting with biological science materials with illustrated and narrated tutorials. Statista is a resource with data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform that you can use for a variety of subjects.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Access and utilize Draw it to know it and Statista resources
  • Effectively implement these resources into their course instruction
  • Inform others about these resources

Watch Workshop Recording

We Have a Video for That
Did you know that there are a variety of resources that can help enhance your curriculum? Found easily on our library database menu are all the resources needed to help your students learn in a variety of ways. Let’s take a deeper dive into how FA Davis and JoVE can make a difference in your courses.

FA Davis is a comprehensive resource with searchable texts and in-depth multimedia materials that covers a variety of topics from athletic injuries to rehabilitation techniques. JoVE is a scientific and peer-reviewed journal with publications in video format.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Access and utilize FA Davis and JoVE resources
  • Effectively implement these resources into their course instruction
  • Inform others about these resources

Watch Workshop Recording

Check out our other workshops, including live sessions on professional writing, instructional design and educational technologies, and open educational resources.

LabArchives Research Edition Virtual User Group and Bootcamp: October 25 – 29

LabArchives will be holding their popular Virtual User Group for researchers on Monday, October 25, 2 PM ET. Ask questions and hear from researchers at other institutions on how they use the electronic research notebook.

During LabArchives Research Edition Bootcamp, pick and choose from several topics offered multiple times to learn how you can organize your research, control access to your data, and get Notebook fit in one week!

Learn more and register for the Bootcamp Training Sessions and the Virtual User Group Event.

Can’t make it? Regularly scheduled trainings and recordings of past sessions are available. Would you like to present at a future user group event? Contact

Check out these 5 resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, people worldwide celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a chance to show their support for those affected by breast cancer and bring awareness to breast cancer symptoms, care, and research.

To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, check out these five resources available via the University Libraries.

Breast Cancer in Young Women

Breast MRI Interpretation: Text and Online Case Analysis for Screening and Diagnosis

Common Issues in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Management

Management of Early Stage Breast Cancer: Basics and Controversies

Treatment for Two: Breast Cancer during Pregnancy

Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) Quarterly Report: July – September 2021 Now Available

Another quarter has passed, which means it is time to look back at what we accomplished this summer. Check out the latest quarterly report to view the work of your colleagues.

Over the last three months the JDC had:

  • 330 works posted
  • 4,808 streams
  • 197 countries visit the site
  • 6,628 institutions access content

This quarterly report includes:

  • Articles
  • Data Sets
  • Dissertations
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • JCPH Capstone Presentations
  • Jefferson Research Newsletter
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Posters
  • What People are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

Check out the quarterly report now!

Point Papers from the 1930s-1970s join Gutman’s Textile Industry Historical Collection

New collection alert! Check out the new additions to the Gutman Library’s Textile Industry Historical Collection – the Point Papers. The Point Papers collection includes over 1,000 swatches of hand-drawn, hand-painted point papers, croquis, and design repeats from the 1930s-1970s. The materials were donated by the Northampton Textile Company, a textile manufacturer once located in Mount Holly, New Jersey.  

“Point papers” refer to a type of design painted by textile designers on graph paper or hand-drawn grids and translated into woven fabric by textile manufacturers before the advent of computer assisted design. The items fall into the two main categories of “point papers” (on graph paper) and design croquis (painted sketches), and all have been executed by hand, often with penciled-in notes about weave patterns, pattern repeats, or other instructions.  Learn more about point papers and Edna Leonhardt, one of the designers featured in the collection, on the Follow the Thread blog.

Browse the collection to view the point papers and, when available, learn information about a point paper’s creation date (estimates), designer’s name, and a brief description. We encourage you to check back often as we’ll continue to upload more point papers in the future.

Jefferson Humanities Forum: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi on October 12

Join Jefferson Humanities on Tuesday, October 12, for a special event with author Yaa Gyasi:

Jefferson Humanities Forum “Origins” presents Yaa Gyasi 
Tuesday, October 12, 7-8 p.m., via Zoom
Register at  

Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homegoing, one of the most celebrated debuts of 2016. A riveting, kaleidoscopic novel, Homegoing is a story of race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America. Her follow-up novel, Transcendent Kingdom, is a raw and intimate novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama that layers themes of loss, mental illness, and representation in STEM fields––challenging our notions of who or what a scientist is, and how they might look or think. Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Gyasi is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and lives in Berkeley, California. She is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. 

Check out this flyer to learn more.

Visit the Jefferson Libraries to access a copy of Yaa Gyasi’s books:

This event is free and open to the public. The event is co-presented with the Philadelphia University Honors Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. 

October eBooks: 25 new titles on the climate crisis and environmental health, labor and delivery nursing, MRI pathology, and more

Happy October! This month we added 25 eBooks to our electronic collection and the new additions span a range of topics, including climate change and the impact of the environment on social justice, midwifery and nursing care, public health administration, and more.

Browse the additions below or check out our complete eBook collection online here (Gutman/East Falls) and here (Scott/Center City).

100 Questions & Answers About Coronaviruses

Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession

Crowley’s an Introduction to Human Disease: Pathology and Pathophysiology

CT and MRI Pathology

Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children

Equipment for Respiratory Care

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

Health Insurance and Managed Care: What They Are and How They Work

Health Program Planning and Evaluation: A Practical, Systematic Approach for Community Health

Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method

Labor and Delivery Nursing: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice

Maxwell’s Understanding Environmental Health: How We Live in the World

Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us and Them

Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear

Novick & Morrow’s Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management

Nursing Diagnosis Manual: Planning, Individualizing, and Documenting Client Care

Pathophysiology: A Practical Approach

Philosophy and Occupational Therapy: Informing Education, Research, and Practice

Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life

Professional Ethics in Athletic Training: Practicing and Leading with Integrity

Top 100 Drugs in Midwifery and Women’s Health

The Undocumented Americans

Unsustainable Inequalities: Social Justice and the Environment

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Where is the Mango Princess?

Celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with these short stories, eBooks, and journals

It’s National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month! The goal of the month-long celebration is to honor the respective cultures and histories of the Latinx/Hispanic community and appreciate the positive impact and influence that Hispanic Americans have on our country. It’s a time to recognize, educate, and celebrate Latinx culture. At the library, we’re highlighting resources to educate our community around Latinx authors and issues. 

Articles & Short Stories

All Her Names

The Complexity of the “x” in Latinx: How Latinx/a/o Students Relate to, Identify With, and Understand the Term Latinx

The Latino-ness of type: making design identities socially significant

Mauro and Elena

Sugar Works

Jefferson authors

Barrio art: Telling the story of Latino Philadelphia through murals

Ensuring Racial Equity in Midwifery Education Programs: Beginning Steps for Midwifery Education

The Role of Different TV Storytelling Approaches in Engaging U.S. Hispanic Parents and Caregivers Around Early Childhood Development


Cosmopolitanism in Mexican visual culture

Digital Humanities in Latin America

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

Latinx Literature Unbound: Undoing Ethnic Expectation

Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History

Learning to Be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics

Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets

Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia

Understanding the Latinx Experience: Developmental and Contextual Influences

Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora


Centro Journal

The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

Journal of Latinx Psychology

Latino Studies

FALL BOOK CLUB: Learn how to bring your scholarship to the masses as we read “The Engaged Scholar” Thursdays this fall

“Society and democracy are ever threatened by the fall of fact. Rigorous analysis of facts, the hard boundary between truth and opinion, and fidelity to reputable sources of factual information are all in alarming decline.”

 – Andrew Hoffman, The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World, 2021

How do we fix this and bring your scholarship to the masses?

Join Daniel Verbit of the Academic Commons and Gutman Library and Chris Pastore of the Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning as we continue our scholarly reading group. This fall, we’ll be reading and discussing The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World (Andrew Hoffman, Stanford University Press, 2021) on Thursdays from 1:30-2:15 p.m. via Zoom. Each week, starting October 7, we will discuss a chapter and how to be a more engaged scholar. The book club will run consecutively until Thursday, November 18.

Taking the lead from the book, we will discuss ways to bring your area of research outside the silos of your discipline. Other topics will focus on the limitations of the academic reward system and the scholarly uses of social media. We anticipate book club discussions will facilitate critical self-reflection and promote professional vitality.

All are welcome to join, but limited slots will be available to facilitate small group discussions. After capacity is reached, the sessions will be locked, so please register in advance by emailing to save your spot. If you are committed to attending, we will have a limited number of copies of the book available to pick up in East Falls in October. Participants may also purchase a copy on their own from any bookseller.

Faculty Development Opportunity: Earn Your Online Teaching Certificate (provided by the Higher Educational Emergency Relief Funds)

The federal government recently awarded Thomas Jefferson University Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a needs assessment conducted with faculty and feedback from deans and other academic leaders, the University’s Digital Learning Initiative earmarked a portion of those funds for faculty development.

Specifically, the University released funds to support any educator interested and committed to improving their online teaching skills. Faculty can self-select asynchronous micro-courses from one of two providers—Quality Matters (QM) or the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).

Both programs provide evidence-based practices and strategies that will empower faculty to design impactful online courses and ensure student success today and in the future.

Both programs are

  • Available fully online
  • Offered through the year
  • Delivered through a facilitated faculty community
  • Designed for all educators seeking to improve their online teaching skills

The University invites all Jefferson educators to take advantage of this professional development opportunity at no personal cost.

Quality Matters

There are seven courses required to earn the Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters (QM).

Title of the seven courses:

Gauging Your Technology Skills

Evaluating Your Course Design

Exploring Your Institution’s Policies

Orienting Your Online Learners

Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies

Creating Presence in Your Online Course

Assessing Your Learners

The duration of each course ranges between 1 week and 3 weeks. Learners could earn their certification in as little as 11 weeks if they were to complete the courses sequentially. Use the links above to explore individual course titles, learning objectives, and course duration.

Effective Online Teaching, written by Tina Stavredes, is required reading for the QM program. Jefferson Libraries offers it as an eBook, available via the library website.  A hard copy of Effective Online Teaching is available at Gutman Library.  


Faculty who complete the four ACUE micro-credentials will earn the ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Titles of the four courses:

Designing Student-Centered Courses

Creating an Inclusive & Supportive Online Learning Environment

Promoting Active Learning Online

Inspiring Inquiry & Preparing Lifelong Learners in Your Online Course

ACUE awards separate micro-credentials for each of the four courses that constitute the Effective College Instruction certificate.  ACUE classes begin with a 75-minte synchronous virtual session on Saturdays.

They recommend that participants budget 2-3 hours per week or 12-18 hours total to complete the assigned coursework, including reading, application, and reflection. ACUE micro-courses run between 6-8 weeks. If taken sequentially, learners could earn the ACUE certification in 8 months.

Which certification program is right for me?

Choosing the right program will depend on your time availability and preferred area of concentration within the program. QM is the recognized leader in online teaching certification, and its courses are focused on the mechanics of online learning. The ACUE program provides a liberal arts approach to the course contents but is an in-depth program that will require more time to complete.

Course Schedules

Take a look at the Online Certificate Training Schedules table below for a snapshot of the QM and ACUE courses. Each course name is a clickable link with more details and additional training dates.

Quality Matters Schedule

Course NameDurationWhen Offered
Gauging Your Technology Skills1 weekSept 22 – Sept 29
Sept 29 – Oct 6
Oct 6 – Oct 13
Oct 20 – Oct 27
Nov 3 – Nov 10
Evaluating Your Course Design2 weeksSept 15 – Sept 29
Sept 29 – Oct 13
Oct 6 – Oct 20
Oct 13 – Oct 27
Oct 22 – Nov 3
Creating Presence in Your Online Courses2 weeksSept 15 – Sept 29
Sept 22 – Oct 6
Oct 6 – Oct 20
Oct 13 – Oct 27
Nov 3 – Nov 17
Dec 1 – Dec 15
Orientating Your Online Learners1 weekDec 1 – Dec 8
Dec 8 – Dec 15
Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies2 weeksSpring 2022
Assessing Your Learners1 weekSpring 2022
Exploring Your Institution’s Policies2 weekSpring 2022

ACUE Schedule

Course nameDurationWhen offered
Creating an Inclusive and Supportive [Online] Learning Environment6-8 weeksSept 25
Jan 22
March 26
Promoting Active Learning [Online]6-8 weeksSept 25
Jan 22
March 26
Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners [In Your Online Course]6-8 weeksOct 9
Jan 22
March 26
Designing Student-Centered Courses6-8 weeksOct 9
Jan 22
March 26

How do I register?

To sign up for QM, complete the online registration process on the QM website. Enter your Jefferson email address when signing up, and the Academic Commons will receive the invoice for payment.

To sign up for ACUE, complete the online registration process. Enter the Scott Memorial Library address (1020 Walnut Street, Scott Memorial Library, Philadelphia, PA 19107) as the billing address.

Forward the email you receive from ACUE titled “Congratulations on your acceptance (ACUE Open Enrollment Course) to for payment.

For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Frisby at

YOU’RE INVITED: Snacks, games, and resources at CAMPUS CATCH UP on September 28

Welcome back, TJU! Celebrate the start of the semester with the Academic Commons. Stop by outside of the Gutman Library on Tuesday, September 28, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. to catch up, enjoy some snacks, and learn about what’s new at the library.


Play games and trivia to test your Jefferson knowledge, and you could win an Amazon or Wawa gift card and other prizes. Grab some candy and treats and hear about new library resources.

Faculty, staff, and researchers:

Meet DaVonne Rooney, Director of the Gutman Library, and catch up with Gutman librarians to discuss ways the library can support your students in the classroom and beyond.  

Learn about instructional design support to assist with course design/development and hear about support resources on educational technologies like Canvas, Nearpod, Voicethread, and more.

Connect with communication experts in the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) to learn how they can support your publishing and public speaking goals.

We can’t wait to catch up with you on Tuesday, September 28!