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Blackboard Before/After Hours Workshops Available

Blackboard Before Hours: Wednesdays at 7 a.m. 

  • Nov. 9 Bb: Grad Center Advanced
  • Nov. 16 Bb: All About Content
  • Nov. 23 Bb: Tips and Tricks
  • Nov. 30 Bb: Course Copy/Course Restore

Blackboard After Hours: Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.

  • Sept. 1 Bb: Interactive Rubrics
  • Sept. 8 Bb: ResDev Shells
  • Oct. 27  Bb: Tests and Quizzes
  • Nov. 3 Bb: Safe Assign

Classes take place in the CTE, DeMoss Hall, Room 3032.  Sign up in the ProDev Portal (CTE Tab).

Keynote Speaker Dr. Jim Garlow & Guest Speaker Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire Address Faculty

August 2016: Dr. Jim Garlow, Lead Pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, California, was the keynote speaker at All-Faculty Orientation. Garlow presented on Christian education.  Garlow has a Ph.D. in historical theology from Drew University, and co-authored several books including NY Times Best Seller, Cracking Da Vinci's Code.

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire also presented at All-Faculty Orientation. McGuire presented metacognition information from her book, Teach Students How to Learn.  McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center of Academic Success at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Prior to joining LSU, she taught at Cornell University, where she had earned her Master's, for eleven years. McGuire has dedicated 40 years of her life to teaching, working in the area of learning and teaching support, and mentoring students.

Fall 2016 Book Studies Announced

Character Formation in Online Education

  • By. J. Jung; Led by Sharon Wheeler
  • Select Thursdays at 5:15-6:15 p.m., CTE, DH 3032
  • Sept. 22, Oct 20, Nov. 17, and Dec.8
  • For residential faculty who teach online students
  • Email to register

Teach Students How to Learn

  • By S. Yancy McGuire; Led by Aaron Traphagen
  • Select Thursdays at 5:15-6:15 p.m., CTE, DH 3032
  • Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 1
  • Email to register

The Heart of Racial Justice

  • By B. Salter McNeil; Led by Melany Pearl
  • Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., DH 2590
  • Weekly from Sept. 6-Nov. 15
  • Email

Perspectives on the Christian World Movement

  • By R. Winter (Eds.); Led by Melody Harper
  • Wednesdays at 8-9:45 a.m., CTE, DH 3032
  • Weekly from Sept. 7-Dec. 7
  • Email to register

Fall 2016 Workshop Series Released

Adobe in the Classroom

  • Sept. 7: Creating Graphics for Your Class with Adobe Post
  • Sept. 21: Visual Storytelling with Adobe Page
  • Oct. 5: Classroom Projects with Adobe Voice
  • Oct. 19 Simple Image Cleanup with Adobe Fix
  • Nov. 2 Easy Video Editing with Adobe Clip

Sign up in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab)

Assessment Workshop Series

  • Sept. 2: Beyond the Bubble Sheet
  • Sept. 19: How to Make Great Test Questions
  • Oct. 21: Reflection Assignments and Rubrics

Register in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab)

Video DISCussions

  • Sept. 8: How Can I Capture Students' Interest in the First 5 Minutes?
  • Sept. 29: How Can I Use Icebreakers to Connect with Students?
  • Oct. 18: How Can I Connect Students' Interests to Course Content?
  • Oct. 27: How Can I Enhance Class Using Story, Popular Media & Objects?

Series will include a Magna 20 Minute Mentor Video followed by a 30 minute DISCussion facilitated by Dr. Shawn Bielicki.

Workshop Series

  • Sept. 12: Creating a Comprehensive Literature Review
  • Sept. 26: Research, Explore and Discover at the JFL
  • Sept. 30: Fostering Award Winning Research
  • Oct. 3: The ABCs of the IRB, IACUC, & IBC
  • Oct. 10: Building Components of Undergrad Research

Register in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab)

New Faculty Orientation (NFO), All-Faculty Orientation, Institute for Student Success (ISS), & Focused Meetings

August 17-26, 2016

New Faculty Orientation and All-Faculty Orientation/Institute for Student Success are held in August of each year. The CTE hosts a variety of workshops and informational sessions during this period. 

2016-17 Schedule:

President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Winners Announced

April 2016: The winners of the President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching have been anounced. The complete list is below. The winners will be honored at Convocation on April 29. Congratulations to all the winners.

  • Undergraduate Residential: Cynthia Ann Goodrich, School of Nursing
  • Undergraduate Online: Hannah Lorraine Schultz, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate Residential: Matthew D. Towles, College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching with Technology Bootcamp Applications Now Closed

March 2016: Applications are now closed for the annual "Teaching With Technology Bootcamp," a weeklong, intensive training session on integrating technology into the classroom.

Illuminate Winners Announced for the 2016-2017 School Year

  • Bridging the Gap between Technology and ContentCraig C. Brigman (History, College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Deciphering Entrepreneurship: Bridging the Gap - University and Real Life, Eric Richardson, Emily Knowles (School of Business)
  • Exploring Narrative Story through 360 Degree Virtual Reality Filmmaking, Durrell Nelson, Jonathan Hout, Michael Torres (Cinematic Arts, School of Communication and Creative Arts)
  • General Lee’s Final Campaign: DNA’s Path to the Past, J. Thomas McClintock, Gary Isaacs, Michael Price (Biology and Chemistry, School of Health Sciences)
  • Hands-On Media Convergence Workshop, Deborah Huff, Amy Bonebright, Chris Underation (Digital Media and Communication Arts, School of Communication and Creative Arts)
  • Illuminating Print: “An Investigation of Impression”, Joshua Wilson, Stacy Cannon, Sandra Slayton (Studio and Digital Art, School of Communication and Creative Arts)
  • Implementation of an Urban Education Recognition Program to Equip Teacher Candidates for Careers in Urban Schools, Lucinda Spaulding, Michelle Goodwin, Esther Alcindor (Teacher Education, School of Education)
  • Osteopathic Oriented Anatomical Dissection Guide to the Human Thorax, Amanda Troy, Bo Liu, James W. Kribs (Anatomical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • School of Nursing Hands and Feet Clinic, Heather Humphreys, Deanna Britt, Dana Woody (School of Nursing)
  • Student and Faculty Collaborative Research Tool Pilot Program, Kevin Rawls, Kristen Hark (School of Communication and Creative Arts)
  • Touring Hispanic Culture: Using Technology to Teach Civilization and Culture of Spain and Latin America, Andrew Milacci, Stephanie Blankenship (English and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences)

New Technology Available in the CTE

March 2016: The CTE is happy to announce that two mini iPads and two Swivls are available for faculty check out. The Swivl is a lecture capture tool that allows faculty to use their phone or tablet to record with your presentation. Check out for more information. If you would like to borrow either an iPad or a Swivl, stop by the CTE in DH 3032.



A Conversation with LU Fulbrighters - A Faculty Workshop

Feb. 2016: Is there a Fulbright grant in your future? Fulbright in the U.S. government's flagship program for the foreign exchange of scholars and a mark of scholarly distinction for faculty. Come and hear from LU Fulbrighters Chris Seitz (Ireland), Mike Jones (Romania - twice), Edna Udobong (South Africa, Nigeria) and Sharon Wheeler (India) about the process of applying, the logisitics of traveling and living abroad as a Fulbright Scholar and the research in which they were involved. The Fulbright program receives full administrative support here at Liberty. Come and enjoy this time of intellectual exchange about a life-changing opportunity. Fulbright Campus Liasons will be present to answer your questions. Light refreshments will be served.

TIME: Thursday, March 3, 3:45-5:00 p.m.

Interested faculty should regsiter in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab).

Impact Grant Winners Announced

Feb. 2016: CTE is happy to announce the recipients of the Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty. This is the first time these grants have been awarded and will support these adjunct faculty members in their professional development by allowing them to attend a conference.
Congratulations to:

  1. Kenneth Stickland
  2. Michael Newhall
  3. Clifford Stumme
  4. James Zabloski
  5. Caitlin Elliott
  6. Rachel Willis

Resources for Faculty Professional Development

Jan. 2016: Dr. Maryellen Weimer, our January professional development speaker, provided lists of journal articles about teaching and learning from the perspectives of several discipline areas. 
      Assumptions that Grow College Teachers
      Classroom Interaction Resources
      Learning About Teaching

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Nominations

Jan. 2016: Nominations for the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching were accepted through February 14th. Winners will be announced soon.

Publishers' Week in the CTE

Jan. 2016: Publishers' Week, which took place in January 2016, was a great success. Faculty enjoyed light refreshments and were able to meet with representatives from a variety of publishers listed below.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2: Baker Academic,Brazos, Barnes & Noble, Cengage, Eerdmans, Lexham, Sage/CQ, and Zondervan/Harper Collins
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3: Kendall Hunt, IVP Academic, LU Press, Macmillan, W.W. Norton, Wiley, McGraw-Hill
  • Thursday, Feb. 4: Academx, AMG, B&H, Pearson, Soomo, and Xanedu

Dr. Maryellen Weimer - Keynote January 13 PD Day

Dec. 2015: Liberty welcomed Dr. Maryellen Weimer to Towns Alumni Hall, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for January 13 Professional Development Day. Dr. Weimer presented a keynote entitled Learning About Teaching, and two workshop sessions on Assumptions that Foster Instructional Growth and Five Reasons to Get Students Talking More in Class and Five Ways to Do It.

Dr. Weimer is a national presenter and consultant to over 600 college/universities, Editor of the Teaching Professor and blogger on Author of eight books on faculty development, teaching and learning, scholarship, and professional growth. She is past Associate Director of the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Senior Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State.

A continental breakfast was served from 7:30-8:00 a.m. Dr. Weimer's made her books available for purchase at the end of her sessions. Jan 13 Professional Development Day Schedule

New "Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty"

Dec. 2015: Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty,” provided by CTE, are designed to encourage faculty growth, enhance student learning, and improve teaching practices by covering the expenses associated with attendance at a higher education teaching and learning or professional trade conference. Special consideration is given to attendance at conferences that support QEP initiatives of the development, design and dissemination of collaborative research including curricular redesign, integration of technology into the classroom and collaborative and/or interdisciplinary teaching/learning opportunities. See CTE's Conference page for conference ideas.

Eligibility and application requirements include:

  • Having at least one semester of teaching experience at Liberty Univeristy prior to applying.
  • Being scheduled to teach as a Liberty University resident adjunct in the Spring 2016 semester.
  • Filling out the application and forwarding it to your Chair for their endorsement.
  • Requesting your Chair email the completed apllication to CTE by January 30.

Awardess must agree to:

  • Attend one meeting with CTE staff, their department budget manager, and a Liberty University travel service representative.
  • Adhere to all Impact Grant and university travel policies and procedures.
  • Implement conference content and/or ideas into a course or do an oral report to their department with CTE staff member present at either occasion.

More information or to access the application, residential adjuncts should visit the CTE Grants pageThe deadline to apply is January 30, 2016. Email with any questions.

ILLUMINATE Grant Applications Now Open

Nov. 2015: Faculty applications are now open for the "ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching." Full and part-time residential faculty members, as well as online faculty teaching on-campus intensives are eligible to apply.  Individuals or teams of two or three may apply for the grant to implement new pedagogical techniques, classroom activities, class trips, and/or purchase materials that foster learner-centered active learning* experiences for students.  Visit the Grants page for more information. The application deadline is March 15, 2016

*Active Learning: In order to learn, students must do more that just listen: They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In particular, students must engage in such higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Active learning engages students in two aspects - doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.

To apply for the grant, visit

Spring 2016 Workshop Calendars Released

Nov. 2015: The Spring 2016 workshop calendars for the CTE have been released.  Sign up for these workshops in the ProDev portal under the CTE tab.

Spring 2016 Workshop Calendar
Spring 2016 Blackboard Workshop Calendar

Blackboard Blitz at CTE

Nov. 2015: CTE held a "Blackboard Blitz" on Thursday, January 14 - a one day series of eleven back-to-back 30-minute Bb workshops. Faculty were welcome to attend any or all of these sessions. Workshops took place in the Center for Teaching Excellence, DeMoss Hall, Room 3032.

  • 9:00 - 9:30 AM: "Bottom-line Blackboard" - Learn the 4 musts in Bb: Syllabus, Roster, Grade Center, and Final Grades; how to navigate your course.
  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM: "What Does Your Course Say?" - Learn to create and manage menu links; columns, and assignments
  • 10:00 - 10:30 AM: "Communicate from Blackboard" - Learn to make announcements, send emails, and communicate with Bb Video Everywhere
  • 10:30 - 11:00 AM: "All About Course Content" - Learn how to course copy, restore an archived course, create folders, and upload content
  • 11:00 - 11:30 AM: "Managing the Grade Center" - Learn about columns (manual, calculated, duplicates, external, hide/show, organizational), points, averages, totals, reports, and in-line grading
  • 11:30 - 12:00 PM: "Assessment Tools in Blackboard" - Learn about tests, deploying, grading, test pools, and surveys
  • 12:00 - 12:30 PM: "SafeAssign" - Learn about using SafeAssign for assignments, how to directly submit, interpret results, and rubrics
  • 12:30 - 1:00 PM: "Creating Interactive Rubrics" - Learn creating, associating, settings, grading, and feedback on interactive rubrics
  • 1:00 - 1:30 PM: "Portfolios as Assignments" - Learn student perspective, faculty perspective, and providing grades and feedback
  • 1:30 - 2:00 PM: "ResDev Shells Can Save You Time" - Learn how to create ResDev shells to save and/or store your course content
  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM: "Create a Course Banner" - Learn to create a course banner in Bb

One-on-one consultations were also available during this time.

Interested in Flipping Your Classroom?

Flipping classes is a hot topic in education, but finding the right tools can be a stumbling block. Teachers interested in narrating their PowerPoint, should try Office Mix. The free plug-in allows users to record their voice over their slides. Then they can export the presentation as a movie file to embed in Blackboard. Second, the CTE classroom now features a Telepresence system. This system allows lecture capture along with screen capture. When the video is complete, students will see both the presenter and their presentation. The video can be embedded into Blackboard.

Interested faculty should contact Cory Anderson in the CTE (

An ILLUMINATE Grant in Action

Kyle Harris, an Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded an ILLUMINATE Grant to purchase supplies to allow his students to research the symbiotic relationship between crayfish and brachiodbellids. The supplies allowed students to bring their field observations into the classroom.

Three students presented their research at the Virginia Academy of Science fall meeting held at Virginia State University. It was the first time these students presented at a science conference.

Be sure to check the CTE website often for the upcoming dates to apply for an ILLUMINATE Grant.

Mark Your Calendars for Carols & Cocoa

Oct. 2015: Be sure to mark your calendars for the CTE's annual Carols & Cocoa on Friday, December 11 from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. This annual event is a staple in the CTE and all faculty are welcome to drop by for a hot cup of cocoa and some delicious appetizers. It's always a great time of fellowship before the Christmas break. We look forward to seeing you all there.









LUO Professional Development Videos and Quizzes Now Available

Sept. 2015: The six required 2015-16 LUO Professional Development videos and quizzes are now available in the Faculty Portfolio tool.

  • LUO: Teaching in a Post-Modern World
  • LUO: Special Topics
  • LUO: Reading Strategies and Resources to Assist Online Learners
  • LUO: Collaborative Communication Technologies
  • LUO: A.W.E. Academic Writing Enhancement
  • LUO: Microsoft Office 365 Ecosystem

LUO Faculty Workshops Offered "Live" and via WebEx

Sept. 2015: CTE will offer an optional series of professional development workshops specifically designed for LUO faculty "live" in the CTE, DeMoss Hall, Room 3032 and via WebEx. Interested faculty should register in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab).

  • LUO: - Link to WebEx. September 16, 3:15 p.m.
  • LUO: Blackboard Tips & Tricks - Link to WebEx. October 14, 3:15 p.m.
  • LUO: Using Technology to Add a Human Element to Your Online Course - Link to WebEx. November 11, 3:15 p.m.

Leadership Symposia, QEP, and FLI Workshop Dates Announced

Aug 2015: Workshops Series take place in the CTE, DeMoss Hall, Room 3032, on select Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Bring a lunch and the CTE will provide snacks and drinks.

  • Leadership Symposia: August 25, September 15, October 13, November 10, and December 1.
  • Liberty's QEP (Quality Enhancement Program): Septemer 29, October 20, and October 27.
  • Faith Learning Integration Brown Bag Lunch Series: September 22, September 29, October 20, October 27, and November 17. 

For more information about each series including workshop titles and presenter names, please visit the CTE Workshop page. To reserve your spot visit the ProDev Portal under the CTE tab and sign up today. 


(koy-nohn-ee´-ah) n. fellowship, meaning to share or to partner, to invest in

Aug. 2015: The Center for Teaching Excellence welcomed 20 new faculty into its Koinonia Mentoring program.  The term "koinonia" originates from Greek and is found in the New Testament to mean communion by intimate participation.  Koinonia is designed to help new faculty better assimilate into our unique Liberty University culture, provide effective training and guidance, and create an environment rich in constructive influence that results in collegial interest and peer investment.  CTE Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki understands that a critical part of the program involves matching mentors and mentees based on backgrounds, experience, and interests.  The mentor and mentee relationship is a nurturing one.  In essence, the mentor assumes the roles of a guide, role model, friend, advisor, and cheerleader; the mentee assumes the roles of a listener, learner, friend, advisee, and colleague. 


CTE Welcomes New Faculty to Campus

Aug. 2015: The Center for Teaching Excellence was excited to welcome over 50 new faculty members to campus for New Faculty Orientation. These new faculty members spent the day learning all about Liberty University. Dr. Hawkins welcomed the faculty members before joining them for lunch. 

Fall 2015 Workshop Calendars Released

August 2015: The Professional Development and Academic Calendar for Fall 2015 has been released and is available as a PDF below this article. The CTE is also happy to announce the creation of Blackboard 30 minute "workouts" that will take place in the CTE classroom, the Tilley Center, and Room 118 in the new Health Sciences Building. These small workshops will cover topics such Portfolios, ResDevs, creating Banners, and more. The full fall schedule is also available as a PDF below. Be sure to check out both schedules.

Fall 2015 Workshop Calendar

Blackboard 30-Minute Workouts Schedule

Semester-Long Book Studies Announced

July 2015: The semester-long book studies for the 2015-16 school year have been announced. In the fall Shawn Bielicki will led a study of the book "Amplified Leadership: 5 Practices to Establish Influence, Build People, and Impact Others" by Dan Reiland. The group will meet on August 31, Sepember 28, October 26, and November 30 from 3:15-4:15 PM in the CTE classroom in DH 3032. In the spring of 2016 Sharon Wheeler will lead a study of Daniel Pink's "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us." This study will meet on January 25, February 29, March 21, and April 25 from 3:15-4:15 PM in DH 3032.

Space is limited so email the CTE at if you would like a reserve a space. 

2015-16 Orientation Schedules Released

July 2015: Below find links to schedules for New Faculty Orientation and All-Faculty Orientation 2015.  New Faculty Orientation will take place August 12-13 and All-Faculty Orientation/Institute for Student Success will take place August 14, 17, and 18.

New Faculty Orientation
All Faculty Orientation
Institute for Student Success Schedule
ISS Workshop Alpha Listing

Take-A-Break Heads to the Wild West

April 2015: On Friday, May 1 CTE will host the spring Take-A-Break from 10 am.m til 2 p.m. in the CTE classroom, DeMoss Hall 3032. The theme is the "Wild West" for the annual end-of-year celebration. Teachers are welcome to stop by during that time for some great food and fellowship. Gene Autry will be crooning from the speakers and bar-b-q and root beer are on the menu. We look forward to seeing you all there.









2014-15 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2014-15 President's Award winners.

Resident Undergraduate: Stephen J. Bell, College of General Studies

Resident Graduate: George Young, School of Business

LUO Undergraduate: Tracy T. Ellett, College of General Studies

LUO Graduate: Hubbard H. Harvey, School of Business

2015-16 ILLUMINATE Grants Announced

Congratulations to the following recipients of the ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching for projects to be implemented in the 2015-2016 academic year. 

  • 3D Printing for Academic Engagement in Teacher Education
    David Holder, Randy Dunn, Tracey Pritchard, Leonard Parker; School of Education
  • Active Learning, Student Engagement, and Faith Integration via Building Dandelion-Like Flying Robots
    Hector Medina, Feng Wang; School of Engineering and Computational Sciences
  • An Active Learning Project to Reduce Texting and Driving Among College Students
    Christopher Seitz, Annette Florence; School of Health Sciences, Public and Community Health
  • An Exploration of Symbiosis: A Student-Focused Research Project on the Ecology of Crayfish
    Kyle Harris; School of Health Sciences, Biology/Chemistry
  • Enhancing the Visual Environment of ASL
    William Atwell, Nicole Thorn; College of Arts and Sciences
  • Get Me on the Case and I Will Learn Leadership
    Roger Mackey, Kahlib Fischer, Frank DiGregorio; College of Applied Studies and Academic Success
  • Hands-On History: A Public History Project
    Donna Donald; College of Arts and Sciences, History
  • Human Performance Testing in an Army ROTC Cadet Population
    Jared Hornsby, Michael Goodson, Jim Schoffstall; School of Health Sciences, Health Professions
  • Keys to Broadcast Excellence
    Pamela Miller, Douglas Miller, John Rost; School of Communication and Creative Arts, Digital Media and Communication Arts, Cinematic Arts
  • Missions Essential Experiential Leadership
    Will Gunzelman, Melanie Hicks, George Young, Charles Hendricksen; School of Business
  • Silence, Solitude, and Simplicity in Practice: A Spiritual Retreat
    Benjamin Forrest; School of Divinity
  • Stories that Surround Us at the Listening Center
    Deanna Keith, School of Education
  • Topographical Relief Model of Candler’s Mountain Station
    Christopher Rhoades, Bret Hamilton, David Laine; College of Arts and Sciences, Army ROTC
  • Trauma Informed Best Practices for School Counselors
    Josie Olson, Gerald Crete, Erik Olson; School of Education, School Counseling

Call for 2015-16 Workshop Proposals

The CTE Call for 2015-2016 Workshop Proposals Share Point site will open on April 15 and remain open through June 1, Proposals should be on some aspect of teaching and learning. In addition, consider topics related to leadership, research, diversity, metacognition, effective use of instructional technology, and faculty/student wellness. Workshops will be scheduled for the August 18 Institute for Student Success and repeated later in the academic year.

We are also interested in creating a panel of faculty to co-operatively present a workshop in innovative or creative use of office hours. Please e-mail Mrs. Wheeler directly ( if you would like to share your successes in this area.  


School of Divinity Partners with CTE to Offer Workshops

March 2015: The School of Divinity partnered with CTE in welcoming Drs. Stephen and Mary Lowe to Liberty for "Exploring spiritual formation online: The ecology of spiritual formation." Two sessions were offered in the Scholars Lounge in the Jerry Falwell Library. Session one was: "Exploring spiritual formation online: Constructing a scriptural framework for understanding biblical ecology." The topic for Session was: "Examining online learning ecologies:Understanding how adults grow and develop through a defined learning ecology."


MARCH 2015: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was passed by Congress in 1974. It grants four specific rights to students when they enroll or register with an academic program at a college or university. David Corry, General Counsel for Liberty University, has created a video outlining the act and the rules associated with it. Faculty can view the video in the FCC CTE. 

Teaching with Technology Bootcamp Applications Now Being Accepted

March 2015: Applications are now being accepted for the 5th annual "Teaching With Technology Bootcamp," a weeklong, intensive training session on integrating technology into the classroom. The application process is competitive and seating is limited. Lunch, mentoring, and stipends provided. Faculty applications are due April 17, 2015. To submit an application, log into

ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching

UPDATE: Due to the disruption created by multiple snow days, combined with Spring Break, the deadline for the ILLUMINATE Grant for the Improvement of Teaching for the 2015-16 academic year is extended from Sunday, March 15 to Sunday, March 22 at midnight. The link to the application is:

Feb 2015: Faculty applications are now open for the "ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching." Full and part-time residential faculty members, as well as online faculty teaching on-campus intensives are eligible to apply.  Individuals or teams of two or three may apply for the grant to implement new pedagogical techniques, classroom activities, class trips, and/or purchase materials that foster learner-centered active learning* experiences for students.  Visit the Grants page for more information.

*Active Learning: In order to learn, students must do more that just listen: They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In particular, students must engage in such higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Active learning engages students in two aspects - doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.

President's Award - Revamped - Nominations Are Now Closed

Feb. 2015:  The President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching has gone through a transformation under the leadership of our new Provost, Dr. Hawkins to include peer nomination, Dean, faculty and student input. Please note the following changes from the previous process:

  • Any faculty may nominate eligible faculty (eligibility on information sheet) by Feb. 14. There is no self-nomination.
  • There is one winner in each of the four categories with an honorarium of $6,000.00.
  • LUO faculty teaching residential intensives may be nominated in the residential categories.
  • Each college/school may submit 1 semi-finalist in each category, as appropriate.
  • Starting this academic year (2014-2015), winners of the President’s Award will not be eligible for consideration for a period of five years.
  • The process is a multi-step process in which all deadlines must be met.

Information Sheet

Awards Page



Faculty Round Table

Feb. 2015:  Sharon Wheeler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, will be leading a Faculty Round Table on February 27 at 10 a.m. The focus of the round table discussion will be on the work-life balance. Sign up for this in the Pro Dev Portal under the CTE tab.

Publisher's Week in the CTE

Feb. 2015: The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) welcomed faculty to Publishers’ Week, Feb. 10-12, 2015.  Multiple publishers set up inside the CTE (DeMoss Hall 3032) each day to welcome the over 300 faculty members that stopped by.  Faculty took time to out of their busy calendars to come down and learn about new the technologies, e-books,  textbooks, course packs, publishing opportunities, and more.  Many vendors provided refreshments and giveaways.



Dr. Willmington's Coffee Cup Briefs

Jan. 2015: Dr. Willmington's Coffee Cup Briefs can be found on the FCC_CTE in Blackboard. Just navigate to the FCC_CTE in Blackboard and click on the Workshop Resources by Topic menu link on the left side of the page.

IMR Announces Jan. 8 Webinar

Jan. 2015:  The Institute for Military Reslilience is hosting a webinar on Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m. The webinar is entitled "National Spiritual Renewal in the New Year: Can America Bounce Back?" and will be led by Major Bob Dees, Associate Vice-President for Military Outreach. Major Dees will be drawing from his recently published book, Resilient Nations ( You can register for this webinar at the IMR website -



January 7 All-Faculty Professional Development Schedule

Jan. 2015:  The All-Faculty January Professional Development Day is scheduled for January 7, 2015 in Towns Alumni Hall.  Continental breakfast, sponsored by the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement and the Center for Teaching Excellence, begins at 8:30 a.m. Sharon Wheeler, Director of the CTE, will offer a welcome followed by a message by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Provost Dr. Ronald Hawkins.  A panel discussion entitled "Preparing Our Students to Engage the Post-Modern World" will follow.  Tom Hinkley, Manager of IT Communications, will close with important information about new Blackboard features and other IT updates.  Note-The panel presentation will satisfy a Faith Learning Integration requirement for Early Career Faculty.

Faculty should register in the Pro Dev Portal, CTE tab. Questions? Contact the CTE at 434-582-3032 or

January 7 Schedule

Blackboard Walk-In Support Times

Jan. 2015:  With the anticipated Blackboard upgrade occuring during the Christmas Break, CTE is offering walk-in support January 7, 8, and 9 from 1-3 p.m. in the CTE classroom, DeMoss 3032. Educational Technologists Cory Anderson and Sue Crabtree will be there to walk you through several new features, as well as to assist you with any other Blackboard issues.



2014-2015 Semester-Long Book Studies at the CTE

Jan. 2015:  The CTE is excited to welcome faculty to semester-long book study.  Book studies meet monthly on select Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in DeMoss Hall 3032.  Participation is limited and advance registration is required.  Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book and be asked to help facilitate one of the sessions. Please email for more details or to secure a spot.

Spring 2015: "Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning." Led by Shawn M. Bielicki.

  • Jan. 13
  • Feb. 17
  • March 17
  • April 14


2014-15 “Shut Up and Write!”: Community of Practice

Fall 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence hosts a "Shut Up and Write" group.  With the goal of supporting faculty writing and scholarship, the Community of Practice (CoP) provides a quiet, comfortable place to write; free of students and office distractions.  Past participants have appreciated the commitment or dedicated time to write.  The group is led by teaching advisor Shawn Bielicki and meets on Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. in the CTE Forum, DeMoss 3032. A typical session involves a quick greeting, a short prayer or devotional, and then doing as the name suggests... quietly writing.  Sessions run while school is in session.  All faculty are welcome.  No advanced registration is required.  Coffee and tea are served.


Carols & Cocoa a Huge Success

Dec. 2015:  CTE was excited to welcome over 150 faculty members for Carols & Cocoa.  Administrative Assistant Tom Doss showcased his talent on the keyboard while faculty sampled delicious holiday treats.  CTE wishes all a wonderful and blessed Christmas season.


ILLUMINATE Grant Winners Announced

CTE is proud to announce the recipients of the ILLUMINATE Grants.

College Students' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Taste Preferences of Conventionally and Organically Grown Fruit
Kate Reinsma, Public and Community Health

Criminal Justice Crime Scene Grant
Mike Milnor, Joel Cox, and George Buzzy, Helms School of Government

Facilitating Active Learning in ENGR - Intro to Engineering and Problem Solving
James Long and Robert Rich, School of Engineering and Computational Sciences

Forensic Identification of Biological Agents
J. Thomas McClintock and Randall Hubbard, Biology and Chemistry; Stephen M. Parke, Helms School of Government

Integration of Ultrasonography in Human Anatomy Education
Ben Kalu, Mark Blais, and Kimberly Mitchell, Biology and Chemistry

Renewing Our Passion through Arts Integration
Kristina DeWitt, Glen DeWitt, and Ruth Beveridge, School of Education


Semester-Long Book Study

The Center for Teaching Excellence will host the Spring Book Study "Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching" by Mary E. Hube and Jann E. Freed. Dr. Shawn Bielicki, Teaching Advisor in the CTE, will lead the study. Book studies meet once per month on a Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the CTE, DeMoss Hall, Room 3032.  The dates for the study are: January 13, February 17, March 17, and April 14.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Space is limited to 12 faculty members. Please email the CTE at to reserve a seat.

CTE Hosts Carols & Cocoa                                                                                 

Please mark your calendars for the Center for Teaching Excellence's annual Carols & Cocoa event on December 5 from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. This event is open to all faculty and will feature food, fun, fellowship, and great Christmas music. The CTE staff is looking forward to seeing you. Stop by, say hello, and have some cocoa.


Becoming a More Veteran-Friendly Campus Training

Fall 2014:  The Virginia Deparment of Health and the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia are providing free access (until December 2014) to a 30 minute training simulation with the goal of creating a more veteran-friendly campus.  Kognito, in collaboration with Student Veterans of America, created the content.  For more information, to gain access, and to learn how to obtain the certificate of completion, please view the attached flyer.

Faculty Course: Global Perspectives

Fall 2014:  Join us this Fall on a journey into God's story as we seek to connect the dots between the Bible, our role as educators and how our disciplines and departments can connect with the culturally diverse world of the 21st century. This is an 11-week discussion group that will meet from 12:00 - 1:00 PM on Mondays at CTE, DH 3032. We will study several articles before meeting each week and will discuss what we have read. Lunch will be provided but space is limited to the first 20 people who commit to participate for the 11 week study. Contact the Center for Global Engagement at for more information.

Video in the Classroom Series Announced

Sept. 2014: This three-part faculty workshop series is provided to assist faculty in using video in the classroom. Faculty members are welcome to attend one or all of these sessions. Certificates of completion will be provided to faculty who attend all three workshops.  Presented by Cory AndersonEducational Technologist, CTE.

  • Blackboard: Video Everywhere, Friday, September 19th, 10 a.m.
  • Using Video as Assignments, Tuesday, October 28, 3:30 p.m.
  • Using Flip Cams in the Classroom, Tuesday, November 18, 3:30 p.m.

Register in the Pro Dev Portal (CTE tab).

Current Legal Issues Workshop

Aug. 2014: The Center for Teaching Excellence's workshop series continued with "Current Legal Issues in Education." Mr. David Corry, General Counsel for Liberty University, spoke to faculty members in the CTE classroom on issues that that they might encounter and the legal environment that surrounds those issues.

For a complete list of CTE workshops, please click here

CTE Welcomes New Faculty to Campus

Aug 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence welcomed over 50 new faculty to campus this year. CTE hosted New faculty Orientation where these new faculty members learned the ins-and-outs of life here at Liberty University. Highlights included an opening talk by Dr. Godwin and Dr. Hawkins.









2014-15 CTE Workshop Calendar Released

Aug. 2014:  The CTE is pleased to announce the release of the 2014-15 Calendar of Professional Development Workshops.  Click to view and/or download.  

2014-15 LUO Required Professional Development Announced

Aug. 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence offers six workshops targeted to online faculty each year.  These workshops are recorded and can be accessed using the ProDev Tracking feature inside the Faculty Portfolio tool.  Online faculty members are required to view these workshops and encouraged to view other recorded trainings.

  • Teaching and Learning - LUO: JFL Research Assistance for Online Students. Recording available by Sept. 15
  • Writing - LUO: Grading Multilingual Writers' Assignments. Offered live during ISS (Aug. 12); Recording available by Sept. 15
  • Special Topics - LUO: Assessing Experential Learning of the Adult Student. Recording available by Sept. 15
  • Faith Learning Integration - LUO: Spiritual Formation from a Distance: Paul's Formation of the Romans. Recording now available
  • Bb - LUO: Using Safe Assign Effectively. Offered live during ISS (Aug. 12); Recording available by Sept. 15
  • Teaching with Technology - Feedback in the Online Classroom with GradeAssist. Offered live during ISS (Aug. 12); Recording available by Sept. 15

ILLUMINATE Grant for the Improvement of Teaching Awardees

Fall 2014:  The CTE is pleased to announce the winners for the “ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching”: 

  • Aircraft Stability Glider Design Challenge, John Marselus (School of Aeronautics)
  • The Deaf Experience, Nicole Thorn (College of Arts and Sciences/English and Modern Languages/American Sign Language)
  • Equipping Persons with Developmental Disabilities to Share Their Faith, Randy Dunn (School of Education/Teacher Education)
  • From Zero to Three: A Pre-Service Teacher Workshop, Andrea Beam, Allen Hackman and Russ Claxton (Lynchburg City Schools and School of Education)
  • The Life of an Illustrator: Making a Living through Visual Storytelling, Monique Maloney, Christopher Phillips, Stacy Cannon (School of Communication/Studio and Digital Arts)
  • Nutrition through the Life Cycle, C. Anna Henderson (School of Health Sciences/Health Professions)
  • Olympic Bid City Case Study, Kevin Heisey and Phillip Blosser (School of Education/Sport Management)
  • Physician Communication and Motivational Interviewing: A New Way to Engage Faculty and Students in Motivating Patient Behavioral Change, Linda Mintle, Carl Hoegerl and Michael Hueber (College of Osteopathic Medicine/Behavioral Health/Internal Medicine/Family Practice)
  • Student Engagement through Wireless and Projection Technology, Carolyn Towles, Ramona Myers and Travis Holt (College of General Studies)

To see past winners, visit the ILLUMINATE Grants Implementation Gallery


2014-15 Faith Learning Integration Luncheons and Gallery

Fall 2014:  The CTE has planned a series of brown bag lunches centered on the topic of faith learning integration for the 2014-15 academic year.  The format resembles a roundtable discussion with audience input and participation.  This year's presentations include:

  • Leaders Lead, Managers Manage; Which are You? How Faith is Fully Compatible with Both (Oct. 7), Dr. Barry Moore
  • Creative Truths Need No Defense (Nov. 4), Stephan Schultze
  • Relating, Relationships and Respect: Teaching to Impact Lives (Feb. 3), Dr. Lew Weider
  • Faith and Health: Inseparable (March 3), Dr. Beverly Mahoney

FLI Brown Bag Luncheons are scheduled on select Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-noon in DeMoss Hall 3032.  Register in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab). Faculty are encouraged to bring their own lunch. CTE provides snacks and drinks.

The CTE also expanded their “Faith Learning Integration Gallery” on their website.  The gallery showcases several successful examples of Liberty University faculty seamlessly integrating faith and learning.  The additions welcomed examples from faculty from various departments.  Anyone interested in reading more about integrating faith and learning should stop by the CTE and borrow one of several new books on the topic.

2014-15 Orientation Guest Speaker: Stephen Chew

Aug. 2014: Dr. Stephen Chew presented "Improving Student Performance by Addressing Student and Teacher Misconceptions about Learning. Chew discussed and demonstrated key cognitive principles that must be addressed for effective pedagogy to take place.

About the speaker: Stephen L. Chew has been a professor and chair of the psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama since 1993. Trained as a cognitive psychologist, one of his primary research areas is the cognitive basis of effective teaching. His interests include the use of examples in teaching, the impact of cognitive load on learning, and the tenacious misconceptions that students bring with them to the classroom. He is the creator of a groundbreaking series of YouTube videos on how to study effectively in college ( The videos are now in use worldwide at institutions ranging from high schools to a medical school. 

Chew was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 1998 as part of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).  He was awarded the Buchanan Award for Classroom Teaching Excellence from Samford in 1999.  In 2005, he received the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology as the outstanding teacher of psychology at four-year colleges and universities.  He was named the 2011 Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  He regularly serves as a keynote speaker and workshop leader at conferences on teaching in general and on the teaching of psychology in particular.

2014-15 Orientation Keynote Speaker: Linda Mintle

Aug. 2014:  Dr. Linda Mintle presented, “The Assault on Christianity: A Strategy for Cultural Engagement."  

About the speaker:  Dr. Lintle Mintle is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker and national expert on relationships and the psychology of food, weight and body image with 30 years of clinical experience.  She is a best selling author with 19 book titles to her credit, winner of the Mom’s Choice Award, a national news consultant, and featured writer for Beliefnet.  Her academic appointment at the new College of Osteopathic Medicine, Liberty University, keeps her abreast of current research in her areas of expertise.  Her media experience includes seven years as the resident expert for ABC Family’s Living the Life television show and regular appearances on network television and radio.

The ease she has with people, coupled with her clinical training and experience makes her a sought after speaker on college campuses, conferences and special events.  Whether she is doing a TV skit with Tim Conway or discussing teen violence with Queen Latifa, Dr. Linda will entertain, educate and integrate faith and mental health in every day living.

CTE Staff Presented at Conferences

July 2014:  Liberty University’s Center for Teaching Excellence garnered additional exposure recently as its staff presented at various educational conferences.  In June, Director Sharon Wheeler and Educational Technologist Sue Crabtree presented on the coaching model used in the Teaching with Technology Boot Camp at the Teaching Professor Conference in Boston, MA.  In Feb., Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki co-presented with Donna Donald and Troy Matthres on strategies and techniques for student engagement in large classes at the Higher Education Pedagogy Conference in Blacksburg, VA.  In Jan., Bielicki presented on mentoring new faculty at the International Academic Conference in Orlando, FL.

Large Class Workshops Scheduled

Fall 2014:  The CTE hosts four workshops in a series specifically designed around teaching large classes:  Active Learning, Effective Lecturing, Classroom Management, and Making Personal Connections. All workshops take place in the CTE Training Classroom, DeMoss 3032 from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.  Faculty are encouraged to register for the workshops in the Pro Dev Portal (CTE tab). 

  • Effective Lecturing in Large Classes (Sept .29)
  • Active Learning in Large Classes (Oct. 13)
  • Classroom Management in Large Classes (Jan. 23)
  • Making Personal Connections in Large Classes (April 10)

Certificates of completion will be awarded to faculty who attend all four workshops.  Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki presents the topics, along with Donna Donald and Troy Matthews.  Last year's presentations were well received.  One faculty member put it this way, "I wanted to tell you that Shawn did an excellent job with this very interactive workshop. It was well organized, got us 'connected', and sharing about a variety of ways that we connect with students. I learned a lot from this. He certainly set an excellent example of how to connect!"  If any faculty member is unable to attend, but is interested in learning more about the topic, he/she is encouraged to contact the CTE to schedule a personal consultation.

2013-14 President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Winners Announced 

May 2014:  Congratulations to the 2013-14 winners for the President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching:

Liberty University Online Graduate

  • Brian Campbell, Counseling, Center for Counseling & Family Studies
  • Linnaya Graf, Health Professions, School of Health Sciences
  • James A. Swezey, Teacher Education, School of Education

Liberty University Online Undergraduate

  • Jessil Barboza Fuhr, School of Religion
  • Audrey Lynn Mayberry, College of General Studies
  • Danielle Plomaritas, College of General Studies

Residential Graduate

  • Edna Udobong, School of Law
  • Michael Davis, History, College of Arts and SciencesResidential Undergraduate

Residential Undergraduate

  • John E. Marselus, Aviation, School of Aeronautics
  • Nicole Thorn, English and Modern Languages, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Donna Donald, College of General Studies

Teaching with the iPad Boot Camp - A success

June 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence, in partnership with IT, conducted a "Teaching with the iPad Boot Camp".  The Boot Camp was led by official Apple trainers inside the CTE, DeMoss Hall 3032, from June 23-25.  Participants learned various strategies to increase their productivity, create content, utilize apps, and present material.  Participants will implement some of the new technology into their classes during the upcoming academic year, as well as continue to meet as a community of practice.

TWT Boot Camp - Empowering Effective Educators with New Technology

June 2014:  The 2014 Teaching with Technology (TWT) Boot Camp was a huge success.  Thirteen faculty members participated in a week-long immersion into teaching technologies.  Faculty were exposed to various tools to help them assess learning, communicate, collaborate, support student research, present content, and utilize select features of university supported technology.  The participants will now implement a technology into their course during the upcoming semester. 

Take-A-Break at the CTE

May 2014:  Nearly 140 faculty dropped by the CTE's year-end celebration, "Take-A-Break" for fun, games, and snacks. Faculty enjoyed plenty of seasoned popcorn, soft pretzels (with dipping sauces), flavored lemonade and a coffee bar.

Call for Workshop Proposals 

Mar. 2014:  The “Call for Workshop Proposals” for both the Institute for Student Success (August Orientation) and the 2014-2015 CTE Professional Development academic calendar year is now closed.  August workshops are scheduled for 75 minutes, while the academic calendar year workshops are limited to 60 minutes.  Check the Orientation schedules and calendar of workshops for details.  The CTE accepted proposals on High Impact Educational Practices and Effective Educational Practices such as:

  • First Year Seminars and Experiences
  • Writing Intensive Courses
  • Learning Communities
  • Utilizing Study Groups
  • Faculty/Student Interaction (In and Out of Classroom)
  • Collaborative Assignments, Projects and Assessment
  • Active Teaching and Learning
  • Learning Facilitated by Technology
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Faculty/Student Collaborative Research
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Courses, Experience or Projects
  • Supportive Classroom and Campus Environment
  • Faith Learning Integration
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Other Best Practices in Teaching and Learning

Publishers' Week at CTE

Feb. 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) welcomed nearly 200 faculty to Publishers’ Week, Feb. 11-12 and Feb. 19, 2014.  Multiple publishers setup inside the CTE, DeMoss Hall 3032, each day.  Faculty reserved some time on their busy calendars to come down and learn about new technologies, e-books, textbooks, course packs, publishing opportunities, and the like.  Many vendors provided refreshments and giveaways.

Publishers’ Week at CTE Schedule:

Tues., Feb. 11, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore
  • Eerdmans
  • Intervarsity
  • MacMillan
  • Zondervan

Wed., Feb. 12, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

  • Cengage
  • Liberty University Press
  • McGraw Hill
  • XanEdu
  • Kendell Hunt

Wed., Feb. 19, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

  • AMG
  • Cengage
  • Pearson
  • W.W. Norton
  • Kregel
  • B&H Academic

2014 January Professional Development - With Guest Speaker Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd

Jan. 2014:  The CTE teamed up with IT and the Jerry Falwell Library to present this January's Professional Development on Jan. 8.  Faculty enjoyed a continental breakfast before hearing various updates from CTE, IT, and the Jerry Falwell Library.  Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd presented: The Digital Invasion: How Technology is Shaping You and Your Relationships and Three Conversations Everyone Must Have.  IT also introduced the "New Electronic Portfolio Process for LUO/LUR/Full/Part-time Faculty: FacultyPortfolio."

Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd is a popular speaker, author, counselor and life coach and serves as a counselor at her church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has a Master’s degree in counseling and a doctorate in leadership and is certified in Internet addiction. She is also the Director of Flourish in Life Coach Training and coaches and trains coaches from all around the world. She is also a Certified Recovery Coach and is a presenter at the American Association of Christian Counselors World and National Conferences and is featured on their Life Coach Training DVD’s.

Her newest book co-authored with her father Dr. Archibald Hart is The Digital Invasion: How Technology is Shaping You and Your Relationships. Focus on the Family voted their Digital Invasion broadcast to be one of the Best of 2013. Sylvia is passionate about helping people redeem their real life and relationships. She has also published a workbook: Overcoming Digital Addictions: A Digital Wellness Plan.

Sylvia speaks at conferences and retreats worldwide.  She is also an active member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.  For more information, visit her web site.

Certificate of University Teaching - First GSA Recipient Awarded

Nov. 2013:  Elyse Pinkie from the School of Education was the first graduate student assistant to receive the Certificate of University Teaching.

The Liberty University Certificate of University Teaching program is managed by the Center for Teaching Excellence in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies. This program is designed for GSAs who are interested in pursuing teaching at the college or university level. After meeting the initial requirements of two semesters of teaching and attendance at orientation workshops, GSAs progress through a program including multiple teaching observations, reflection on teaching practice, and consultations on particular teaching topics. They also develop a complete teaching portfolio including a CV, philosophy of teaching statement and documentation of classroom work that they have prepared. GSAs also get credit for working closely with a faculty member in a mentoring relationship, attending GSA roundtables, membership in professional organizations, publication, and conference presentation. The LU Certificate of University Teaching is not a primary or secondary teaching credential. GSAs interested in information on educational credentialing are referred to the Liberty University School of Education.

Technical Competency Assessment Assistance

August 2013:  Drop-in assistance will be available during the months of September, October, and November for faculty taking the “Technical Competency Assessment.” Help will be available on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Sue Crabtree) and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Brad Burgess) in the Center for Teaching Excellence, DeMoss Hall 3032.

NFO (New Faculty Orientation)

Aug. 2013:  CTE welcomed 59 new full time residential faculty to Liberty University.  New Faculty Orientation was a two day event, offering professional development, a session with the Provost and Vice Provost, a campus tour, and a meet-and-greet with university administration.   New faculty learned about the Koinonia Mentoring Program from teaching advisor Shawn Bielicki, integrating faith and learning from Drs. Ronald Hawkins, Kevin Corsini, and Ben Guteirrez, and athletic academic support from the atheltics department.

Orientation Guest Speaker - Philip S. Tuttle, Walk Thru the Bible

Aug. 2013:  CTE was pleased to welcome Philip S. Tuttle from Walk Thru the Bible at All-Faculty Orientation in August. Tuttle presented, "Teaching with Style," a dynamic session on transforming students' attentiveness and teaching effectiveness.  Faculty enjoyed his presentation, passion and heart for learning.  Tuttle discussed part of the 7 Laws of Teaching in a practical and encouraging manner.  Faculty commented that he was "a great combination of professional teaching and Christ focus." 

According to, “Tuttle is the President  & CEO of Walk Thru the Bible. For more than two decades, Phil Tuttle has been a vital member of the Walk Thru the Bible family. As a pastor in central Illinois, he became an instructor in 1988 and then moved to Atlanta in 1992 to serve as Walk Thru the Bible’s Dean of Faculty. He later served as Senior Vice President for International Ministries and Global Teaching Pastor before becoming President and CEO in 2007.

A native of Normal, Illinois, Phil received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education and Bible from Wheaton College in 1980 and his Master of Theology degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1984.
Phil has conducted Walk Thru the Bible seminars for churches, Christian school conventions, home education conferences, Sunday school conventions, and leadership conferences throughout the world. His unique blend of biblical instruction, real-life illustrations, and spontaneous humor make learning easy and enjoyable.”

Keynote Speaker - Pastor Chris Williamson

Aug. 2013:  As part of All-Faculty Orientation, the CTE was pleased to welcome alumnus and pastor, Chris Williamson, on Friday August 9. Willamson addressed the faculty with an encouraging message about unity through diveristy.

Williamson is the founder and Senior Pastor of Strong Tower Bible Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Since 1995, Strong Tower Bible Church has been a Bible-based, multi-ethnic church committed to Up-Reach, In-Reach, and Out-Reach. The vision of the church is to experience and reproduce God’s Diverse Kingdom in the city and throughout the world.

Williamson earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and his Master of Religious Education from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1992 under Dr. Allen McFarland and Calvary Evangelical Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia.

He has written, Making Disciples Who Make a Difference, The Beginning: A Guide for Married and Soon to Be Married Couples, and Can’t Wait! God’s Diverse Kingdom Come.  For several years Williamson served as the chaplain for the Gospel Music Association, and he has worked on several boards committed to racial reconciliation and community development. Through a ministry called “Synago”, Williamson leads a group of pastors in his city committed to fellowshipping, worshipping, and working together across racial and denominational lines. Williamson has preached across the U.S. in churches, colleges, conferences, and outreach events. He has also ministered abroad in Sudan, Ghana, Benin, Jerusalem, Malawi, St. Martin, Nigeria, South Africa, and England. He is often called upon to preach in chapels for the NFL and several college teams.

CTE Expands Resources for Faculty Working with Military Students

Liberty University is blessed to have tens of thousands of active military, reserves, guards, cadets, and veterans from all branches of the service studying residentially or online.  To help better prepare faculty to teach and reach our military students and veterans who sometimes have unique circumstances and needs, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) has expanded its resources.
On the CTE website,, a new page has been created under the “Faculty Resource” tab, specifically designed for faculty working with military students.  This resource page was developed to better acquaint faculty with the challenges that student soldiers face and better prepare faculty to successfully guide these students toward degree completion.  The “Working with Military Students” page contains links to Liberty University offices and supports on campus, suggested scholarly articles, guides, and reports, and a list of books.  The page also contains resources from other institutions and organizations.
Faculty members can also access new training materials on the Faculty Communication Center - Center for Teaching Excellence (FCC_CTE).  Faculty can find a link to the FCC_CTE in the My Bb Courses box in their Blackboard Portal.  A snapshot of available presentations includes:
  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert F. Dees, Associate Vice President for Military Outreach, Working with the Military Student 
  • Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. Bruce Bell, Associate Dean of College of General Studies, Instructing the Online Military Student
  • Sgt. Dr. Will Honeycutt, Assistant Director of Christian / Community Service, Teaching the Residential Military Student
  • Capt. John A. Ezzo, US Army ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer and Senior Military Science Instructor, Liberty University ROTC
  • Liberty University Military Student, Perspectives from a Military Student

Faculty members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these new resources. 

Offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Conjunction with Professional Development

Liberty University is committed to providing our online faculty with professional development that enhances skills acquisition in the online teaching and learning environment. In recognition of the importance of serving and maintaining an outstanding online faculty and documenting compliance with required accreditation standards, the Center for Teaching Excellence is offering a required series of 6 professional development sessions per year (3-fall semester and 3-spring semester). While recognizing the uniqueness of the online learning environment, these offerings provide a comparable component to the on-campus offerings for residential faculty which are scheduled during required Orientation and available throughout the year.

At the end of the academic year, online faculty who have completed all 6 sessions may apply to receive .6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) from the Liberty University Center for Professional and Continuing Education (under CASAS) for a fee of $25.00.  Contact CPCE for more information.


(koy-nohn-ee´-ah) n. fellowship, meaning to share or to partner, to invest in

The Center for Teaching Excellence introduced its new faculty Koinonia Mentoring program to twenty new full-time faculty hires.  The term "koinonia" originates from Greek and is found in the New Testament to mean communion by intimate participation.  The Koinonia Mentoring program is designed to help new faculty better assimilate into our unique Liberty University culture, provide effective training and guidance, and create an environment rich in constructive influence that results in collegial interest and peer investment.  Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki designed the program to be semi-structured, but openly conversational and relational.  Interested new faculty members opted-in to the mentoring program, requesting a confidential mentor outside of their department who is willing to take them under their wing for one year.

A critical part of the program involves matching mentors and mentees based on backgrounds, experience, and interests.  The mentor and mentee relationship is a nurturing one.  In essence, the mentor assumes the roles of a guide, role model, friend, advisor, and cheerleader; the mentee assumes the roles of a listener, learner, friend, advisee, and colleague.  According to mentor Dr. John Vadnal, “The most positive experience [thus far] was how well we were matched and how well we connected due to our similar backgrounds.  Being matched with someone at LU in Lynchburg who also happened to graduate from the University of Iowa and is a runner would be a rather unusual coincidence if it were left to chance, which certainly demonstrates that there are no coincidences in God’s plan.”

The inaugural class of Koinonia mentors includes Andrea Beam, Bruce Bell, Catherine Buck, Jeanne Brooks, Mary Deacon, Donna Donald, Sundi Donovan, David Duby, Melanie Hicks, Gary Isaacs, Bruce Kirk, Anita Knight, Chad Magnuson, Alison Pettit, Anita Satterlee, Barb Sherman, Carolyn Towles, Matthew Towles, John Vadnal, and George Young.

Future Teachers: GSA Training Program

The CTE teamed with the Graduate School to create and present a training program for Liberty University GSAs entitled, “Future Teachers: GSA Training Program”.  The program included three distinct workshops: Bb@Liberty University with Susan Crabtree, Transitioning from Student to Teacher with Shawn Bielicki, and Developing Presence in the Classroom with Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw and Sharon Wheeler.  Each workshop was designed to better prepare our GSAs and meet the challenges they will face in the classroom.   The workshops were well received by graduate students and participating teachers alike.

BYU Director Visits CTE

Dr. Russell Osguthorpe, Director of Brigham Young University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, visited the Center for Teaching Excellence to learn more about the university and how professional development is delivered, as well as to benchmark programs and procedures.  During the visitation, Osguthorpe enjoyed an overview of CTE services with Sharon Wheeler, a panel comprised of current students, a session on online curriculum delivery and online professional development with CTE educational technologist Susan Crabtree, a meeting with the Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs Ronald Godwin, a campus tour with Terry Falwell and Coach Hout, and a faculty panel with Chris Nelson, Barbara Sherman, and CTE teaching advisor Shawn Bielicki.  Osguthorpe commented that he was sincerely impressed with everything going on in the center and around campus.


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