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Faculty Course: Global Perspectives

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 metting 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 cge@liberty.edu for more information.

2014-15 Orientation Guest Speaker: Stephen Chew

Aug. 2014:  Dr. Stephen Chew will present "Improving Student Performance by Addressing Student and Teacher Misconceptions about Learning."  Chew will discuss and demonstrate 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 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 research interests include the use of examples in teaching, the impact of cognitive load on learning, and the tenacious misconceptions that students bring with them into the classroom. He is the creator of a groundbreaking series of YouTube videos on how to study effectively in college (http://www.samford.edu/how-to-study/).  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 will present, “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.

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.

2014-2015 Semester-Long Book Studies at the CTE

The CTE is excited to welcome faculty to semester-long book studies.  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 CTE@liberty.edu for more details or to secure a spot.

Fall 2014: "Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice." Led by Sharon Wheeler.

  • Sept. 16
  • Oct. 14
  • Nov. 11
  • Dec. 2

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.

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 http://leap.aacu.org/toolkit/wp-content/files_mf/hips_list.pdf and Effective Educational Practices http://nsse.iub.edu/pdf/nsse_benchmarks.pdf 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 www.WalkThru.org, “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, www.liberty.edu/cte, 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.

KOINONIA

(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.