The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) welcomed nearly 200 faculty to Publishers’ Week, Feb. 11-13 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.
The CTE hosts five workshops in a series specifically designed around teaching large classes: Active Learning, Effective Lecturing, Classroom Management, Making Personal Connections, and Effective Prayer. 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).
Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki presents the topics, along with select faculty. 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.
Established in 2010-2011, the award, formerly known as the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, honors the vital work that teachers do in the classroom. In order to give special and public expression to the commitment of Liberty University faculty to student learning, we welcome self-nominations. Awardees in four categories (residential undergraduate, residential graduate, online undergraduate, online graduate) will receive a monetary prize and will be recognized at the May 2014 Commencement. Liberty University faculty at all seniority levels are eligible for the award.
The application process closed at 4:00 p.m. EST, February 14: http://tinyurl.com/President-sAward-CTE. To learn more or check out past winners, visit our Teaching Award page.
The CTE is pleased to announce that faculty applications for the “ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching” will be open from March 7-April 11.
Full- and part-time residential faculty members teaching during the implementation semester and online faculty teaching on-campus intensives are eligible to apply. Departmental or interdisciplinary teams of two or three are also invited. Individuals may apply for up to $1500, teams of two up to $3000, and teams of three up to $4500 to implement new pedagogical techniques, classroom activities, technologies, class trips, and/or purchase materials that foster learner-centered experiences for students.
Applications can be submitted at www.tinyurl.com/ILLUMINATEGrant.
For more information or to view past winners, please visit the CTE Grant Page.
Visit the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore for four days of book signings with various faculty members, Nov. 12-15.
The CTE has teamed up with IT and the Jerry Falwell Library to present this year's January Professional Development on Jan. 8, 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Come early and enjoy a continental breakfast before hearing various updates from CTE, IT, and the Jerry Falwell Library. IT will be introducing the "New Electronic Portfolio Process for LUO/LUR/Full/Part-time Faculty: FacultyPortfolio."
As part of the Jerry Falwell Library Speaker Series, Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd will be presenting: The Digital Invasion: How Technology is Shaping You and Your Relationships - Our digital technology provides us many benefits but is also changing our brains and how we relate to each other.Technology is created to serve us not for us to serve it. Learn how to steward this amazing tool and practice digital wellness. Three Conversations Everyone Must Have - We are having so many connections in our hyper-connected digital world but not many conversations. Learn how to go deep in our shallow world through conversations with God, yourself and others.
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 on the topic of The Digital Invasion and 3 Conversations Everyone Must Have. She is also an active member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
Sylvia and her husband, Russ, have been married for 29 years and they have three children, ages 23, 21 and 18.
For more information, visit her web site.
For a complete schedule of the January Professional Development, please click here.
The center has planned a series of brown bag lunches centered on the topic of faith learning integration for the 2013-14 academic year. The format resembles a roundtable discussion with audience input and participation. Upcoming sessions include:
All sessions are held from 11 a.m. – noon in the CTE training classroom, DeMoss 3032. The term brown bag suggests that faculty bring their own lunch (CTE provides drinks and snacks). To make the lunches more conducive to quality discussion, seating is limited. Sign-up in the Pro Dev Portal.
The CTE website features a “Faith Learning Integration Gallery” that showcases several successful examples of Liberty University faculty seamlessly integrating faith and learning. The CTE is interested in expanding the gallery. Interested faculty should contact Shawn Bielicki for submission guidelines. 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.
On November 11, 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.
Faculty now have access to video trainings for over 200 software titles (i.e. Adobe, Microsoft, etc.). Come learn how to access flexible training from Atomic Learning- online and on-demand- from a company-provided webinar.
Center for Teaching Excellence, DeMoss Hall 3032
Sign up in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab).
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.
The Mobile Apps Learning Lounge is returning to the CTE! Come faculty, staff and students to have a fun time sharing your favorite apps in a casual atmosphere. All mobile device types welcome (phones; tablets, etc.) – B.Y.O.D. There will be snacks, give-aways and good fellowship.
The CTE is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Winners of the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching! The selection committees, consisting of deans from seven discipline areas, have convened and made their recommendations. In recognition of their dedication and devotion to teaching, inspiring, encouraging and challenging Liberty University Champions for Christ, the following faculty have been selected to receive this prestigious award:
1st Place: Russell Claxton, School of Education
2nd Place: Joshua Straub, Center for Counseling & Family Studies; Psychology, School of Health Sciences
3rd Place: David Alexander, Church History, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
1st Place: Shelah Simpson, English & Modern Languages, College of Arts & Sciences
2nd Place: Patricia Allanson, College of General Studies
3rd Place: Laverne Young Smith, Willmington Institute of the Bible, School of Religion
1st Place: Andrea Beam, School of Education
2nd Place: Karen Swallow Prior, English & Modern Languages, College of Arts & Sciences
3rd Place: Russell Yocum, School of Education
1st Place: Bruce Kirk, Digital Media, School of Communication
2nd Place: Carolyn Towles, College of General Studies
3rd Place: Sean Beavers, Music & Performing Arts, School of Music
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.
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.”
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.
Turning Technologies provided all residential faculty with new, upgraded Clicker devices and receivers. Faculty exchanged their old device for a new ones during the Institute for Student Success (All-Faculty Orientation) on the morning of Tuesday, August 13. A table was set up on the fourth floor of DeMoss Hall. Faculty also exchanged their device in the Center for Teaching Excellence, DeMoss 3032, from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14 through Friday, August 16. Faculty were asked to bring their old Clicker and receiver for the exchange. New faculty or faculty who did not currently have a Clicker device received one at that time.
How Learning Works bridges the gap between scholarship and pedagogy by combining research and experience. The book outlines seven key principles for increasing student understanding. Sharon Wheeler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, will be leading this book study on select Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m., starting on Sept. 17. The group will continue to meet monthly throughout academic year: Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Jan. 14, Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15. Each participant will receive a copy of How Learning Works. Each session will cover one of the seven chapters, facilitated by one of the participants. Seating is limited. Interested faculty should email Sharon Wheeler, email@example.com .
CTE is asking faculty to please register early in the ProDev Portal to ensure seating.
Liberty University’s Center for Teaching Excellence has garnered additional exposure recently as its staff presented at various educational conferences. Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki presented strategies and techniques for classroom management in large classes at the International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Niagara Falls, NY. The conference focused on enhancing values-based education in the active, integrative classroom and was held at Niagara University. Bielicki also presented on dealing with student incivility at the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
Director Sharon Wheeler co-led a roundtable discussion on creating climates for faith and learning integration, along with Katherine Nevins, Acting Associate Dean for Faculty at Bethel University at the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The session nicely fit into the conference’s theme of Create, Collaborate, and Engage. Wheeler also presented on structures for learning in a successful teaching with technology experience at the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.
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).
Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki presents the topics, along with select faculty. 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 or view the workshop recordings on the CTE FCC.
The period for the Calls for Workshop Proposals is now closed. The CTE accepts Calls for Workshop Proposals for topics on teaching & learning during the Institute for Student Success (formerly known as All-Faculty Orientation). Requests for proposals will re-open in the Spring. Please contact CTE@liberty.edu, if you have any questions.
Faculty members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these new resources.
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.
The 2013 Teaching with Technology (TWT) Boot Camp was a huge success. Twenty faculty members participated in a week-long immersion into teaching technology. 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. Many participants enjoyed experimenting with Xtranormal, a movie making program, and Prezi, an alternative presentation tool. This year's cohort also viewed new features in Blackboard and Clickers. The participants will now implement a technology into their course during the upcoming semester.
One of the participants summed up their experience:
"TWT Boot Camp was simply outstanding. I am so glad that I committed a week of my summer to it, and I am very grateful to Liberty, and specifically to CTE, for making it happen. The presentations were excellent and the faculty mentors are incredibly helpful and encouraging, not to mention generous with their time."
To see more pictures and learn more about some of the things that happened during TWT check out the CTE Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
Each summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports residential seminars and institutes for faculty who teach American undergraduates. These study opportunities allow faculty and a select number of graduate students to increase their knowledge of current scholarship and advance their own teaching and research. Participants in these two- to five-week projects receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses. Many seminars and institutes take place on American campuses; others are held at sites in Brazil, India, and Italy.
Visit their website for a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered, along with eligibility requirements and contact information for the directors. For local support or assistance, please contact Sharon Wheeler, Director CTE
The application period for the Teaching with Technology (TWT) Boot Camp is open from Feb. to April. The TWT is a week-long, intensive training session on integrating a variety of technologies into the classroom. Faculty will be exposed to tools that help:
The TWT Boot Camp is scheduled for the second week in June, inside the CTE, DH 3032 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The application process is competitive. Successful applicants must indicate a desire to learn and utilize technology in their teaching. The TWT is a live training session and interested applicants must be able to attend each day. Stipends, lunch, and mentoring will be provided. For more information, contact Sue Crabtree at firstname.lastname@example.org.