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Exciting Changes in the Center for Faculty Development

Exciting Changes in the Center for Faculty Development

I am very pleased to announce some exciting changes in the Center for Faculty Development at WKU.
First, we are in the process of changing the name of CFD to the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL).  Since CFD was created almost 4 years ago, 90% of our work has focused on the teaching and learning mission of the university.  We thought this new name reflected our primary mission and work.  Moreover, faculty, staff, and graduate assistants have always been welcome to attend our professional development programming, which includes professional learning communities, workshops, seminars/webinars, and small one-day conferences.  We believe the center’s new name accurately reflects this inclusivity and the desire to engage everyone on our campus who supports the teaching and learning mission of the university.
Second, I am sure many of you have worked with the wonderful team of instructional designers and instructional technologists in our Office of Distance Learning.  Many faculty have benefited from their knowledge, expertise and level of support.  I’m thrilled to announce that these instructional designers and technologists are now part of the CITL team, and their role will be expanded to include a variety of instructional modalities, including face-to-face instruction, flipped classrooms, and blended/hybrid courses/programs in addition to continuing their work with online courses/programs.  If you would like to work with one of our instructional designers for one-on-one assistance with course or lesson design in one of these modalities, please contact our Sr. Instructional Designer, Juliana Ortolani, to schedule an appointment (Phone: 270-745-5107; 
Third, I am very excited to announce that Dr. Molly Dunkum (Department of Mathematics) and Dr. Beckie Stobaugh (School of Teacher Education) will be joining CITL as Teaching Fellows beginning on July 1.  Molly will be working on a new and ongoing campus initiative focused on the use high-impact practices to promote student engagement and student success at WKU, and Beckie will developing some new professional development opportunities and events centered on active learning and teaching effectiveness. 
Fourth, for the last several years, CFD has facilitated the Graduate Assistant Teaching Institute (GATI), which provides graduate students with the opportunity to receive professional development and training on the basics of teaching, pedagogy, and student learning so that they may perform more effectively as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) or Graduate Assistant Instructors (GAIs) in their academic units.  Dr. Wren Mills (Assistant Director) and I will continue to facilitate this program next year, and we will send more information to department heads and graduate advisors in the coming weeks about GATI registration for fall 2017.  Moreover, Wren and I will be facilitating an online version of our Part-time Faculty Teaching Institute this summer.  This institute is open to all part-time faculty at WKU, and similar to GATI, focuses on the basics of teaching, pedagogy and student learning (please click HERE if you wish to register).  I wanted to mention both of these items here to assure the campus community that CITL will continue to administer and support these two institutes.  This summer we will also administer an online reading group that will focus on the book, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning(please click HERE if you wish to register)  If you have specific questions about GATI, the Part-time Faculty Teaching Institute, or the online summer reading group, please contact Wren (Phone: 270-745-3169; Email:
Needless to write/say, I’m very excited about all of these developments – and I’d like to express my thanks to Provost David Lee and Dr. Beth Laves in DELO for their support of these new developments. 
If we can be of any help or assistance – or if you have any ideas for future professional development events/activities at WKU – please do not hesitate to contact me.  I will send another email around August 1 that will provide a tentative listing of our professional development opportunities and events for the 2017-2018 academic year.  This information will also be posted on our new website – at that time.
Wishing you all of the best with the remainder of the spring semester and this academic year.
Jerry Daday
Executive Director
Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)
Western Kentucky University
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