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Dr. Wren Mills

Dr. Wren Mills
- Assistant Director, Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning

  • Email: wren.mills@wku.edu
  • Office: Garrett Conference Center 104c
  • Phone Number: (270) 745-3169

Bio:

As the Assistant Director for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Wren provides both in-person and virtual training and consultations for faculty who wish to better their skills with technology in the classroom and online teaching; this includes Quality Matters training. She also serves as a facilitator for the Graduate Assistant Teaching Institute (GATI), for the Part-Time Faculty Teaching Institute, and for other Professional Learning Communities for faculty at the university. Wren is also consults with faculty and staff on integrating High Impact Practices (HIPs) into their courses and programs. Previous to her position in with CITL, Wren served as the Training Coordinator for Distance Learning (2013-2016) and as the Instructional Coordinator for the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching at WKU (2010-2013). Wren came to work in faculty development and training from faculty, working as an Assistant Professor in English at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College for KCTCS (2005-2009), and she has also taught for WKU as an Adjunct Instructor in English since 1999 and in the Organizational Leadership program since 2016.


Education:

Ph.D., Education, emphasis in Higher Education Administration, 2010, University of Louisville. Dissertation: Academic Dishonesty in Online Learning

Certificate, International Student Services, 2008, WKU

M.A.E., Student Affairs, 2004, WKU

M.A., English, emphasis in Teaching of Writing, 1999, WKU, including a semester abroad at University of Cambridge, England

B.A., History, 1996, WKU


Affiliations:

Quality Matters: Certified Master Reviewer and Peer Reviewer, Certified Face-to-Face Facilitator, Certified Online Facilitator, Coordinator, Certified Course Review Manager

Kentucky Pedagogicon Conference: Conference Planning Committee

Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education: Proposal Reviewer

 

Presentations:

2017

Mills, W. (2017, June). Starting strong: Keys to a great first week and entire term. Presented at the Teaching Professor Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Mills, W. (2017, May). Being proactive about accessibility: WKU’s new ADA course. Presented at the 2017 Pedagogicon Conference, Richmond, KY.

Mills, W. (2017, May). Three keys for a strong start to your semester. Presented at the 2017 Pedagogicon Conference, Richmond, KY.

Mills, W. (2017, April). Forging new paths toward improved retention with the QM Rubric. Presented online as a QM Success Story webinar for Quality Matters.

Daday, J., & Mills, W. (2017, January). Engaging students for success using high impact practices. Presented at the WKU Student Success Summit, Bowling Green, KY.

Mills, W. (2017, January). Starting strong: Keys to a great first week and entire term. Presented at the WKU Student Success Summit, Bowling Green, KY.

 

2016

Mills, W. (2016, November). Starting strong: Keys to a great first week… and entire term. Pre-conference workshop presented at the USDLA’s International Forum for Women in E-Learning, San Antonio, TX.

Mills, W. (2016, November). Forging new paths toward improved retention with the QM Rubric. Presented at the Quality Matters Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Mills, W. (2016, November). Forging new paths with QM-infused faculty training. Presented at the Quality Matters Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Mills, W. (2016, September). Teaching with Technology Workshop. Presented for the online faculty of Northwest Nazarene University. Nampa, ID.

Kerby, M., Wilson, S., & Mills, W. (2016, September). Trickle up assessment: Using Charrettes to build an outcomes-based assessment plan. Presented at the 2016 Drexel University Third Annual Assessment Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Mills, W. & Fife, J. (2016, May) Annotating their way to better writing: Disciplinary article presentations. Presented at the Pedigogicon Conference, Richmond, KY.

Mills, W. (2016, May) Building online community through social presence. Presented at the KCTCS Changing Classroom Cultures Conference at Southcentral Community and Technical College Bowling Green, KY.

Mills, W. (2016, May) Starting strong and building community: The first week of class. Presented at the KCTCS Changing Classroom Cultures Conference at Southcentral Community and Technical College Bowling Green, KY.

Mills, W.(2016, February) Engaging online students to increase retention. Presented at the Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment 2016 Virtual Conference, presented by the Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

 

2015

Mills, W., Honaker, A., & Kirtley, S. (2015, November) Under the hood: WKU Distance Learning. Presented at the Kentucky Convergence Conference, Bowling Green, KY.

Mills, W. & Fife, J. (2015, October) Online presentations: Annotating their way to better writing. Presented at the Online Learning Consortium's International Conference for Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

Mills, W. (2015, October) Engaging online students to increase retention. Presented at the Online Learning Consortium's International Conference for Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

Fife, J. & Mills,W. (2015, August) Annotating their way to better writing: Student video article presentations. Presented at the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, Madison, WI.

Mills, W. (2015, May). Easy ADA: Making your course materials accessible.  Presented at the Teaching Professor Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Mills, W., Honaker, A., Vincent, T., Bibbs, T., & Kirtley, S. (2015, November). Under the hood: WKU Distance learning.  Presented at the Kentucky Convergence Conference, Bowling Green, KY.

Mills, W. (2015, October). Engaging online students to increase retention. Presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s International Conference for Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

Mills, W., & Fife, J. (2015, October). Online presentations: Annotated their way to better writing. Presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s International Conference for Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

Mills, W., & Fife, J. (2015, August). Annotating their way to better writing: Student video article presentations. Paper presented at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, Madison, WI.

 

2014

Mills, W. (2014, September). Helping faculty chart the course toward a successful Quality Matters review. Presented at the Quality Matters Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Mills, W. (2014, October). Online teaching 911: Supporting faculty with last minute teaching assignments. Presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s International Conference for Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

 

2013

Kuhlenschmidt, S., & Mills, W. (2013, October). Starting them on the right foot: Summer camp for online faculty. Presented at the Quality Matters Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Mills, W. (2013, May). Electronic grading, SafeAssign, and other tips & tricks. Presented at the Kentucky Innovations Conference, Lexington, KY.

 

2012

Mills, W. (2012, May). High tech, low tech, or no tech? What is best for your classes? Presented at the Kentucky Innovations Conference, Erlanger, KY.

Theall, M., Glazer, F., Gomes, N., Mills, W., & Patterson, B. (2012, November). Adding online professional development: Issues, experiences, implementation and impact. Presented at the meeting of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, Seattle, WA.

 

2011

Mills, W. (2011, May). Academic dishonesty: Learning from students to better educate them. Presented at the meeting of The Kentucky Consortium: Converging Trends in Teaching and Learning, Erlanger, KY.

 

2010

Mills, W. (2010). Student perspectives on cheating. Presented at TYCA-KY Annual Meeting. Louisville, KY.

 

2009

Mills, W., & Wilkins, D. (2009). Diversifying assessment. Presented at New Horizons Conference, Louisville, KY.

Mills, W., & Wilkins, D. (2009). Diversifying assessment. Presented at Kentucky Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Lexington, KY.

 

2008

Mills, W. (2008). Introducing critical thinking skills in your classroom. Presented at New Horizons Conference, Lexington, KY.

 

Research:

Wren’s research interest is academic dishonesty, specifically the differences in cheating in traditional and online learning environments. Her dissertation, Academic Dishonesty in Online Learning, examined both face-to-face and online students’ attitudes toward and practices of cheating.


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