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Dr. Wren Mills

Dr. Wren Mills
- Pedagogical Assistant Professor


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.


Ph.D., Education, emphasis in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, 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


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

Recent Publications:

Mills, W. (2019, Apr.) Engage early, build trust, and gain student retention and success. Magna Online Seminar. Magna Publications.

Mills, W. (2018, Nov.). Keynote address, presented at the 2018 Teaching Tools for Learning conference sponsored by SUNY Potsdam and the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley.

Mills, W. (2018, Dec.). How can I create an effective syllabus for my online class? Magna 20 Minute Mentor. Magna Publications.

Mills, W. (2018, Dec.). How can I use microactivities to engage students and improve learning? Magna 20 Minute Mentor. Magna Publications.

Mills, W. (2018, Oct.). Using micro-activities to engage students and improve learning and retention. Pre-conference workshop presented at the 2018 Magna Teaching with Technology Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Baker, J., Guffey, K. B., Mills, W., &George, D. (2018, July). The Master Educator Course: An accelerated, collaborative living-learning community experience. Paper presented at the 2018 Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Mills, W., & Pennington, A. (2018, June). “A rose by any other name smells as sweet”: Introducing QM to reluctant faculty. Presented online as a QM Success Story webinar for Quality Matters.

Mills, W. (2018, May). Using metacognition and microactivities to engage students. Presented at the 2018 Pedagogicon Conference, Richmond, KY.

Mills, W. (2017, Oct.) Using micro-activities to engage students and improve learning and retention. Presented at the 2017 Magna Teaching with Technology Conference, Baltimore, MD.


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.  She is also interested in active learning and high-impact practices and how they improve student retention and learning experiences.

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