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Faculty Center

Rowan University

About the Faculty Center

Mission Statement:

The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning serves individuals, groups and the institution in pursuit of teaching excellence. Its three areas of activity are; 1) induction and ongoing support of junior faculty; 2) professional development focused on researched-based teaching practices, learner-centered teaching, action research and reflective pedagogy; and 3) institutional change relevant to teaching and learning. The Center encourages self-directed inquiry through various modes including programs, learning communities, discussion groups, and conference participation.

Our Goals:

Henry D. James Hall, 3092


Dr. Bonnie Angelone

Dr. Bonnie Angelone is starting in her 2nd year as Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She joined the Rowan family in 2004 and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology. She earned her doctoral degree in Cognitive Psychology from Kent State University in Ohio and prior to beginning at Rowan she taught in a visiting position at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. While her passion is teaching, she also conducts research in visual attention and how people process the copious amount of information presented to them every moment. She is dedicated to facilitating the growth of new faculty as they navigate the exciting changes happening at Rowan. Finally, outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys (Drew and Gabe) playing sports and other outdoor activities.

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Ms. Michele Pich
Assistant Director

Ms. Michele Pich joined in the Faculty Center in 2014. As the Assistant Director, she works closely with the Director. She is responsible for the Mid-Semester Focus on Teaching & Learning, two college mentoring programs, and the administration of the Online Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness. She helps out with New Faculty Orientation and assists with grant and award applications as needed. Michele represents the Faculty Center at workshops and presentations across the university and serves on various committees and boards including the LGBTQUI+ Advisory Committee, the Title IX Faculty Action Team, and the Forensic Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS) advisory committee. This past year she was a member of the Joint Provost-Senate-AFT Student Online Evaluations Taskforce.

Michele teaches Research Methods and Drugs and Crime in America as an adjunct professor in Law and Justice Studies in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Mrs. Clarissa Shoemaker
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Clarissa Shoemaker is in her fourth year as the Administrative Assistant for the Faculty Center. Her primary role involves processing travel grants and assisting with grant and award applications. She also handles the entire budget, including preparing Requisitions, MDVs, DCAs, and Special Contracts to get the Director, as well as other professors, reimbursed. She helps the facilitators manage their Faculty Learning Community groups by keeping track of meeting dates and member attendance. She also sends thank-you letters and certificates as needed. Her two big events are the Wall of Fame and New Faculty Orientation, wherein she reserves rooms, makes announcements, keeps track of RSVPs, and works with Gourmet Dining and Facilities to insure that all details are addressed.

Mrs. Carla Sbrana
Educational Technologist

In her 4th year as the Educational Technologist, Carla Sbrana oversees all of our technology-based initiatives, the Faculty Center’s Facebook page and our Web site. Working with Rowan Online, she developed and teaches the Faculty Online Teaching (FOT) course, an 8-week class that prepares instructors to teach online. As a member of the Joint Provost-Senate-AFT Student Online Evaluations Taskforce she helped to develop a peer online evaluation instrument for Rowan and will be involved in the pilot phase during fall 2016-spring 2017. Carla is also a consultant for our Mid-Semester Focus on Teaching & Learning and represents the Faculty Center at workshops and presentations across the campus.

Mrs. Sbrana is an adjunct professor for the College of Education, department of Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) where she teaches Educational Technology. CV

Faculty Center Activity Chart (click on image for larger view):

2015-16 Annual Report

2017-18 Advisory Board Members:

Mark Berkey-Gerard Journalism
College of Communication & Creative Arts
5th year
Kelly Duke Bryant History
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
5th year
Elisabeth Hostetter Theatre & Dance
College of Performing Arts
5th year
Alison Krufka Biological Sciences
College of Science & Mathematics
12th year
Kaitlin Mallouk

Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering
Rowan Instructional Leadership & Educational Development (RILED)

4th year
Kevin Dahm Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering
2nd year
Jennifer Nicholson Marketing & Business Information Systems
College of Business
5th year

Carol Thompson

Educational Services & Leadership
College of Education

2nd year

Faculty Center Liaisons
These are faculty leaders who support the work of the center by opening communication channels between the academic departments and the Faculty Center.

The charge to the Department Liaison is to encourage community through participation and to provide suggestions and feedback to the Director as she shapes programs and services. Specifically, Department Liaisons: 1) promote grants, awards, and professional development opportunities; 2) provide suggestions concerning Faculty Center programs, policies, and issues; 3) occasionally observe or participate in Faculty Center events.

George Romeo

Accounting & Finance

Jan Conradi


Alison Krufka

Biological Sciences

Kevin Dahm

Chemical Engineering

Yang Yang

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Yusuf Mehta

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Sharon Whitfield CMSRU Library

Joy Cypher

Communication Studies

Mohamed Mansaray

Computer Science

Kara Ieva

Educational Services & Leadership

Linda Head Electrical & Computer Engineering

Marci Carrasquillo


Marilyn Manley

Foreign Languages & Literatures

Zack Christman

Geography & the Environment

Doug Mann

Health & Exercise Science

Kelly Duke Bryant


Jiyeon Lee

Interdisciplinary & Inclusive Education

Mark Berkey-Gerard


Joe Johnson

Law & Justice Studies

Michelle Kowalsky Library

Joel Rudin

Management & Entrepreneurship

Jennifer Nicholson Marketing & Business Info. System

Uma Thayasivam


Tom Merrill

Mechanical Engineering

Davide Ceriani Music
Dawn Specht Nursing

Matt Lund

Philosophy & Religion

Tabbetha Dobbins Physics & Astronomy

Natalie Reaves

Political Science & Economics

Gerald Hough


Olga Vilceanu

Public Relations & Advertising

Keith Brand

Radio, TV, & Film

Maria Rosado

Sociology & Anthropology

Martha Viator
Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Education

Tom Fusco

Theatre & Dance

Drew Kopp Writing Arts