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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:

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

Henry D. James Hall, 3092


Dr. Deb Martin

Dr. Deb Martin is in her fifth year as the director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Her primary role involves working with junior faculty. She began her career at Rowan in the fall of 2003 in the College of Communication, Department of Writing Arts, and most recently served as director of the Rowan Writing Center. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Martin spent twelve years in K-12 education - as a teacher of middle school language arts and high school English. Dr. Martin earned her PhD in Rhetoric at Texas Woman’s University.

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Ms. Michele Pich
Assistant Director

Ms. Michele Pich is in her second year as assistant director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Her responsibilities include working with the Faculty Learning Communities, mentor programs, mid-semester focus initiatives, and other initiatives. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Law and Justice studies. Ms. Pich taught doctoral and undergraduate students for 4 years at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Also, she conducts faculty and staff communications training, and has been providing professional counseling for people in various mental health, correctional, and academic settings for the last 14 years. Ms. Pich earned her BS in Psychology in 2005 from Drexel University, her MS in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from Drexel University, and her MA in Criminal Justice in 2012 from Temple University.

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Mrs. Clarissa Shoemaker
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Clarissa Shoemaker is in her third year as the administrative assistant for the Faculty Center. Her primary role involves processing travel, grant, and award applications; and assisting with event planning. Mrs. Shoemaker began her career at Rowan in the spring of 2011 as a temp in the Theater & Dance department. Next she temped for McSiip and finally in the Dean's office for the Rohrer College of Business. Prior to her employment at Rowan, Mrs. Shoemaker was a legal secretary for the law firms of George & Korin and David B. Wright & Associates.

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Mrs. Carla Sbrana
Educational Technologist

Mrs. Carla Sbrana is in her third year as the educational technologist for the Faculty Center. Her duties include online teaching PD, Web based teaching resources, workshop support, involvement with mid-semester focus on teaching and learning, and maintaining the Web site and social media sites. Mrs. Sbrana is also an adjunct for the College of Education and teaches Educational Technology. After 33.5 years of middle school, she retired from the Hamilton Township Public Schools. Mrs. Sbrana received her BA in Elementary Education in 1976 and a MA in Curriculum and Supervision in 1991 from Glassboro State College (Rowan). In 2001, she earned a MA in Instructional Technology from Richard Stockton College of NJ.

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856-305-4617 (cell)


2014-15 Annual Report

Advisory Board:

Mark Berkey-Gerard Journalism
College of Communication & Creative Arts
3rd year
Kelly Duke Bryant History
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
3rd year
Elisabeth Hostetter Theatre & Dance
College of Performing Arts
3rd year
Alison Krufka Biological Sciences
College of Science & Mathematics
10th year
Kaitlin Mallouk

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

2nd year
Yusuf Mehta Civil/Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
8th year
Jennifer Nicholson Marketing & Business Information Systems
College of Business
3rd year

Martha Viator

Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Education
College of Education

3rd 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

Vasil Hnatyshin

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