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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 the scholarship of teaching, learner-centered teaching, action-research, and reflective pedagogy; and 3) institutional change relevant to teaching and learning. The Center encourages self-directed inquiry through workshops, discussion groups, learning communities, and conference participation.

Location:
Henry D. James Hall, 3092

Staff:


Dr. Deb Martin, Director

Dr. Deb Martin is in her third 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.

Mrs. Clarissa Shoemaker
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Clarissa Shoemaker is in her first 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.

Mrs. Carla Sbrana
Assistant to the Director

Mrs. Carla Sbrana joined the Faculty Center in September as a part time assistant to Dr. Deb Martin. Her duties include development of Web based teaching resources, workshop support, involvement with the mentor program and mid-semester focus on teaching and learning, and maintaining the Web site. Mrs. Sbrana is 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. In 2001, she earned a MA in Instructional Technology from Richard Stockton College of NJ.

 

Reports:
2011-2012 Annual Report
2011-2012 Events


Advisory Board:

Kelly Duke Bryant History
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
1st year
Alison Krufka Biological Sciences
College of Science & Mathematics
8th year
Jennifer Nicholson Marketing & Business Information Systems
College of Education
1st year
Yusuf Mehta Civil/Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
6th year
Elisabeth Hostetter Theatre & Dance
College of Performing Arts
1st year
Mark Berkey-Gerard Journalism
College of Communication & Creative Arts
1st year

Martha Viator

Teacher Education
College of Education
1st 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.

Department Liaisons convene face-to-face only twice a year – once at the New Faculty Orientation “Meet & Greet” at Hollybush and then at the end of the year for a “Wrap-Up.” Throughout the year, liaisons stay informed through emails.

George Romeo

Accounting & Finance

Jan Conradi

Art

Dayalan Srinivasan

Biological Sciences

Kevin Dahm

Chemical Engineering

Yang Yang

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Yusuf Mehta

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Joy Cypher

Communication Studies

Vasil Hnatyshin

Computer Science

Kara Ieva

Ed. Services, Admin. & Higher Ed.

Marci Carrasquillo

English

Marilyn Manley

Foreign Languages & Literatures

John Hasse

Geography & the Environment

Doug Mann

Health & Exercise Science

Kelly Duke Bryant

History

Mark Berkey-Gerard

Journalism

Xiufang Chen

Language, Literacy & Special Education

Joe Johnson

Law & Justice Studies

Joel Rudin

Management & Entrepreneurship

Jennifer Nicholson Marketing & Business Info. System

Marlena Herman

Mathematics

Tom Merrill

Mechanical Engineering

  Music

Matt Lund

Philosophy & Religion

Tabbetha Dobbins Physics & Astronomy

Natalie Reaves

Political Science & Economics

Gerald Hough

Psychology

 

Public Relations & Advertising

Keith Brand

Radio, TV, & Film

Maria Rosado

Sociology & Anthropology

Martha Viator
Teacher Education

Tom Fusco

Theatre & Dance

Drew Kopp Writing Arts