In 2011, I started building my business part-time on the side while I was working full time at a research university. I spent 16 years facilitating workshops, advising graduate students, creating professional development events, leading a teaching certificate program, and serving on committees to enhance teaching and learning. All at the same campus.
In 2015, I decided I wanted to work with faculty and graduate students beyond the scope of one campus. And I wanted more flexibility to spend more time with my new baby. I submitted my resignation and headed into the world of entrepreneurship (and parenthood!).
In six years, I’ve traveled to colleges, universities, and professional conferences in 32 states (and counting!).
All of the flights, hotel stays, and taxi rides have given me the opportunity to see this beautiful country from coast to coast and meet educators from around the world.
I have been able to get a first-hand, ‘on the ground’ look at the current state of teaching and learning in higher education. I have learned so much about the challenges facing students and faculty in higher education today. I’m so excited to be able to share what I’ve learned (and continue to learn!) with you.
The future of faculty development
I have been involved in faculty development from a variety of perspectives. In graduate school, I started my faculty development career as a part-time intern making copies and answering phones. Through the years, I directed a center, developed programs, coached future faculty, and now I’m running my own business. It’s an amazing journey!
And now with these online on-demand courses, I’m hoping to be able to connect with and support more faculty in a different way.
Faculty development is a field that tends to rely heavily on “one and done” events to foster professional growth: go to a conference, attend a lunch-and-learn session, or participate in an on-campus workshop.
And faculty are so busy! There never seems to be a time that works for all faculty when it comes to workshops and events. That’s another reason why I wanted to create courses faculty can complete anytime, from anywhere.
I am committed to faculty development and believe it is the foundation on which change in higher education happens.
Now, I’d like to do my part to help advance the future of the profession.
My husband, son, and our two rescue dogs live in a little town called Willow Springs, just south of Raleigh, North Carolina. We enjoy fishing, hiking, visiting local parks (and playgrounds!), and spending any time we can together as a family.
We also enjoy going to thrift stores to find treasures to sell on my husband’s eBay store (we both have that entrepreneurial mindset!).
In my “free” time (ha ha! I have a toddler…), I enjoy reading, watching television and movies, trying new restaurants, and cooking.
That’s my story…I look forward to working with you and learning more about your story!