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Faculty Associates

Faculty Associates partner with the Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) to offer programming that meets the needs of faculty and graduate students. Faculty Associates also assist with New Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientations and other professional development events, such as Celebrate.

Becoming a Faculty Associate

In a typical year, we provide faculty with the opportunity to apply in the spring to become a TLC Faculty Associate. However, due to the current financial situation, we will be working with a few associates to provide specific critical areas of professional development. A few Faculty Associates are being asked to continue in their role to carry out initiatives that are in progress.

Why become a Faculty Associate?

If you are passionate about teaching and would like to influence the teaching culture at WVU, consider becoming a Faculty Associate. You will meet colleagues across the University, collaborate with the Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) team, and explore pedagogical innovations for in-person, hybrid, hyflex and online teaching. You will join a network of peers who are committed to teaching and play a vital part in the teaching mission of the University. You will work on innovative projects outside of your regular workload. You will also be able to fulfill portions of your service commitment.

Who can become a Faculty Associate?

We strongly encourage you to discuss this opportunity with your department chair. If you choose to continue with the TLC as a faculty associate, you will need your chair’s approval to do so.

What are the responsibilities of a Faculty Associate?

As a Faculty Associate, your responsibilities will include the following:

  1. Devote approximately 40 hours throughout the academic year.
  2. Be a Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) ambassador who solicits feedback, provides input, and disseminates information about the TLC to your department and college.
  3. Participate in group meetings during the academic year as warranted for planning and feedback.
  4. As the need arises, we will ask you to participate in either New Faculty Orientation or Celebrate as a session presenter or host.
  5. Contribute to our mission of promoting evidence-based teaching in one (or possibly two) of the following ways:
    1. Peer Support of Teaching
      Peer Support of Teaching Associates are needed at WVU main campus, Potomac State, and WVU Tech. As part of this effort, you will work with faculty and post docs to share ideas, build skills, and address challenges related to teaching and learning. Peer Support of Teaching is initiated by request and is not evaluation or remediation. In this role, you will offer one or more of the following:
      • Collaborate on a reflection of a teaching observation
      • Discuss teaching and learning (may involve review of materials—e.g., syllabi, assignments, teaching strategies [in-person, hybrid, hyflex, online], student work, SEIs)
      • Record a person teaching (video or audio) and use the recording for reflection and discussion
      • Facilitate a student focus group
      • Guide the preparation of teaching documentation for promotion and tenure
      • Allow someone to observe your teaching
      • Provide a course review or debriefing
      • Assist in the development of a new course (help with pedagogy and online experience)
    2. Learning Community
      Several successful learning communities have been established over the last four years, where faculty come together on a regular basis to find solutions to common/shared teaching and learning challenges. You will facilitate this effort in one of the following ways:
      • Lead, sustain, and evaluate an established learning community (Teaching large classes, STEM, Humanities, Effective Teaching based on the Association of College and Universities framework)
      • Create, lead, and evaluate a new learning community to address an identified need, including establishment of the goals, timeline, and programming (e.g. online or hybrid teaching).
    3. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
      The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is another initiative that is facilitated by the Teaching and Learning Commons. The purpose is to connect people who are conducting scholarly research on teaching and learning with others and help those who want to pursue this type of research. You will contribute in the following ways:
      • Expand WVU’s SoTL directory by identifying individuals who have formally conducted research on teaching and learning
      • Create and implement opportunities for faculty who conduct research on teaching and learning to network and explore opportunities for collaboration
      • Develop and offer workshops, webinars, and other types of professional development opportunities
      • Individually consult with people who are getting started with SoTL
      • Help identify additional SoTL efforts
    4. Teaching and Workshops
      Courses, workshops, and seminars for faculty and graduate students are an ongoing need. We offer a series of planned workshops every year based on interests and also design and offer customized workshops when requested. You will help with this effort in one of the following ways:
      • Teach a course for the Certificate in University Teaching (e.g. GRAD 673 Careers in Higher Education)
      • Design and teach workshops for faculty and graduate teaching assistants on various topics related to face-to-face, hybrid, or online teaching.>
    5. Research on TLC Initiatives
      As part of this effort, you will help us design and conduct research on TLC initiatives, such as the Certificate in University Teaching, Peer Support of Teaching, and Learning Communities.

2023-2024 Faculty Associates

  • William Beasley
    Professor and Program Coordinator of Instructional Design and Technology
  • Vagner Benedito
    Professor of Biochemical Genetics and Plant Physiology
  • JoAnn Burnett
    Business Technology Instructor at WVU Potomac State College
  • Steve Davis
    Associate Professor of Public Health
  • Marina Galvez Peralta
    Teaching Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • William Hal Gorby
    Teaching Associate Professor of History; Director of Undergraduate Advising
  • Kimberlyn Gray
    Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Chemical Engineering, WVU Institute of Technology
  • Todd Hamrick
    Teaching Professor of Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Kris Hash
    Professor of Social Work
  • Heather Henderson
    Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership; Director of Accreditation, Planning, and Evaluation
  • Andi Kent
    Associate Professor of Political Science & Chair, Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration, WVU Institute of Technology
  • Peggy Lambert Fink
    Assistant Professor of Nursing, WVU Institute of Technology
  • Jay Malarcher
    Associate Professor and Program Director of Theatre History and Criticism
  • Aimee Morewood
    Professor of Curriculum & Instruction Literacy Studies 
  • Lizzie Santiago
    Director and Teaching Professor of Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Leslie E. Tower
    Professor and Assessment Coordinator of Social Work; Director of WVU Women's Resource Center
  • Amy Weaver
    Business Technology & CIS Assistant Professor, Potomac State College