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Michele Parker Shares Insights on Her Year at CTE and CFL

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Michele Parker

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and Center for Faculty Leadership (CFL) play an important role in strengthening undergraduate and graduate instruction at UNCW by providing an array of resources, professional development opportunities and leadership support for faculty across campus.

Michele Parker, associate professor in the Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College, served as CTE interim associate director during the 2014-15 academic year.

Parker began the assignment partnering with CTE interim director Diana Ashe in August 2014. Over the course of the year she helped facilitate workshops, mentoring programs, learning communities and events such as book circles and department chair lunches to bring UNCW faculty at all levels together to share knowledge, strategies and ideas across teaching disciplines.

Parker said her experience at CTE was energizing and richly rewarding.

“UNCW has phenomenal teachers with fabulous ideas,” she said. “For faculty at all levels, there’s so much to gain from shared teaching. CTE provides many forums to do that.”

Parker joined the Educational Leadership faculty at the Watson College in 2008 after earning her doctorate in research, statistics and evaluation from the University of Virginia. She led the development of WCE’s masters and doctoral specializations in higher education before assuming the role at CTE.

Parker returned to the Watson College in fall 2015. She currently teaches EDL 643, a doctoral-level quantitative research course in applied statistics; serves as program coordinator for all three tracks in WCE’s Educational Leadership doctoral program; and serves on a university-wide task force for the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) High Impact Practices initiative.

Parker said the CTE experience has inspired her to redesign her course, create more powerful applied learning experiences for students and collaborate more frequently with faculty across campus.

“I’m putting more of myself into my work now, and looking at the scholarship of teaching and learning through a different lens,” she said. “As a result, I’m building stronger connections with faculty and students.”

Parker would like to encourage faculty colleagues to participate in workshops, learning communities, mentoring programs and events provided by CTE and CFL. “Take time to stop by and visit, see the resources, share knowledge and network. It’s a great faculty resource,” she said. 

For more information on CTE visit www.uncw.edu/cte/.

For information on the Association of American Colleges & Universities High Impact Practices initiative, visit www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices/.