The start of the 2021-2022 academic year coincides with a reorganization of the Center for Teaching and Learning. In the past, the center carried out three activities: first, assisting faculty in the use of the Learning Management System and responding to technical questions; second, working with faculty to develop online courses, an activity that took on particular urgency last year; and third, providing faculty development initiatives that range across a wider area than just online education.
This email describes the new organization of what was the Center for Teaching and Learning—an organization intended to provide greater effectiveness to the three areas.
First, technology support is now housed in CaTS, with a staff headed by Michael Stankas. People formerly in the Center for Teaching and Learning who are now in CaTS include Bryan Beverly, Cortney Ley, Ben Penry, Charles Platt, and Chris Roberts.
Second, Wright State Online represents a major initiative for the university. Its work grows out of a report done by Dr. Sean Pollock and Todd Pavlack for the Faculty Senate. Last year, the work of developing online courses, as with many initiatives, took on particular urgency because of the pandemic. Whatever the 2021–2022 year brings, Wright State must pursue the development of courses and programs that both serve its current students while expanding the university’s potential to draw other students. In addition to Sean and Todd, Wright State Online includes Amruldin Jamalli, Samy Warren, Jessi Witt, and Jonathan Zemmer.
Reporting to Dr. La Fleur Small, the Center for Teaching and Learning will remain in Dunbar Library; Terri Klaus will continue as its director. The center’s staff includes Regina Klotz and Carolyn Stoermer, and a Faculty Advisory Committee will continue to work with the center. Further, before the start of classes, I will post the faculty director position and invite anyone interested in the position to apply for it. Once these elements are in place, the center will consult with faculty to determine an agenda for the 2021–2022 year.
Please contact me with any questions.
Oliver H. Evans, Ph.D.