Educators Encouraged to Attend 2nd Annual Faculty Development Academy

Monday, June 7, 2010

Faculty Development AcademySC State University will host the 2nd Annual Faculty Development Academy on Monday, June 7, 2010 through Friday, June 9, 2010 in the K.W. Green Student Center’s Bulldog Lounge.  Approximately 65 faculty members from SC State University, Claflin University, Benedict College, Allen University, Columbia College, Greenville Technical College, Midlands Technical College, as well as two private elementary schools including V.J. Mendinghall Academy in Orangeburg, S.C. and Berea Academy in Sumter, S.C., will attend the three-day series of workshops on the science of teaching and learning. The Faculty Development Academy was initiated in 2009 through a grant entitled: “Developing 21st Century Faculty at SC State through Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, 2008-2011.”

Dr. Learie Luke, interim associate vice president for faculty and programs at SC State and principal investigator of the grant, notes the success of the Academy, stating that more than 90 percent of last year’s attendees expressed strong satisfaction with the workshops. “One of the goals of the grant is to help improve the quality of teaching in all educational sectors,” stated Luke. “Faculty members have indicated that they benefit from the workshops, and I therefore hope that the Academy will be a fixture of the University calendar for many years to come.”

During the plenary session of the academy’s opening day, President George E. Cooper and Dr. Joyce A. Blackwell, vice president for academic affairs at SC State, will provide remarks on the importance of teaching and mentoring in education. The Academy’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, associate provost, associate vice president of Academic Affairs, and professor of Education at Dillard University in New Orleans, La.  Dawkins’ topic will be: “Faculty Learning Communities.”

Other workshop facilitators include: Dr. Edward Neal, professional consultant in higher education and former director of faculty development at the Center of Teaching and Learning at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Dr. Bonnie Mullinix, curriculum coordinator at Greenville Technical College and co-president & educational consultant of Jacaranda Educational Development, as well as senior consultant of the Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Group; and Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, executive director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

For more information on the 2nd Annual Faculty Development Academy or other workshops being offered during the 2010-2011 academic year, contact Dr. Learie Luke at (803) 516-4974, or email You may also contact Sharon Goodwin at (803) 536-8683, or email

2nd Annual Faculty Development Academy Schedule