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ABU faculty honored during campus-wide celebration

Submitted photo Faculty from AB expanded their pedagogical skills and were credentialed through the Associate of College and University Educators’ (ACUE) course in effective teaching practices. First row, left to right: Dr. Shannon Wolfe; Dan Propst; Melissa Zantello, executive director of academics ACUE; Dr. Andrea Bucklew; Dr. Mary Fanning; Rebecka Knotts; Dr. Erin Brumbaugh. Second row, left to right: Dr. John Davies, Nathan Fortney, Jacob Hill, Phil Fetty, Matthew McKinney, Dr. Kayla McKinney, Jacob Steele, Will Wiggins.Third row, left to right: Phil Bowers, Dr. James Owston, Dr. Jonathan Wolf, Dr. James Dunbar, Kari Sisk, Matthew Swallow, Dr. Brandi Gaertner, Dr. Valerie Huffman.

PHILIPPI — Twenty-four faculty members at Alderson Broaddus University earned a nationally recognized teaching credential co-endorsed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education (ACE) during a pinning ceremony on April 13. Faculty demonstrated their commitment to student success by completing a year-long “Effective Teaching Practices” course to equip them with the instructional skills shown to promote student motivation, learning, and persistence.

“Congratulations to our faculty and administrators, whose dedication to this intense curriculum alongside existing responsibilities is impressive,” said Dr. Tim Barry, president of Alderson Broaddus University. “It speaks to their commitment to strengthening teaching and learning as we strive to enhance our students’ success. ACUE continues to be a great partner in AB’s mission of providing a high-quality education to our all of our students who will be prepared to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.”

The credentialed faculty members span across four colleges and the University’s Academic Center for Educational Success. The following faculty and staff found the recommended practices from ACUE’s course relevant to their teaching:

College of Business

Phil Fetty

College of Education and Music

Phil Bowers

Erin Brumbaugh

Val Huffman

Matt Swallow

College of Health, Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Mary Fanning

Brandi Gaertner

Jacob Hill

Rebecka Knotts

Matt McKinney

Jacob Steele

Will Wiggins

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Andrea Bucklew

John Davies

James Dunbar

Nathan Fortney

Kayla McKinney

James Owston

Daniel Propst

Kari Sisk

Jonathan Wolf

Shannon Wolfe

Academic Center for Educational Success

Amy Mason

To earn their Certificate in Effective Instruction, faculty members completed an evidence-based, 25-module course that requires them to learn about and implement new teaching practices in their courses and reflect on the experience. Aligned with the latest research in cognition and adult learning, ACUE’s courses address over 200 evidence-based teaching practices, covering how to design an effective course, establish a productive learning environment, use active learning techniques, promote higher order thinking, and utilize assessments to inform instruction and promote learning.

Faculty will continue to learn about pedagogy and receive career-long support through ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice, which provides access to member forums, expert webinars, biweekly newsletters, the ‘Q’ blog, and “office hours” with leading scholars in college instruction.

“It is a great honor to participate in this program,” said Dr. Andrea Bucklew, associate provost of Alderson Broaddus University. “At AB, we are dedicated to providing continuing support to our faculty to sustain their use of evidence-based teaching practices. To be selected for this opportunity reflects AB’s commitment and the value we place on our teaching faculty. Through this training, we can better equip our graduates to become the next generation of leaders and problem solvers.”