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WNMU Faculty Development
As educators, we are on the precipice of a shift in higher education. Traditional instruction will be augmented with learner-centered strategies; instructor/student roles will morph toward learning partnerships; students will participate in active learning and exercise more control of educational time and space; an array of technology tools will allow innovative instruction and assessment and provide constant, pervasive connection.
WNMU embraces a future of possibility. Our vision drives commitment to growth and accommodation of the changing needs of faculty and students.
Dr. Dabareh Vowell
I have to say first: I love my job! I love the ideas and innovations wafting around me; I love the smiles of people making a difference in lives;I love the quietness of the library and the laughter of students in the hall of the Student Memorial Building. I enjoy the intellectual challenges and even the "up in both directions" walks across campus.
Each semester offers some opportunities for faculty to expand, share, and build on professional experience. There are many resources within the faculty here that we can "tap into" as we strengthen collegiality and community.
My professional philosophy is that we do what we know to do. Everyone is operating within unique planes of knowledge, skills, and experience; no two of us are in the same place. As we learn and grow in our own ways and at our own paces, we move to new plateaus.
My job is to provide all the resources, opportunities, and tools possible to help you move toward those new places. Institutional goals serve as a compass. Your professional goals are destinations. I will help you plan a route and find the right vehicles.
I have to share a note I received from a former student who browsed the WNMU site and wrote to expound on the "we do what we know" philosophy. He kindly allowed me to share his message: