The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the following academic support staff changes and promotions:
Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Laurel Mayo
Mayo also teaches French, serves as a board member of the Texas Distance Learning Association and the Secretary of the North Texas Chapter of American Association of Teachers of French, and has presented at state and national conferences. She holds a Master of Arts and almost 20 years experience in higher education.
Once fully staffed, the CETL will include Laurel as the director, Mary Griffin, instructional technologist, and a new instructional designer. CETL will continue to provide educational resources, promote exploratory or evidence-based instructional methods, and offer professional growth opportunities to faculty to improve teaching practices and the educational experiences of Texas Wesleyan University students. The CETL now reports directly to the Provost.
Director of Advising and New Student Services - Amanda Novak
Amanda holds a master’s degree in student success in higher education and is an active member of NACADA (National Academic Advisor Association). With a background in residence life and student programming, the focus of her graduate work was K-16 alignment and how quality advising and student engagement in college can bridge the college readiness gap facing most incoming freshmen. Stacy Dissinger, coordinator of freshman advising, and the coordinator of new student programs will now report to Amanda Novak.
In this newly created position, Amanda becomes a member of the Academic Support Services team, focusing on the orientation and acclimation of new students, as well as the continued coordination and support of faculty in freshman advising. The change will allow the University to meet the needs of new students and integrate them into the University; further, it will enable a strengthening of Wesleyan’s assistance and support for faculty and students in academic advising.
The change enables Kathy Prater, dean of University College, to focus on her responsibilities overseeing and coordinating the scheduling and the required outcomes assessment of the General Education Curriculum. She will continue to serve as lead faculty liaison and freshman advisor working with Amanda. This change will also allow Melody Bell Fowler, director of student support programs and services, to focus her efforts to ensure adequate support to meet the growth in our Academic Success Center and developmental programs.
Director of Career Services – Robyn Bone
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