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About Laurel

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Laurel Willingham-McLain, Ph.D. 
Director, Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence
willingham@duq.edu

Laurel has directed the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Duquesne University since 2006, and was associate director, 1999-2005. She oversees instructional and professional development for faculty and graduate students University wide. She consults with faculty on teaching and academic career success, and with department chairs and program directors on academic leadership. She leads scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) groups and consults with faculty on teaching/learning publications.

Education

Ph.D. and M.A. French Linguistics. Indiana University (Bloomington)
B.A. French. Asbury College

Selected Scholarship

"Using A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Approach to Award Faculty Who Innovate." International Journal for Academic Development, vol. 20 (1), pp. 58-75, 2015. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2014.995661

"Leveraging Existing PFF (Preparing Future Faculty) Resources to Create a Certificate of University Teaching." With Amy Criniti Phillips and Steven Hansen. Special Issue: Mapping the Range of Graduate Student Professional Development. Studies in Graduate and Professional Student Development, vol. 14, pp. 126-145, 2011.

"Using a University-wide Syllabus Study to Examine Learning Outcomes and Assessment." Journal of Faculty Development, vol. 25, pp. 43-53, 2011.

"Exploring the Application of Best Practices to TA Awards: One University's Approach." With Deborah Pollack. To Improve the Academy, vol. 24, pp. 247-258, 2006.

Selected Presentations

"Leading a Teaching and Learning Center: Lessons from Experienced Directors," co-led interactive workshop, Professional and Organizational Development Network, San Francisco, November 2015.

"Field Testing a Comprehensive Faculty Development Model: What We Learned," workshop panelist, Professional and Organizational Development Network, San Francisco, November 2015.

"How's it Going? Reflecting on our Work" preconference session for early and mid-career faculty developers, Professional and Organizational Development Network, Pittsburgh PA, 2013 and Dallas TX, 2014.

"Gallery Walk: Using Visual Images to Evoke a Deeper Understanding of Learning," with Prudence Merton. Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Sydney, Nova Scotia, June, 2013.

"Using Reflection as a Strategy to Develop Lifelong Learners," with Nancy Simpson. International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2012.

"Examining the Impact of Integrating SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) through Faculty Teaching Awards." International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Hamilton, Ontario, October 2012.

"Educational Developers as Managers: New Directions in Leadership," with Kathryn Plank. Interactive session at the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, Annual Conference, 2010.

"Developing Strategic Collaborations to Sustain and Invigorate Our Center." Interactive session at the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, Annual Conference, 2009.

Selected Professional Experience

Invited workshop presenter at regional colleges and organizations.
Co-founder, Colleagues in Connection: Energizing Faculty Development Professionals (regional network).
Past member of Core Committee (i.e., board of directors), 2009-2012. Program and then conference co-chair for the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, 2007 and 2008 conferences. Past Chair, Grants Committee and Professional Development Committee.