Identity and Statement of Purpose

Samford University recognizes and celebrates the tremendous talents, skills and abilities of its faculty body. The Samford University Faculty Success Collaborative (FSC) is a formal advisory committee convened by the provost representing all academic units at Samford University, that identifies and coordinates development opportunities in conjunction with a variety of internal and external stakeholder groups. Faculty success and continuing professional development is internally driven by the FSC through a process that is responsive to emerging trends and opportunities in higher education. The FSC fully embraces the developmental needs of all faculty in the three domains of a faculty member’s roles and responsibilities as it pertains to teaching, service, and scholarship, as well as personal wellbeing. Face-to-face programming, enduring content and other resources are provided to support faculty at all stages of their career.

Mission and Goals


Enhance the educational mission of Samford University through professional development experiences that encourage excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.


  • Promote evidence-based activities that help faculty improve student learning, engagement, and success
  • Initiate and sustain a collegial conversation about all aspects of teaching service, scholarship, and learning at Samford
  • Foster a culture of reflective practice that values quality, innovation, and inclusiveness in teaching
  • Cultivate an institutional climate that values and supports teaching and learning
  • Develop and support faculty through all stages of their academic careers

The FSC will accomplish these goals by collecting, curating, and connecting faculty to professional development opportunities and resources.

Faculty Instructional Resources

Whom Should I Contact?

Support Options

Canvas Support

Any question dealing with Canvas should be directed to Canvas Support first.

Whom do they support?

Faculty, Students and Staff

What do they support?

Canvas Tier 1 Support provides assistance for all Canvas related issues including:
  • Assignments
  • Conferences
  • Studio
  • Quizzes
  • Gradebook
  • Speedgrader

How do I contact them?

Canvas Technical support is available 24/7
Faculty Phone: 833-741-0038
Students Phone: 833-741-0037
Live Chat: Available from the Canvas help menu

Technology Services

Whom do they support?

Faculty, Students and Staff

What do they support?

Technology Services supports the following areas:
  • Wireless Networks
  • Administrative Systems
  • DUO 2 Factor Authentication
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WebEx
  • Zoom
  • Email
  • Classroom Technology
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor (Technical Issues)

How do I contact them?

Samford Online

For specific course design or pedagogical assistance, please contact your assigned Instructional Designer.

Whom do they support?


What do they support?

  • Online Course Quality Assurance
  • Pedagogical Course Design
  • Learning Technology Usage & Training
  • Software Application Integration with the Canvas LMS*

* SAMOL is able to help integrate third-party applications with the Canvas LMS, but we are not able to provide training or support for how to use integrated technology. Faculty making use of third-party integrated applications should contact the vendor/publisher for all training and support.

How do I contact them?

General Assistance

Learning Technologist

Jodi MacFarland

Assigned Areas:
  • Canvas Training
    • One-on-One
    • Group/Departmental
  • Canvas Workshops
  • Learning Technology Consultation and Training

Schedule a Session with Jodi

Instructional Designers

Katherine Jarnigan

Assigned Areas:
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health: Public Health
  • School of Health Professions: Physical Therapy
  • School of Health Professions: Physician Assistant Studies
  • Professional Studies

Taylor Kendrick

Assigned Areas:
  • Quality Matters Coordinator
  • Business School
  • Law School
  • School of Public Health: Social Work
  • School of Public Health: Nutrition and Dietetics
  • School of Divinity
  • Professional Studies

Joe Zellner

Assigned Areas:
  • School of the Arts
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Health Professions: Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • School of Health Professions: Kinesiology
  • School of Public Health: Health Informatics and Information Management
  • School of Public Health: Healthcare Administration
  • Professional Studies

Faculty Resources


Photo of Lisa Baker
Lisa Baker, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor and Chair
Department of Social Work
Office: 1605 CHS Building 1
Photo of Don Bradley
Don Bradley
Associate Dean, Professor
Geography and Sociology
Office: 125 Brooks Hall
Photo of Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis
Human Development and Family Science
Office: 131 Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall
Photo of Rita Fincher
Rita Malia Fincher
Associate Professor, Director, Samford Conservatory
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Office: 133 Propst Hall
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Cynthia Frownfelter-Lohrke
Professor of Accounting
Department of Accounting
Office: 389 H Cooney Hall
Photo of Bryan Gill
Bryan D. Gill
Director of University Assessment and Accreditation
Office: 302 Beeson Hall
Photo of Peter Hughes
Peter J. Hughes, Pharm.D., BCPS
Professor and Assistant Provost for Faculty Success
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Office: 1449 CHS Building 1
Photo of Marci Johns
Marci S. Johns
Senior Associate Provost, SACSCOC Liaison
Academic Affairs
Office: 421 Beeson Hall
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Frank Patane
Associate Professor
Mathematics and Computer Science
Office: 306 Russell Hall
Photo of Hollea A.M. Ryan
Hollea A.M. Ryan, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A
Assistant Professor and DAUD Program Director
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office: 2132 CHS Building 2
Photo of Carla Waddell
Carla Waddell
Associate Librarian, Chair University Library
University Library
Office: 225 University Library
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Stephen Watson
Associate Professor
Department of Art & Design
Office: 109 Art Lofts
Photo of Ashley York
Ashley York, D.N.P., AGNP-C, WHNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Office: 1561A CHS Building 1