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.  


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.


Photo of Lisa Baker
Lisa Baker, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor and Chair
Department of Social Work
Office: 1605 CHS Building 1
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Nancy C. Biggio
Associate Provost for Student Success and Institutional Research, Associate Professor of Core Curriculum
Academic Affairs
Office: 311 Samford Hall
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Don Bradley
Associate Dean, Professor
Geography and Sociology
Office: 125 Brooks Hall
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Jonathan Davis
Human Development and Family Life Education
Office: 131 Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall
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Rita Malia Fincher
Associate Professor
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
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Bryan D. Gill
University Assessment and Professional Studies
Office: 302 Beeson Hall
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Peter J. Hughes, Pharm.D., BCPS
Associate Professor and Director, Faculty Success and Continuing Professional Development
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Office: 1449 CHS Building 1
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Marci S. Johns
Associate Provost for Accreditation, Online & Professional Studies, SACSCOC Liaison
Academic Affairs
Office: 421 Beeson Hall
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Frank Patane
Assistant Professor
Mathematics and Computer Science
Office: 306 Russell Hall
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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
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Carla Waddell
Associate Librarian, Chair University Library
University Library
Office: 225 University Library
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Stephen Watson
Assistant Professor
Division of Art and Design, Department of Art
Office: 109 Art Lofts
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Ashley York, DNP, AGNP-C, WHNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Office: 1524 CHS Building 1
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Deborah Young
Judge J. Russell McElroy Professor of Law
Cumberland School of Law
Office: Robinson Hall