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

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

Goals

  • 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 Newsletters

Members

Photo of Lisa Baker
Lisa Baker, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor and Chair
Department of Social Work
Office: 1605 CHS Building 1
Photo of Nancy Biggio
Nancy C. Biggio
Associate Provost for Student Success and Institutional Research, Associate Professor of Core Curriculum
Academic Affairs
Office: 311 Samford Hall
Photo of Don Bradley
Don Bradley
Associate Dean, Professor
Geography and Sociology
Office: 125 Brooks Hall
Photo of Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis
Professor
Human Development and Family Life Education
Office: 131 Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall
Photo of Rita Fincher
Rita Malia Fincher
Associate Professor
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Office: 133 Propst Hall
Photo of Cynthia Frownfelter-Lohrke
Cynthia Frownfelter-Lohrke
Professor of Accounting
Department of Accounting
Office: 389 H Cooney Hall
Photo of Bryan Gill
Bryan D. Gill
Director
University Assessment and Professional Studies
Office: 302 Beeson Hall
Photo of Peter Hughes
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
Photo of Marci Johns
Marci S. Johns
Associate Provost for Accreditation, Online & Professional Studies, SACSCOC Liaison
Academic Affairs
Office: 421 Beeson Hall
Photo of Frank Patane
Frank Patane
Assistant 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
Photo of Stephen Watson
Stephen Watson
Assistant Professor
Division of Art and Design, Department of Art
Office: 109 Art Lofts
Photo of Ashley York
Ashley York, DNP, AGNP-C, WHNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Office: 1524 CHS Building 1

Professional Development Opportunities

Research and Grants – What's Out There and How Do I Find It
February 5, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
DBH 307

Join the personnel from the office of research and sponsored programs for an informative session geared toward faculty determining types of available grant funding opportunities and how to find opportunities that align with your subject matter expertise. Lunch provided to those who pre-register.

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Practitioner to Professor FSC Series: Promotion and Tenure
February 10, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DBH 307

This 3rd installment of the practitioner to professor series will guide new(er) faculty members into the world of promotion and tenure in higher education and specifically at Samford. Refreshments provided.

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Canvas Day Spring 2020: 9:00 Rubric Track Session 1 of 2
February 14, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
DBH 307

This first session will focus on the theory of rubrics and rubric creation. Dr. Patti Wood of the Orlean Beeson School of Education will instruct and guide attendees on best practices with rubric creation. Session 2 in the afternoon will focus on how to build rubrics within Canvas. Refreshments provided.

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Canvas Day Spring 2020: 10:00 Disability and Accommodation Track Session 1 of 2
February 14, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
DBH 307

This first session will provide an overview of the landscape of learning disabilities and accommodations in the current higher education landscape. Dr. Mandy Hilsmier of the Orlean Beeson School of Education will instruct and guide attendees on considerations and best practices for creating an inclusive learning space. Session 2 in the afternoon will focus on how to employ tools in Canvas to meet the accommodation needs of students. Refreshments provided.

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Canvas Day Spring 2020: 11:00 Flipping your Face-to-Face Course Track Session 1 of 2
February 14, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
DBH 307

Both programs in this track will feature panels of different Samford faculty who have “flipped” courses from face-to-face to hybrid, or to fully online courses. Speakers will reflect on lessons learned and offer tips to faculty members who are interested in revising their course format. There will be ample time for Q/A with participants. Refreshments provided.

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Canvas Day Spring 2020: 1:00 Rubric Track Session 2 of 2
February 14, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
DBH 307

This session will build upon content delivered in Rubric Track Session 1. Participants will be instructed on how to create rubrics in Canvas and to optimize grading. Refreshments provided.

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Canvas Day Spring 2020: 2:00 Disability and Accommodation Track Session 2 of 2
February 14, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
DBH 307

Building upon instruction delivered in Session 1, this session will focus on how to employ tools in Canvas to meet the accommodation needs of students. Refreshments provided.

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Canvas Day Spring 2020: 3:00 Flipping your Face-to-Face Course Track Session 2 of 2
February 14, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
DBH 307

Both programs in this track will feature panels of different Samford faculty who have “flipped” courses from face-to-face to hybrid, or fully online courses. Speakers will reflect on lessons learned and offer tips to faculty members who are interested in revising their course format. There will be ample time for Q/A with participants. Refreshments provided.

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Writing Retreat (Writer’s Block)
February 19, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
DBH 307

The purpose of this three-part series spanning February and March is for faculty to commit to working on a new or existing product of written work. The sessions will be facilitated by experienced faculty and in an environment where sharing of work for feedback is welcomed. Please consider registering! Refreshments provided.

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Media Studio
February 20, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
DBH 307

Offered by Samford Online, participants will learn about different recording options for course content and then be led on a tour of the studio area. There will be ample time for Q/A with participants. Refreshments provided.

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Writing Retreat (Writer’s Block)
February 26, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
DBH 307

The purpose of this three-part series spanning February and March is for faculty to commit to working on a new or existing product of written work. The sessions will be facilitated by experienced faculty and in an environment where sharing of work for feedback is welcomed. Please consider registering! Refreshments provided.

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Library Resources for Faculty Research
March 2, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
DBH 307

Have you ever wondered how the Samford library and its resources can help you with your research endeavors? Look no further. Consider coming to this afternoon workshop session to learn from Carla Waddell and Lori Northrup of the University Library. There will be ample time for Q/A with participants. Refreshments provided.

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Writing Retreat (Writer’s Block)
March 4, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
DBH 307

The purpose of this three-part series spanning February and March is for faculty to commit to working on a new or existing product of written work. The sessions will be facilitated by experienced faculty and in an environment where sharing of work for feedback is welcomed. Please consider registering! Refreshments provided.

Register

Practitioner to Professor FSC Series: Faculty Senate 101
March 20, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DBH 307

This 4th installment of the practitioner to professor series will guide new(er) faculty members into the world of faculty governance in higher education and specifically at Samford. Refreshments provided.

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Research and Grants – Panel: Get Inside a Grant Reviewer’s Head
April 1, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
DBH 307

Research and Grants – Panel: Get Inside a Grant Reviewer’s Head

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Writing Measurable Objectives and Creating a Course Map
April 15, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
DBH 307

Writing Measurable Objectives and Creating a Course Map

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Practitioner to Professor FSC Series: Legal, Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance
April 17, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DBH 307

This 5th installment of the practitioner to professor series will guide new(er) faculty members into the world of legal, accreditation and regulatory compliance in higher education and specifically at Samford. Refreshments provided.

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Quality Matters Training Workshop
April 24, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
DBH 307

Katherine Jarnigan will lead participants through the “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” (APPQMR) one-day workshop.

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INNOVATE May 2020
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DBH 307

Back by popular demand, 2020 Innovate will again offer the opportunity for a select number of faculty to develop or update elements of a course. Be on the lookout for a call for proposals in Spring 2020.