The new annual fellowship gives one Marshall University faculty member the opportunity to pursue a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project, collaborate with the center staff and other Marshall faculty, and develop a niche area of expertise in faculty development, thus adding to the programming regularly offered by the center.
“The Hedrick family has long supported teaching and learning at Marshall University,” said Dr. Sherri Smith, executive director of the center. “By using Hedrick funds to establish this fellowship, we hope that faculty will truly recognize that they are at the center of CTL’s strategic plan for campus-wide faculty development.”
“There are so many great teachers here,” Warner said. “I’m really looking forward to picking their brains for creative ways to engage students and get them excited about learning.”
Warner said she is especially excited to facilitate a special topics Faculty Learning Community on “Tricks of the Trade: Using deception, stealth, sneak attacks and subterfuge to make learning fun.”
“In the business of our day-to-day responsibilities, I think it’s easy to forget the original captivation with ideas that drove us into this profession in the first place,” Warner said. “I’m hoping that that this fellowship will allow me to swap tricks, interesting ideas, and research with smart, like-minded colleagues.”
More information about applying to become a member of the Tricks of the Trade FLC is forthcoming next week. FLC membership is open to all faculty, full-time and part-time.
The Hedrick Fellow will also design, facilitate and promote a variety of high-impact instructional development programs for Marshall faculty, including initiatives that give faculty a dedicated forum for exploring the Marshall University Baccalaureate Degree Profile.
As the instructor for the senior capstone course in political science, for example, Warner has been immersed for some time in two outcomes within the degree profile: namely, Creative Thinking and Inquiry-Based Thinking. It is no surprise, then, that Warner has chosen to feature these two outcomes as part of her fellowship portfolio.
Marshall faculty can expect numerous opportunities in the coming year to discuss what is meant by Creative Thinking or Inquiry-Based Thinking, what resources are available to facilitate these modes of thinking and acting, and how faculty across the disciplines can share intellectual responsibility for students’ growth in these areas.
Since her arrival at Marshall in 2002, Warner has won numerous awards, including the Pickens Queen Teacher Award (2004), The College of Liberal Arts Outstanding
Teaching Award (2004), and the Charles Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award (2011).
Warner received her Ph.D. in political science with a minor in women’s studies from Penn State in 2001.