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Meet the HUB Co-Directors

In an effort to further our shared mission of fostering student success across the state, the Belk Center, Achieving the Dream (ATD) and the NC Student Success Center are leveraging our considerable technical expertise to support full and part-time faculty and staff educators from North Carolina community colleges in their efforts to build equity in learning and student success through Teaching and Learning Hubs. The collaborative work began in 2019 with Teaching and Learning case studies at six community colleges; the findings were used in the development of the Hubs.

Offering in-person, virtual, and hybrid workshops and seminars, the Teaching and Learning Hubs will help faculty learn about, adopt, test and scale the evidence-based strategies that have increased equitable student success outcomes across the nation. As highly engaged faculty, the Co-Directors in these first two Hubs will play a critical role in shaping the Hub’s content by providing insight from affiliate colleges’ faculty. Support from the System Office and their college provides 50% release time for each Co-Director.

Central Hub

Central Hub affiliate colleges are: Alamance, Edgecombe, Fayetteville Tech, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Piedmont, Pitt, Sandhills, Vance-Granville, Wake Tech, Wayne, Wilson

Central Hub Co-Directors

Marye Vance

Current Institution: Durham Tech
Years Teaching: 17 years
Courses Recently Taught: Taught: Early Childhood Education, Human Resource Development
What excites you about the upcoming year?: Learning how to enhance professional learning opportunities to colleagues from the T&L Hub; meeting new colleagues who are grounded and committed to expanding these opportunities across our state. Hopeful to gain new knowledge, concepts, establish strong partnerships with other T&L Hub Co-Directors and professionals connected to the work of professional learning.

 

Blake Whitley

Current Institution: Central Carolina
Years Teaching: 13 years
Courses Recently Taught: MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 271, MAT 152
The Teaching & Learning Hubs will be a new concept for many faculty. What would you say to faculty who are hesitant about engaging with the Hubs? It’s a new concept to me too, but I’m excited to learn together because I truly believe there are things we can all learn that will make a huge difference in the lives of our students.

East Hub

East Hub affiliate colleges are: Bladen, Brunswick, Cape Fear, Coastal Carolina, Craven, James Sprunt, Pamlico, Robeson, Sampson, and Southeastern.

East Hub Co-Directors

Rebecca Lanier

Current Institution: Carteret Community College
Years Teaching: 20 years
Courses Recently Taught: Business, IT, Web, OST
What excites you about the upcoming year? I am looking forward to working with fellow faculty to find out what their needs are regarding professional development and help them meet those needs.

 

Kelly Sorenson

Current Institution: Lenoir Community College
Years Teaching: 18 years
Courses Recently Taught: ENG 001 to ENG 231
What would you like fellow faculty to learn or experience during the upcoming academic year? I hope that faculty gain improved confidence in using new technologies, improved understanding of ways to assist struggling students, and improved awareness of the need for self-growth and self-care.

 

Upcoming East Hub Events

Piedmont Hub

Piedmont Hub affiliate colleges are: Central Piedmont, GTCC, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan-Cabarrus, South Piedmont, and Stanly

Piedmont Hub Co-Directors

Grant Joliff

Current Institution: Davidson-Davie
Years Teaching: 7 years
Courses Recently Taught: ENG 111, ENG 112, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 242
What excites you about the upcoming year? I am hopeful for more meaningful engagement in professional learning across campus and across institutions.

 

 

Dr. Kristin Redfield

Current Institution: Forsyth Tech
Years Teaching: 25 years
Courses Recently Taught: ENG 110, ENG 111, ENG 112, ENG 114, ENG 115, ENG 231, HUM 120, HUM 220
The Teaching & Learning Hubs will be a new concept for many faculty. What would you say to faculty who are hesitant about engaging with the Hubs?  I think one of the things I would say to them is to trust the process and try to work with us. Give us a chance. It may take time to feel comfortable, and we all need to be patient in the meantime. I want this Hub to be “our” Hub, collectively. Please let us know what your teaching goals and PD goals are, and what you want us to help provide you training for. We will do our best to consider those things as we schedule training.

West Hub

West Hub affiliate colleges are: AB Tech, Blue Ridge, Caldwell, Cleveland, Gaston, Haywood, Isothermal, Mayland, McDowell Tech, Mitchell, Southwestern, Surry, Tri-County, and Western Piedmont.

West Hub Co-Directors

Dr. Elizabeth Braun

Current Institution: Catawba Valley Community College
Years Teaching: 23 years
Courses Recently Taught: ENG 001 to ENG 112
What would you like fellow faculty to learn or experience during the upcoming academic year? Educators have long been left behind when it comes to being seen as professionals. The Teaching and Learning Hubs will offer us the opportunity to engage not just as professionals, but as practitioners. Educators are involved in a practice, and the teaching and learning hubs exist to strengthen and enhance that practice.

 

Dr. Natasha Harris

Current Institution: Wilkes Community College
Years Teaching: 13 years
Courses Recently Taught: Personal Health and Wellness; Fit and Well for Life
What excites you about the upcoming year? I am excited to be able to share professional
development opportunities and resources with fellow faculty through the Teaching & Learning Hubs. I believe this will be a wonderful opportunity for faculty to receive training and support as well as collaborate with colleagues from other colleges.

Upcoming West Hub Events