The Institute for Faculty Development
The mission of the Institute for Faculty Development, in alignment with the University’s broader mission, is to promote a culture of informed, committed, engaged faculty through training, conferences, community building, and other resources.
The institute seeks to empower all faculty in their engagement with students, in their work with deans, chairs, and search committees. The Institute also seeks to recruit and retain talented and diverse faculty.
The Institute for Faculty Development is a research-based initiative to enhance existing interventions and provide culturally sensitive pedagogical training for faculty and fosters a climate for innovation in teaching and learning in a culturally responsive manner. It was launched by funding through the Department of Education’s strengthening Hispanic Serving Institution’s program (Title V grant award #P031S150199).
Dr. Bonni StachowiakDirector of the Institute for Faculty DevelopmentDirector of Teaching Excellence and Digital PedagogyAssociate Professor of Business and Management
One aspect of living out the institute’s mission is through the cultivating of innovative teaching approaches. The Educational Technology department’s mission is to support faculty in facilitating learning for students through the use of relevant technologies.
Dr. John SimInstructional Design CoordinatorAdjunct Professor of Religion
The Institute of Faculty Development’s Faculty Fellows program exists as a part of the broader efforts taking place through our Title V Grant (Award #P031S150199). This role provides coaching to faculty in the areas of culturally-responsive teaching, active learning, and educational technology.
Dr. Keisha LeeAssistant Professor of MathematicsAdjunct Professor of Liberal StudiesFaculty Fellow in the Institute for Faculty Development
Dr. Keisha Lee has been a dynamic educator leader for over 30 years with a diverse portfolio of experience in K-12 and higher education settings specializing in Mathematics, Adult Education, and Education Leadership with an emphasis in student success, curriculum design, and professional development. Since January 2018, Dr. Lee has served at Vanguard University in several roles with providing services for student success and recently serves as Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Faculty Fellow for Vanguard's Institute of Faculty Development. Dr. Lee has a passion for empowering STEM educators to deliver relevant, innovative curriculum for 21st-century generation learners, mentoring young adults, and inspiring non-traditional adults pursuing professional studies in the STEM and medical fields; Her purpose is to inspire all to realize their passion, define their purpose and reach their destiny.
Academic Research and Writing
The Academic Writing and Research Office exists to institutionalize, celebrate, expect, and fund faculty research as well as faculty-student collaborative Undergraduate Research at Vanguard. We believe that research and teaching are complementary in higher education, and that in order to be an effective learning community we must be engaged in up-to-date and relevant research to ensure that our students are receiving an education that is sensitive to their unique needs and provides a clear pathway to success.
We believe that research should be promoted at small colleges as part of the institution’s mission statement and formal departmental goals. Students, faculty and the institution benefit when a vibrant undergraduate research culture is an important part of the University’s identity.
The Academic Writing and Research Office facilitates research by not only providing students with research opportunities through the University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program but also by providing pre-award and post-award services to faculty pursuing funding to support their research and scholarly endeavors.