Monthly Archives: August 2020

Updated Details on High Impact Practices and Faculty Incentive Plans

Thursday, August, 27, 2020

As you’re thinking about creating high impact learning experiences for your students, consider participating in LCTS1214: Introduction to Infusing Evidence-based, High Impact Practices, which introduces the concepts of evidence-based, high impact practices (HIP) and provides an opportunity to explore and share strategies for curriculum infusion.

If you are a full-time faculty member planning to complete the High Impact Practices (HIP) portion of the Faculty Incentive Plan or a part-time faculty member interested in doing an action research-based independent study, the following additional courses are designed to support you:

As part of the HIP plan, Faculty Development also offers the Faculty Incentive Plan (FIP). This is a compensation enhancement designed for annually appointed, tenured and tenure-track faculty members. FIP is conducted in a two-year cycle and has two components, the High Impact Practices Plan ($1,000) and the Professional Development Plan (Level 1 $750 or Level 2 $1,500). Participation in the FIP is voluntary and faculty members may participate in one or both components.


The Faculty Incentive Plan (FIP) began Monday, July 1, 2019, and ends on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 (two-year cycle conducted in odd years).

If you are newly eligible for the FIP as of spring/summer 2019, please reach out to your dean and campus director of faculty and instructional development to determine if an alternate set of dates/deadlines apply.

The last date day for faculty members to submit the High Impact Practices Plan Proposal and/or Professional Development Plan in the Faculty Incentive Plan Tool has been extended to Sunday, November 15, 2020. 

For detailed information on the Faculty Incentive Plan, please visit the FIP webpage.

If you would like to discuss your plan, please reach out to your campus directors of faculty and instructional development:

Shara Lee – Osceola Campus, Lake Nona Campus and Poinciana Campus
407-299-5000, extension 4723

Dori Haggerty – West Campus and Downtown Campus
407-299-5000, extension 1051

Sally Leslie – East Campus, Winter Park Campus and School of Public Safety
407-299-5000, extension 5142

Monthly Archives: August 2020

2019-2020 Faculty Certifications Earned at Valencia College

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A Message from Wendi Dew, Assistant Vice President, Teaching and Learning

During the 2019 – 2020 academic year, 1,054 faculty members earned 1,238 certifications within one or more of the faculty development programs, including Associate FacultyDigital ProfessorLifeMapStudy Abroad Program Leader, Active Learning  and Peace and Justice Practitioner.

From all of us in Faculty Development, to all of you, congratulations on achieving this important milestone.

To view a list of recipients, select the links below:

To learn more about Faculty Development programs and courses, view the Faculty Development webpage. For assistance, contact any member of the faculty development team on your campus, located in the Centers for Teaching/Learning Innovation.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Faculty Governance Update — August 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A Message from Stanton Reed, Past President and Interim President, Collegewide Faculty Association

With encouragement and excitement, I’d like to welcome each and every one of you to the 2020-2021 academic year. Whether you’re teaching virtually or on campus, I am cheering you on.

As you may recall from my update last month, our new Faculty Association President Patrick Bartee is facing a health difficulty that will be deeply challenging to him for the next six months. Although his long-term prognosis is excellent, he is currently focusing his energy and concentration on healing. To assist Patrick until his return, in addition to my role as past president, I will serve as interim president of the association as well. I’ve been talking regularly with Patrick, and he can’t wait to serve the College as association president this spring. In the meantime, please keep Patrick in your thoughts and send healing energy his way.

During my official year as association president, 2019-2020, I shared my mission for encouraging self-care, fostering personal connection and encouraging empathy for our students and each other. While not everyone could participate, I believe those that did found the experience valuable.

This year, I’d like for all of our faculty to build on this theme. As I introduced during last week’s Academic Assembly, I offer you a new challenge — the SAGE challenge: 

Think of yourself as a SAGE — a profoundly wise and virtuous person. And, as you work to inspire our students and encourage their learning journey, please remember to be selfless and accountable, while offering grace and empathy. And I hope that you will give your fellow faculty members the same.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Sandy’s major announcement during our Academic Assembly regarding his retirement. We all know him to be a committed and passionate leader. Sandy continues to challenge us to confront societal issues that impact us all. As we continue to grapple with racial inequity and injustice, I ask for a moment of silence/respect for Jacob Blake, his children and his family. If you are unfamiliar with his story please click this link. Racial inequity is a messy issue. I will, with many of you, look for ways for Valencia to make meaningful and tangible change that reflects our high values. We appreciate Sandy’s leadership and his “leaning in” for racial equity at Valencia. Please look forward to more information regarding Sandy’s transition as well as the process of naming our new president.

We continue to adapt to a “new normal.” As always, we will thrive through this, together. Keep one another encouraged. If you have any questions or just need to talk, please contact me at or 407-299-5000, extension 4224. Or, you may contact President-elect Michael Robbins at or 407-299-5000, extension 6103.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Faculty Highlight: Emily Elrod Brings Budgeting and Responsibility to Her Math Class

Thursday, August 27, 2020

By Claudia Zequeira

Emily Elrod, professor, mathematics​, has a way to bring the real world into her Math for the Liberal Arts (MGF 1107) course through the use of an exercise involving budgeting.

“In the project, the students are given a fake family that is representative of many real-life families,” said Emily. “I have several of these mock families that I rotate from semester to semester, but in each case, what the students come to find out is the family is living beyond their means. It then becomes the student’s task to help the family get out of the financial mess they are in.”

First, the students review a file where the family has provided financial information such as salary, deductions, loan information, bills, credit score, financial goals, and even some extraneous information (as often is the case in real life). They then enter all the relevant values into an Excel file with built-in formulas for a monthly budget, ultimately learning the family is overspending. The students are then asked to create a new budget; one which balances the family’s goals but also keeps them from going further into debt.

“They are required to submit both the original budget, as well as their suggested new budget with a written explanation as to the realistic nature of their adjustments, which often requires a bit of research on the student’s part,” said Emily.

The second part of the project involves a discussion of their realistic adjustments.

“This presents a great peer-to-peer learning opportunity since each student’s suggested budget is different,” said Emily. “Students share one unique recommendation from their suggested budget and then comment on one of their classmates’ posts with a respectful and substantial reply. They can agree or disagree with their classmate but must do so tactfully and include their reasoning.”

In part three, students must submit a reflection where they are asked to discuss both their personal impressions of the mock family’s situation and how this project might impact their own financial future.

“Often students indicate that, in the beginning, they were apprehensive about doing a project in a math class and that creating a budget seemed like a daunting task,” said Emily. “But after completing it, they realized that although it took some time and effort, they learned quite a bit from the experience and were grateful to learn something they felt would benefit them beyond the classroom.”

Emily added many of her students have asked to take the Excel file provided and modified it to their own personal lives.

“Ultimately, my goal in incorporating this project is two-fold: help students to realize that math is ubiquitous and the importance of thoughtful management of personal finances. Based on the majority of the feedback from my students, I believe this project does just that.”

Do you know a faculty member doing great work? Or, perhaps you’d like to share the work you’re doing? Send the colleague’s (or your) name to us at and include Faculty Highlight Nomination in the subject line of your email. We might just feature your colleague (or you) as an upcoming Faculty Highlight.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Meet Our New TLA Facilitators

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A Message from Claudine Bentham, Faculty Director, Teaching/Learning Academy

Meet our new Teaching and Learning Academy facilitators, who will focus on supporting our new faculty members in their professional development, including assisting them in their understanding of the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator and developing their Individualized Learning Plans.

Lauren Gibson, Professor, English

Lauren Gibson started at Valencia in 2013 as a part-time faculty member after finishing graduate school at Florida State University. She was hired full time in 2015, teaching Freshman Composition I and II, Developmental Reading and Writing, and Introduction to Literature.

In her work at the College, she has developed a passion for working with faculty as faculty senate representative for the West Campus Communications division, organizing the West Campus Reading Initiative and the Orange County Jail book drive, co-teaching humanities in a cohort of professors in the First 30 Mega Link and will serve as the vice president/president elect of the West Campus Faculty Senate in 2020-21.

In her training with the Digital Professor Certification, the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC) Review Panel and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative, Lauren fosters a love for technological collaboration with her peers, a skill that has proven instrumental during this period of digital teaching courtesy of the pandemic. She is also an active member of the Peace and Justice Institute, facilitating workshops on gender bias in the media and stress relaxation techniques.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her two-year-old and family, watching Marvel movies and reading “The Little Blue Truck” (for the millionth time). These roles have fostered Lauren’s love for engaging with faculty across divisions and campuses and sparked her passion for working with incoming and current tenure-track faculty. She is excited to join the TLA team.

Stephanie Kokaisel, Professor, Mathematics

Stephanie Kokaisel has been teaching mathematics classes at Valencia since 2009. She obtained a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Central Florida in 2011 and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Before working for Valencia College, she taught high school for three years.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Stephanie has two children, a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. Stephanie and her family enjoy going to theme parks, the Brevard Zoo and Chuck E. Cheese.

Stephanie earned her tenure at the Osceola Campus in 2018. She is looking forward to supporting her colleagues in the tenure process and to helping faculty with their ongoing development in the Essential Competencies.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

New APA Seventh Edition Modules Now Available in Canvas

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Valencia librarians have launched a series of American Psychological Association (APA) Seventh Edition modules in Canvas. These modules can be used by instructors as a supplement in any course that requires students to write assignments in APA style.

APA format is the official style of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is often used to cite sources in psychology, education and the social sciences.

Using the scaffolding approach of adult learning theory, the modules support students as they utilize APA. Although our students may be familiar with Modern Language Association (MLA) style, they may need support with APA as well as an opportunity to experience discipline-appropriate examples.

To enrich the student experience, our APA series is broken into six progressive lessons:

  • Introduction to APA
  • What is Plagiarism?
  • Formatting an APA Essay
  • APA In-text Citations
  • APA Reference Citations
  • Tips on How to Paraphrase

Instructors may choose to assign the entire series or select a module that will best support their course requirements. Students who complete all six modules will earn the APA Superstar Track badge. The modules can be accessed in two ways:

  • Through the self-enroll Research Workshops Canvas course, which allows students to earn badges that can be submitted to their instructor as proof of completion.
  • By importing the selected module(s) into your Canvas course from the Canvas Commons (search for “Valencia College Library APA Series”).

The library team consisted of Librarians Nardia CumberbatchSarah Dockray and Devika Ramsingh, as well as Emerging Technology Librarian Ciara Hensley. The Paraphrasing module was written by Marilyn Curall, instructional lab assistant senior the Writing Center, in conjunction with the library.

A series on MLA use is currently in development. If you are interested in the development of new modules, please contact your liaison librarian.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Documentation of Online Course Attendance is Required

Thursday, August 27, 2020 

Federal financial aid regulations and Valencia College policy require faculty to document that students begin attending class at the start of each term, which is in keeping with our “Start Right” big idea.

In addition, Valencia policy states: “Professors shall keep attendance and grade records for all students enrolled in their classes and maintain those records for a period of three years.”

Documentation may include class attendance rosters, grade books and/or other records kept by the professor. State and federal financial aid auditors ask Valencia to provide this documentation as part of routine financial aid audits conducted annually.

We must have evidence that students began attending class before we provide any financial aid payments. To ensure compliance with this requirement, we need your assistance in the following ways:

  1. Take attendance the first week of each class to determine that the students on your class roll have attended the class at least once. To document attendance in online courses, ask students to participate in an “academically related activity” during the no-show period (see details below).
  2. Report any students who do not attend/complete an “academically related activity” during the first week or two of class by entering a “W” in the Final Grades function in Atlas during the No-Show period. The Fall 2020 term dates to enter the “W” for “No Show” students enrolled in Full-term courses are Tuesday, September 1 – Thursday, September 10, 2020. Please refer to the Important Dates and Deadlines Calendar for parts of term dates.

You can find information about this process by clicking on the “Faculty FAQ” link in the Faculty Support channel on the Faculty tab in Atlas. If the student never attended, the date of withdrawal you should enter is the first day of classes.

For more information on Program Integrity and Documentation of Online Course Attendance Background, click the button below.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Coming Soon; Assessment Leadership Teams

Thursday, August 27, 2020

With the start of fall classes, there is another start — the Learning Outcomes Assessment cycle. Focused on equity-minded assessment and designed with flexibility in mind, the new model fits well with our current circumstances. Faculty and deans will begin convening collegewide collaborative Zoom meetings in September. Each discipline or program will have an Assessment Leadership Team (ALT) made up of in-discipline faculty leads, a faculty fellow, a faculty developer/instructional designer, and other relevant consultants. ALTs will initiate the review of course outlines and then lead the development of the assessment and improvement plans in collaborative Canvas spaces.  

Faculty fellows for data and assessment were selected to be strong supports for equity-minded assessment, data disaggregation and interpretation, and engaging students in the assessment process.

Congratulations to the community of faculty serving in these roles:

  • Kristin Abel, professor, theater technology, East Campus
  • Amy Comerford, professor, mathematics, West Campus
  • Anthony Dixon, professor, mathematics, East Campus
  • Diane Gomez, professor, Nursing, West Campus
  • Laura Magness, professor, psychology, Osceola Campus
  • Upasana Santra, professor, mathematics, Winter Park Campus
  • Natali Shulterbrondt, counselor, Osceola Campus
  • Doreen Watson, professor, sociology, West Campus

The Assessment Coordinating Committee (ACC) has been meeting since June 2020 to guide the new Program Learning Outcomes Assessment (PLOA) Model which was developed by the PLOA Model Design team, revised in response to campus forums, confirmed by faculty at the PLOA Summit in January and endorsed by Learning Council. The ACC coordinates the learning outcomes assessment cycle, oversees all assessment plans and promotes interdisciplinary discussions to make assessment a more collaborative process.

Included on the ACC are a diverse group of faculty, deans and staff including:

  • Co–chair – Nichole Jackson, director, learning assessment
  • Faculty Co–chair – Lisa Macon, professor, software development
  • Faculty Co–chair – Daniel ‘Chip’ Turner, faculty, New Student Experience
  • Career and Technical Education Faculty – Kristin Abel, professor, theater technology
  • Career and Technical Education Faculty – Veeramuthu Rajaravivarma, professor, electronic engineering technology
  • Career and Technical Education Faculty – Craig Rapp, professor, hospitality and tourism
  • Career and Technical Education/General Education Faculty – Edie Gaythwaite, professor, speech
  • General Education Faculty – Tim Grogan, professor, biology
  • Gen Ed Faculty – Kinyel Ragland, professor, political science
  • Librarian – Nardia Cumberbatch, librarian
  • Dean of Students – Edna Jones Miller, dean of students
  • Dean Representing Career and Technical Education – Jennifer Robertson, executive dean
  • Dean Representing General Education – Keri Siler, dean, mathematics
  • Dean of Academic Affairs – Marlene Temes, interim dean, academic affairs
  • Prior Faculty Co–chair – John Niss, interim executive dean
  • Teaching and Learning – Dori Haggerty, campus director, faculty and instructional development
  • Institutional Research – Donna Payne, institutional research analyst
  • Curriculum and Articulation – Cheryl Robinson, director, curriculum and articulation
  • Institutional Effectiveness – Darren Smith, director, institutional effectiveness
  • Ex Officio – Daryl Davis, assistant vice president, analytics and reporting
  • Ex Officio – Wendi Dew, assistant vice president, teaching and learning
  • Ex Officio – Nasser Hedayat, assistant vice president, career and workforce education

The ACC is grounding the work in the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)’s publication “A new decade for assessment: Embedding equity into assessment praxis.” Edna Jones Miller, ACC dean representative, pointed to the question of who needs representation in assessment: “The perspectives we include in assessment and decisions of who has a voice at the table privileges certain ways of knowing while potentially oppressing those who are not represented” (p. 8). Nardia Cumberbatch, ACC faculty representative, emphasized the effects equity–minded practices have on student success: “The point raised in social justice-focused assessment is that ‘cultural and social differences influence whether and how students perform academically and socially at their institution’” (p. 8).

Faculty and deans can expect development opportunities throughout the year to support equity-minded assessment highlighting the writing of equity-minded learning outcomes, engaging the student voice and using data to inform the changes made.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Resources Available for Building and Revising Your Courses

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Teaching and Learning team is available to support faculty as they build and revise courses as well as develop their individualized professional development plans. In addition to division-level faculty developer/instructional designer liaisons, the following resources are available for individualized support:

One-to-one Pairings with a Faculty Developer/Instructional Designer

Faculty developers/instructional designers reached out to faculty new to Valencia and those new to a modality to collaborate in consultation and assist in planning for ongoing professional development. We continued to foster relationships through the spring and summer with faculty who completed their Digital Professor certification this summer as well as those engaged in the course peer review process.

Canvas Resources

Additionally, visit the Canvas Resources webpage for tutorials, Canvas updates, start-of-the-semester resources and accessibility tools.

The Teaching and Learning team has a general support form available for just in time support regarding Canvas and online course tools.

Campus-based Faculty Fellows for Online Learning Excellence 

Faculty fellows are available to support faculty engaged in the Course Peer Review Process and to answer questions regarding the Rubric for Online Competencies and the peer review process.

Contact your campus representative at:

East Campus
Liza Schellpfeffer, professor speech, or 407-299-5000, extension 2731
Karen Styles, professor, humanities, or 407-299-5000, extension 2232

Lake Nona Campus
LaVonda Walker-McKnight, faculty, New Student Experience, or 407-299-5000, extension 7417

Osceola Campus
Rick Dexter, professor, biology, or 407-299-5000, extension 4973

Winter Park Campus
Upasana Santra, professor mathematics, or 407-299-5000, extension 6859

West and Downtown Campuses
Daniel “Chip” Turner, faculty, New Student Experience, or 407-299-5000, extension 5674

For questions regarding online course support or the course peer review process, please contact Geni Wright at or 407-299-5000, extension 3005.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Learning Council Seeks Additional Faculty Representatives

Thursday, August 27, 2020

During the Learning Council’s July meeting, focused entirely on racial equity, members called attention to the composition of the Learning Council itself, particularly the lack of racial diversity among the current membership. This led to a broader discussion about membership, recalling determinations made in September 2018 regarding the Council’s size and composition. Members pointed out that the current roster only includes six faculty, whereas the decision had been made to include between four and 10 faculty members (including Faculty Association president and past president, one general education and one Associate in Science).

With all of this said, the Learning Council seeks additional faculty representatives. We encourage self-nominations via this Learning Council Nomination Form and encourage you to use the final question in the form to describe connections between your strengths, experiences and/or talents and two of the Council’s priorities for this academic year: advancing racial equity at the College and contributing to the Strategic Impact Plan planning process. Faculty Council will review submitted nominations and determine the faculty representatives.

The deadline to submit names for consideration is Tuesday, September 8, 2020, so that campus councils can discuss the nominations and be ready to finalize their decision at the end of September. This will also make it possible for the new faculty to participate in the October Learning Council meeting.