Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation Welcomes New Leadership

Left to right: Claudine Bentham and Sally Leslie

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

East Campus is pleased to welcome two new leaders as a part of the Teaching and Learning team. Sally Leslie, the new campus director of faculty and instructional development for the East and Winter Park Campuses and the School of Public Safety, and Claudine Bentham, faculty director of the Teaching/Learning Academy (TLA). Both will be housed in the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) in Building 4 on East Campus.

Sally joined Valencia in 2016 as a coordinator, employee development: her diverse experiences prior to Valencia College as an English and drama teacher and director of institutional effectiveness led her to become an integral part of the Employee Development team.

Sally’s role as a connector of people, projects and progress, all while promoting an environment of inclusive excellence led her to this position. “Ever since I started teaching in 1996, I’ve always sought to build bridges between students and their futures, faculty with students and deans with faculty,” Sally shared. “This new opportunity allows me to do all of these and I am thrilled to serve Valencia in doing something that I love.”

Claudine Bentham took the reins as the leader of the Teaching/Learning Academy in June 2019. She joined Valencia College in 2008 as an adjunct professor at the Winter Park Campus. One year later, she began working full time at both West and Winter Park Campuses. She has served as a LifeMap mentor, was involved in the CARE initiative, and most recently, became a faculty development faculty fellow.

The Faculty and Instructional Development team can assist faculty members in enhancing their professional practices and developing new and innovative strategies that result in active student learning. The CTLI is a place where professional development, collaboration, innovation and scholarship contribute to the greater success of our students, faculty and community by providing faculty support in:

  • Curriculum and Course Design
  • Online Learning Management System (Canvas)
  • Learning-centered Assessment and Activities
  • Instructional Technologies

Valencia’s specific faculty programs are:

Associate Faculty Certification – This certification supports faculty members in their ongoing commitment to the enhancement of their knowledge, skills and abilities that lead to student learning and academic success; and is Valencia’s way of annually recognizing and rewarding part-time faculty members who take advantage of Valencia’s professional development activities.

Digital Professor Certification – This certification requires completion of 20 hours of professional development in the areas of pedagogy and technology in online/mixed-mode teaching and learning.

LifeMap Certification – Designed to support all faculty members, full-time and part-time, as they expand their knowledge and integration of LifeMap and College Success Skills with the goal of enhancing student learning. To attain this certification, faculty will complete 32 hours of foundational courses and four hours of electives.

Active Learning Certification – This certification is designed to support part-time and full-time faculty in transforming students from passive listeners to active learners while improving learning and deepening understanding. Faculty are able to earn this certification during the evening, on the weekend and on multiple campuses. At least 36 PD hours of both required and are needed to earn the certification.

ROC Consultations – This program supports faculty as they develop, redesign and deliver quality online courses that improve the online student learning experience; it is designed for the purpose of continuous improvement of quality online learning. Additionally, it supports peer and dean review of quality online course design and delivery.

To learn more about these programs, click here, or contact Sally Leslie at or 407-582-2000, extension 5142.

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