After a collegewide search, we are proud to announce that Claudine Bentham has been selected to serve as the next faculty director of the Teaching/Learning Academy (TLA).
Celine Kavalec, who is currently serving in this highly impactful role, has decided to return to the classroom after 18 years of involvement with the Teaching/Learning Academy, including eight years as director.
Claudine will begin in the position starting spring term and will be working hand-in-hand with Celine, the TLA team and the leadership with the Teaching and Learning division to prepare for the transition. She will fully assume the responsibilities of the faculty director of the Teaching/Learning Academy in summer 2019.
Currently, Claudine serves as the faculty development faculty fellow, where she creates new ways to inspire faculty to reach students at the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation on West Campus.
Claudine shared that her goal as a faculty fellow was to contribute to strengthening the learning community by convening faculty members to share with their peers, engaging in robust communication via newsletters and lunch-and-learn sessions, along with giving instructional activity demonstrations.
Claudine, who has spent more than 15 years as an educator at the middle school and college levels, joined Valencia in 2008 as an adjunct professor at the Winter Park Campus, and in 2009, she began working full time at both West and Winter Park Campuses. In 2011, she served as a LifeMap mentor, and in 2014 was awarded tenure as a professor of reading. She is involved in the CARE (Continuous Assessment and Responsive Engagement) initiative and with a few redesign teams including LinC, Teaching in Our Learning College and Learning Partners (formerly known as Peer Observation).
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of New Rochelle, a Master in Education with a specialization in reading and literacy at Walden University and a doctoral degree in higher education and policy studies from the University of Central Florida.
Please join us in congratulating Claudine and welcoming her to this new role in our division and the College.
We would also like to thank the members of the search committee: Stanton Reed, professor, business/accounting; Roberta Carew, professor, mathematics; Jocelyn Morales, counselor; Karene Best, librarian; April Raneri, professor, speech; Marcelle Wycha, professor, English; Carin Gordon, dean, business, information technology and public service; and Bob Gessner, dean, science.