By Dani Moritz-Long
Unexpectedly homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, West Campus Director of Faculty and Instructional Development Dori Haggerty knows all too well the power of perseverance and the support of others.
“It has been 12 years since the storm,” she said, “and I am grateful to call Orlando and Valencia College home.”
Here, she found a support network through family, friends and, thanks to Valencia, colleagues (many of whom have since become friends). She’s also found professional happiness, as she describes her position at Valencia as the best position anyone could have.
“Every day, I get the opportunity to make a difference in a faculty member’s life and, subsequently, a student’s life by sharing effective teaching/learning strategies and supporting faculty course design needs,” she said. “In addition, I have the great fortune of leading a phenomenal Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) team who provides support and partnership for all faculty as they develop in the Essential Competencies at Valencia.”
Throughout her tenure at the College, Dori has spearheaded an impressive array of work — from co-leading the Part-time Faculty Engagement Strategic Plan execution to helping launch the newly remodeled West Campus CTLI space, which will host a grand re-opening ceremony on Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13.
Most importantly, she says, she’s built enduring relationships with Valencia’s incredible faculty, staff and leadership.
“Valencia truly is a unique place,” she said. “I am inspired daily by the commitment and dedication of everyone, regardless of position, to student learning and success. Faculty care deeply about their students and about developing themselves to increase student engagement and learning in their courses. In fact, out of the faculty’s desire to engage students more actively in the learning process grew the new Active Learning Certification launching this month. It was thrilling to support the design and development of this exciting work as new partnerships with faculty were created along the way.”
In her free time, you can find Dori traveling with her family, working out at The Bar Method Studio (Dori encourages you to ask her about her experiences), bike riding the Pacific coast with her daughter and walking her Weimaraners, Jax and Emma.
Dori has a Bachelor of Science in biology education from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans and a Master of Arts in science teaching and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans.
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