Dr. Andrea L. Beach is the Director for Faculty Development and an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology at Western Michigan University, where she teaches in the Higher Education Leadership doctoral program. Her research centers on issues of organizational climate in universities, support of innovation in teaching and learning, and faculty development as an organizational change lever. She is co-author of Creating the Future of Faculty Development: Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present, and has published on the variation of faculty work, characteristics of the faculty development community, faculty development priorities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and faculty learning communities. She is currently PI and Co-PI on two NSF-funded projects that address change strategies in undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) instruction.
Jan Gabel-Goes is the Associate Director of the Office of Faculty Development, and Master Faculty Specialist in the Business Information Systems Department of the Haworth College of Business (HCoB). She has taught writing intensive courses for over 20 years. Her responsibilities are splitting her time between working at OFD, teaching Business Communication classes, and consulting in the Communication Center at HCoB.
Dr. Eli Collins-Brown is a faculty member in the Department of Medical Education in the School of Medicine and a fellow with WMU’s Office of Faculty Development. Eli has been working in higher education for over 14 years as an instructional designer, faculty developer, instructor, and administrator. Her focus has been on web-based, blended and online education, but over the years has branched into the improvement of teaching and learning environments and faculty development. Her work centers on creating effective and meaningful learning environments – with or without technology – through best practices and principles of instructional design, teaching, mentoring and professional and organizational development. She is on the board of the Professional and Organizational Development Network (podnetwork.org) and Core4Women.org, an online mentoring program for women in online education.
Sarah Cox is a full-time Doctoral Associate with the Office of Faculty Development. At WMU she is enrolled with the College of Education and Human Development pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership.
In the United States, she has taught both online and face-to-face undergraduate and graduate courses. Before becoming a full-time doctoral student Sarah worked for six years as the Director for Academic Services at a small Liberal Arts College in Michigan. Prior to coming to the U.S., Sarah was the Curriculum Manager for Widening Participation and Inclusion at a college in Cardiff, Wales, where she was a college leader in curriculum management and design, along with e-learning and technology integration. Her research interests are focused on faculty development and discourse analysis, with particular emphasis on the assumptive reinforcement of stereotyping through language relating to traditionally marginalized students.
Shana Wolstein is a graduate student pursuing her Masters in Educational Technology while working as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Faculty Development. She previously received her MFA in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in poetry, from Western Michigan University and worked as Instructional Designer in the Faculty Technology Center. Shana is interested in using social media, storytelling, and exploring other new technologies to foster online learning communities and create learner focused environments.
Jamie Gomez is a graduate student pursuing her Masters in Anthropology, while working as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Faculty Development. She previously received her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley State University with minors in Anthropology and Chemistry. Jamie is a dental anthropologist, who is interested in understanding racial, gender, and SES inequalities in dental health and disease in relation to biocultural factors.