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WMU names first medical school faculty member

by Jeanne Baron

Dec. 21, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Eli Collins-Brown.
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has announced the appointment of Dr. Eli Collins-Brown as a faculty member in the department of medical education, making her the first faculty member for its School of Medicine that will open in fall 2014.

Collins-Brown, whose appointment was effective Dec. 5, has worked in higher education for more than 14 years as an instructional designer, faculty developer, instructor and administrator.

Leading up to the medical school opening, she will be facilitating curriculum development and implementation through collaborative partnerships with WMU's faculty, students and medical residents. This work will emphasize building a curriculum that incorporates newer learning technologies as well as innovative teaching approaches that enhance learning.

Additionally, Collins-Brown will be consulting with and training faculty members to advance learning across the continuum of medical education, working with faculty members to strengthen and develop their teaching skills, and lending her expertise in the areas of policies and procedures, evaluation and measurement, educational scholarship, and academic portfolio development. She also will work with the WMU Office of Faculty Development to develop programming for part-time faculty members as well as graduate teaching assistants.

Collins-Brown had been at the Methodist College of Nursing in Peoria, Ill., since 2006, most recently serving as dean of educational technology and faculty development. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked for various institutions designing online courses and curricula.

She received a doctoral degree in education from Illinois State University, a master's degree in education from Texas Christian University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Northwood University. Her husband, George H. Brown, will be joining WMU's administration in June as the associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

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