July 5, 2023

Purdue Global faculty earn national credential in teaching excellence

Faculty honored during celebration for commitment to student success

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Twenty-nine Purdue Global faculty members were honored during an online pinning ceremony May 30 for earning a nationally recognized teaching credential co-endorsed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education (ACE). Faculty demonstrated their commitment to student success by completing the 25-week-long course Effective Online Teaching Practices to equip themselves with the instructional skills shown to promote student motivation, learning and persistence.

 “By completing the ACUE certification, our Purdue Global faculty cohort has demonstrated an unwavering belief in the power of lifelong learning and professional growth. Their dedication serves as an excellent example of the Purdue Global commitment to continuous improvement of the teaching and learning experience,” said Judy Lewandowski, vice provost for adult teaching and learning.

 “The ACUE/ACE program is recognized as an exemplary national program for effective online teaching, and we are thrilled that our faculty are now adapting this learning to further enhance the success of Purdue Global students,” Provost Jon Harbor said. “As role models for all our instructors, these faculty are demonstrating their willingness to adapt to new challenges, explore innovative teaching methods and inspire others to evolve the educational landscape.”

The credentialed faculty members include:

  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Brian Danigole, Kristin Early, Salome Gonzalez, Carol Laman, Lynda Mitton, David White and Donna Yohman.
  • Concord Law School: Sheri Dennis and James Dodge.
  • School of Business and Information Technology: Nate Boyer, Carol T. Edwards, Laurie Hopkins, Stefanie Litz and Stanley Self.
  • School of Multidisciplinary and Professional Studies: Peg Hohensee, Jacob Kaltenbach, Jessica Love, Christine O’Neal, Catherine Rice, Julie Torres-Roman and Sara Wink.
  • School of Health Sciences: Charles Daniel, Nicole Heim and Sriya Krishnamoorthy.
  • School of Nursing: Cathy Black, Lisa Chapman, Amy Daly, Julie Grissom and Andrea Hughes.

To earn their certification, faculty members completed a course that requires them to learn about and implement new evidence-based teaching practices in their courses and reflect on the experience. Aligned with the latest research in cognition and adult learning, ACUE’s courses address over 200 evidence-based teaching practices, covering how to design an effective course, establish a productive learning environment, use active-learning techniques, promote higher-order thinking, and utilize assessments to inform instruction and promote learning.

Faculty will continue to learn about pedagogy and receive career-long support through ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice, which provides access to member forums, expert webinars, biweekly newsletters, the “Q” blog and “office hours” with leading scholars in college instruction.

About Purdue Global

Purdue Global is Purdue’s online university for working adults who have life experience and often some college credits. It offers flexible paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, military service and previous college credits, no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and backed by Purdue University. For more information, visit https://stories.purdue.edu/purdue-global/.

About ACUE

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) is on a mission to accelerate student success, belonging, and equity through quality instruction. In partnership with colleges, universities, higher education systems and associations, ACUE prepares and credentials faculty in the evidence-based teaching practices that lead to higher retention and achievement, deeper learning, and closed equity gaps. Numerous and independently validated studies confirm that students are more engaged, learn more, and complete courses in greater numbers — more equitably with their peers — when taught by ACUE Certified faculty. ACUE’s online, cohort-based credentialing programs are delivered through institutional partnerships and open enrollment courses endorsed by the American Council on Education.

Purdue Global media contact: Matthew Oates, 765-496-6160, oatesw@purdue.edu; @mo_oates

ACUE media contact: Julie Candio Sekel, 201-694-6180, jcandiosekel@acue.org

Sources: Judy Lewandowski, Jon Harbor

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