Faculty Fellows in the Coulter Faculty Commons

Using a research-based faculty development model that supports faculty leadership in their own development process, the CFC provides opportunities for faculty to serve as faculty fellows.  The role of faculty fellows supports the mission of Western Carolina University “to provide an environment in which students, faculty and staff jointly assume responsibility for learning.” Faculty Fellows help lead these joint responsibility efforts.  While such positions support specific initiatives, all faculty in these roles serve as the following:

  • Agents of change to promote and expand professional development to support policy and cultural change,
  • Promoters of faculty engagement with faculty development to provide the framework for the scholarship of teaching and learning as proposed by the Boyer Model,
  • Faculty leaders who support an administrative model where power and authority expand from the center of the organization to a broader base, promoting a consensus model in university leadership.
  • Leaders of peer review, support, and networking to cultivate a sense of community to improve teaching and enhance collaboration across disciplines.
  • Innovative leaders who recognize that all major faculty development initiatives begin in the classroom.

In addition, Faculty Fellows in their leadership roles enjoy a sense of professional satisfaction that can benefit their colleagues and their students.

Faculty Fellows 2009-2010

Senior  Fellow for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

This faculty fellow assists with the coordination of the SoTL initiative at WCU as well as WCU’s international participation in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Laura Cruz provides a faculty vision for the planning and development of SoTL events and the Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning and serves as the editor of  MountainRise, WCU’s international peer-reviewed journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In addition, she leads the Carnegie SoTL Team,  the SoTL Leadership Team and the SoTL Faculty Learning Community as well as the selection committee for the SoTL Grants program and SoTL Scholar. With the director, she also works with others across the state to promote SoTL.


Laura Cruz
Senior Fellow for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Faculty Fellow for Research Design

Tom Ford works with faculty to design research methodology and interpret data results.  This work may be one-on-one or in the form of workshops.  He is well versed applicants in research methodology and has a successful track record for research publication. He assists faculty with publication and coordinates the Faculty Writing Circle.

Tom Ford
Faculty Fellow for Research Design


Faculty Fellow for Publication

This fellow, Vera Guise,  serves as the voice of faculty in the publication and promotion of the Faculty Forum, a faculty-run publication.  This role involves soliciting and editing articles as well as soliciting responses to those articles. She networks with faculty to be aware of their issues and to solicit their needs and opinions. In addition, she edits the Faculty Forum wiki.


Vera Guise
Faculty Fellow for Publications


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