In support of the University Mission, the SCU Center for Faculty Development & Excellence identifies, designs, develops and implements programs and services that address all the training needs of our faculty members with regards to technology, andragogy, and active learning. CFDE also supports and leads the instructional design and curriculum design aspects of our academic infrastructure.
Cultivating a student-success focused and sustainable academic culture where faculty have the time and tools for reflection and assessment and easy access to teaching resources. CFDE will do this by:
Vincent Wiggins, EdD
Director of Faculty Development
& Curriculum Management
Associate Vice President
of Online Education
Selom Assignon, PhD
(Canvas and Examsoft)
Scott Standifer, PhD
Previous Pre-Term Trainings
Quality Matters Certified Courses
The following SCU faculty courses have successfully met Quality Matters rigorous set of standards to be identified as Quality Matters certified courses. This acknowledgement is awarded by a global organization leading in quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. Congratulations to the following faculty in achieving this accomplishment.
SCU offers QM workshops to faculty as part of faculty professional development. Click on this link to learn more.
Faculty Mentoring Program
Join the Faculty Mentoring program to collaborate with your colleagues as an educator in higher education. Click on this link to learn more.
CFDE offers the opportunity for faculty to engage with other colleagues to share resources and discuss engaging topics. Click on this link to enroll.
CFDE offers resources to support faculty in teaching and course design. Below are the resources that are available to SCU faculty. If you do not see a resource that you would like provided, please email email@example.com.
New Faculty Onboarding Training is scheduled on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. New faculty will receive an invitation to attend the required training. In addition, faculty are required to complete the CFDE Faculty Onboarding Self-Paced course located. Please contact us if you need additional information about CFDE resources and assistance with enrolling in the self-paced course.
Quality Matters is an internationally recognized program with broad appeal. QM professional development provides education professionals with many opportunities to gain and strengthen skills that enhance their professional abilities. QM courses that lead to certified roles such as QM-Certified Reviewer can help individuals stand out professionally and get compensated for QM peer review projects. QM-Certified roles get noticed on resumés and LinkedIn profiles. For additional information about Quality Matters click on this link or go to www.qualitymatters.org.
How to Register for Quality Matters?
Click on this link to download instructions to register for approved QM workshops and get a list of approved Quality Matter workshops for SCU faculty.
Theory into Practice:
There are several learning theories that can support you as an educator and a subject matter expert in your discipline. Below are three of the major theories in learning.
Click on this link to learn more about the theories in learning. (go to https://scu.sharepoint.com/sites/CFDE/SitePages/Teaching-and-Learning-Resources.aspx)
Quality Matters Course:
Learn how to apply different learning theories that include andragogy, pedagogy, and heutagogy into your own teaching practices. SCU is a member of Quality Matters that offers the following course related to putting theory into your own teaching practices.
Link to QM workshop to link Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies. (https://www.qualitymatters.org/professional-development/toc/connect-theory-to-strategy)
CFDE assists faculty in effective teaching and course design strategies for increasing engagement, improving assessment, and supporting student learning.
CFDE, in collaboration with SCU course designers, helps faculty and program directors apply instructional design principles and best practices in course preparation.
CFDE provides complimentary individual consultations related to course design and instructional professional development that supports any SCU faculty.
CFDE provides customized workshops for academic departments related to specific departmental instructional requirements, delivery modes, and alignment of courses to program learning outcomes.
CFDE offers and organizes Faculty Online Learning Communities to support flexible virtual communities for faculty to engage in topics related to theory into practice, share best practices, understand industry trends, discuss innovative teaching, and other topics related to educators in higher education. Join our community by clicking below to be directed to our Microsoft Teams page working group.
SCU faculty onboarding program is available to new and junior faculty. The process starts within the first week of the semester when all faculty have finished the pre-hire process and are going through their orientation.
Senior faculty are encouraged to participate in the Faculty Mentoring Program and select at least one new or junior faculty member to mentee for at least one year. The Faculty Mentoring program also offers the option for co-mentoring or group mentoring.
You can sign up to participate in the Faculty Mentoring Program using the form below.
SCU’s industry leading faculty provide a rigorous program for students to gain the knowledge and experience needed to be practice ready. Learn about and with our colleagues who are subject matter experts in supporting students’ academic success. SCU’s faculty approach is aligned with SCU’s Interprofessional Education curriculum framework which is tied to the achievement of outcomes in key areas that reflect SCU’s commitment to health equity: patient care, health systems, population health, and underserved communities. CFDE celebrate these efforts by spotlighting our impressive faculty.
Thank you, faculty, for your commitment to student’s academic success.
The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence is always looking for faculty or staff who are utilizing technology resources in innovative ways to engage and support our students. Please use the form below to submit a nomination for next term’s faculty member spotlight.
The Faculty Development Advisory Council formalizes and facilitates engagement between the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) and faculty so that Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) may provide appropriate and intentional support to faculty for the continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
The Council advocates for the advancement of best practices in course design, educational technology, application of learning theories (pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy), faculty mentoring, and interprofessional education.
Amber McCallum, DC
FSTT Faculty Lead
Melinda Turner, DC, DHPE
S. Prasad Vinjamury, DACM, MPH
Assistant Program Director – Eastern Medicine
University Faculty – Occupational Therapy
Sonya Earley, EdD, MA, PA-C, CDCES
MSPA Principal Faculty – Physician Assistant
Vincent Wiggins, EdD
Xavier Ortiz Ramirez, DC, CME, IIE
SCU Health Faculty – Chiropractic