Dear Colleagues,

For the past two years Dr. Dan Rochowiak has served as the Director of the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC).  Dan served as a member of the committee that developed our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) on Collaborative Learning during our reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  Upon receiving approval to pursue collaborative learning as our QEP topic, Dan agreed to lead our initial implementation of the project.  Dan Rochowiak will retire this year after serving the University for 34 years.  While there will be time to fully recognize Dan and his achievements, we must begin the process of identifying our next CLC Director.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville developed the CLC in 2016 to implement the university’s QEP for our SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation.  The CLC director, in association with Collaborative Learning Advisory Council (CLAC), develops best practices in collaborative learning appropriate to the UAH student body and assists the university and its faculty in making collaborative learning an integral part of every student’s experience.  Through collaborative learning, our goal is to increase student engagement in the classroom; provide valuable enhancements in creativity, cooperation, and inquiry-based learning; and meet the needs of future employers.  Equally important, collaborative learning connects students to each other and to UAH, a change that we firmly believe will increase the chance of success for all UAH students.

At this time, the scope of the CLC and the work of the CLC director is broadening to support faculty development and promote innovative teaching. While still focused on assisting faculty members with developing and implementing collaborative learning in their classroom, the director will engage in a wider range faculty teaching development activities by assisting faculty members with developing their teaching expertise and with learning new and innovative teaching practices, strategies, and techniques.  The overall goal is to improve student learning outcomes, the student learning environment, and student retention and persistence through more effective and student-centered teaching. 

This internal search for the CLC Director is open to all interested qualified applicants.  Please review the attached position announcement, consider your own interest, and share it with others.  If you have any questions about this internal search, please contact Dr. Brent Wren, Associate Provost, at wrenbr@uah.edu

Thank you,

Christine W. Curtis, Provost

Brent M. Wren, Associate Provost