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Empowering Faculty to Create a Better Normal

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2021 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

Amid disruption and hardship, faculty reached students this past year in new and creative ways, to help them engage and keep learning. From this experience, what should we take forward  to welcome back students to a “better normal?” Join this panel  of faculty to discuss how professional development in effective teaching practices this year empowered them to make a meaningful impact on their students. During the discussion,
 the panel will share a few teaching practices they will continue to carry forward to create inclusive, effective virtual learning environments—and that you can also immediately implement in your courses.


Janita Moricette

Instructor of Business and Psychology | Tompkins Cortland Community College

Janita Moricette teaches Business and Psychology at Tompkins Cortland Community College, where she also earned her first college degrees in Liberal Arts and Sport Management. She studied business management, economics, and marketing at SUNY Empire State College and earned an M.B.A. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. With her eclectic background and musical family, Janita’s professional experience ranges from the Apollo Theater and the Statue of Liberty to the William George Agency for Children’s Services. Janita is a product of the Emerging Scholars program, a Tompkins Cortland Community College initiative to attract and retain faculty who reflect the diverse population of its students.

Dorina Kosztin, Ph.D.

Teaching Professor & Associate Chair | University of Missouri

Teaching professor and associate chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dorina Kosztin has been a faculty member at the University of Missouri Columbia since 2001. Her main interests include improving teaching in large enrollment introductory physics courses by implementing active learning techniques and using evidence based teaching practices, developing online physics courses with labs, providing TA training and teacher professional development, creating high school curriculum for 9th grade physics, and outreach. For her work she received the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (2008) and the President’s Award for Innovative Teaching (2014).

Cindy Stephens

Professor | College of the Canyons

Cindy Stephens has spent over half of her life dedicated to her passion creating an educational system that honors and supports children in their lifelong journey of learning. She is currently a full time faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons. She has been a full time faculty since 2001.

Previous to that, she was an adjunct faculty in both the adult and children’s environment. She is grateful for all of the years she spent in the early childhood environment as it has afforded her the ability to share her experience and knowledge with her adult students.

In addition to her work in the ECE department at COC, Cindy is the program director for Foster and Kinship Care Education, the Coordinator for the Child Development Training Consortium, California Community College Early Childhood Educators (CCCECE) Secretary, and serves on the LA County Partnerships for the Education, Articulation and Collaboration of Higher Education (PEACH) which is an advocacy group that is tasked with elevating the field of Early Childhood. She serves on the following committees at COC Curriculum Committee, Committee of Assessing Student Learning, IE2, and College Planning Team.

In addition to her role as faculty, she is currently the Department Chair of the Early Childhood Department which affords her many opportunities to serve students, faculty and the institution. What she enjoys most about this work is sharing her experience and strength with her colleagues.

Glenn Wadell

Teaching Assistant Professor | University of Nevada, Reno

Glenn Waddell, Jr. is a Teaching Assistant Professor and Master Teacher in the NevadaTeach program and College of Education and Human Development at the University of Nevada, Reno. NevadaTeach is in its sixth year of recruiting and developing future mathematics and science teachers. Glenn received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2019. One of his research interests is in the intersection of social media use and learning networks in professional development. Glenn also serves as UNR’s Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) facilitator for the Effective Teaching Practices, Effective Online Teaching Practices, and Microcredential courses, and has successfully coached nine different cohorts of faculty to completion.