Leah MacVie to Lead Faculty Development Efforts as Director of Teaching Innovations
Buffalo, New York – December 11, 2017 – An exciting opportunity motivated Leah MacVie to pursue a brand-new position at D’Youville, but it was the passion exuded by current faculty and staff that ultimately convinced her to join the community.
“Staff members were excited about how this position could contribute to the institution's future and faculty members were excited about how this center could help the institution become known for its teaching excellence,” said MacVie. “It was this energy on campus that inevitably sold me on the college and made me want to be a part of its future.”
As Director of Teaching Innovations, MacVie will honor her commitment to student success through creating a center for teaching focused on faculty development. Her immediate priorities include naming the center, setting its scope, and finding a space to host it. Once established, her work will involve helping faculty discover the best ways to deliver and manage their course content in a manner consistent with their teaching styles.
“I’m interested in best practices in teaching, education technology, assessment, and inclusive strategies,” said MacVie. “In each of these areas, I aspire to try new things and then publish on the results. Publishing on teaching innovation will be a distinctive element that sets D’Youville apart.”
While others might be intimidated by the scale of such a project, MacVie is undaunted.
“I love big projects with multiple parts,” she said. “My BFA taught me the basics of design thinking, marketing, and coding. My master's in educational technology curriculum taught me how to translate what I already knew about technology into helping teachers integrate technology into their instruction. And my PhD taught me to think critically and deeply about leadership, the reasons for higher education, and how to best manage large-scale projects.”
MacVie earned her PhD in interdisciplinary studies from Union Institute and University. She previously served as director of the Center for Online Learning and Innovation at Canisius College.
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