Thursday, July 31, 2008

Clayton State University Welcomes New Director for Center for Instructional Development

Clayton State University welcomes Dr. Jill Lane, the new director for the Center for Instruction Development (CID).

“The first thing I plan to do is to find out exactly what the faculty needs are and to meet with all of the deans to find out how CID can support them. Once I have accomplished this, I plan to work with the department to tailor programs to their needs,” says Lane.

Based on faculty demand and a recommendation from the University’s Faculty Development Coordinating Council, CID was established under the Vice President of Academic Affairs in August 1998. The goals of the Center are:

support faculty in the use of software and multimedia tools;
enhance instruction through the development of online courses;
build community among academic support units;
explore new technologies for instruction;
model pedagogical principles.

Prior to her appointment as the director of CID, Lane held the position of research associate/program manager of Course and Curricular Development at Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Lane earned her Doctorate of Education in Instructional Systems from Penn State. She also earned her Master of Education in Computing in Education from Rosemont College.

Lane is a co-recipient of the 2006 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Teaching Innovation Award and a co-recipient of the 2005 American Society of Engineering Education Mechanics Division’s Best Paper Award, Best Session Award and Best Overall Presentation Award.

Lane was the invited keynote speaker at the 2007 International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Learning in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Her research centers on the sustainability of innovations in education. She has more than 10 years experience working with faculty and teaching assistants on methods to enhance teaching and learning. Lane anticipates that within five years Clayton State’s CID will have more of a prominence at the state and national levels for its support of faculty.

“Faculty development is something I hold very near and dear to my heart. When the position was offered to me, it was a very easy decision to make. Ultimately, the commitment and emphasis on teaching at Clayton State is what made my decision easy. However, I also choose to come to Clayton State because of the diversity of the faculty, staff, and student body. The diversity here offers so many opportunities to learn from others,” explains Lane.

Now living in McDonough, Ga., Lane moved from Pennsylvania with her three cats. Lane loves gardening and wood working as stress relievers. She also makes furniture in her spare time. Lane looks forward to getting settled in her new home which has a large workshop to accommodate her hobbies.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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