Professional Development Fellows are faculty from across disciplines who partner with KCELT to maximize college-wide faculty professional development efforts. They are integral members of the KCELT team.

Rachelle Biderman

Arts & Humanities
rachelle.biderman@kirkwood.edu

What excites me about learning and teaching is:

  • “It’s fun! I love my content area of Communication Studies, but a focus on teaching and learning strategies is an exciting way to challenge myself to share information in a way that reaches our students and applies to their lives.”

I became a Professional Development Fellow because:

  • I want to work and surround myself with other faculties that are passionate and excited about teaching and learning. It is inspiring to share experiences within and across disciplines.

My primary role as a Professional Development Fellow is:

  • to develop and facilitate a workshop on Active Learning and with fellow fellows to re-shape and facilitate the adjunct orientation course.

Lydia Hartunian

Arts & Humanities
Ext. 4937
Lydia Hartunian@kirkwood.edu

What excites me about learning and teaching is:

  • Learning is key to individual and collective development. Being able to personalize curriculum design, so every student has the opportunity to excel and contribute is infinitely exciting

I became a Professional Development Fellow because:

  • KCELT provides tools and environments needed to foster the appreciation for 21st-century students and those that help us understand what is required of the 21st-century instructor.”

My primary roles as a Professional Development Fellow are:

  • Flipped Design, The Culturally Responsive Classroom, and Master Teacher Program: Research-Informed Practitioners.

Jillissa Moorman

Nielsen Hall Room 334A
319-398-4917
Jillissa.Moorman@kirkwood.edu

What excites me about learning and teaching is:

  • I get excited when educators can create joy filled and meaningful enriched learning for others. I love to bring passion for content together with driven people, and combine that with unique learning opportunities that may be out of the box, yet come together to create a really wonderful learning environment. Nothing is better in education than knowing that your students not only understand the content and it has “clicked,” but also knowing that they LOVE learning about it- not out of obligation, but out of desire. If they develop that love for their content and learning, when they go to work, it won’t feel like work, it will just be something they love doing. I think that is what a lot of people want, and I am excited sending students out into the community with that foundation.

I became a Professional Development Fellow because:

  • I feel like we have a really awesome group of educators, staff, and administrators at Kirkwood. We all bring so much depth and diversity to the table and I’m interested in helping people connect, build authentic relationships, and learn from one another in ways that maybe we haven’t thought of before. I hope to inspire others to rethink what we do, and why we do it. Additionally, as a faculty member having just gone through MTP and finished up my probationary 3 years, there is a lot of stuff that is still fresh and I feel like that can help directly with those who are currently in MTP. I hope to be a great resource for those in MTP and for the rest of the PDF and KCELT groups.

My primary role as a Professional Development Fellow is:

  • helping with MTP year 2, and I’m excited to get to know some fellow colleagues through that process!

Judith Wightman

Cedar Hall room 1029
319-398-4937
judith.wightman@kirkwood.edu

What excites me about learning and teaching is:

  • Seeing students make connections between the course content and something else they have experienced, such as the content of another course or something they have seen in the media or observed in daily life. I enjoy these moments because they show that students are really thinking about psychology and because they are likely to remember these connections. I hope to help students build and maintain curiosity about many different topics.

I became a Professional Development Fellow because:

  • I want to help new and existing faculty members connect their work to a larger goal and experience satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in their daily work lives. I am in my second term as a Professional Development Fellow; in my previous term, I enjoyed working with faculty one on one and in small groups to share with them some ideas and strategies with which they may not have been familiar. I committed to a second term because the first three years at Kirkwood are so important for faculty members' professional development. I look forward to working with the KCELT team to help shape those years for new faculty.

My primary role as a Professional Development Fellow is:

  • Instructional Coaching, Adjunct Professional Development and Support, Competency-Based Professional Development

Liz Maas

Iowa City Campus Room 248
319-887-3961
Liz.Maas@kirkwood.edu

What excites me about learning and teaching is:

  • Watching faces for that "ah-ha" moment, and feeling it on my own!

I became a Professional Development Fellow because:

  • I want to be a better teacher and find ways to share my ideas with my colleagues.

My primary role as a Professional Development Fellow is:

  • To Assist with MTP year 3 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Projects

Jacalyn McCarville

Iowa City Campus Room 248
319-887-3961
Liz.Maas@kirkwood.edu

What excites me about learning and teaching is:

  • As an educator and counselor, I recognize the importance of helping student reach their educational goals and acknowledge the opportunity it provides for recurrent learning and growth. In our competitive society, it is important for individuals to not only receive a solid educational framework, but equally important to study with meaningful and reliance to their personal life, interests and daily needs. When individuals have ownership in their course of study, they are motivated to work hard and master the skill necessary to work hard and reach their goals.

I became a Professional Development Fellow because:

  • I want to be able to assist fellow faculty to ignite a fire in their students that will help them to reach for the stars to achieve success.

My primary role as a Professional Development Fellow is:

  • Working with the Master Teacher year 1 program.

Sarah Kepros

Cedar Hall Room 2028
319-398-5899 x5829
sara.kepros@kirkwood.edu

What excites me about learning and teaching is:

  • I find it exciting to explore ways to make learning more meaningful for my students. When I am continually a learner, I can relate to the journey my students are currently on. Teaching is thrilling because I can experience students pushing themselves to grow and learn beyond what they may have thought possible.

I became a Professional Development Fellow because:

  • I wanted to give back to Kirkwood. I believe Kirkwood is filled with innovative and creative professionals who continually seek ways to grow also have a strong background in teaching and curriculum so I felt that this could be a benefit to new faculty beginning their journey at Kirkwood.

My primary role as a Professional Development Fellow is:

  • to co-facilitate the Master Teacher Program: Research-Informed Practitioners.

Dr. Conna Bral

319-642-3067
cbral@kirkwood.edu

What excites me about learning and teaching is:

  • making a difference in the lives of students and their families. I view teaching as a calling and a way to improve our society through education.

I became a Professional Development Fellow because:

  • I began my academic journey as a student at Kirkwood. I want to be able to share my expertise and experiences with other faculty members as a way of improving the community college that made a significant difference in my life.

My primary role as a Professional Development Fellow is:

  • Instructional Coaching, Adjunct Professional Development and Support, Competency-Based Professional Development