Welcome from the Director
Welcome from the Director
Welcome to the Lucas Center for Faculty Development. The Lucas Center supports activities that help you grow as a teacher, which promotes FGCU’s primary mission of providing the highest quality education that prepares students for success in life and work. Most of our topics and programs are the result of feedback from the FGCU faculty community perception of needs. Our Center offers creative learning experiences focused in the areas of teaching, learning, assessment and scholarship. Watch for e-mails announcing activities that may interest you. Our goal is to be a consistent source of support to faculty by providing activities that are engaging, inspiring, practical, and useful. Come join in the sharing of effective ideas that your colleagues are implementing and add to the conversation. Stop by to say hello and see our wonderful space in LIB 212, affectionately known as “The Living Room.”
My professional background is in social work and education, and I bring skills and values from both of these disciplines to my work in faculty development. As Lucas Center Director I intend for all programming to promote and model values such as respect for the dignity and worth of students and colleagues; appreciation for the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives of community members; and an emphasis on the ways in which providing a high quality, affordable education in a public university system contributes to a more socially just society. In addition, I have a firm belief that excellent teaching is the product of hard work and a consistent commitment to self-improvement; it doesn’t “just happen.” Perhaps like some of you, I am not always satisfied with my performance as a teacher in helping students achieve learning outcomes, and I don’t always know why my teaching wasn’t as effective as I have come to expect. What I have discovered during my time in higher education, however, is that through engagement and dialogue with colleagues; observing and being observed in the classroom; and active, consistent participation in professional development activities like reading groups, faculty learning communities, workshops, mentoring, and consultation, I can often find answers to my questions, and the quality of my teaching improves. I invite you to join all of us at the Lucas Center for the enriching and professionally fulfilling activities you will find described on our website. I look forward to working with you.
Bill Reynolds, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Social Work
Director, Lucas Center for Faculty Development