Passionate about teaching
Instructional excellence initiative
University faculty have always been passionate about teaching and preparing graduates to realize their potential personally and professionally. Last year, 20 Lourdes faculty began a yearlong program offered through the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to immerse themselves in today’s most effective and proven research-based teaching techniques and to provide a more powerful learning experience for students.
Just one of 26 US institutions selected by the Council of Independent Colleges in partnership with ACUE, the instructional excellence initiative allows Lourdes faculty to complete 27 modules including two focused on integrating career readiness and preparation into the student learning experience.
“The University and our faculty are known regionally for delivering an exceptional private education that graduates individuals with workforce readiness. As a learning community, we are delighted to participate in the initiative and to learn the most innovative and successful teaching methods and to continue preparing our students to succeed in the classroom and beyond,” says Michelle Rose, Social Work Instructor, Director of Field Education and Facilitator of the Lourdes ACUE program.
As the facilitator, Ms. Rose serves as a guide through the online environment, monitors participant progress and acts as a mentor for faculty enrolled in the courses. “My guidance, encouragement and feedback helps colleagues deepen their learning and improve both instructor and student experiences in the classroom,” she adds.
Faculty enrolled in the ACUE program are learning from leading experts on teaching effectiveness, analyzing classroom demonstrations of evidence-based techniques, collaborating with colleagues, putting new techniques into practice within the classroom and are on their way toward earning a nationally recognized credential.
The ideal facilitator for the program, Ms. Rose is a respected social work professional and educator. She has garnered success at several US universities as a faculty liaison for field education, academic program coordinator, academic advisor and accommodations coordinator. The Purdue University alumna also earned two master’s degrees in social work and urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa and put them to good use while in graduate school, serving as a public housing program assistant for the Iowa City Housing Authority.
Social work & first generation students
A first-generation college graduate, Ms. Rose chose social work because the profession is “full of meaning, action and allows me the power to make a difference and to put my values into practice.” Knowing firsthand the hurdles first-generation students often face, she was motivated to be a Lourdes First Year Experience instructor. “These students need mentorship and support that differs from students whose parents have earned a degree. In addition, they need to feel like they belong at their college or university and deserve to be there,” she adds.
Outside of work, the Fort Wayne, IN native carves out time for various hobbies including antiquing, biking, reading, drawing, hiking and listening to live music whenever possible. As to her future, she hopes to stay in academia and “to influence growth and development while leaving a legacy of commitment to social justice and service.”