New program to aid faculty development at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 22 September 2009

TROY—Troy University has launched a new program to provide professional support and training for its faculty and has appointed a faculty member in the College of Education to direct the effort.

Called the Quality Enhancement Institute, the program will focus on supporting faculty and staff in continuous quality improvement of academic and administrative programs, according to Dr. John Dew, Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness. Dr. Dew said Dr. Iris Saltiel, associate professor of education on the Phenix City Campus, will serve as the institute’s first director.

“The Quality Enhancement Institute is expected to grow to provide a web site with information for faculty on enhancement of teaching methods in TROY’s diverse course delivery modes,” Dr. Dew said. “Over time, the QEI will expand to include information on continuous quality improvement for administrative areas and educational support programs.”

Dr. Saltiel believes the QEI will work because of its teamwork-based approach.

“The QEI will be built on the notion of faculty helping faculty” Dr. Saltiel said. “I like the group process of collectively combining ideas and collaboratively ending up where none of us would have been had we worked alone.”

Dr. Saltiel will work with Dr. Mac Adkins, staff member for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness, to develop a survey for faculty to provide their perspective about their developmental needs.

Dr. Lance Tatum, Dean of the College of Education, praised Dr. Saltiel for taking on this new duty.

“The faculty and staff of the College of Education is proud of Dr. Saltiel’s involvement in the Quality Enhancement Institute and I am sure she will do an outstanding job,” Dr. Tatum said. “It’s appropriate that someone who has devoted her career to training teachers would be called upon to lead this initiative.”

Dr. Saltiel, who lives in Midland, GA, joined the Troy University faculty in 1998. She holds the Doctorate in Education, Administration and Supervision from Fordham University and a master of adult education from Rutgers University.