Fall 2000
Vol 9 Issue 1


A New Millennium

Spotlight on Adjunct Faculty

A Conversation with Anna Solley

Stranger Things Have Happened

Professional Development for Adjuncts

Adjunct Faculty Collegial Support Partnership Program

Rio Salado College Model for Adjunct Faculty

Devil's in the Details

Building a Web of Inclusion


Adjunct Faculty Involvement in Student Outcomes Assessment

The Labyrinth


Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction

The Forum... Sharing Information on teaching and Learning

A New Millennium: New Faces and
Services in the Maricopa Center for
Learning and Instruction (MCLI)

Marybeth Mason, MCLI

Last spring, when Bertha Landrum was the acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development, she asked me to serve as the Interim Director of the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI) for one year. After twenty-eight years of teaching English, I was not anxious to try to fill the shoes of Dr. Naomi Story, the founding director of the MCLI, who has brought the Center and the Maricopa District such respect and attention from institutions throughout the country. With a little coaxing, I soon became excited about having the opportunity to bring a faculty voice to the Center at such an important moment in time - the beginning of a new millennium, led by a new Chancellor, Dr. Fred Gaskin, and a new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development, Dr. Anna Solley. Before leaving, Interim Vice Chancellor Landrum reorganized the MCLI to include many new services in an effort to create a "one-stop-shop" for faculty needs, including Honors, Fine Arts, Maricopa CARES, Lodestar and Vibrant Arts Grants, and SyRIS (the Systemic Reform in Science program sponsored by NSF.) The Center would continue to support the campus Faculty Developers; Ocotillo and instructional technology; Dialogue Days; the Maricopa Institute for Learning (MIL); instructional design, evaluation and assessment; and the publications, Forum, Labyrinth, and Assidere. In July, when she became Vice Chancellor, Dr. Anna Solley moved Professional Growth under the MCLI umbrella as well.

With all of this reorganization has come the opportunity for many faculty to contribute to creating and meeting the goals of the Center. The MCLI staff and faculty coordinators include:

  • Marybeth Mason, Interim Director
  • Alan Levine, Instructional Technologist
  • Maria Harper-Marinick, Instructional Designer
  • Holly McKinzie Beene, Faculty-in-Residence
  • Jeff Pommerville, SyRIS NSF Grant Program Director
  • Bob Galloway, Fine Arts Development Program Director
  • Betsy Hertzler, Honors Faculty Chair
  • Doug Sawyer, Ocotillo Faculty Chair
  • Rose Pfefferbaum, Maricopa CARES Program Director
  • Ned Miner, Faculty Development Chair

Together the staff and faculty coordinators have identified the following goals for the Center in an effort to foster student success and provide support for teaching and learning throughout Maricopa:

  • To provide educational opportunities in effective teaching and learning practices for faculty professional development
  • To expand support for adjunct faculty professional development
  • To enhance faculty professional growth
  • To support innovation in teaching and learning
  • To increase leadership opportunities for faculty
  • To provide opportunities for collegial interaction
  • To promote the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning
  • To provide support for faculty recruitment
  • To use MCLI staff and resources effectively and efficiently
  • To increase awareness throughout the District of expanded services and resources available in the MCLI
  • To provide quality services, programs, and resources to all who are served by MCLI

We hope that you will continue to participate and support the professional development opportunities that the MCLI offers throughout the year. Your feedback is always welcome.


fo·rum \'for-um, 'for-/ n, [L; akin to L foris outside, fores door more at DOOR] (15c) 1 a.: the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city forming the center of judicial and public business b.: a public meeting place for open discussion c.: a medium (as a newspaper) of open discussion or expression of ideas