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SUNY Potsdam Opens New Center for Creative Instruction to Support Faculty Excellence

03.01.16
L to R: Jenica Rogers, Alex Gomez, Paula Willard, Caron Collins, Kristin Esterberg and Michael Phillips gather to cut the ribbon for the new Center for Creative Instruction (for titles, see release).

SUNY Potsdam opened the doors to the College's newly renovated Center for Creative Instruction with a grand opening ceremony and open house yesterday.

The Center for Creative Instruction was formed in the fall semester to strengthen, enhance and support teaching and learning, both on campus and online. The CCI consolidates the services of the College's former Learning and Technology Excellence Center, the Instructional Technology Center and the Office of Distance Learning.

"This center can truly be a resource for faculty and others who are looking for ways to teach well, to use all the resources at their disposal and maybe invent a few others, whether it is on classroom instruction or the use of technology," Interim Provost Dr. Judith Kirkpatrick said.

The Center for Creative Instruction is devoted to providing services, resources, programming and collaborative opportunities to the campus community.In the center's new location in the Frederick W. Crumb Memorial Library, the CCI now offers a "one-stop shop" for faculty development, support and assistance.

"The library should not just be for students. Faculty also need casual academic space that's designed to meet their needs, and they also need the kinds of support resources we give to students without a second thought," College Libraries Director Jenica Rogers said. "I hope that the CCI can help our faculty realize their own unique visions of themselves as engaged teachers and scholars."

Faculty and staff were invited to visit the center's new offices, learn about the resources offered their, view preliminary results from a campus survey and enjoy some refreshments. A new advisory group will help to steer the center's work going forward.

"Faculty clearly are at the heart of any campus, because they are the ones working directly with students. So having a center that is devoted to creative pedagogy, that is thinking about how we teach and how we help students learn, and having it in the heart of the library, is remarkable," President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg said.

Photo caption:Before the grand opening, campus officials gathered with the CCI staff to cut the ribbon to officially open the doors to the new center. They included, from left: Director of Libraries and Dorf Endowed Director of Applied Learning Jenica Rogers, Media Design Consultant Alex Gomez, Instructional Support Specialist Paul Willard, Coordinator for Professional Development and Workshops Caron Collins, President Kristin G. Esterberg and Distance Learning Coordinator/Senior Instructional Designer Michael Phillips.

For more information about the Center for Creative Instruction at SUNY Potsdam, please visit www.potsdam.edu/faculty/CCI.

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Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. As the College marks its bicentennial in 2016, SUNY Potsdam will celebrate a 200-year legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and leadership in the arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community is nearing the completion of Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which has already raised $32 million for scholarships and programs.

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