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Peer Groups

Important New Resources for Peer Groups

Approved Peer Groups 

* Fall 2013 Peer Group Meetings (with link to more information) are noted in blue.

Peer Group

Leader Email
Accounting Bobbie Gershman
Administration of Justice John Wilt 
Irv Comer
ASL & Interpreter Education Paula Debes
Business Toby Deal
Loretta Beavers
Audrey Perselay
Communications Studies & Theatre Kerrigan Sullivan
Tracy McAfee
Developmental Education Rick Dollieslager
Dawn Hayden
Distance Education Donna Levy
Early Childhood Development Kim Gregory
Christine Schull 
Economics Ralph Sass
Emergency Medical Services Programs Bill Akers
Engineering & Applied Technology  Yiheng Wang
English & English as a Second Language Art Schuhart
Abby Montgomery
Global Studies Sharon Burnham 
Information Systems Technology Joan Tuck
Learning Assistance Professionals Jenny Koster
Learning Resources Cherie Carl 
Gene Damon
Mathematics & Computer Science / Michael Kirby

Music Michael Sundblad
Nursing & Allied Health Susan Hunter
Elaine Beaupre
Physical Education Brian Clark
Psychology Lora Vasiliauskas
Science Melissa Back
Sociology Heidi Morehead
Michael Rutz
Student Development Services Harriette Arrington
Hyler Scott
Teacher Education Lakeesha Easterling

Teresa Hudson
Lori Killough
World Languages (formerly Foreign Language) Martha Davis





































Connect with a Peer Group

Faculty can connect with a peer group in one of two ways: 1) get enrolled in the peer group’s Blackboard site by the leaders – see names and emails above, or 2) have leaders request the OPD to enroll faculty who teach certain courses. It’s important for faculty to be enrolled in the Blackboard site to learn about peer group events and participate in the planning and life of the group.

Other Peer Group Applicants

What about the groups not approved? Several were encouraged to revise and resubmit at the next application date, February 1, 2012. Some fell outside of the teaching/learning/student success mission of the peer group program. And one group was encouraged to partner with a larger group.

All authors of the applications have received a personalized letter to share with their colleagues. All Blackboard sites will remain up and running for collaborative work among group members, regardless of the decision rendered. Peer group planners will be encouraged to include sessions targeted for specific populations (such as adjunct faculty).

Apply to Become a Peer Group

Review the information on the Professional Development Peer Group Information and Application page. Additional important information can be found the Peer Group Manual 1.0 and Tips for a Successful Peer Group Application. It’s important to understand the more targeted teaching and learning focus of the new peer group program.

Need assistance? Feel free to contact your college’s Professional Development Committee member or contact Michael Weisbrod, Coordinator of Professional Development, at



Peer Group Meeting Standard Format

First Day

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Conference Registration

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Opening Buffet Luncheon with Keynote Speaker

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Session No. 1

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Refreshment Break & Hotel Check-In

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session No. 2

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session No. 3

***Dinner on Own***

Second Day

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast with Keynote Speaker (if applicable)

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Wrap-up and Planning Meeting

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session No. 4

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Morning Refreshment Break & Hotel Check-Out

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session No. 5

12:00 p.m.
Conference Adjourns


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