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Online Faculty Fellows

The Online Faculty Fellows are ambassadors for online learning on the campus of WSU. Their purpose is to establish a culture of online education by helping their peers increase the quality and quantity of online courses offered at WSU.

Cohort Objectives and Expectations

2016-2017 Online Faculty Fellows Cohort Members

Program Overview
Professional Development

Quality Matters


OLFF Program Overview

The Online Faculty Fellows (OLFF) program at Wichita State University is an initiative of the Office of Academic Affairs to:

  1. Address Higher Learning Commission core components related to the operations wherever and however online programs are delivered;
  2. Establish an online culture by increasing the quality and quantity of online courses at Wichita State University.

Online Learning Faculty Fellows are selected to serve a one-year appointment in a cohort of 12 teaching faculty who will work with their peers on a variety of instructional techniques while addressing Quality MattersTM best practice standards.

The OLFF program is organized by faculty chairs and supported by The Office of Online Learning, Media Resources Center and the Instructional Design and Technology Team.

OLFF Cohort Objectives and Expectations

Recognizing that faculty across campus have varying levels of experience with online instruction and thus have varying needs for support for pedagogical advancement in their online courses, changes have been made to the OLFF cohort structure to provide greater opportunity for faculty develop professionally and work to improve quality online instruction at WSU.

For 2017-2018 OLFF Cohorts will be grouped by qualifications and experience in order to provide a complete experience for new members and OLFF alumni.

Cohort Levels

Novice Online Faculty
- Interest in developing online courses and/or teaching online  (No prior online experience required)
- Opportunity to teach online in their respective units
- Interest in improving/sharpening teaching skills
- Commitment to complete QM training

Intermediate Online Faculty
- Previous experience in teaching online, or previous ReBoot participants
- Continuing interest in developing online courses and teaching online
- Interest in improving, sharpening online teaching skills
- Interest in collaborating with other faculty to improve teaching
- Willingness to advocate for quality online instruction in their respective colleges and/or units
- Commitment to complete QM training

Advanced/ Mentor Online Faculty
- Completion of QM training (Open to OLFF Alumni only)
- Previous experience in teaching online 
- Interest in mentoring and developing other online faculty
- Demonstrated leadership and willing to take a larger leadership role in the OLFF group
- Willingness to advocate for quality online instruction in their respective colleges and/or units

OLFF Cohort Expectations

All Participants:

  • Fulfill OLFF term from August 2017 to August 2018
  • Participate in regular (at least monthly) F2F and virtual OLFF meetings and roundtable update discussions.
  • Assist Academic Affairs, The Office of Online Learning and the MRC IDT team by serving as an ambassador for online teaching and learning at WSU.
  • Serve on the recruiting and selection committee to choose the next cohort group of OLFF.
  • Create or revise a course to QM standards ready to be taught Fall 2018.


Novice (prepare to become QM Peer Reviewer):

  • Complete Applying the Quality MattersTM Rubric workshop (APPQMR - online 2-week course) to learn about quality online course design.
  • Teach one online course or have one scheduled to teach Fall 2018.


Intermediate (become QM Peer Reviewer):

  • Complete APPQMR (if you haven’t already) and the Quality MattersTM Peer Reviewer Course (PRC - online 2-week course) to become a QM certified peer reviewer.
  • Submit a QM-designed course for an internal review.
  • Participate in one internal (non-official QM) review of an online course, if possible.


Advanced/Mentor (Participate in QM Review process, possibly become Master Peer Reviewer):

  • Participate in a QM peer-review, preferably, if none are available, one internal review.
  • Serve as a faculty peer mentor.
  • Submit a course for QM and/or Blackboard Exemplary Course review.
  • Lead monthly meetings.

OLFF Cohort Application

The application period for Academic Year 2018 is closed.

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2016-2017 OLFF Cohort

The selection process for 2017-2018 Cohort Members will be complete on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Co-Chairs

Carolyn Shaw - Department Chair and Professor, Political Science
Gergana Markova - Associate Professor, Management

College of Education
Wonyoung Kim - Assistant Professor, Sport Management
Donna Sayman - Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

College of Engineering
Gary Brooking - Engineering Educator, Biomedical Engineering
Brandon Buerge - Engineering Educator, Aerospace Engineering

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rocio Del Aguila - Assistant Professor, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature
Michele Dreiling - Lecturer, Elliot School of Communication
Natalie Grant - Assistant Professor, Social Work
Madeline McCullough - Senior Lecturer, Elliot School of Communication

College of Health Professions
Amy Chesser - Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences
Wendy Dusenbury - Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Doug Parham - Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Communication Sciences & Disorders

W. Frank Barton School of Business
Gerald Graham - Distinguished Professor, Management
Kate Kung-McIntyre - Lecturer, Management
Peggy Ward - Senior Lecturer, Finance, Real Estate and Decision Sciences

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Professional Development

Find blog posts and podcasts by the Online Faculty Fellows, the Instructional Design Team, and the WSU Faculty and Staff Community here.

Request Quality Matters Training, email WSU's QM Coordinator

Visit: Wichita State Faculty Development Page


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