Professional Development & Experiential Learning


Mission Statement:

The Office of Professional Development & Experiential Learning, through its Center for Teaching and Learning, is dedicated to creating a culture of continuous learning and growth for all faculty, staff and administrators at Mott Community College.

Value Statements:

  • Provide a centralized venue through which faculty, staff and administrators may collaborate and discover professional development opportunities
  • Develop and share best practices in teaching, learning, and technology to support the pursuit of instructional and professional excellence
  • Promote lifelong learning to encourage both professional and personal growth
  • Provide the professional development opportunities, training and resources necessary to enhance learning in a diverse environment
  • Promote collegiality through mentoring and sharing expertise among the faculty, staff and administrators across the college

Meet the Staff:

Marlene Grisham
Administrative Assistant
Marlene Grisham joined Mott Community College as an Administrative Assistant, in the Office of Professional Development & Experiential Learning, in late 2013. Prior to her work at MCC, Marlene spent over 35 years as Administrative Assistant/Office Manager in various capacities with two major automotive suppliers.


Marlene Grisham
Administrative Assistant
(810) 762-5623


Jennifer Fillion
Associate Professor in Anthropology
Jennifer’s interests lie in testing the efficacy and appropriateness of technology in education. As an on-line educator, she is always looking for better ways to organize and share materials with her students.
To contact her, email


Dustin Price
Assistant Professor of Art
Dustin is proficient in utilizing a wide range of social media within the classroom, creating online teaching portfolios, web design and non-expert web design interfaces.
To contact him, email


Debra Gibes,
Faculty Director of Experiential Learning

As Faculty Director of Experiential Learning, Debra Gibes works with staff and faculty to develop and enhance experiential learning opportunities for Mott students, especially off-campus service learning activities. Debra earned her BS in Education with a Major in English and Minor in Social Studies, and her MAT in Teaching with Major in Reading, both from Oakland University. With 30 years in the field of education, Debra Gibes has an extensive background in experiential learning. Through her position as a supervisor for an alternative high school, she launched a service learning program for at-risk students which included orchestrating student-led fundraisers for service learning credit. As a faculty member at Mott, Debra has initiated experiential learning as a regular component of her courses for several years. Her most recent service learning projects include The Shared Reading and Writing projects for K-12 students whose parents are incarcerated and The Inter-Generational Reading and Writing Project  for helping the elderly publish their family memoirs. Debra embraces the positive short and long-term impact of experiential learning for student success and is dedicated to working with other Mott staff and faculty to expand and promote Experiential and Service Learning opportunities on campus. To contact her, please call 810-410-1050 or email


Debra Gibes
Faculty Director, Experiential Learning
(810) 410-1050


Mara Fulmer,
Faculty Director of the CTL

Mara Fulmer joins the team as Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning at Mott. Her work will address the CTL program and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

A professor of Graphic Design at Mott, Mara came to Flint in 1997. The original developer of the Graphic Design program, she was its coordinator for 16 years. Previously she was Art Director and adjunct lecturer in Journalism at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and Art Director at SUNY Albany before that. Finishing her Doctorate in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University this Fall, Mara also has an MFA from Michigan State University, an MA from Syracuse University, and a BA from SUNY-Albany. In 2012 she received a Fulbright Specialist award to teach a course in Cultural Journalism in Russia. Mara is excited to support faculty and staff in their professional development through the CTL.
She can be reached at 810-762-0394 or by email at


Mara Fulmer
Faculty Director
(810) 762-0394