The Aspen Institute Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 150 2017

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:

Mara Fulmer
Mara Jevera Fulmer
Faculty Director of the CTL

Dr. Mara Fulmer’s work focuses on developing professional development opportunities for college faculty and staff. Mara was the original developer of the Graphic Design program, and 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 (1991-97), and Art Director at SUNY-Albany before that. She earned her Doctorate in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University, an MFA in Studio Arts/Graphic Design from Michigan State University, an MA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, and a BA in Fine Arts Photography and Journalism from SUNY-Albany. In 2012, she traveled to Russia as a Fulbright Specialist to teach a course in Cultural Journalism. To contact Mara, email or call 762-0394

Debbie Gibes
Debra Gibes
Faculty Director of Experiential Learning

Debra earned her BS in Education with a Major in English and an 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. At Mott, Debra has initiated experiential learning as a regular component of her courses each semester. She embraces positive short and long-term impacts of experiential learning for student success and is dedicated to working with Mott staff and faculty to expand and promote Experiential Learning opportunities on campus. To contact Debra, email or call 410-1050.

Marlene Grisham
Marlene Grisham
Administrative Assistant

Marlene Grisham has served as the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Professional Development & Experiential Learning since late 2013. She is the person who makes sure that all of the wonderful parts of the CTL run smoothly! Prior to her work at MCC, Marlene spent over 35 years as Administrative Assistant/Office Manager in various capacities with two major automotive suppliers. To contact Marlene, email or call 762-5623

Dr. Joshua Sauvie
Associate Professor of English

This is Dr. Sauvie’s second time serving as a CTL Technology Consultant. His technology interests involve Copyright and Fair Use for teaching and learning, presentation design for teachers, and cell phone use in the classroom. Joshua was also an early adopter of TechSmith Relay. He teaches English Composition and American Black Literature at Mott. He earned his doctorate from Michigan State University, an MA from University of Nevada-Reno, and his BA from University of Michigan-Flint. Most recently, he was granted a Faculty-Staff Innovation Award for a project to help faculty develop their online teaching biographies. To contact Joshua, email:

Bill Withem
Dr. Bill Withem
Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Bill Withem holds a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from Michigan State University, with additional music degrees from Illinois State University, Appalachian State University, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Withem is currently an Assistant Professor of Music, and the coordinator of the Music Technology Program at Mott. In addition to teaching music technology courses, he also instructs music theory, aural skills, and applied music composition.

In addition to teaching, Withem also maintains an active and varied composing career. He writes music in a variety of genres, including orchestral, vocal, film, and modern dance. Withem’s music has received multiple performances throughout the Western Hemisphere, with premieres in New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit. His music has also received national recognition, including an Emmy nomination and multiple ASCAP awards. To contact Bill, email

August 3, 2017
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