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:

Dale K. Weighill is the Executive Dean of Professional Development & Experiential Learning.  Prior to taking on this position, Dale taught introductory courses in Political Science at Mott as an adjunct faculty member in the Social Sciences/Fine Arts Division.  Most recently, Dale served for eleven years as the President & CEO of Resource Genesee, a Flint-based nonprofit agency.  In addition to his duties as Executive Dean, he served four years as a Councilperson for the City of Flint's 7th Ward.

 
 

Dale K. Weighill
Executive Dean of Professional Development & Experiential Learning
(810) 232-2882
Email: dale.weighill@mcc.edu

 

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
Email: marlene.grisham@mcc.edu

 

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 Jennifer.fillion@mcc.edu.

 

Aaron Gulyas
Assistant Professor of History
Aaron is comfortable with Blackboard, locating free educational resources for teachers, staff, and students, as well as E-Learning and teaching.
To contact him, email aaron.gulyas@mcc.edu.

 

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 dustin.price@mcc.edu.

 

Brian Ivory, Faculty Director of Experiential Learning
Dr. Brian Ivory serves as Faculty Director of Experiential Learning for the Office of Professional Development & Experiential Learning.

In this role, Dr. Ivory works with staff and faculty to develop and grow Experiential Learning opportunities for Mott students, especially the expansion of off-campus Service Learning activities. Dr. Ivory brings a wealth of knowledge to this new position. His experiences include involvement with Service Learning during his time as an undergraduate and graduate student, working on projects for Special Olympics, United Way and Michigan School for the Blind, and publishing research about Alternative Service Breaks. Most recently, Dr. Ivory initiated the Mott Campus Clowns as part of HONS 250: Social Diversity & Civic Engagement, and received an Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award in Service Learning from Michigan Campus Compact for his work in this area.

Dr. Ivory is interested in working with additional Mott staff and faculty to expand and promote Experiential/Service Learning. To contact him, please call 810.762.0360 or email brian.ivory@mcc.edu.

 
 

Brian Ivory
Experiential Learning Consultant
(810) 762-0360
Email: brian.ivory@mcc.edu

 

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@mcc.edu

 
 

Mara Fulmer
Faculty Director
(810) 762-0394
Email: mara.fulmer@mcc.edu

 

Dr. Christy Rishoi
Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty Consultant

Dr. Christy Rishoi serves as the Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty Consultant in the Office of Professional Development & Experiential Learning.
In this role, Dr. Rishoi assists with the creation of a variety of professional development opportunities for part-time and adjunct faculty at Mott, including our popular Adjunct Academy and Adjunct Retreats.  Christy is Professor of English in the Humanities Division. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Michigan State University, specializing in 20th century American women's autobiography. At Mott, Christy has taught a variety of composition and literature courses, including American Indian Literature, African American Literature, and others. She has been involved in professional development for faculty for 15 years.

 
 

Dr. Christy Rishoi
Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty Consultant
(810) 232-2581
Email: christy.rishoi@mcc.edu