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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,Professor in Graphic Design/Art

Dr. Mara Fulmer’s work in the CTL focuses on developing professional development opportunities for college faculty and staff. The original developer of the Graphic Design program, and coordinator for 16 years, her area of interest in art/design is in cross-cultural experiences and visual communications. 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. 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

Debra 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

Bill Withem

Bill Withem

Music Technology Program Coordinator & Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Bill Withem, Associate Professor of Music and coordinator of the Music Technology Program, has been teaching at Mott Community College since 2011. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from Michigan State University, with additional degrees from Illinois State University, Appalachian State University, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At MCC, his main focus is teaching music technology courses, with music theory, aural skills, and music composition. He enjoys introducing both students and colleagues to using technology as a tool to achieve success. To contact him, email

Jennifer Fillion

Jennifer Fillion

CTL Tech Consultant, Faculty-Anthropology

Jennifer Fillion, Professor of Anthropology, began teaching at Mott in 2001 part-time before becoming full-time in 2006. Prior to coming to Mott full-time she taught at Central Michigan University and Michigan State. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama. Aside from teaching courses in anthropology and forensic science, Jennifer spends her time investigating educational technology. Her current interests include Open Educational Resources (OERs), adaptive learning platforms, and the use of mobile and AR/VR technologies in education To contact him, email

Rod Reyes

CTL Tech Consultant, Faculty-Early Childhood

Rod Reyes is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Mott Community College. He has a Master’s of Education from Oakland University, a Bachelor’s of Science from Rochester College in Early Childhood Education and a CDA from Mott Community College. Rod has been teaching at MCC since 2016 and prior to that worked in Head Start for 16 years. Rod enjoys learning about technology and its use in the classroom to help improve success of both the student and teacher. To contact him, email

May 21, 2019
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