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July 17, 2013
Dr. Alisha Francis has been named the first director of Northwest Missouri State University’s Teaching and Learning Center, a new initiative designed to assist faculty and students develop teaching and learning practices, the University has announced.
In her new role, Francis is responsible for promoting teaching excellence and enhanced student learning through strategic leadership and high-quality programming. She will serve as a facilitator, resource and advocate for faculty and student staff. She will direct Northwest’s Talent Development Center, design and implement campus-wide learning support programs and services, collaborate with University departments to facilitate professional development and develop workshops related to specific learning strategies.
“It is my great pleasure to announce Dr. Alisha Francis has accepted the position of director of Northwest’s Teaching and Learning Center,” Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. “Dr. Francis will provide leadership and be a key asset as Northwest seeks to further develop our faculty and students and strive for excellence in teaching and learning.”
Francis, an associate professor, joined the Northwest faculty in 2006 and has served the Department of Behavioral Sciences, teaching psychology courses at all levels. She has served on numerous University and department committees, including the Faculty Senate executive committee and the Student Success Taskforce, and she has co-advised multiple student organizations, including the Psych-Soc Society and Social Sciences Research Group.
From 2010 until this past spring, Francis was director of Northwest’s Freshmen Seminar program. In that role, she coordinated staffing, curriculum and logistics for 65 sections of the University’s one-hour course for first-time students. She also co-chaired an Academic Quality Improvement Program action project that included a comprehensive self-study of Northwest students’ first-year experience, and most recently she facilitated a comprehensive curriculum review and revision of the Freshman Seminar program.
Before coming to Northwest, Francis was an adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University and Fontbonne University in St. Louis.
At Northwest, she has been recognized with the Dean’s Faculty Award for Research, as the one of Mortar Board honor society’s “Top Ten Professors,” and as an “Influential Woman of Northwest.” She received the Napoli Teaching Award from Saint Louis University’s Department of Psychology.Francis graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stephens College in Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and business administration. She also earned a certificate in university teaching skills, a Master of Science degree in psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in psychology, all from Saint Louis University.
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