[MEDIA ADVISORY: South Plains College will host a Summer Leadership Academy for selected faculty members May 17-21. The first two days of the academy will feature training provided by the Center for Brainhealth UT Dallas. Interviews with presenters can be arranged by calling (806) 716-2212.]


SPC Faculty Fellows to benefit from Summer Leadership Academy

LEVELLAND – South Plains College will host a Summer Leadership Academy for 15 faculty members May 17-21; the first two days (May 17-18) will be in Rooms 101 and 102 of the Student Services building on the Levelland campus and then move to the SPC Lubbock Center (May 19-20) and downtown Lubbock campus (under construction, May 21).

The purpose of the academy is to provide the faculty with information on brain-based, research-supported teaching/learning strategies and collaborative activities/technologies for course redesign projects. Faculty who complete the Academy and course redesigns will receive mini-grants/stipends for their projects.

“Enhancing the courses also helps retain students and helps with student success,” said Ashley Davis, design coordinator/program evaluator at SPC.

The first two days of the Academy will feature a brain training workshop entitled “Boost Your Brain Performance” on May 17-18. Members of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas Dallas will provide the training. This training was developed with Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Tactics (SMART) Leadership and focuses on preparing the brain to regulate its mental energy, reinforce strategic thinking and ignite innovative thinking.

South Plains College is the first community college to participate with the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas.

The next two days of the Academy will be in Rooms 129A-B at the SPC Lubbock Center, 3907 Ave. Q in Lubbock. Participants in past Title V grant activities will be showcased to share how they have implemented new technologies to improve their instruction. On the final day of the Academy (May 21), Academy participants will tour the new SPC Downtown Lubbock Campus and then convene for a debriefing session at the Texas Tech Club. The Summer Leadership Academy is funded by the SPC Title V Endgame Project. The grant will sponsor Leadership Academies for selected faculty each summer through 2025.


SPC Faculty Fellows are Karol Albus, instructor in mathematics; Jennifer Bartlett, instructor in mathematics; Roy Bearden-White, professor of English; Gina Becker, instructor in mathematics; Ashleigh Brewer, assistant professor of English; Leah Chenault, instructor in mathematics; Phyllis Cormier, instructor in mathematics; Emily Gilbert, assistant professor of literacy, English and education; Denise Johansen, instructor in mathematics; Raylene Nuffer, instructor in literacy, English and education; Sharon Race, chairperson of the English department and professor of English; Elaine Ramzinski, instructor in literacy, English and education; Lesley Shelton, instructor in English; Alma Lopez, professor of mathematics; and Erika Warnick, professor in literacy, English and education. 


For more information, contact Davis at (806) 716-4500.