Our Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
We are committed to:
- Foster dialogue among faculty and across disciplines about teaching and learning issues through the development of and participation in departmental and campus-wide programs and workshops
- Maximize student learning in UMD classrooms
- Advocate for learning-centered teaching
- Help to develop scholarly teachers and the scholarship of teaching
- Encourage faculty and student diversity and inclusive teaching
- Integrate multiple learning styles into the curricula
- Adapt appropriate teaching technologies for your teaching
- Promote understanding of our changing student body
- Create a campus culture that values and rewards teaching
Consultants and Staff
LeAne Rutherford, Associate Professor/ Instructional Consultant/Newsletter Editor
LeAne Rutherford has had a lengthy and productive association with learning and teaching and with the University of Minnesota Duluth. She received her M.A. in English there in 1966, taught in the Duluth Public Schools for 11 years and at UMD for 34 years. Sixteen years of them were spent teaching a dozen different writing courses for the Department of Composition. For the past 19 years she has been an instructional development consultant and newsletter editor.
She wrote, edited, and published 28 issues of Instructional Development , published 42 articles (both academic and commercial), participated in and chronicled the technological growth of UMD, edited countless manuscripts for faculty members, made 20 conference presentations, attended and/or assisted with 100 workshops, conducted International and National Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientations, served on 8 community agencies/organizations, worked with Japanese M.B.A. candidates to prepare them for entry into American academic life, and received numerous grants.
Shelley L. Smith, Associate Professor/Instructional Consultant/Web Editor
Shelley Smith received her MS in Communication Studies from Portland State University and her Ph.D. in Intercultural and Diversity Communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has been actively engaged in teaching and training in academia since 1984. She has taught undergraduate and graduate communication courses, and was an Education Specialist at the UMTC's Center for Teaching and Learning Services for nine years where she was a graduate instructor for the Preparing Future Faculty and ITA programs, and a facilitator for the Midcareer and Internationalizing the On-Campus Curriculum Faculty programs. She has been an Education Consultant doing on-site consultation, customizing and configuring of ePortfolio software, and providing on-line and on-site training, and has also been a faculty trainer and program developer for the Program for Nations in Transition in Ukraine.
Fizz Forsey, Graduate Intern
Fizz Forsey received her B.A. in Adventure Recreation from De Montfort University, in Bedford England. She is currently a graduate student studying for an M.Ed. in Environmental Education, where her areas of interest are gender and wilderness environments. Prior to attending UMD, Fizz was the manager of an experiential education center in Gloucestershire, England. She is passionate about education and hopes to one day teach at a university level.
Jason Ellis, Principal Administrative Specialist
As a Duluth native, Jason Ellis is no stranger to UMD. A few years after graduating from UMD, he began working here through an AmeriCorps position with the Darland Connection as a coordinator of UMD student volunteers. After two years in this position, he was offered a temporary administrative assistant position with the Darland Connection and the Office of Civic Engagement. A few months later he was hired as a full-time administrative assistant, sharing his duties with the Instructional Development Service, the Office of Civic Engagement, and the Darland Connection. A goal of Jason's had always been to work in an academic setting, especially at UMD in his hometown of Duluth.