Mori Kemper - Integrative Professional Development to Engage Geographically-Dispersed Faculty

By Jean Mandernach – October 24, 2011

Research presented at the Professional and Organizational Development in Higher Education (POD) conference in Atlanta, GA, October 2011.


Growth in online education has changed the structure and profile of the faculty community. No longer can faculty development focus exclusively on traditional, campus-based faculty; professional development initiatives must expand in scope and focus to meet the needs of a diverse faculty body comprised of full-time, adjunct, face-to-face, and online faculty. Specific to this challenge, is the range in physical and psychological connection of each unique faculty population to the campus community. Roundtable discussion will explore the unique challenges for faculty developers who collaborate with geographically-dispersed faculty as well as highlight innovative opportunities for engaging faculty teaching online.

Conference Presentation:

Kemper, M. & Mandernach, B.J. (2011). Integrative faculty development to engage geographically-dispersed faculty. Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Faculty Spotlight:


Mori Kemper is currently the Director of Professional Development, in the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University where her primary responsibility is to design and plan interactive professional learning workshops for campus faculty and adjuncts aligned to research-based best practice in teaching and learning in higher education.  Additionally, she provides a formal mentor program that supports faculty and adjuncts interested in improving their practice in the college classroom.  Prior to joining Grand Canyon University, Mori served 20 years in K-12 education as a middle and high school French and English teacher, Mentor teacher, high school Principal and Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment for a high school district. 

Mori received a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University, an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix and is currently earning her PhD in Psychology from Capella University. She holds current Arizona Principal and Superintendent Certificates.  Mori is a member on the Affiliate Leaders Council for Learning Forward and a 2008 NSDC Academy graduate and has presented several times at both national and local secondary and post-secondary conferences.  She is a member of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, an organization committed to quality professional development in the post-secondary arena.


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