Navigation

Keynote Speakers

3rd Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning at CNM

The keynote speakers for the 3rd Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning at CNM will be Roberta Carew and Liza Schellpfeffer. Both professors at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, Ms. Carew and Ms. Schellpfeffer will speak during morning and lunch plenary sessions on the conference theme of "Excellent Teaching through Action Research" and will consult with CNM faculty during the conference about Action Research projects in CNM classrooms.

Roberta Carew


Roberta Carew

Roberta Carew is a tenured Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Valencia College in Orlando, FL.  She has a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics Education with graduate certifications in Community College Education and SAS Data Mining. She completed her graduate work at the University of Central Florida, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education & Policy Studies with a concentration on Educational Research. Her dissertation research focuses on the impact of growth mindset interventions in developmental mathematics at the community college, as did her action research project for tenure at Valencia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure Mathematics from Florida A&M University. Roberta has been a professor of mathematics for over ten years.

Roberta has worked at Valencia since 2005. She has served the college as a professor, the Assistant Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment and as the co-chair of the College’s Data Team. At this time, her primary duties include online and classroom instruction, general education program learning outcomes assessment and course topic alignment in Mathematics, and serving as course chair for STA1001C – a new course born out of Valencia’s collaborative research with the Carnegie Foundation on Statway™.

Roberta also serves as the West Campus Data Consultant for tenure track faculty in the Teaching and Learning Academy. Her primary role in this position is to assist faculty in planning and implementing action research projects for their tenure portfolios. She also facilitates various workshops for these faculty related to research methodology, data collection and analysis. In addition, she co-facilitated a summer faculty development program designed to assist any interested faculty members in investigating innovative practices by means of action research projects. She has presented on action research and innovation in teaching at various community colleges and conferences. Prior to her work at Valencia, she also worked at the University of Central Florida and Tallahassee Community College. 

 

Liza Schellpfeffer


Liza Schellpfeffer

Liza Schellpfeffer is a tenured Professor of Speech Communication at Valencia College.  She has a Master of Arts degree in Communication.  She completed her graduate work at the University of Central Florida where her thesis work focused on mediation and communication tactics.  Her action research project for tenure at Valencia focused on the use of information videos during pre-orientation to improve student retention.  Professor Schellpfeffer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University.   Liza has been a communications professor for over ten years and has taught at the University of Central Florida.

In 2006, Liza joined Valencia College and has served the college as a professor, committee leader and Coordinator of the Speech and Mass Communications division.  Currently, her primary duties include online instruction, hiring, training and mentoring of communications faculty and development of interpersonal communication program assessment.  This work follows her co-leadership for the college-wide, oral communications assessment program the previous year.  Additionally, she is a leader in Valencia’s PIVOT 360 Leadership Academy.

Within Valencia’s Faculty Development program, Liza has served as a facilitator for over six years for various workshops including Valencia’s Blackboard training for online instruction and conducting internal Quality Matters reviews for online courses.   For the past two summers, Liza has assisted in the development and co-facilitated the Destination: Action Research program designed to assist any interested faculty members in investigating innovative practices by means of action research projects.  Liza’s previous research work has led to conference presentations on assessment and student retention.