April 23, 2012

Center for Teaching Excellence finalist’s forum set

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A third candidate for the position of director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will meet with constituents on campus this week.

Dave S. Knowlton, an associate professor of instructional technology in the Department of Educational Leadership at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will hold a forum for University students, staff and faculty from 9:15 to 10 a.m., Thursday, April 26, at the University Museum Auditorium.

The Center for Teaching Excellence provides assistance in sound teaching practices, instructional technology, and enhancing on-campus and distance education courses.

The forum will provide an opportunity to meet the candidate and ask questions about his proposed approaches to the position and is in conjunction with the interview for the position. 

Two other candidates, Karla S. Berry and Alvaro H. Galvis, visited the campus and spoke at forums last week, focusing on “Opportunities and Challenges of New Technology in Higher Education.”  Berry is an independent consultant and former dean of the School of Media and Communication for San Diego-based National University, and Galvis, also an independent consultant, and the former creator and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Winston-Salem State University.

Full curriculum vitas for the candidates are available at pvcaa.siuc.edu/searches.html.           

Knowlton earned each of his degrees from the University of Memphis, formerly Memphis State University.  He earned his Doctor of Education degree in instruction and curriculum in 1998; a master’s in English, with an emphasis in professional writing, in 1993, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with an emphasis in public relations, in 1990.

Knowlton has been at SIU Edwardsville since 2001, beginning as an assistant professor of instructional design and learning technologies; he has been in his current post since August 2007.  From August 1998 to July 2001, after completing his doctoral degree, Knowlton was an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Behavioral Sciences, and later director of the Center for Distance Education and Learning Technologies at Crichton College, now Victory University, in Memphis, Tenn.  Knowlton was also an instructor in the business and English departments at the college from January 1997 to August 1998. 

Knowlton’s background includes serving as an instructor in the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership at the University of Memphis from June 1995 to August 1998, and an instructor in the English Department at Dyersburg State Community College from August 1994 to May 1995.

His scholarly writings include numerous book chapters and contributions, and he is an author of serial books “Problem-based learning in the Information Age,” and co-author of “Principles of Effective Teaching in the Online Classroom.”

He is also is involved with music, and is a music education consultant for Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tenn. He has taught instrumental music on a part-time basis in approximately 20 different high schools, middle schools and private academies, much through a consulting role with Mid-South Band Consultants in Germantown, Tenn., but continued to teach high school band on a part-time basis at schools in six different states.