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The Center for Mentoring, Learning and Academic Innovation (CMLAI) faculty development opportunities allow faculty the chance to pursue a wide range of scholarly and/or practice-oriented projects specifically related to teaching, mentoring, adult learning and faculty development.

CML Faculty Associates

Sue Epstein

Mentor Sue Epstein (Department of Business, Management & Economics) will be the faculty associate with CMLAI in 2017-2018. During this one year, .50 release from mentoring and teaching responsibilities, Epstein will have an opportunity to pursue her ongoing work on “work-life-school intersections,” a topic relevant to students and to colleagues across the college and part of her goal of a creating an Empire State College Center for Work-Life-School Success. In addition to this research, Sue will make regular contributions to CMLAI’s faculty development activities.

Photo of Jordan Wright

Mentor Jordan Wright (Center for Distance Learning) is the faculty associate with CML in 2016-2017. During this one year, .50 release from mentoring and teaching responsibilities, Jordan will have an opportunity to pursue his interest in the development of research in the college and to help colleagues gain new tools in educational and social science research design. In addition to his focus on research across the college, he will make regular contributions to CML’s faculty development activities.

Desalyn De-Souza

Desalyn De-Souza, mentor in Community and Human Services and Human Development with the Central New York Region, served as CML faculty associate from July 27, 2015 to July 22, 2016.  De-Souza has served as co-convener of the CML Advisory Board, and has served on the planning groups for both the New Mentor Orientation and the Institute on Mentoring, Teaching and Learning.  She brought not only extensive knowledge of the work of CML, but also, through her participation in conferences and related research projects, considerable knowledge and experience in the field of professional development.  During her time as faculty associate, her projects included piloting models for professional development in the college’s dispersed environment, offering workshops and webinars on learning design and assessment, and furthering CML initiatives in support of adjunct faculty orientation and development.  These efforts, along with promoting the work of CML – both within and outside the college – and sharing the results of her work through articles in higher education publications, support both ESC’s learning community and the college’s contributions to the field.  De-Souza was provided a .50 release from mentoring and teaching as part of this appointment.

Betty Hurley


Betty Hurley, academic area coordinator in mathematics and technology studies at the Center for Distance Learning, served as CML faculty associate from July 2013-July 2015, with a .50 release from mentoring and teaching. Hurley-Dasgupta identified key open educational resources of use to faculty and students, created resource pages in Mahara, investigated assessment of emerging learning and examined the effectiveness of assessment strategies within OERs. She shared the results of her work through workshops, the CML website and articles.

Dee Britton


Dee Britton, academic area coordinator and mentor in Social Theory, Social Structure and Change at the Center for Distance Learning, and mentor at the Central New York Center, served as CML faculty associate from Jan. 22-June 21, 2013. Britton developed a collegewide online faculty learning community for faculty working in social research (launch is pending), an online tutorial in SPSS as an open educational resource, a student social research residency and explored the uses of ePortfolios with her students. She is sharing this work with faculty through presentations, workshops and the CML website. Britton was provided a .50 release from mentoring and teaching as part of this appointment.



The Center for Mentoring, Learning and Academic Innovation invites applications for a faculty associate for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. This person will work on a sustained, in-depth, and ongoing project of his or her choice that will support ongoing renewal and development of Empire State College faculty. The CMLAI faculty associate will join the CMLAI team and will work closely with the director to carry out the new vision of CMLAI. The goal of this reassignment is to bring new voices and perspectives to professional development opportunities at Empire State College. Faculty in this role will work with the Center for Mentoring, Learning and Academic Innovation to ensure that CMLAI is a vibrant and relevant college resources to meet the diverse and varying interests of the ESC faculty. New ideas for workshops, presentations, resource sharing, etc. are welcome from the faculty associate. Furthering the associate’s own professional development plan is also an important aspect of this role.

Any project connected to the professional development of the ESC faculty, i.e., projects that help to strengthen the community’s teaching and mentoring and that help encourage conversation about common work across the institution will be considered. Some suggestions for topics include:

  • Providing leadership in the planning, presenting, and evaluation of a CMLAI-sponsored research conference.
  • Studying academic innovation and innovative uses of technology in mentoring and teaching, and sharing that information and experience through CMLAI-sponsored webinars and workshops.
  • Generating and supporting focused discussion forums about a range of faculty development topics (through live chats, discussion boards, videos, blogs, social media, etc.).
  • Providing leadership in the creation of writing groups, research project groups, or artistic projects that would bring colleagues across the college together as they pursue scholarly and creative work related to their professional development.
  • Planning a faculty development project specific to adjunct faculty across the college.
  • Bringing to others outside of ESC insight (through conference presentations, etc.) of work taking place within the college.

Proposals need not be limited to these examples.

This reassignment provides .50 release time from regular mentoring responsibilities for a full-time faculty member over a period of one year, beginning August 21, 2017 and ending August 17, 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss project ideas with Tom Mackey, vice provost for academic programs, or Alan Mandell, college professor of adult learning and mentoring.

To apply for this position, the applicant should first consult with his/her associate dean or dean about this opportunity and how it supports his/her long-range professional development plans. The applicant should then submit a description of his/her ideas for contributing to professional development across the college with CMLAI. He/she should also explain how this work will contribute to his/her own professional development. These materials should be sent to the associate dean by 24 February along withhis/her current curriculum vita. The associate dean forwards his/her written recommendation and the candidate’s materials to Kathy Cole (Kathleen.Cole in the Office of Academic Affairs by 17 March. Tom Mackey and Alan Mandell will then work with a selection committee to make recommendations to the provost. Applicants and associate deans will be notified by 10 April to allow for individual and office planning.

Final Report: Upon completion of the reassignment, the faculty member is responsible for submitting a report to the director of the Center for Mentoring, Learning and Academic Innovation and the associate dean or dean regarding her/his accomplishments during the reassignment, and providing a copy to the Office of Academic Affairs. The faculty associate is also strongly encouraged to share her/his work with the college community through presentations/writings.