Mark Potter, founding director of the Center for Faculty Development, has been named associate vice president for academic and civic collaboration, overseeing several University centers and initiatives to promote civic engagement as part of the student learning experience.
The position has been renamed from its original title of associate vice president for academic centers and programs and its responsibilities broadened.
Potter will work with the Applied Learning Center, Center for Individualized Learning, Office of International Studies, Honors Program, Center for Urban Education and Center for Innovation. He will report to Vicki Golich, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.
In addition, Potter will provide leadership for initiatives based on the American Democracy Project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
The mission of the ADP, Potter says, is to help institutions of higher learning “ensure that students graduate as responsible and educated citizens of our democracy.” That means working with center directors and faculty as a team to engage students in “the kind of problem solving we need our citizens to be skilled in.” Though separate from the ADP, a seminar offered earlier this month that Potter helped develop advanced the same goal.
Potter majored in history and French as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a master’s and doctorate in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining MSU Denver, he taught at the University of Wyoming, chairing the History Department there from 2005-08. Potter has led the Center for Faculty Development since its inception in 2008.
Potter says he takes on his new role at an “exciting time for MSU Denver.” The position supports the value-added opportunities that supplement a student’s classroom education.
“As prospective students look at the changing landscape of higher education, they’ll be asking themselves, ‘Why do I want to come to MSU Denver?’ There will be lots of good answers. But one of them will be, ‘If I come to MSU Denver, I can engage in all of these opportunities that will truly enhance my undergraduate experience such as entrepreneurial training, undergraduate research or study abroad.'”
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