The Aspen Institute Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 150 2017
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Professional Development & Experiential Learning

Mission Statement:

The Office of Professional Development & Experiential Learning, through its Center for Teaching and Learning, is dedicated to creating a culture of continuous learning and growth for all faculty, staff and administrators at Mott Community College.

Value Statements:

  • Provide a centralized venue through which faculty, staff and administrators may collaborate and discover professional development opportunities
  • Develop and share best practices in teaching, learning, and technology to support the pursuit of instructional and professional excellence
  • Promote lifelong learning to encourage both professional and personal growth
  • Provide the professional development opportunities, training and resources necessary to enhance learning in a diverse environment
  • Promote collegiality through mentoring and sharing expertise among the faculty, staff and administrators across the college

Meet the Staff:


Mara Fulmer
Mara Jevera Fulmer
Faculty Director of the CTL,Professor in Graphic Design/Art

Dr. Mara Fulmer’s work in the CTL focuses on developing professional development opportunities for college faculty and staff. The original developer of the Graphic Design program, and coordinator for 16 years, her area of interest in art/design is in cross-cultural experiences and visual communications. Previously, she was Art Director and adjunct lecturer in Journalism at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and Art Director at SUNY-Albany before that. She earned her Doctorate in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University, an MFA in Studio Arts/Graphic Design from Michigan State University, an MA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, and a BA in Fine Arts Photography and Journalism from SUNY-Albany. In 2012, she traveled to Russia as a Fulbright Specialist to teach a course in Cultural Journalism. To contact Mara, email mara.fulmer@mcc.edu or call 762-0394


Debra Gibes
Debra Gibes
Faculty Director of Experiential Learning

Debra earned her BS in Education with a Major in English and an MAT in Teaching with Major in Reading, both from Oakland University. With 30 years in the field of education, Debra Gibes has an extensive background in experiential learning. Through her position as a supervisor for an alternative high school, she launched a service learning program for at-risk students. At Mott, Debra has initiated experiential learning as a regular component of her courses each semester. She embraces positive short and long-term impacts of experiential learning for student success and is dedicated to working with Mott staff and faculty to expand and promote Experiential Learning opportunities on campus. To contact Debra, email debra.gibes@mcc.edu or call 410-1050.


Marlene Grisham
Marlene Grisham
Administrative Assistant

Marlene Grisham has served as the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Professional Development & Experiential Learning since late 2013. She is the person who makes sure that all of the wonderful parts of the CTL run smoothly! Prior to her work at MCC, Marlene spent over 35 years as Administrative Assistant/Office Manager in various capacities with two major automotive suppliers. To contact Marlene, email marlene.grisham@mcc.edu or call 762-5623


Dr. Joshua Sauvie
Dr. Joshua Sauvie
Associate Professor of English

Joshua Sauvie, English professor, has been at MCC for over 10 years. He received his MA in Teaching English at the University of Nevada, Reno and his PhD. in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University. At MCC, his primary role is teaching Composition, Poetry, Developmental English, as well as teaching English for the Honors college. One of his areas of interest and expertise is discovering how technology can be used in the classroom. To that end, Joshua is familiar with a wide-range of digital technology. To contact Joshua, email: joshua.sauvie@mcc.edu.


James Shurter
Jim Shurter
Graphic Design Program Coordinator & Associate Professor

Jim Shurter, Graphic Design professor, has taught at Mott for over 12 years. He received a BFA from the University of Michigan - Flint, in Theatre Performance. He then went on to study art and design at Mott Community College, where he received his AAS in Graphic Design. After working as a professional designer and art director, Jim returned to Michigan State University, where he graduated with an MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. He currently serves as the Art and Graphic Design Coordinator. Jim is always looking for the latest and greatest tech trends to bring to the classroom. To contact him, email james.shurter@mcc.edu.


Bill Withem
Dr. Bill Withem
Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Bill Withem, Associate Professor of Music and coordinator of the Music Technology Program, has been teaching at Mott Community College since 2011. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from Michigan State University, with additional degrees from Illinois State University, Appalachian State University, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At MCC, his main focus is teaching music technology courses, with music theory, aural skills, and music composition. He enjoys introducing both students and colleagues to using technology as a tool to achieve success. To contact Bill, email bill.withem@mcc.edu.


September 18, 2017
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