The Technical College of the Lowcountry recently announced the creation of The Liz and Todd Clist Center for Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence to support faculty instructional excellence and professional development.
“The role of community colleges is so important in today’s economy,” Todd said. “This Center will directly support the TCL faculty who are teaching our future workforce and making such a valuable contribution to our community.”
The Clists, who are long-time community college advocates and TCL supporters, funded the Center to ensure faculty have greater access to the best resources.
“We hope to help the faculty increase their skills and keep current in these fast-changing times,” Liz said.
This project is significant to TCL for many reasons.
“This is the college’s first gift that is solely dedicated to our educators, making it truly transformative,” President Richard Gough said. “Because of the Clists’ generosity, our faculty can be even more confident, creative and innovative.”
Faculty members echo Gough’s excitement and appreciation.
“We are very thankful to Todd and Liz Clist for their generous financial support in helping to create the Center,” Faculty Senate President and Psychology Instructor Tom Mullins said. “It will provide additional opportunities for training and resources helping us continually improve and remain relevant.”
The Center will help fund learning and teaching workshops, consultants, seminars, speakers and other activities designed to promote teaching and learning through collaboration.
For example, the Center recently funded a presentation by noted neuroscientist Dr. Janet Zadina, who discussed how to improve student learning through implementing innovative techniques based on how the brain processes information.
The Center’s benefits, however, will go well beyond the faculty.
“Because the faculty’s newly acquired knowledge will go right to work in the classroom, the students win big, too,” Gough said.
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