Talladega College faculty attend summer program in New York

Dr. Michelle Bridgewater, Dr. Angela Walker and Dr. Karen Petty

Three Talladega College faculty members recently participated in New York University Faculty Resource Network (FRN) activities in New York, N.Y.

Dr. Angela Walker, chair of public administration and assistant to the provost, attended FRN’s annual liaison officers’ dinner and business meeting. Dr. Karen Petty, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Michelle Bridgewater, assistant professor of special education, attended the New York University FRN Summer Seminar. The seminar is an award-winning professional development initiative that sponsors programs for faculty members from a consortium of more than 50 colleges and universities.

Petty participated in FRN’s Social Media and Literacy in the Classroom: New Pathways to Learning seminar. Bridgewater participated in the Classroom Teaching Effectiveness seminar.

“When our faculty members return to campus, Dr. Bridgewater and Dr. Petty will each give a presentation about the seminars they attended and what they learned,” said Dr. Walker, who serves as Talladega’s FRN liaison officer. “My role is to share information about FRN with faculty members. At Talladega, we have our own internal process for applying to attend the seminar. I assist faculty in preparing their applications, but FRN makes the final selection. Admission to the summer seminar is competitive, so we are excited and proud that two Talladegans were accepted into the program.”

FRN, an academic partnership devoted to faculty development, is now in its fourth decade. The organization fosters partnership, connection, collaboration and collegiality among its members.

The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant. Talladega College is the home of the renowned Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, which received rave reviews from The New York Times during a three-year, eight-museum tour.