AUBURN UNIVERSITY— Auburn University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Timothy Boosinger, has announced the appointment of Diane Boyd of Furman University as director of Auburn University’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, effective Sept. 1.
Noting that Boyd was selected following a nationwide search, Boosinger said, “Dr. Boyd brings an outstanding reputation for building strong faculty enhancement programs at her former institution. I am confident we have found an energetic, creative and engaging leader who understands the needs of our faculty and will work steadfastly to provide innovative teaching and learning programs.”
As director, Boyd will provide leadership to the Biggio Center’s professional development programs for faculty and graduate students, as well as the Instructional Multimedia Group. She also will work with academic units to identify and facilitate new programs designed to support pedagogical principles and technology-based initiatives across campus.
Prior to joining Auburn University, Boyd served as the associate director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Furman University from 2006-2014.In this role, Boyd was responsible for the development and facilitation of various faculty advancement seminars and programs. Her experience includes providing leadership to Furman’s faculty learning communities, Team-Based Learning initiatives, classroom space redesign efforts and assessment procedures. A recognized leader in the fields of curriculum development and course design, Boyd also previously served as the director of Teaching, Leadership and Technology Center at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Boyd received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University in 1992 and 1995 respectively, and completed her Ph.D. at Auburn University in 2002. She is a member of the Professional and Organizational Development Network, the Southern Regional Faculty Development Consortium, and the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
“The faculty are Auburn’s greatest resource and our strategic plan calls for enhancing faculty success at all ranks—which directly aligns with the goals of the Biggio Center,” said Boosinger. “My vision for the center is to strengthen our institution’s emphasis on faculty growth and to develop programs that will renew our faculty in all realms of their professional lives.”
The Biggio Center was established in 2003 through funding from the estate of Alvin A. and Mila Biggio to promote the professional development of all instructional, administrative and professional staff in support of excellent teaching and enhanced learning.
(Submitted by Julie Huff.)