Already, Curry-Lourenco says she’s impressed. “The commitment of faculty to student success is something that stands out to me at TCC,” she said. “It’s real. It’s genuine, and I can see the commitment put into action.”
Curry-Lourenco’s role is fostering that process. The buzzwords around her job description sound lofty: curriculum development and assessment, evaluation of program outcomes, support for clinical and classroom instructional strategies, and integration of simulation and technology across the curriculum.
“My interpretation of the role is to support and empower faculty,” she said. “Inherently, the role of this position is to give faculty the tools that they need in order to make students successful.”
Initially, she’s in a learning and listening phase, asking faculty what they need from her in an effort to build a partnering relationship. In addition, Curry-Lourenco has already put several tracking processes in place to learn, for example, how faculty is using educational technology and simulation at the school, which houses four simulation-enhanced skills labs and four simulation rooms with two control rooms.