The Faculty Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

The Mission of the Faculty Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is to develop and support pedagogical initiatives that will provide a distinctive and transformative educational experience for our students.


Dr. Anne Figus

Welcome to the Faculty Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Lewis University. Our goal is to help faculty members create a rich and transformative learning environment that provides an engaging and challenging experience for students.

The Center staff members are dedicated to providing faculty with the ability to engage in development activities, to fully integrate innovative technology solutions in the classroom environment and to evaluate student learning, regardless of the modality.

Through personalized support and training, as well as workshops created to introduce new technology and teaching strategies, the Center is dedicated to providing the necessary resources for faculty members to provide a dynamic learning environment for our students.

If you have any questions or have a willingness to lead a workshop in your area of interest or expertise, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to working with you.

Anne Figus, Ed.D.
Assistant Provost
Faculty Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning


The mission of the Assessment Office is to support the communication and implementation of a cohesive university-wide assessment system for continuous improvement of student learning and institutional effectiveness at Lewis University.

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Faculty Development


The Faculty Development Committee serves as liaisons by providing advisory support and advocating for faculty initiatives that promote professional growth including mentoring, scholarship, and pedagogy that support student success in the spirit of the Lasallian Mission.

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Academic Technology


The Academic Technology Solutions Team focuses on advancing teaching and learning through the development, support and research of technologies related to instructional strategies for faculty and students.

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The Faculty Lounge


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Dominic Colonna

Dr. Dominic Colonna, Professor of Theology, joined the Lewis family in 1999. He is a graduate of Connecticut College with a Master of Divinity from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Fordham University. While Dr. Colonna has contributed to theological publications and admits that he has had other opportunities to do administrative work, he states that his most enjoyable role at Lewis is “working with students.” When asked what led him to this profession, he stated, “discernment – a process by which we figure out what we are called to do in the world. It involves not only reflection, meaning using your head, but it includes looking into your heart. It’s being honest about yourself, and then you combine your head and your heart to figure out who you should be and what you should do.”

As an instructor, Dr. Colonna employs unique strategies in his classroom, like the use of art, to bring out conversation about topics such as faith and theology. He states that “a conversation about art and beauty is less intimidating than talking about truths; we can be a little bit more relaxed” and it creates a “way of getting into heavier topics, like religion and faith. The use of art is very effective because it invites people; it engages them.”

Dr. Colonna is currently coordinating the development of a full-semester program of study at the Christian Brothers headquarters in Rome, scheduled for the spring 2018 semester. “The goal” he explains “is to use the headquarters of the Christian Brothers in Rome, as an international learning center. I am planning to live in Rome for 12 weeks. The idea is to build this collaborative learning center in Rome with six other schools.” In closing, Dr. Colonna cites De La Salle’s Meditation 139.3: “The greatest miracle you can perform is to touch the hearts of your students.”

Indeed it is, Dr. Colonna.

Upcoming Events


Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) and Monitor Webinar
New Online Testing Feature in Blackboard!


  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017
    10:00 am – 10:30 am

Location: Join us online or in the Faculty Center (LR-112)*

Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. The browser displays the assessment in full-screen that cannot be minimized and also prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and network monitoring applications. Come to this 30-minute session to learn about the LDB and Monitor features and how to incorporate them into your online courses.

Respondus Monitor
Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams. Respondus Monitor integrates seamlessly with Blackboard and is ideal for non-proctored testing environments. This overview will explain how to incorporate into your courses.

*This overview will be hosted by Respondus representatives Anna Desmond, Senior Account Manager and Arie Sowers, Senior Product Specialist via webinar. You can join us in the Faculty Center (LR-112/1st Floor of the Library), or feel free to participate from the comfort of your office or home.

Workshops Registration


  • Lisa Caldwell
    Faculty Development and Support Technologist
    (815) 836-5748

  • Sue Sollie
    Senior Academic Technologist
    (815) 836-5518

  • Joe Jirka
    Learning Management System (LMS) Administrator
    (815) 836-5668

  • Br. Gustavo Sinco, FSC
    Academic Technologist
    (815) 836-5140

  • Nancy O'Sullivan
    Instructional Design Specialist
    (815) 836-5708

  • Dr. Joyce Hayward
    Division Chair, Professor, Foundations, Leadership & Literacy
    (815) 836-5487

  • Dr. Anne Figus
    Assistant Provost, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
    (815) 834-6101

Contact the Faculty Center
Phone: (815) 588-7175