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Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development

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Campus Partners

The Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development is staffed by a Director who works closely with partners across campus who also provide faculty development opportunities.

Director of the Endeavor Center

Nancy Chick - Rollins College

Nancy Chick came to Rollins College in July of 2018.  Since earning her PhD in 1998, she has been a faculty member in English Departments -- first on one of the smallest campuses in the University of Wisconsin System, then at Vanderbilt University, and most recently at the University of Calgary. During her life as a faculty member, she has been a passionate participant in faculty development on teaching and learning. In the last 15 years, she has taken on more leadership roles in this faculty development, particularly related to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

Nancy has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited a range of publications about teaching, about the results of her SoTL projects, and about SoTL as a field. In 2011, she was selected as the founding editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), and selected Gary Poole (University of British Columbia) as co-editor, and the journal is now in wrapping up its sixth year of publication.  She brought TLI's editorial office with her to Rollins and will be working with Rollins students as the journal's editorial manager.  For more information, view Nancy's online portfolio at

Reach Nancy at or (407) 646-2704, or in Olin 209.   

History of the Endeavor Center

The Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development is supported by a generous endowment from the Endeavor Foundation. The Diane and Michael Maher Chair of Distinguished Teaching makes it possible for a Rollins faculty member to work collaboratively with the Director to enhance faculty development programming.

The Center was originally called the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching, which was established and endowed at Rollins College in the 1990s by The Endeavor Foundation. The Endeavor Foundation was established in 1952 in New York by Mr. Christian A. Johnson, a financier who had wide-ranging interests and involvements and derived great personal pleasure from nurturing the curiosity and intellectual development of young people. A director of the American Natural Gas Company who was centrally involved in the creation of the Public Utility Holding Act of 1939, Mr. Johnson was a Swedish immigrant who maintained a lifelong interest in education, medical research, and youth development. He also was an advocate of the free enterprise system and the study of economics. He established The Endeavor Foundation to help others achieve their aspirations and make a contribution to society. 

Mr. Johnson passed away in 1964. For many years, his daughter, Mrs. Julie Johnson Kidd, has served as The Endeavor Foundation’s president, treasurer, and a member of its board trustees. Although Mrs. Kidd has asserted that The Endeavor Foundation’s grantmaking “has always emanated from the principles by which my father lived his life,” the Foundation’s outstanding impacts over the decades rightfully are attributed to her as much as to her father. Recognized as a lifelong advocate for and supporter of liberal arts education, Mrs. Kidd has served on the boards of trustees of several colleges in the United States and Europe, as well as of the Trust for Mutual Understanding; received honorary degrees from Marlboro College and her alma mater, Middlebury College; and was instrumental in launching the European College of the Liberal Arts and the International School of Liberal Arts. She also was a founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian, chaired the board of the Museum of the American Indian, and received the James Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Council of Independent Colleges’ Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy, and the University of Warsaw Medal of Honor, among other honors.    

Mrs. Kidd, working closely with Rollins College’s 13th president, Dr. Rita Bornstein, was a driving force behind The Endeavor Foundation’s generous gifts to establish and endow at Rollins the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching. In Richard Hersh and John Merrow’s 2015 book Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk, Mrs. Kidd was quoted that although in some ways American higher education has lost its bearings, “Pockets of excellence do exist, particularly among the small liberal arts colleges, where some students are transformed and broadened in thrilling ways.” She also told The Foundation Center in an interview several years ago that The Endeavor Foundation has chosen liberal arts education as its primary area of focus based in part on her father’s and her “life-long passion for the challenges of what it means to educate each generation of young people, to educate them in a way that liberates them from narrow, prejudiced, and superstitious thinking and allows them to blossom into their best and most complete and positive selves, thus inspiring intellectual and emotional growth throughout their lives. What could be more important than this? This is a passion that I shared with my father and have continued to feel throughout my life.”

Campus Partners in Faculty Development

In the spirit of Rollins College's integrated approach to educating students, the Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development partners with its campus colleagues to support all faculty in the development of the inextricably interwoven aspects of teaching, scholarship, and service at a liberal arts college.

Rachel Newcomb, Professor of Anthropology, is the the Diane and Michael Maher Chair of Distinguished Teaching

This chair, a gift from Rollins alumnus Michael Maher and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, was established to honor and further the College’s reputation and efforts in the art of teaching.

Erik Kenyon is the Director of Student and Faculty Engagement for the Holt School, dedicated to proving teaching support to Holt's adjunct faculty in ways that work with their busy lives, such as organizing periodic events (e.g., Adjunct Welcome Dinner, workshops), emailing teaching tips for various points up to and during the term, and making himself available for individual consultations.  He is happy to meet adjunct faculty to discuss course design, classroom management, connecting to campus resources, etc., and is available at times that work for them (weekends included)--whether on campus, by phone, or Skype. 

Find Erik in Olin 306, or reach out to him at or 646-2178.

Instructional Design & Technology at Rollins College is a dynamic group of instructional technologists who specialize in helping our faculty with the use of technology in your face-to-face, web-enhanced, and blended classroom.

They are committed to provide the following support:

  • Collaborate with faculty to design course content and courses.
  • Develop training materials to assist with the use of media and technologies into the face-to-face, web-enhanced, and blended classroom.
  • Facilitate professional development on a variety of topics from blogs and wikis to creating eBooks and the use of multimedia.
  • Foster a community of technological innovation through faculty presentations and grant opportunities.
  • Recommend technology solutions for desired learning outcomes.
  • Train faculty, staff, and students to use Blackboard and other academic technologies.

Learn more about IDT.

The Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub supports addressing local and global social issues through hands-on learning and purposeful dialogue based on human-centered design thinking methodology.  The Hub is also a space for students and faculty to gather and innovate for social change.

For faculty, Patrick Odoyo and Dan Chong offer training opportunities as well as social innovation research and resources.

Learn more about the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub.

The Office of Grants & Sponsored Research assists faculty with finding, securing, and managing external grants for student-faculty collaborative research, interdisciplinary faculty development projects, service-learning initiatives, and curriculum development projects--to name a few.  Specifically, the office helps in identifying funding opportunities, developing and reviewing proposals and project budgets, completing standard applications forms, assuring compliance with federal regulations, negotiating grant awards and contracts, and managing post-award procedures and reporting.  

Learn more about the Office of Grants & Sponsored Research.

Bill Rodriguez is the Senior IT Security Engineer for Rollins College. His mission is to protect Rollins College from cyber threats and educate the Rollins community on how to use technology safely and securely.

Bill supports faculty in their work with documents and data -- such as research data, manuscript drafts, past student work, etc. -- by helping faculty store and/or share them safely, securely, and intentionally.  As part of this concern for safe, secure storage and sharing, he can help faculty develop (and not forget) secure passwords and reduce the threat of dangerous phishing messages aimed at obtaining private information.

Bill Rodriguez is available at or 407-628-6311.

The Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program supports faculty-student partnerships in original research projects. Both the faculty and student partners receive stipends for eight weeks in the summer.  Each project should result in a co-authored peer-reviewed publication.

Learn more about the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program.

Olin Library is an integral part of the instructional, intellectual, and cultural life of Rollins College, and they support and contribute to the work of faculty in a variety of ways.

Olin librarians liaise with faculty members in all academic departments at the college.  For instance, they do the following:

  • Help in developing syllabi and scaffolding assignments for courses with research components,
  • Add rigor to assignments and develop critical thinking skills by mapping outcomes to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy,
  • Provide instruction sessions and co-teaching partnerships in the classroom to support information literacy for students,
  • Meet in groups or one-on-one with students doing major research projects or have remedial research needs, and
  • Assist faculty with their own research questions, including topics such as literature reviews, publication insight, citation analysis, and calculating scholarship impact factors. ·

The Olin Library also collects resources in print and online to support the curriculum, and provides interlibrary loans free of charge. Purchase recommendations are always welcome.

The Olin Library also supports two internal grant opportunities for faculty: the Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants and the Faculty Instructional Technology Integration (FITI) Grants.

Olin also supports the College’s official institutional repository, Rollins Scholarship Online (RSO), wherein faculty authors can make their work accessible to scholars and researchers worldwide.

Learn more about Olin Library.

The Tutoring and Writing Center at Olin Library is a free service for all students for help with course material and/or papers. Peer tutors and writing consultants regularly meet with students and soon will be available to read assignment instructions and give feedback to faculty. 

Learn more about the Tutoring and Writing Center.

The Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement collaborates with faculty in fostering learning environments for students to gain awareness of self and others and in planning programs that advance issues of diversity in campus and community. For instance, they host Safe Zone training, Tar Talks, diversity training, and more.

Learn more about the Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement.

The Center for Career & Life Planning supports Rollins faculty in engaging students in meaningful conversations about and preparing for life after college (e.g., students’ career development, academic internships, post-graduation success, LinkedIn, resume development, mock interviews).

For instance, CCLP staff are able to give presentations tailored to your specific classes or contexts via the Outreach Request Form.  They can partner with faculty in designing assignments that reinforce the personal, social, and intellectual development fostered by a liberal arts education. For other ways to integrate career and life planning content, reach out to Tricia Zelaya-Leon.

Learn more about the Center for Career & Life Planning.