Transforming field experts into educators: Leveraging expertise to create student-centric instruction

Concurrent Session 7
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Brief Abstract

Looking for ways to transform your subject matter experts into skilled top-notch instructors? Subject matter experts possess the expertise to teach topics but often lack the skills and competencies needed to effectively deliver instruction. Join us in this session to see how we created a comprehensive faculty development program leveraging military experience to delivery student-focused instruction.  


Kassy Tyler, Ed. D. promotes online and blended learning innovation at the Joint Special Operations University ; the education division of the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill AFB, FL where she serves as the Director of Distance Learning. Kassy earned her doctorate degree at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fl.

Additional Authors

Mr. Bryce Barnhart is the Lead Instructional Designer at the Joint Special Operations University Enlisted Academy, Joint Special Operations University, Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He is responsible for the analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation for all educational material in JSOU-EA. He leads the JSOU-EA instructional design team to support each of the four Career Education Programs. Mr. Barnhart has over 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, school administrator, curriculum designer, professional development manager, and instructional technologist. Mr. Barnhart has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University.
I am the Director, Faculty Development at the Joint Special Operations University. Originally from MacClenny Florida, I entered the U.S. Air Force in 1981 in the communications field and retired in 2003. I consider myself as lifelong educator with over 30 years of teaching and curriculum development experience within the military and civilian sectors. I have been married to my wife Jodie Shiver for over 34 years. We have two children Jennifer and Joey and four grandsons A.J., Jose', Liam, and Lucas. We also have two dogs, Petie and Pappy.

Extended Abstract

Developing faculty is challenging for any university. Just because someone has knowledge and experience on a particular topic, it does not always translate into them being an effective instructor. What we have learned is that often times these “subject matter experts” utilize a ‘sage on the stage’ teaching methodology supported by ‘death by PowerPoint’. We recognize this is the least effective way for people to learn and translates to the lowest amount of application of newly learned skills in the workplace. In our years of experience working at a military university, we have recognized that there is a need to transform subject matter experts with extensive training backgrounds into highly skill, student-centered educators. What we have created is a scaffolded and broad spectrum of faculty development techniques which leverage expertise whi

Presentation Goals:

In this interactive session we will:

  • Identify a scaffolded approach to faculty development
  • Discuss lessons learned in instructor onboarding
  • Illustrate our current strategies on how to create student-centered educators
  • Examine ways you can mitigate resistance to online adoption

The presenters will engage attendees in a conversation intended to paint a vision of a faculty development program that works for the benefit of students.

Take aways:

  • Discover a variety of approaches to connecting faculty with development opportunities.
  • Incorporate existing development programs into targeted opportunities for growth.
  • Create a framework for a subject matter expert to educator conversion

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