Arts and Communication Adjunct Professor to Direct On-Campus Professional Development and Training Center

PHOTO: Dena WhippleMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Dena Whipple, an adjunct assistant professor in the SUNY Orange Arts and Communication Department, will direct professional development and training programs for faculty and staff members as the newly named coordinator of the College’s on-campus Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).

Whipple, who joined the SUNY Orange faculty in 2005 as an adjunct instructor, will oversee a revamped CTLT (formerly the Center for Teaching and Learning) that was established in 2006 to promote excellence in teaching and learning within the SUNY Orange community by offering innovative instructional programs, services and resources.

Programming delivered through the CTLT, located on the second floor of the College Library on the Middletown campus, is designed to enhance faculty teaching methods and practices in order to enrich student learning. Workshops offered by the CTLT also aim to promote collegiality and collaboration at the College, support the development of new courses and curricula, and heighten faculty and staff creativity. Whipple will also be tasked with offering a broad array of training to raise the awareness, implementation and effectiveness of the many new and emerging technology tools that faculty can adopt to enhance the students’ classroom experience.

Whipple earned her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1997 and acquired her master’s degree in educational media design and technology from Full Sail University this past May. At SUNY Orange, she has taught both traditional and digital photography courses and an introduction to art class. She developed the College’s digital photography courses in 2008.

Whipple also was co-coordinator of the very successful 2011 SUNY Orange Student Art Show this past April. She is co-advisor to the College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community college scholars.

During the Spring 2011 semester, Whipple served as special assistant to Richard Heppner, who was then vice president for academic affairs. She was tasked with assessing how the College could implement new technology tools to augment its delivery of course materials. She created and implemented numerous training programs for faculty and staff, including SMART Board, Google Applications, podcasting and Digital Storytelling workshops.

Prior to arriving at the College, Whipple served for four years as digital photographer and assistant photo editor at Haddon House Food Products in Medford, N.J. She is also a professional freelance photographer.

For more information on the College’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, visit

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