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The Faces of the CIL

Dr. John Miles, Dean of the Center for Innovation and Learning

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Dean of the Center for Innovation and Learning, Associate Professor of English, SACSCOC Liaison, and Director for Institutional Effectiveness, John Miles ends up in a lot of meetings. After finishing his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of New Mexico, John began his career at Wofford as the Director of the Writing Center, working on Writing Across the Curriculum initiatives. His work in the CIL centers on helping new faculty members develop reflective teaching practices, as well as assisting current faculty members and groups to develop courses and assignments that align their values with their practices. In terms of research these days, John is interested in how ePortfolios shape student perceptions of writing and faculty perceptions of teaching. When he's not working, John cooks, coaches soccer, teaches yoga, and somehow finds time to compete in triathlons 
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Dr. Cate Blouke, Director of Digital Pedagogy

Blouke OfficeDirector of Digital Pedagogy and Assistant Professor of English, Cate Blouke has hit the ground running at Wofford since she joined the faculty in fall of 2015. Cate received her PhD in English with a concentration in Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin where she spent many of her years working in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing’s Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL). In 2011, Cate was a writer and editor for the DWRL’s visual rhetoric blog, viz., and she sits on the editorial collective of UT’s Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects (TheJUMP). Her research focuses on the intersections of performance, identity politics, and digital media. Cate has a penchant for cowboy boots and a quirky sense of humor, and when not at Wofford she can usually be found baking, running, or walking her dog.

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Dr. Beate Brunow, Director of New Faculty Teaching Initiatives

Beate BrunowBeate Brunow received her Ph.D. in German Literature and Culture and a minor in Women's Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, where she also worked as a graduate instructional consultant at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of German and the Director of New Faculty Teaching Initiatives at Wofford College. Her work for the CIL focuses on supporting new faculty members in their continued development of excellence in teaching. Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), foreign language pedagogy, and the integration of intercultural competence into foreign language and study-abroad curricula. When she's not working, Beate teaches her dog new tricks, plays tennis with her husband, or reads.

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