Dr. Tiffany Baffour, Director
Tiffany Sanders Baffour is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Associate Professor of Social Work. She serves an administrative role and has taught courses in practice methods, policy, professional development and field education in both the Sociology and Social Work programs at Winston-Salem State. Dr. Baffour most recently served as Department Chair of Behavioral Sciences and Social Work from 2010-12. She previously served on the faculty of the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she taught courses on social policy and social work practice. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University; Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Delaware; Master of Social Service Degree (accredited Master of Social Work program) from Bryn Mawr College and Bachelor of Political Science from New Jersey City University.
She previously held a joint appointment with the Florida State University College of Social Work (2003-2006) and Center for Health Equity (2004-2006). At Florida State, she served as co-principal investigator on a grant funded project through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which seeks to examine the impact of community health workers in reducing risk factors associated with poor pregnancy outcomes for rural African-American women. This project was a sub-contract of the Harvard University and Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Centers for Health Disparities through NIH’s Project EXPORT. She has a passionate interest in public health policy and community-based participatory research (CBPR) which is reflected in her scholarship, teaching and service. Dr. Baffour has written widely and offered juried presentations on the application of CBPR as a means for the improvement of health and social disparities in poor and underserved communities.
Baffour, a scholar-activist has actively involved students in research at Winston Salem State in projects aimed at developing practical and community-driven solutions to social problems such as assessing Disproportionate Minority Contact with the juvenile justice system and through an evaluation of a Health Equity Town Hall Meeting.
Dr. Nancy Polk, Faculty Development Specialist
Dr. Polk is the Faculty Development Specialist in CETL. Previously, she served as assistant director of teaching centers at Virginia Tech and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and as a private consultant for western Massachusetts area instructors. For more than six years she has supported teaching faculty across disciplines through personal consultations and programs that provide opportunities for sustained learning, including programs on course and curriculum design and assessment.
In addition to her work in faculty development, she has served as Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at The University of Georgia; and as Assistant to the Dean/Instructor in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Assistant to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, Assistant Director of Summer Sessions and Adult Credit Programs, and Counseling Center Counselor at North Carolina State University.
Over the years, Nancy has served on dozens of departmental, college, and university committees to address teaching and learning, including Virginia Tech’s Committee on Evaluation of Teaching and its Climate for Teaching Panel; NCSU’s steering committee for William and Flora Hewlett Foundation planning grant to build inquiry-guided instruction into the general education curriculum; NCSU’s undergraduate education council to generate principles for teaching and learning; and NCSU’s work group to promote critical thinking and writing across the curriculum. She regularly reviews articles for To Improve the Academy and proposals for the annual meetings of both the Professional and Organizational Development Network and American Educational Research Association. Her current research focus is on teaching through tragedy; she is engaged in an investigation of faculty experiences following the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech.