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As educators, we are on the precipice of a shift in higher education. Traditional instruction will be augmented with learner-centered strategies; instructor/student roles will morph toward learning partnerships; students will participate in active learning and exercise more control of educational time and space; an array of technology tools will allow innovative instruction and assessment and provide constant, pervasive connection.

WNMU embraces a future of possibility. Our vision drives commitment to growth and accommodation of the changing needs of faculty and students.

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Dr. Dabareh Vowell
575.538.6085
Miller Library (beside Writing Center)

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Greetings!

I have to say first: I love my job! I love the ideas and innovations wafting around me; I love the smiles of people making a Dabareh Vowelldifference in lives;I love the quietness of the library and the laughter of students in the hall of the Student Memorial Building. I enjoy the intellectual challenges and even the "up in both directions" walks across campus.

Each semester offers some opportunities for faculty to expand, share, and build on professional experience. There are many resources within the faculty here that we can "tap into" as we strengthen collegiality and community.

My professional philosophy is that we do what we know to do. Everyone is operating within unique planes of knowledge, skills, and experience; no two of us are in the same place. As we learn and grow in our own ways and at our own paces, we move to new plateaus.

My job is to provide all the resources, opportunities, and tools possible to help you move toward those new places. Institutional goals serve as a compass. Your professional goals are destinations. I will help you plan a route and find the right vehicles.

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I have to share a note I received from a former student who browsed the WNMU site and wrote to expound on the "we do what we know" philosophy. He kindly allowed me to share his message:

I am a continuing professional student of the University of Hard Knocks.  The value and psychology of hindsight still amazes me.  20 years ago I made choices and decisions that were the best actions my logic and experience were capable of at the time and I was happy with them.  At the time.  Looking back always used to horrify me until I came to understand a philosophy complementary to yours.  

I believe that all humans will inherently navigate their lives to the best of their ability and judgment in the moment the judgment takes place.  The dynamically beautiful element of that characteristic is that when a past mistake is revealed, how we react to it contributes to the formation of our person.

Simple understanding of your ideology and realizing that we all learn and grow every day is the fertilizer in the gardens of our plateaus.  We are liquid in our spirit and cognition.  Lack of that understanding, I believe, is a grand contributor to a vast array of malignancies that plague our society. 

This is why  I chose to continue my education in the study of medicine, so that one day I can maybe enlighten other lives the wy mine was when I chose to take my cousin's advise and enroll at WNMU.  You may know him, Dr. Lawrence French.

Thank you for your inspiration

Matthew Emery
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
WNMU 2008
Candidate MD




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