Jennifer Friberg has been appointed as the Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University, effective July 1.
Friberg is an associate professor in Illinois State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition to teaching and research in her discipline she has researched and written extensively on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). At Illinois State, she has served as a SoTL scholar-mentor and editor of The SoTL Advocate blog.
Friberg holds a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders from San Diego State University, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Indiana University, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Illinois State.
“Although we conducted a national search for the Cross Chair, one of our own faculty members quickly emerged as the leading candidate,” said John Baur, interim associate vice president for Research and Graduate Studies. “Dr. Friberg, who has been very active in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning [SoTL] at Illinois State, has also played a major role in the growth of SoTL nationally within her field. I have no doubt that she will further advance Illinois State’s national leadership in this area.”
Patricia Cross endowed the Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in honor of her father, Clarence L. Cross, who taught physics at Illinois State for more than 30 years. The Cross Chair enhances innovation and research in teaching, increases Illinois State’s ability to attract outstanding teaching scholars to campus, and promotes scholarship in teaching among all disciplines. In addition, under the coordination of the Cross Chair, faculty SoTL scholar-mentors are selected to assist in the support of SoTL on campus and beyond.