The opening of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) brings to fruition the insightful and dedicated work of CETLs founder and long-time Acting Coordinator Nan Peck. Peck, who is returning to teaching, was honored by her staff during a holiday party held the last week of the fall semester.
Peck received a master of science in speech communication from Illinois State University, with expertise in interpersonal persuasion. She moved to the D.C. area in 1981 to work on Capitol Hill for Senator Dave Durenberger covering health care legislation. It was there that she developed a profound appreciation for the power of the spoken word in shaping policies and attitudes. She co-founded Speech Communication Consultants and offers workshops with business and government professionals, businesses, community groups and social service agencies. She joined the faculty of NOVA in 1983 and is now an associate professor of communication studies in Annandale’s Liberal Arts Division. She is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University.
Peck is an active member of the National Communication Association, Professional and Organizational Development in Higher Education Network (POD), The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and Living Works. She is a lifetime member of the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences (VACAS).
In 2004, Peck’s vision to create a center that supports excellence in teaching and promotes a culture of excellence for NOVA was recognized within NOVA’s Strategic Vision 2015, Gateway to the American Dream, which calls for the College to focus on student success by creating an environment of world-class teaching and learning. A workgroup headed by Dr. Barbara Saperstone and consisting of faculty, deans other administrators planned and endorsed the establishment of CETL and Peck was named the acting coordinator in 2006. Under Peck’s direction, CETL grew from a vision to a college unit with another full time faculty developer, an administrative assistant and ten faculty advocates. CETL offers workshops, faculty learning communities, faculty consultation services, among other services, within the context of a supportive environment for all involved in teaching at NOVA. This past fall, CETL opened the doors to its own center on the Annandale Campus (CG 218).
A native of Illinois, where she grew up in a close-knit family that includes 12 siblings, Peck is married to Paul Haas, a law librarian at the School of Law at George Mason University.