The Faculty Development center provides educators with the support they need to ensure that students are receiving a high-quality educational experience at GFC MSU.  The Faculty Development staff uses a mentorship process that helps educators meet their professional goals.  We offer professional development courses, coaching sessions, course reviews, instructional design guidance, and much more!

Our Mission

The mission of the Faculty Development Center at Great Falls College MSU is to provide faculty with the assistance they need to teach high-quality courses to a diverse student population.

Meet the FDC Staff!

Charla Merja - Director of Academic Success

Office: R264 and R274
Phone: 406.774.4301

Charla Merja

Director of Academic Success

Bio coming soon!

Carli Cockrell, M.Ed.T.

Instructional Designer

Carli Cockrell is the campus Instructional Designer. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (K-8) with a minor in Reading (K-12) from MSU-Northern, and her Master’s degree in Educational Technology and Online Teaching for Adult Learners from Boise State University. Prior to her role as the Instructional Designer, she taught for Great Falls Public Schools. Additionally, she was a Performance Developer for National Electronic Warranties, Inc. where she trained employees and assisted with instructional design. Carli and her husband enjoy playing games with friends and family, and she loves owls, and non-fiction books.

Contact the FDC Staff:

Our Hours:

Monday through Friday:

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  and by appointment

Some workshops begin at 7:00 am or end after 5:00 p.m.

Our Location:

The FDC is located in R279 at the top of the Atrium stairwell

Contact Us:

406.771.5148 or