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!

Sandra Bauman, Ed.D

Director of Academic Success

Dr. Sandra Bauman is the Director of Academic Success, which includes the oversite of the Testing Center, Academic Success Center, and the Faculty Development Center. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Modern Language from MSU-Bozeman, her Master’s degree in Public Relations from MSU-Billings, and her Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from MSU-Bozeman. Her doctoral dissertation was on the topic of student success and retention of 2-year college students. Prior to her role as the Director of Academic Success, Sandy was an academic advisor. Additionally, she was the Director of Financial Aid at University of Providence (formerly University of Great Falls), and a student loan officer for the Commissioner’s Office. She is a proud grandmother, mother to two beautiful daughters, loves Boxer dogs, and Disney World.

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 Information:

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday:

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

Location: R279

Phone: 406.771.5148

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