Director - Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning (CITL)
Director - Iowa Simulation Center
Dr. Annie J. Daniel began her current position with Des Moines University as the director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning (CITL) May 2012, her primary responsibilities are the overall development, management, and overseeing implementation of initiatives that facilitate the improvement of faculty pedagogical skills and assessment. The center provides leadership in carrying out services to the administration, departments, faculty and students by offering advice and expertise in the various aspects of education to include: policy development and implementation, educational technology, evaluation, measurement and testing services, curriculum development and course design, educational research, student and faculty development.
Prior to Des Moines University, Dr. Daniel was the director of the Office of Medical Education and assistant professor of Clinical Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tulane University since 2006. Dr. Daniel was hired following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to reestablish the office. Upon her arrival at Tulane University School of Medicine, she only had a staff of two and no office facilities. Under her leadership, the office has grown to a staff of eight and expanded the types of services provided to the School of Medicine. As director of the Office of Medical Education, Dr. Daniel managed the day-to-day operations, she was responsible for the overall direction of the office, provided leadership in carrying out services to the administration, departments, faculty and students by offering advice and expertise in the various aspects of medical education which include: evaluation, measurement and testing services, educational policy, strategic planning, curriculum development and course design, educational research, educational technology, student academic support, and faculty development.
Previously, Dr. Daniel served as assistant director of the Teaching, Technology, Learning and Culture Center and assistant professor of Education at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. During her tenure at Dillard, she redesigned the Testing Seminar courses to increase students’ success; these courses are instrumental for preparing students to successfully complete the PRAXIS Examination (national exam for teacher certification), she was program coordinator for the Middle Level Education Program, founded the Middle Level Education Institute with funding from Louisiana Board of Regents, and she created and served as advisor for the Dillard University Collegiate Middle Level Association Organization for students and was a board member on the Louisiana Middle School Association. Prior to her appointment at Dillard University, she was employed for several years as a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels in East Baton Rouge Parish School System and West Baton Rouge Parish School Systems, from 1995 to 2002.
Dr. Daniel earned her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. She has also studied at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana (West Africa). Her research interests include causes and consequences of ineffective use of technology in urban schools, the study of middle and high school students’ perceptions of deviance when using the internet and computers, the effects teacher mentoring on pre-service teachers’ preparedness to enter the teaching profession, the dynamics of leadership and structure of alternative education, and the long-term effect of school reform on urban schools.
Dr. Daniel has presented her research at numerous local, regional, national and international conferences. During the summer of 2004, she was invited by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia to participate as a paper presenter and discussant in the “APEC Seminar on Best Practices and Innovations in the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics at the Secondary School Level.” Additionally, her research on technology use has been published in referred journals. During the 2003-2004, academic year she was awarded the Dillard University Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and the Provost’s Extra Mile Award for traveling the Shanghai, P. R. of China to present her research on technology deviance. Daniel holds a Type “A” teaching certificate for the state of Louisiana in the areas of secondary education, adult education and supervision of student teachers. She has served as a member of the EBRPSS Instructional/Pupil Services Committee and the School Improvement Team, which afforded her the opportunity to assist in making decisions to improve teaching and learning district-wide.