Innovating Through Excellence in Teaching and Learning Design

Flower Darby celebrates and promotes excellent teaching for the sake of our students and their learning. She’s the Assistant Dean of Online and Innovative Pedagogies at Northern Arizona University, where she’s taught for over 23 years in English, Educational Technology, Leadership, Dance and Pilates. Flower teaches face-to-face, blended and online classes at NAU, and she also teaches online classes at Estrella Mountain Community College. She loves to apply effective teaching principles and practices across the disciplines and to help others do the same. Flower speaks, writes, presents and consults on teaching and learning theory and practice both nationally and internationally and was featured expert in a webinar series offered by the Association of College and University Educators in conjunction with AASCU, ACE, APLU, CIC and NASH.

The series reached thousands of faculty in 64 countries to share expert insights about easing the transition to online instruction during the coronavirus pandemic. She’s the author, with James M. Lang, of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (2019).