Faculty Development 2005-06 Highlights

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 (Around 8 years ago)

It has been a busy year for Faculty Development. Among the highlights:

• Twenty-one faculty participated in the summer workshop on teaching ethics, social
responsibility, and values.

• Faculty Development Day offered 6 sessions, from SOTL to Service Learning, with 56 faculty participating.

• New Faculty Orientation Day had 29 in attendance, with monthly meetings throughout the year. The mentoring program paired tenure-track faculty in their first and second year with seasoned veterans — a total of 49 faculty meeting for dinner, having coffee, and sharing experiences.

• Three departments and seven faculty obtained mini-grants funded by the Bush Foundation. One mid-career and senior grant was awarded this year, with others still under way or being completed.

• Eight faculty members participated in the SOTL program — all of them working on project related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Many thanks to Becky Taylor Fremo for leading the groups this year.

• In just a few weeks 21 faculty will be leaving for Namibia as part of the Service Learning for Social Justice program. They have been meeting throughout the year to prepare and will be integrating their experiences into their courses, with an emphasis on incorporating service learning and social justice issues.

• Julie Johnson partnered this year with the faculty development program to sponsor conversations about our students and the challenges of advising.

• Eric Carlson is offering a refresher course for FTS veterans in partnership with the faculty development program; it will be offered this June after training for new FTS teachers.

• This fall we were invited to join the Faculty Resource Network at New York University; six faculty were chosen to attend Network Summer seminars at NYU this June.

• We had two consultants visit in late March to provide us with an external review of the
faculty development program. We will be reviewing their comments with the Faculty
Development Committee and other shareholders and planning for the continuation of the program after our Bush Foundation grant ends in February 2007.

• And we provided a free lunch to 228 faculty attending 8 Teachers Talking events; the faculty in attendance provided the good conversation.

Laura Behling will be returning to the faculty development program in June. She and Barbara Fister will serve as co-coordinators, with Michele Rusinko continuing to provide leadership for new faculty mentoring. Cathy Blaukat will continue providing much-valued administrative support for the program. We all welcome any thoughts or comments you may have.

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