Portrait of Engagement
The Faculty Professional Development Program organizes and conducts
offerings aimed at engaging faculty in focused conversations about designing
teaching/learning experiences to contribute to a "teaching commons"
at the Northern Arizona University.
The office also provides consultations to departments and
colleges, committees, and to individual faculty. The figures below relate to
the open resource sessions (workshops, roundtable discussions, book
discussions, and guest speakers).
Number of sessions: 32
Total session attendance: 832
Unduplicated number of attendees: 323
Number of departments/programs represented: 105
Selected 2011-2012 highlights
Eighty-six different faculty from 57 different
departments/programs led sessions. Ten students were also invited to present
their perspectives at sessions.
Faculty Professional Development Program sessions were coordinated with
14 different co-sponsoring groups (excluding departmental and committee work
An optional, day-long work session on teaching called Productive Beginnings was offered to faculty before the start of the fall semester.
Three Communities of Practice were also initiated, involving
over 24 faculty members in sustained conversations around these topics:
- 21st Century Instructional Contexts
- Inclusive Design/Inclusive Pedagogy: Enhancing Instructional Practices
- Alternatives to Traditional Exams
- Opportunities for Pursuing International Research and Teaching
- Supporting Undergraduate Research
- Framing Small Group Work
- Initiating and Sustaining Class Discussions
- Global Learning in Liberal Education
- Disciplinary Habits of Mind
- Helping International Students Succeed in Your Classes
- Developing a Teaching Portfolio
There are six Likert-scale questions and three open-ended
questions on the electronic survey sent out immediately following sessions. The
first two items address the goals of each session:
- 99.5 percent of the respondents agreed or strongly
agreed that the session and materials met the stated goal
- 93 percent agreed or strongly agreed that topics
were clearly addressed, useful, and provided valuable interactions between
resource presenters and participants
In June 2012, FPDP moved to Cline Library, Room 169. A Faculty Teaching Commons opened as a resource center, work and meeting place for faculty.
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