Mission and Overview

Mission and Overview

Vision: What is it we aim toward? We seek to frame a campus “teaching commons,” what the Carnegie Foundation describes as a “conceptual space in which communities of educators committed to innovation and inquiry come together to exchange ideas about teaching and learning, and use them to meet the challenges of educating students for personal, professional, and civic life.” 

Mission: How do we approach that?

  • Offer opportunities for faculty professional development in evidence-informed teaching that engages all students and impacts student learning
  • Collaborate with campus partners to strengthen an inclusive, learning-centered campus culture that fosters student success
  • Foster interdisciplinary dialogue within and among faculty and campus partners about effective teaching and significant learning
  • Build networks for support for faculty growth in teaching and scholarship
  • Support & encourage faculty’s intellectual activities that enhance the art of teaching and advance knowledge in higher education

FPDP Outcomes: What guides our decision-making?

The Faculty Professional Development Program contributes to faculty growth in teaching through integration of key themes into its programs and offerings. The FPDP works toward student success through assisting faculty in

  • Strengthening deliberate planning
  • Building learner-influenced teaching practices
  • Building learning-informed teaching practices
  • Expanding the repertoire of teaching practices
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary conversations on learning, teaching & scholarship
  • Valuing scholarship of teaching and learning, and scholarly teaching
  • Facilitating faculty growth in teaching
  • Facilitating faculty growth in scholarship

Principles/Teaching Competencies:What does our target look like?

The FPDP programs and offerings are guided by principles in the literature on teaching/learning. Five overarching characteristics of effective learning-centered teaching inform the FPDP work. Teaching that has an impact on student success

  • Draws students into active learning
  • Creates an inclusive learning environment
  • Sets up and communicates high expectations
  • Provides multiple avenues into learning
  • Is informed by formative & summative assessment
  • Is informed by scholarship of teaching and learning

Assessment:How do we know how well we do? We are currently engaged as a pilot institution in a faculty development program assessment effort. This two-year project will result in a comprehensive and systematic plan for gathering and using data in six areas of impact.