Faculty Development Programs

Faculty development is an essential element of institutional effectiveness in higher education. The extent to which the university supports faculty development will be strongly reflected in levels of student engagement and motivation, and thus ultimately, student learning. Faculty who engage in professional development experiences benefit also in terms of increased vitality, informed pedagogy, teaching innovations, and scholarly teaching. Moreover, faculty professional development contributes to the effective use of emerging technologies and establishes a firm foundation for the overall development of high-quality programs and curricula. A rapidly changing knowledge base, the lightning speed of advancing technologies, and the unique characteristics of today’s learners all demand that the professoriate give high priority to their own professional development. Technological developments and characteristics of learners also oblige colleges and universities to find effective ways to motivate and reward faculty participation. With competing demands for effective teaching, scholarly productivity, and service contributions, faculty may be tempted to opt out of professional development training and seminars.