Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). The Center is a virtual portal to online resources for faculty and students with access to shared resources. In the spring of 2009, the University launched its online Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Distance Learning uses different methods of presentation, but the educational objectives and academic standards are the same as traditional, face-to-face learning. Utilizing state-of-the-art learning technologies in a highly interactive educational environment, our distance learning courses are built on practical, rigorous curricula.
NYU Faculty Resource Network. Saint Peter’s is a charter member of the Faculty Resource Network (FRN), a consortium of over fifty institutions whose mission is to host lectures and seminars aimed at improving teaching and learning. Since the inception of the FRN, the University has regularly had faculty members accepted as University Associates and Scholars-in-Residence. In the last five years there have been twenty-nine faculty program placements.
Faculty Development Workshops. The OFD regularly offers workshops to advance best practices in pedagogy and scholarly activity. Past topics have includes Effective Grading and Assessment, Advising Students, Dealing with Behavioral Issues in the Classroom, Infusing Mission and Identity into the Curriculum, Outcomes Assessment, Instructional Technology, Collaborations and New Possibilities, and University Status and New Beginnings. Twice annually the Academic Dean also sponsors and organizes faculty development days.
New Faculty Orientation and First Year Experience. The Academic Dean’s Office conducts a two-day orientation program for all new full-time faculty and academic administrators in August to familiarize new community members with academic policies procedures and resources. Moreover, faculty are informed of the ways in which the institution supports excellence in teaching and scholarship. Orientation includes a year-long mentoring component.
United Nations Ambassador Program. As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Saint Peter’s University offers the Visiting U.N. Ambassador Program. Each fall Saint Peter’s hosts a faculty colloquium and reception with a U.N. ambassador. Recent ambassadors have been from Zimbabwe (2009), Slovenia (2010), Bangladesh (2011), and Benin (2012). Dialogue with U.N. ambassadors cuts across all academic disciplines and serves to enrich faculty members’ specialty knowledge base.
Fulbright Lecture Program. This program was instituted in 2012, and is supported by the Office of the Provost and the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership.
Chairs Leadership Development. Each spring, the University supports the attendance of two faculty members at the annual chairs’ and program directors’ workshop offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to strengthen their leadership and management skills, and to explore best practice models in higher education.