Faculty Development

Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Development assists faculty in numerous ways. We provide workshops, facilitate travel funds, organize new faculty orientation, arrange faculty days, coordinate the faculty fellowship program, and mentor new faculty.

You are invited to contact the Office of Faculty Development by calling (201) 761-6300 (Debbie Kearney) or by emailing the director, Rebecca Conley (rconley@saintpeters.edu).

The office is located in the basement of O’Toole Library.

Faculty Development Workshops. We offer approximately a dozen workshops during the academic year on pedagogy and scholarly activity. Past topics have included Assessment, Infusing Mission and Identity, FERPA, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Student Perspectives and Who Are Our Students. Click here to see current workshops. If you have ideas for future workshops please contact rconley@saintpeters.edu.

In addition, with the Office of Faculty Research and Sponsored Programs, we offer workshops on Grant Writing, Renewal, Promotion and Tenure, and Submitting a Successful Fellowship Application.

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.

Faculty Fellowships. Faculty members who are seeking any of the faculty development awards are strongly urged to review the guidelines and instructions. These guidelines were developed to assist faculty members in writing successful proposals. In addition, faculty are urged to consult the University Academic Handbook (Chapter VII, section E) for descriptions and regulations regarding Faculty Development Awards. Any questions regarding guidelines and instructions should be directed to Rebecca Conley, the Director of Faculty Research and Development. Click here for details and deadlines.

Faculty Travel. Full-time faculty are awarded funds to travel to scholarly meetings under certain conditions. Please click here for details.

Faculty Days. At the end of the Academic Year and the beginning of the Fall and Spring Semesters, we coordinate a morning-long Faculty Days. After announcements from administrators, there are usually one or two speakers and workshops. Add a link for Faculty Days

Distance Learning Workshops and Assistance In conjunction with the Director of Distance Learning, faculty are invited to workshops and seek one-on-one sessions on how to use Distance Learning more effectively to reach educational objectives while maintaining academic standards.

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.

Instructional Design Services offers a variety of services to faculty, including: one-on-one consultations, course design and development assistance, course quality assurance review, feedback sessions, and workshops.