Section IV: COC Programs
3.7.3 The institution provides evidence of ongoing professional development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners.
JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
The University promotes and evaluates professional development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Ongoing professional development of faculty is assured through the process of faculty evaluation. As specified in the Faculty Handbook, Section 2.5 Faculty Evaluation, each college/school establishes criteria and procedures for annual faculty evaluation and development.
Faculty prepare annual portfolios, known as Profiles for Evaluation, that include current vitae and list all activities for the year related to teaching, scholarship, and community and University service. Consequently, all colleges, the Canseco School of Nursing, and the library have developed and published policies and procedures for yearly review of their faculty members. The criteria for all academic units include requirements for teaching, scholarship, and service. These include conference presentations, attendance at professional development workshops, publications in refereed journals, outreach lectures and presentations to community groups and organizations, student evaluations, and committee activities. Other dimensions may also be addressed as needed in the particular discipline or field of study, including active clinical practice and community outreach. (Faculty Portfolios)
In the area of Scholarship of Discovery, productivity may be documented in the form of scholarly books, articles, oral presentations of research, artistic productions, and performances. The Scholarship of Integration involves making connections across disciplines, making academic materials available to a wider audience, and evaluating new pedagogical approaches. It may take the form of academic writing, textbooks, multi-media productions or creative instructional approaches. The Scholarship of Application brings learning and knowledge to bear upon the solution of practical problems and may take the form of publications, presentations, consultations, policy analysis and program evaluation. (Faculty Handbook, 2.3 C Scholarship)
The University promotes the professional development of faculty through distinguished lecture series on campus, conferences, faculty development programs, and travel funds that it provides each college/school for disbursement to faculty members. In addition, a mini-grant system is administered by the Faculty Senate, which awards funds to both staff and faculty applicants for relevant research projects or attendance at professional meetings.
Some examples of professional development opportunities include:
This summer, Eldon McMurray, award winning teacher and author, presented on “Building Frameworks for Critical Thinking.” McMurray is involved in the latest brain-based research on how students learn, study and succeed. He made two presentations on learning theory and its impact on teaching and shared his research findings and ideas intended to energize the curriculum. Attending the presentation were faculty interested in and open to improving classroom experience and effectiveness, teaching freshman courses, or interested in the subject matter. Faculty from the General University Department received additional training to enhance their work with first year students.