Priority 3.3

Provide faculty and staff increased opportunities for professional development by encouraging and funding professional and leadership development opportunities.

Professional Development Funds Established and Increased

Professional development funds were established to support adjunct faculty who are engaged in scholarship. Additional funds were added to the faculty professional development fund.

Endowed Professorships Created

As part of his endowed professorship, music professor Dan Perkins led a chorale trip to Vietnam.

As part of his endowed professorship, music professor Dan Perkins led a chorale trip to Vietnam.

Two endowed professorships, the Stevens-Bristow professorship and the Wixson professorship of mathematics, were established.

Department Chair Development Opportunities Offered

Department chairs have attended the ACE Chairs development training and have the opportunity to participate in the regional Chairs Think Tank. Through the Council of Chairs, professional development is regularly offered at the chairs retreat. Topics have included legal issues in higher education, budget management, leadership development, strategies in leading change, and faculty evaluation.

Frost Faculty Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence Offers Programming

Expanded online education and training opportunities through the Frost Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence and Office of Online Education.

The new Research Advisory Council supports faculty research. Photo: Jon Gilbert Fox

The new Research Advisory Council supports faculty research. Photo: Jon Gilbert Fox

Fund to Support Faculty Research Created

A Faculty Research and Scholarship Fund has been created to support research, outreach, scholarship, and creative works. In the three years of its existence, the fund has supported 18 faculty projects.

Office of Online Education Established

The Office of Online Education was established to provide learning opportunities and technical assistance that encourage and support the faculty and students of PSU in the creative and effective integration of technology into the learning environment–both in the classroom and online. They offer faculty and students learning opportunities, assist with course creation, communicate effective practices, make technical information easily available, and foster the effective use of emerging technologies.

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