Faculty Programs

The Faculty Development Center (FDC) serves as a central resource for Bellarmine faculty. We offer a variety of resources, programs, and activities that support faculty in teaching, scholarship, and service and encourage collegial conversation on these topics. Our goal is to enhance the teaching and learning of faculty for their students' success. 

2016-2017 Programming

Programming is tailored to university and faculty needs, including discipline-specific offerings, tenure-related workshops, new pedagogies to increase student engagement, and leadership training. The following programming particularly reflects initiatives in the 2016-17 academic year.  Note: Dates of specific events, forms and applications, and resources can be found on the Faculty Development internal website.

New Faculty Orientation (for all new faculty) and Knight To Knight Mentoring Program (for new tenure-track faculty):
New Faculty Orientation monthly sessions provide essential information, guest speakers, webinars, and group discussion on pertinent topics for the first year at Bellarmine. The Knight-to-Knight Program pairs each new tenure-track faculty member with a seasoned mentoring team from disciplines different from the new faculty. The program is designed to build community, acclimate faculty to Bellarmine, and offer positive faculty role models to our new faculty.

Leadership Development:
Leadership meetings are hosted monthly for new chairs, sitting chairs and program directors, assistant deans, and deans, in addition to small gatherings as needed, for the purpose of leadership development. Topics have included book studies focusing on administrative issues, workshops on services for students with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and increasing student access to external awards and fellowships, such as Fulbright and Truman awards. A May 2016 full-day workshop featured a presentation on the changing scene of higher education and how assessment is critical to student success.  A May 2015 full-day workshop featured a national consultant  on conflict resolution providing skill-building in having difficult conversations.

Specialized Workshops:
The FDC offers specialized workshops on topics such as "Diving into Deep Learning," applying for Fulbright Scholar Awards, and “Building Resiliency for Student Success” for faculty, staff, and administration.  The half-day resiliency workshop included staff who advise and tutor students as well as Freshman Focus instructors who work with first year students.

Faculty Development Awards and Stipends:
The FDC sponsors a number of awards to encourage excellence in scholarship and teaching in the form of fellowships and stipends.  Faculty Development Fellowships are awarded annually to a minimum of six full-time faculty for scholarly work.  The McGowan Prize, awarded to one full-time faculty, funds the Summer Institute at Harris-Manchester College, at the University of Oxford. 

Conferences for Faculty and Staff:
The first annual Student Success Conference, "All Working Together for All Students' Success," held in October 2016, featured keynote speaker, Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, presenting his recent research on "Teaching for Learning."  The conference was a campus-wide collaboration, including a variety of plenary sessions, workshops, breakout sessions, and round tables on the topic of student success.  The 2017 Student Success Conference will address the University's new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic, "Inclusivity through Community Engagement," featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Timothy Eatman, co-director of Imagining America. 

Annual Celebration of Faculty Achievement:
Hosted by the president each spring, this celebration features scholarly presentations by faculty who have received sabbaticals, Faculty Development Fellowships, International Travel Grants, and Pedagogical Stipends the previous academic year. This is a research-fair-type format with a celebratory atmosphere accompanied by food and beverages.

Instructional Technology Workshops and Facilitation:
A significant focus of the FDC is on assisting faculty and staff with implementing technology into their classes and work, particularly in the recent campus transition to a new learning management system - Moodle.  The FDC conducted over 50 instructional sessions on Moodle and its capabilities in 2015-16.  Debi Griffin and Shawn Apostel are foundational members of the University’s Moodle Advisory Committee.

Collaboration with Student Success Initiatives and Student Affairs:
The director of the FDC works closely with a number of university-wide committees and teams to implement high-impact practices in first-year initiatives, student affairs events and initiatives, and retention efforts. The Student Success Conference is an example of this collaboration, as is the Spring 2016 Learning Workshop Series. 

You may contact us at dgriffin@bellarmine.edu or by phone at 502.272.8089.