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.
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 2015-16 academic year.
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, acclimmate faculty to Bellarmine, and offer positive faculty role models to our new faculty.
Leadership luncheons are hosted 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 2015 full-day workshop featured a national consultant on conflict resolution providing skill-building in having difficult conversations. A September 2014 full-day workshop featured a national consultant on assessment and annual reporting.
The FDC offers specialized workshops on topics such as establishing a scholarly agenda, 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. For example, the Opening Conference awarded six stipends to full-time faculty for developing innovative pedagogies from their conference experience. Faculty Development Fellowships are awarded annually to six full-time faculty for scholarly work.
Conferences for Faculty and Staff:
This year’s conference will be on “Student Success,” and will be held on Oct. 22 and 23. Dr. Todd Zakrajsek will return to campus for the keynote address on Oct. 22, in addition to a variety of plenary sessions, workshops, breakout sessions, and round tables on the topic of student success. The August 2014 conference, “Teaching and Learning in Harmony with the Brain,” featured Dr. Todd Zakrajsek as keynote speaker and subsequent break-out sessions on a variety of topics. The conference was followed by a six-week book study for faculty of Dr. Zakrajsek’s book, The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain.
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 from Blackboard to Moodle. The FDC conducted over 50 instructional sessions on Moodle and its capabilities, in addition to overseeing a cadre of “Moodle Ambassadors” who assisted faculty in their schools and departments with the implementation. 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 fall conference on Student Success is the result of this collaboration.
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