Professional Development Resources for Faculty Developers
What Does a Faculty Developer do?
Vancouver Island University Teaching and Learning program refers to a faculty developer as an educational developer, being a sub-discipline of higher education research and practice. They further outline who does this type of work and what they actually do. In essence, a faculty developer provides professional development for the faculty profession by offering continual learning opportunities in teaching and learning across the entire university. The faculty developer profession involves many aspects such as teaching, research and social service. They help promote scholarship in faculty development to ensure that research informs practice. Their goal is to develop strategies to lead change, collaborate across institutions and international borders, and work together to share lessons in research and practice.
To gain more insights about the practice of this profession, read Higher Education Today: ACE, Faculty Development as an Authentic Professional Practice.
Curated list of Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
- Carnegie Mellon University - Principles of Teaching and Learning
- Carnegie Mellon University: Eberly Center: Solve a Teaching Problem
- The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- National Institute for Learning outcomes Assessment
- Active Learning at the Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of Minnesota - An excellent overview of active learning, strategies you can use, and advice for implementation. The site includes uncaptioned videos, but the text is sufficient without the videos.
- Learn about CAST the developers of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- The National Education Association Provides an excellent series of short articles on some of the best practices at the college level
- Carnegie Mellon University Eberly Center: Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation Teaching as Research, Discovering what works for student learning
- California State University, Northridge Faculty Development
- Alternative Final Assessment
- This webpage, created at Cal Poly, provides a variety of alternative approaches to final assessments that can be incorporated into remote teaching modalities. The site includes suggestions for presentations, academic integrity, and flexibility for students who need more time on exams
- Maintaining Equity and Inclusion in Virtual Learning Environments
- This is a webpage created at San Diego State University that provides practical pedagogical tips and resources for faculty to continue teaching in ways that are equitable and inclusive for ALL students. There is an abundance of useful strategies, links, and resources on this site!
- Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) an organization that partners withhigher education institutions to provide evidence-based teaching best practices.
- Accessibility Best Practices for Using Zoom for Meetings and Classes - MS Word version (produced by EDUCAUSE)
National Organizations (Information, Networking and, Professional Development Opportunities)
Community Engagement & Service Learning
- California State University: Center for Community Engagement
- The Association of American Colleges & Universities developed a rubric called VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) as a campus-based assessment tool to help institutions demonstrate, share, and assess student accomplishment of progressively more advanced and integrative learning: Civic Engagement VALUE Rubric (AAC&U)
- Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic (CCMA) committed to developing globally engaged citizens in higher education
- Learn more about CCMA’s work and opportunities
International Organizations and Opportunities
Journals and Newsletters