Faculty Development

Definition of Faculty Development

Faculty development is meant to mean a complete program designed to aid a faculty member in his or her teaching, research and service. This aid can come in the form of workshops, fomal and informal mentoring, group discussions (e.g.; brown bag luncheons) and informative documents. When workshops are offered, the emphasis will usually be placed on small-group or individual training. Whether you are a tenure-track professor, a part-time or full-time instructor or a lecturer, you can avail yourself to these services

How will Faculty Development be accomplished in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences? Answer: There exist many different organizations within the University of Colorado at Colorado Spings which have expertise in improving and expanding teaching, research and service. The intent of the Letters Arts and Sciences Faculty Development Program, and this web site, is to bring together these various available resources with the faculty who want and need them. This method of faculty development is being called the "Sharing Expertise, Enrichment and Development", or, SEED Program. Emphasis will be placed on delivering these resources to individuals and/or small groups rather than college-wide or campus-wide programs, as it has been found that small group (or individual) interactions have more of an effect and are more attractive to the faculty.

Specifically, this web site will act as:

1) A clearing house for upcoming events sponsored by other organizations on campus. You will find these posted under the "Upcoming Events" button.

2) A link to other established offices at UCCS who are focused on various aspects of faculty development. This includes programs and web sites like the Teaching and Learning Center, the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, and the Knapsack Institute. Look under the "Other Resources" tab.

3) A repository for various electronic documents related to faculty status (including sample appointment and reappointment letters), College policies, promotion and tenure requirements, privelege and tenure procedures and grievance procedures for non-tenure-track faculty. Click "Documents" to see these. Click "Faculty Definitions" to see the definition of tenure-track, instructor and lecturer.

4) A bulletin board for the occasional faculty development workshop or other offering that is being generated by this office. Click under "SEED Program" for upcoming events.

5) A link to the various LAS Committees responsible for aspects of faculty development; committees like the Teaching Committee, the Research Committee, the Planning Committee and the Salary Merit Grievance Committee.

Whether you attend one of the above events or would like to help present such an event, get involved; plant a SEED by either taking advantage of one of our programs or by helping out in the planning or delivery of a program.