Faculty Development Opportunities
at Departmental Level

  1. Mentoring of new faculty, including direct role of the chairperson, other department officers, and the department as a whole in giving extra attention and advice to new faculty members.
  2. Support for applying for external funding, or for Hall Center Fellowships and other intra­University support.
  3. Resources for materials and equipment for enhancing teaching effectiveness.
  4. Encouragement to participate in ongoing interdisciplinary faculty seminars.
  5. Endowment fund travel support for participation in scholarly conferences or workshops
  6. ACE Fellows Program: Acquaints mid­career faculty with the issues and challenges of higher education administration and provides an opportunity for them to assess their interests and talents in a career shift to administration. The University encourages selected faculty to apply for participation in this national program and contributes full salary and benefits for individuals who are selected.
  7. Center for Teaching Excellence: Offers instructional development support, networking opportunities for professional dialogues on effective learning and innovation in teaching, and encourages collaborative activities emphasizing the scholarship of teaching and research on learning. Faculty will be provided videotaping and instructional consultation services.
  8. Colleague to Colleague Teaching Enhancement Program (Teaching Fellows, Teaching is a Shared Experience, Campus Dialogs): provides an opportunity for faculty from diverse disciplines to share ideas and classroom techniques through campus dialogs. Interested colleagues and new faculty are provided consultation on effective teaching strategies through an informal mentoring process and classroom observations.
  9. College Faculty Travel Fund: Supports the presentation of papers at professional meetings and conferences.
  10. External Proposal Development Workshop: Provides an understanding of the process of proposal development from identifying potential funding sources and developing a concept through the preparation of the narrative and budget development and peer review.
  11. General Research Fund: Provides research support on a competitive basis to individual faculty and groups of investigators.
  12. Hall Center for the Humanities Programs: Promotes excellence in scholarship through research and creative fellowships, travel support for research and scholarly consultation in the humanities, funding for collaborative projects designed to have a sustained impact on teaching in the humanities, assistance with grant preparation, interdisciplinary study in the humanities through lecture series, forums, research discussion groups, and mini­classes and seminars.
  13. Hall Fund for the Improvement of Teaching: Provides funding for collaborative projects designed to have a sustained impact on teaching. Recent projects include Teaching Students to Do Library Research: A Faculty Development Workshop for Classroom Instructors and Librarians, Western Civilization Writing Fellows Program, Integrative Seminar on Curriculum Diversification, and Emerging Technologies and Foreign Language Education.
  14. Information Technology Services: Conducts workshops and seminars to develop basic skills and knowledge in the use of microcomputers and new directions in technology. Initial and advanced training is provided for the use of graphics software, navigation of the Internet and World­Wide Web, development of Web pages, and electronic mail and discussion lists.
  15. International Faculty Exchanges: Encourages collaborative relationships and broadens faculty international and/or professional perspective through formal exchanges with universities overseas.
  16. Intra-University Professorships: Provides mid­career faculty an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of an academic specialty, to broaden or achieve greater depth in a defined field of study, or to achieve competence in a new area of scholarly endeavor by spending a semester's residence in another academic department.
  17. Leaves without Pay: Provides the opportunity to pursue unique experiences outside the university on a full­time basis, when such experiences are deemed in the best interest of the University. Through leaves arranged through intergovernmental personnel agreements, faculty are provided opportunities for renewal and expansion research or teaching directions through placement in a federal agency for a specified period.
  18. Library Instructional Program: Integrating Library Research into Instruction: Assists faculty in integrating library research skills and services into instruction through providing assistance with assignment design and workshops for faculty on teaching students to do library research.
  19. Mid­Career Faculty Renewal Option: Provides up to four mid­career faculty up to one semester reassignment to implement a defined plan to strengthen their knowledge of an academic specialty, to broaden or achieve greater depth in a defined field of study, or to achieve competence in a new area of teaching or scholarly endeavor. The plan may include a program of advanced study, participation in a planned sequence of related workshops, short courses and symposia, or collaborative activities emphasizing the acquisition of skills. The activity must be completed on campus within the span of a single semester. The goals of the program to help faculty become more effective in teaching or research and to provide the institution flexibility in responding to shifting institutional priorities which will require significant retooling or redirection of faculty expertise.
  20. National Fulbright Scholar Program: Provides an opportunity for faculty to teach or conduct research under the auspices of the Fulbright Scholar Program. To encourage participation, the University provides up to one semester's salary to individual's receiving grants under this program. This incentive supplements the basic stipend provided by the Fulbright Program.
  21. New Faculty Mentoring Program: Assists in the socialization of new faculty into the professoriate with emphasis on developing effective teaching skills, building programs of research that lead to recognition as effective scholars and developing effective skills in the balancing of multiple role expectations (teaching, research and service).
  22. New Faculty General Research Fund: Assist new tenure-track faculty in initiating research and developing grant applications to sustain research programs through a mentoring and peer review process.
  23. New Faculty Seminar Series: Orients new faculty to institutional culture, perspectives, and expectations for teaching and research.
  24. Induction into the Professoriate: A longitudinal perspective of a career in academia (i.e., expectations, stages, balancing the multiple expectations of teaching, research and service, career issues).
  25. The role of instruction = KU Perspective (Esse Quam Videri): An exploration of the institution's expectations concerning the role of teaching, its relationship to research, focus in the tenure process, and current institutional initiatives emphasizing effective instruction.
  26. The role of research = KU Perspective: An exploration of the institution's expectations concerning the role of research and scholarly activity, including its relationship to instruction, programs of research, focus in the tenure process, and current institutional initiatives.
  27. Perspectives on promotion and tenure: A discussion with senior faculty, administrators, and members of the University Committee on Promotion and Tenure of institutional expectations, strategies for developing an academic career leading toward tenure, and the promotion and tenure process.
  28. The Institutional Culture = KU Perspectives: An exploration of the culture of the institution from different perspectives as a basis for examining and determining one's role and contributions as a University citizen. Topics such as collegiality, valuing diversity, academic integrity, governance and current issues provide the context for this seminar.
  29. Progress Toward Tenure Review: Provides formative and summative feedback regarding progress toward tenure.
  30. Research Intensive Semesters (RIS): CLAS offers all junior faculty members in good standing a reduced teaching responsibility at some point during the faculty member’s pretenure employment. Faculty members will be released from classroom teaching duties for up to two courses, depending upon the relevant departmental teaching expectations, and will be expected to concentrate on research intensive activities. Faculty members are eligible for a research intensive semester assignment up to and including the spring semester before their publication dossiers are sent out to external reviewers in June, with the latest possible.  Faculty members in good standing who have stopped their tenure clock remain eligible for a RIS assignment.
  31. Sabbatical Leave: Provides opportunities for faculty development and enhancement activities.
  32. Vice Chancellors Fellows Program: Acquaints mid­career faculty with the issues and challenges of higher education administration so they may better understand the university and provides an opportunity for them to assess their interests and talents in university administrative matters.
  33. Writing Consulting: Faculty Resources: Consults with faculty interested in integrating writing as an integral part of their teaching.

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