Office of Faculty Professional Development Programs and Services

First Director of Office of Faculty Professional Development 

Rebecca Pope-RuarkThe Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty is pleased to announce that Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark will serve as the first Director of the Office of Faculty Professional Development, effective April 15. Pope-Ruark joins OFPD from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and will be coordinating efforts for all non-teaching-related professional development for faculty in this new role.

Summer 2022 Faculty Development Opportunities

The Office of Faculty Professional Development (OFPD) offers professional development workshops and webinars, writing retreats, a burnout support group for women+ faculty, and 1:1 professional development coaching and consultations.

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Mentoring Reading Group


For faculty, mentoring is a feature of the research, teaching, and service work we do. Yet faculty are not often taught how to be an effective mentor or how to receive mentoring. Over the course of three meetings during June and July, we will read and discuss excerpts from W. Brad Johnson's On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty and Johnson and Charles R. Ridley's practical guide, The Elements of Mentoring. Join us for one discussion or all three. Register here.

  • Wednesday June 1, 2-3:30pm, Foundations of Mentoring
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2-2:30pm, Mentoring Students
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2-3:30pm, Mentoring Peers

 

Faculty Writing Retreats


Join other faculty writers this fall for twice-monthly, three-hour virtual writing retreats to move forward the writing project(s) of your choice. In each three-hour writing retreat, participants will identify concrete, achievable writing goals for the retreat; receive structure and support in achieving those goals; learn tips and strategies for enhancing your writing productivity; and spend 2.5 hours making progress on the writing project of their choice. Register here.

  • Thursday, June 16, 9am-Noon (Virtual)
  • Thursday, July 21, 9am-Noon (Virtual)

 

Women+ Faculty Burnout Support Group


Join the Office of Faculty Professional Development for a monthly support and conversation group for women+ faculty to address burnout and well-being.  This support group offers support for women+ faculty, safe space to discuss challenges and solutions, opportunities to connect with other women+ faculty, and strategies and resources for moving through and beyond burnout, overwhelm, and other challenges to well-being. Participation is open to any women+ identified faculty member at Tech, including tenure-track faculty, lecturers, academic professionals, research scientists, librarians, and contingent faculty from any school or unit at Tech. No preparation or special experience needed; register for as many or as few sessions as your schedule and bandwidth allow. 

Read more about the group and register for sessions using this webform.

Past Programming

Promotion and Tenure Workshops


The Office of Faculty Professional Development and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty are offering workshops to support faculty as they prepare for promotion and/or tenure reviews.

For Academic Professionals: This workshop discuss candidate strategies for the Academic Professional promotion process, including how to determine when to go up, how to prepare successful packages, how to have conversations with supervisors about the process, and how to map job accomplishments to the promotion criteria. Q&A session to follow.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 11:30am-1pm (virtual)

For Lecturers: This workshop discuss candidate strategies for the Lecturer promotion process, including how to determine when to go up, how to prepare successful packages, how to have conversations with supervisors about the process, and how to map job accomplishments to the promotion criteria. Q&A session to follow.

  • Monday, March 14, 12-1:30 pm (virtual)

For Tenure-Track Faculty: A workshop to discuss candidate strategies for the tenure-track promotion and tenure process, including how to prepare successful packages and how to map scholarly accomplishments to promotion and tenure criteria. Q&A session to follow.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2:30-3:30pm (virtual)

Register for OFPD webinars and workshops using this webform (opens new window).

 

Faculty Writing Retreats


Join other faculty writers this fall for twice-monthly, three-hour virtual writing retreats to move forward the writing project(s) of your choice. In each three-hour writing retreat, participants will identify concrete, achievable writing goals for the retreat; receive structure and support in achieving those goals; learn tips and strategies for enhancing your writing productivity; and spend 2.5 hours making progress on the writing project of their choice.

  • Thurs, Jan 6, 9am-Noon (Virtual)
  • Wed, Jan 19, 1-4pm (Virtual)
  • Thurs, Feb 3, 9am-Noon (Virtual)
  • Wed, Feb 16, 1-4pm (Virtual)
  • Thurs, Mar 3, 9am-Noon (Virtual)
  • Wed, Mar 16, 1-4pm (Virtual)
  • Thurs, Apr 7, 9am-Noon (Virtual)
  • Wed, Apr 20, 1-4pm (Virtual)

‚ÄčRegistration for writing retreats fills on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for as many or as few writing retreats as your schedule and bandwidth allow using this webform (opens new window).

 

Faculty Coffee and Conversation Hours


Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Professional Development, monthly faculty coffee and conversation hours focused on a different faculty group each month provide opportunities for faculty connection and community. In-person gatherings will be resumed Fall 2022.

 

Professional Development Programs


The Provost Fellows for Faculty Development (PFFD) program brings together a cohort of faculty who envision and help expand professional development initiatives that are for faculty, by faculty, and about faculty. The program runs from January to December 2022. Each fellow receives $5,000 for program development support and/or to participate in a faculty development activity. Participants for 2022 are Alex Duncan, Andy Frazee, Joy Harris, Gabi Steinbach, Jan Uelzmann, and Eunhwa Yang.

The Faculty Leadership Apprenticeship (FLA) program fosters and develops faculty members for leadership by providing access to Vice Provost Office leadership and their decisions; offering close, and accessible, mentoring; and participating in the formulation of solutions and policies related to real problems and on-going issues. The apprenticeship runs from January to June 2022. Each participant receives $5,000 for program development support and/or to participate in a faculty development activity. Participants for 2022 are Suchismita Dutta, Kyriaki Kalaitzidou, and Juergen Rauleder.

The ACC Academic Leaders Network (ACC ALN) is designed to facilitate cross-institutional networking and collaboration among academic leaders while building leadership capacity for the participating institutions. The target audience is faculty who have received foundational leadership training and who have at least 1-2 years of experience in their current leadership role, such as department chairs/heads, assistant/associate deans, and assistant/associate provosts (or similar titles as they may vary across institutions). Participants must be able to attend all three on-site sessions over the course of the calendar year, each hosted at a different participating university campus. Participants for 2022 are Pamela Bhatti, Michelle Rinehart, and Jake Soper.

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