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Faculty Development

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Otis is committed to supporting faculty in their pursuit of excellence in teaching effectiveness, professional activities, and collegiality. Faculty Development activities are organized throughout the college in various venues:

    Academic Assembly

    Programs of Study

    Teaching Learning Center (TLC)

    Provost's Office

The Faculty Development Committee acts as a central advisory and/or coordinating body for these activities. Grants are available to support projects and activities including, but not limited to:

    Teaching effectiveness related to diverse student learning styles, student struggles, and educating the whole student

    Professional activities such as research, funding for supplies/materials, or participation in conferences/workshops

    College activities such as building departmental teamwork, forging trans-disciplinary avenues of investigation, and fostering communication across traditional boundaries.

One-on-one consultations with on-campus support staff are also available; faculty can discuss an upcoming project in more depth, review best practices, or brainstorm about particular student needs by meeting with an experienced department administrator, knowledgeable staff person, and/or teaching colleague, as needed.

Resources:
Randall Lavender, Faculty Development at Otis: Looking Forward (PDF white paper)