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Faculty Development Institutes

What are Faculty Development Institutes (FDI)?

Faculty Development Institutes are sustained programs which run throughout the academic year and focus on developing a teaching strategy or approach. The cohort (10-15 members) meets approximately once a month with a coach/mentor. Times and dates will be decided by group members. 

The program provides an opportunity to learn new skills and strategies and then have time to develop, implement, reflect and revise them throughout the year. 

What is the difference between a Learning Community and FDI?

In many ways they are similar; a FDI can be classified as a type of Learning Community. The decision of a participant to enrol in a FDI or a Learning Community is usually based on interest in the offered theme or topic. FDI’s tend to be more structured with the fall focusing on concept and skill development and then the participants working on their own projects in the winter such as course redesigns or teaching related scholarship. Learning Communities tend to evolve as they progress based on the interests of the participants. FDIs are aimed for faculty where as LC are open to faculty, professional staff and graduate students. FDIs are facilitated by a CETL faculty member (Faculty Fellow or CETL Director) where as other Learning Communities are run by interested university faculty or academic professionals.

2018-2019 Faculty Development Institutes: Call for Participants

CETL announces three Faculty Development Institutes (FDIs) beginning in Fall 2018. Register and attend each FDI's orientation session (early September) to learn about the topic and the year’s plan before signing up for the year program. FDI meeting dates and times will be determined based on participants’ availability, so even if you cannot attend the Orientation session, please follow-up with the facilitator and sign up for the full-year series.
Sign up for orientation session(s).

Mentoring for Emerging Faculty

Judy Ableser,
Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

This Faculty Development Institute supports new and emerging faculty as they navigate the transition into academic life. The goal is to provide support as you balance teaching, scholarship, service and life responsibilities. The cohort provides a rich opportunity to build professional and social networks. This mentoring group supplements individual departmental mentoring. It is open to all faculty in their first three years.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply strategies and reflective practice that supports teaching and acclimation into campus life as an academic
  • Form professional and social networks and connections with other faculty who are also new/nearly new to teaching at a university
  • Provide an opportunity to extend, practice, reflect and reinforce skills and knowledge that are introduced during the “Nuts and Bolts of Teaching” workshops

Register for the Mentoring FDI orientation session on September 13.

Course Redesign for Teaching Students Complex Skills

Kieran Mathieson,
Associate Professor, Decision and Information Sciences, SBA
CETL Faculty Fellow

Students learn complex skills, including programming, writing reports, designing circuits, and analyzing data sets. This FDI will help you design and run courses that improve student skills. The methods apply to an entire course sequence, an individual course, or a module within a course. The fall semester will focus on how students learn skills, and how to redesign a course. During the winter, participants will work on their own course, or another course design project.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine how students learn complex skills
  • Consider approaches to skill course design, such as adaptive learning, and how to apply it to activities, assessment and full courses
  • Redesign an existing course or course component, or design a new course or component

Register for the Course Redesign FDI orientation session on September 11.

Integrating Diversity with Teaching and Learning: Storytelling at OU

Adina Schneeweis,
Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, CAS
CETL Faculty Fellow

This Faculty Development Institute will help you design and run assignments and/or full courses that examine the ways in which issues of diversity shape and affect campus culture, and broadly life in an increasingly diverse society. It will culminate with features on campus life – faculty, staff, students, and other initiatives – presented as digital content. Depending on the faculty participation in this project, it can take different shapes and include a variety of expressions – technical, communicative, digital, artistic, and/or scientific – with the ultimate goal to enhance the research on, and teaching of and with, diversity. The purpose of this multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary project will challenge us to think more deeply about identity, conflict, and unity, and paint a diverse picture of Oakland University.

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline areas of diversity, difference, and otherness on campus
  • Identify challenges and solutions in teaching diversity while teaching content- or skills-courses at the same time
  • Create assignments and/or full courses that focus on diversity, difference, and otherness on campus, to culminate in a digitally available, ongoing storytelling project

Register for the Integrating Diversity FDI orientation session on September 12.