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Faculty Professional Development

Duquesne University and Academic Affairs place a high priority on providing professional development opportunities for faculty and chairs. Below, you will find information on upcoming program offerings. Be sure to check back often for updates!

Department Chairs' Workshop

Friday, September 16, 2016 in 108 Canevin Hall
10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (followed by lunch)
Integrative Learning and The Departments: From My Work to Our Work
Discussion Leader: Dr. Terrel (Terry) RhodesImage of Terrel Rhodes

Workshop Description: Research has shown that employers are most concerned that graduates possess high levels of learning across a set of essential learning outcomes. Indeed, that achieving these learning outcomes is as important as the students' major field of specialization. Research also has shown that student learning is deepened and sustained over time when the curriculum is laid out coherently, outcomes are clear, and students apply their learning in conjunction with faculty guidance throughout. With this in mind, the chairs workshop will begin with the familiar logic models for design and curriculum mapping for coherence and integration. Participants will have the opportunity to work with their own major curriculum (or the Core Curriculum) to examine how their own learning outcomes are achieved for all of their students.

Terrel Rhodes is Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment and Executive Director of VALUE at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he focuses on the quality of undergraduate education, access, general education, e-portfolios and assessment of student learning. Learn more about Terrel Rhodes.

Guests are also invited to the afternoon open session hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence
Better Together: Highly Effective/High Impact Practices for Engaged Learning
September 16, 2016, 1:30-3:30, 613 Union
Learn more about this event.

RSVP to Dr. Alexandra Gregory for these events.

Departmental Leadership: About the Series for Academic Chairs

Academic departmental leadership is crucial to the success of Duquesne at every level from institutional reputation and strength, to individual faculty and student success. Academic Affairs seeks to support academic chairs in the following ways:

  • build community across Duquesne by addressing the needs of new and experienced chairs, and by bringing them together to learn from and support one another
  • communicate expectations for Duquesne department chairs
  • explore best practices in departmental leadership in higher education
  • respond to requests for training and materials
  • encourage chairs to attend national institutes on academic leadership so that they can bring ideas back to the group and be refreshed in their own leadership

Events Archive

For more information on past events, visit the Academic Affairs Professional Development Events Archive.