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    Duquesne Administrator Helps Design Competencies for Graduate Students

    Dr. Steven Hansen of Verona, associate director for Faculty Development at Duquesne University, has written competencies for graduate and professional student development in collaboration with colleagues across the United States.

    This effort, which was presented nationally, will be implemented by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) to frame the work of Duquesne University graduate students participating in the Certificate of University Teaching.

    Hansen and the team of educational developers presented their findings at the Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education's annual conference in Seattle on Oct. 25.  The teaching competencies were discussed and well received by a group of future faculty developers at the conference.  

    The proposed competencies, integral to the professional development of future faculty, answer the questions:

    • What do graduate students need to understand about higher education to become successful educators?
    • What skills do they need to develop to be successful college teachers?

    This team's work was recently published in a special issue of Studies in Graduate & Professional Student Development (volume 14), Mapping the Range of Graduate Student Professional Development.

    In addition to Duquesne, team members represented The Ohio State University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Central Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin and Yale University.

    Founded in 1989 as a faculty initiative, the Center for Teaching Excellence helps faculty and graduate student teaching assistants excel as teacher-scholars.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.