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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 programs and departments that aim to serve faculty needs and progress.

Faculty Leadership Advisory Council (FLAC)

Academic departmental leadership is crucial to the success of Duquesne at every level from institutional reputation and strength, to individual faculty and student success. FLAC 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
Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR)

CETR supports communtiy-engaged teaching, learning and research that promote knowledge creation, civic development, and community transformation. The Center serves as a vital hub providing space, resources, and support for community-oriented scholars. Some of our developmental offerings include:

  • Events and forums for faculty to network and share strategies with colleagues participating in community-engaged teaching and research. These include Campus to Community Excursions; Skill-Building Workshops on topics such as IRB, reflection, and assessment; a monthly Journal Club; a summer Writing Retreat; and Community-Engaged Learning Course Designation workshop
  • Community-Engaged Pathways Grants for teams of faculty, administrators and community advisors collaborating to plan and implement community-engaged degree programs
  • The endowed Gaultier Faculty Fellowship to promote faculty development and scholarship.

For more information, visit CETR

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

CTE helps faculty and graduate student teaching assistants excel as teacher-scholars by illuminating and fostering the implementation of evidence-based, high-impact educational practices within Duquesne's community of teachers and learners. The Center provides consultations, print and web resources on teaching and academic success, and the following opportunities:

  • Workshops on teaching, learning, and academic career success. Online offerings available through DORI
  • Near Peer Mentoring Exchange for new faculty members to engage a mentoring network
  • Inspired Teaching Retreat , a two-day retreat where Duquesne faculty interact with colleagues who represent different disciplines, perspectives, experiences, and teaching techniques
  • Creative Teaching Award, sponsored by Academic Affairs, recognizes faculty members who have implemented innovative ways of teaching and have assessed the impact of the innovation on student learning.

For more information, visit CTE

Online Learning and Strategy (OL&S) & Educational Technology (EdTech)

OL&S and Ed Tech provide a variety of resource and support options to assist faculty and administrators in the development of online courses and programs. These include:

  • Guidance concerning resources to support market research needed to inform decision making about the development of online programs (OL&S)
  • Faculty training for those teaching in the online environment (OL&S)
  • Instructional design support (Ed Tech)
  • Standards, models and tools for assessing online learning (OL&S)
  • Strategic guidance for online programming and course design, development, and delivery.

For more information, check Online Learning and Strategy and Educational Technology

University Core (UCOR) Faculty Development Initiatives

Teaching excellence in the University Core Curriculum is an essential ingredient for our undergraduate students' overall academic experience. The UCOR

  • supports faculty participation in professional development opportunities involving high-impact practices
  • sponsors expert consultations concerning student learning outcomes and course content
  • partners with the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Writing Center to offer workshops and programs on teaching
  • convenes faculty, academic advisors, and academic support staff for information sharing, problem solving, and community building.

For more information, visit: University Core - Faculty and Advisor Development