faculty excellence initiative
The Faculty Excellence Initiative Committee formed in Fall 2011 and was charged with determining the best approach for offering enhanced faculty development at VSU.
While VSU has several departments dedicated to providing resources, training, and tools for faculty, the university’s growth confirms the need for a more focused and strategic effort. This movement is in line with Board of Regent’s Policy:
BOR POLICY MANUAL 8.3.14 Faculty Development
In keeping with the University System of Georgia’s commitment to excellence, each institution shall have a campus-wide professional growth and development program that supports the continuous improvement of all faculty in their roles as teachers; scholars/researchers; and professionals engaged in service to the institution, the community, and the profession. Each institution’s program must be intentionally aligned with the institution’s mission, key initiatives, and strategic plan. The program must cultivate and sustain a culture in which faculty professional development is valued and pervasive.
The program should specify how faculty development is incorporated into each area of faculty performance evaluations. Each institution’s program should be grounded in best practices for faculty development (see the Academic Affairs Handbook) to inform faculty of opportunities, empower them to stay current, and reward them for enhancing their skills. The program should be goal-driven, include a mechanism to evaluate its effectiveness, and explain how the information gathered will be used to enhance faculty development. Programs must be endorsed by the appropriate faculty governance process and the institution’s president (BoR Minutes, October 2010).
- COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- HISTORY OF THE INITIATIVE
- SURVEY INSTRUMENTS
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARIES OF RESULTS
- FOCUS GROUP RESULTS
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Dr. Sheri Gravett - 229-333-5950
Dr. Kathleen Lowney - 229-333-5487