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Hinton, Corrine E.; Patterson, Elizabeth – Journal of Faculty Development, 2019
Maximizing the positive impact of first-year experience (FYE) courses on students relies on effective collaboration between academic and student affairs. Professional development activities, especially with faculty, can be difficult to institute as power struggles, discordant goals, and unclear expectations abound. A Learner-centered Professional…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Faculty Development, College Faculty, Student Centered Learning
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Tapp, Suzanne; McNaughtan, Jon; Brooks-Hurst, Erika – Journal of Faculty Development, 2019
In this article, we discuss the importance of theory driven program development and present the empowerment framework using two case studies at a center for teaching and learning (CTL). We describe the empowerment framework, offer programmatic examples aligned with this framework, and make specific recommendations for those wishing to pursue this…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Leadership, College Faculty, College Students
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Bartell, Denise S.; Boswell, Caroline – Journal of Faculty Development, 2019
Utilizing FYE courses to support retention and college success requires a systematic understanding of, and effective tools to support, historically underserved students. Traditional, short-term faculty development programming is unlikely to support faculty needs when teaching FYE courses, especially for experienced instructors. This article…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, College Faculty, Faculty Development, College Freshmen
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Swank, Lorett; Whitton, Natasha – Journal of Faculty Development, 2019
This article focuses on techniques used in professional development to strengthen the community of faculty in FYE courses, while aiming at improving the classroom experience for today's learners, specifically those related to providing content, building community, and strengthening understanding. To provide a solid foundation, creating a course…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, First Year Seminars, Curriculum Design
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Smith, Tessa; Barrett, Claire – Journal of Faculty Development, 2019
"The Wisconsin Experience Seminar" is an extended-orientation style first-year seminar (FYS) that is intended to support students' transitions to college. The course is held each academic semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is taught by instructors in a variety professional roles at the university. The program is housed…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, College Faculty, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
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Sperry, Rita; Hawkinson, Chelsie – Journal of Faculty Development, 2019
Faculty training and development for First-Year Seminar (FYS) faculty at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) is conducted in the form of training workshops, bi-annual teaching institutes, and various professional development opportunities. Facilitated workshop content is based on student-centered teaching and learning theories.…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, First Year Seminars, Communities of Practice, College Faculty
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Taczak, Kara; Karas, Jennifer – Journal of Faculty Development, 2019
In 2012, Randy Bass challenged educators to "disrupt" themselves expanding the notion of teaching to include multiple high-impact practices (HIP). First-year seminars are a HIP that, when done successfully, encourages retention and persistence in students. On our campus they function similarly, but they also create opportunities for…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, College Freshmen, College Faculty, Instructional Effectiveness
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Connelly, Maureen T.; Inui, Thomas S.; Oken, Emily; Peters, Antoinette S. – Journal of Faculty Development, 2018
Purpose: Although annual performance reviews and feedback are recommended for faculty development, best practices and faculty perceptions have not been documented. The authors sought to evaluate the process in one medical school department that established and has sustained an innovative review tradition for 25 years. Method: Content analysis of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Annual Reports, Faculty Development, Best Practices
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Bhavsar, Grishma P.; Grote, Kandice; Galvan, Melisa C.; Tyutina, Svetlana V.; Guan, Shu-Sha Angie; Stapleton, Lissa D.; Knotts, Gregory – Journal of Faculty Development, 2018
Faculty in their early careers discover unique and unanticipated concerns in navigating academia and attempting to create life balance. These needs must be addressed to ensure retention and success in the tenure process. This exploratory study found the creation of first-year faculty learning communities (FLCs) provides needed, integral, and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Beginning Teachers, Communities of Practice, Teacher Effectiveness
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Hessling, Peter A.; Robinson, Emily Erin; Capps, Jennifer A.; Gallardo-Williams, Maria T. – Journal of Faculty Development, 2018
This paper describes the experiences of four diverse faculty, representing chemistry, education, faculty development, and entrepreneurship, who participated in a voluntary reading circle to discuss teaching and learning in higher education. We provide examples of how our circle shared pedagogical ideas, engaged in collaborative scholarly projects,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Skarupski, Kimberly A.; Foucher, Kharma C. – Journal of Faculty Development, 2018
Faculty members have numerous competing demands and struggle to find time to write. Writing Accountability Groups (WAGs) were created to help faculty members establish sustainable writing habits by writing with increased frequency and for shorter session durations. WAGs meet one hour a week for 10 weeks and emphasize accountability to the process…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Writing (Composition)
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Winslow, Matthew P.; Skubik-Peplaski, Camille; Burkett, Barry – Journal of Faculty Development, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are an effective way for faculty to learn about pedagogical topics and tactics. However, less is known about how effective they are at changing the teaching practices of the faculty participants and ultimately student learning. This article describes a mixed-method study of such a transfer of knowledge. In…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration
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Rands, Melissa L.; Bender, Holly; Gillette, Meghan T.; Orgler, Lisa – Journal of Faculty Development, 2017
In this paper, the authors describe the faculty development initiatives and the role of faculty learning communities (FLCs) in supporting Team-Based Learning (TBL) at a large, research-intensive university. A systematic review of the initiatives found FLCs provided crucial support for both new and seasoned TBL practitioners and fostered…
Descriptors: Role, Teamwork, Communities of Practice, College Faculty
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Bair, Mary Antony – Journal of Faculty Development, 2017
This paper describes a faculty development project in which 12 teacher educators used the Cognitive Coaching model to engage in critical reflections about their teaching. Each identified an aspect of their teaching they wanted to improve and a colleague to serve as coach. Participants engaged in Cognitive Coaching cycles, consisting of planning…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Educators, Coaching (Performance), Cognitive Processes
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Francis, Dawn M.; Colbry, Stephanie L.; Hoyle, Amy Gratch; Ratmansky, Lisa A.; Sheety, Alia S.; Szpara, Michelle Yvonne – Journal of Faculty Development, 2017
A Faculty Scholarship Community (FSC) is a community of practice whose members share an interest in scholarly productivity. This descriptive study examines key factors that enabled a small group of non-tenured faculty, new to their institution, to form a thriving FSC. Members employed autoethnography as the method for examining the impact of the…
Descriptors: Productivity, Well Being, Scholarship, College Faculty
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