Kennesaw State University

8th Institute for New Faculty Developers Inspires Positive Change

In late June, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at KSU hosted the 8th Institute for New Faculty Developers, for the second time. Over 100 faculty developers from seven countries, who work in centers of teaching and learning, attended the conference. The institute is designed to equip newcomers to the field with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive. Participants included new directors, associate or assistant directors, instructional designers, faculty fellows, as well as faculty who volunteer their time.

We were honored to have Dr. Papp open the conference and praise the work of faculty support centers as being a crucial part of student success. The theme of the conference was “Theory, Research, Praxis,” which emphasizes the importance of a strong theoretical base, empirical evidence, and the opportunity to put this theory and evidence into practice. Because the underlying motivation for the work of faculty developers is to foster student learning, this Institute was built on the foundation of “How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching,” the book co-authored by Dr. Michele DiPietro, CETL’s Executive Director.

Participants attended interactive and collaborative sessions, spanning topics such as the theory of faculty development, student learning, organizational development, consultations with faculty, course design strategies, technology-enhanced teaching, starting new centers of teaching and learning, funding centers, and assessment, to name a few.

Many participants said their time spent at the institute will bring a positive change to their campus and a renewed focus on teaching and student learning.

See the photos from the conference: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksucetl/sets/72157634359214597/