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Faculty Development Program 2016- Day 1

Faculty development plays a critical role in the ongoing growth of teachers. Professional development does support all aspects of academic careers, but understanding its importance to teaching.

Professional development promotes faculty responsibility for continuous, career-long growth based upon not only the trial and error of experience, but also theory, research, and professional collaboration with colleagues.

  • The understanding of instructional concepts and teaching processes can be expanded and deepened via professional development.
  • Good teaching is not just a “you have it or you don’t” skill, nor is it an automatic companion of terminal, disciplinary degrees. It is an action, process, and way of thinking and as such it constitutes serious, complex intellectual work. It requires regular reflection and exposure to new ideas and information that are inherently a part of good professional development activities.
  • Professional faculty development connects faculty across disciplines and career stages, serving to create a pedagogical community within the college or university.
  • Professional development is not remedial or something only for those having problems, but should be an integral part of every faculty member’s efforts to become more effective in the classroom.
  • Although professional development has often been viewed as supplementary within the academy, it actually plays a central role in faculty motivation and vitality across their careers.
  • Without professional development opportunities, faculty are often isolated and unaware of beneficial, innovative pedagogical approaches.
  • “One who dares to teach must never cease to learn” (Dana): Professional development provides opportunities for faculty to learn about learning, about teaching, about students, and about themselves.
  • Professional development should not be an optional or occasional activity. Regular participation in professional development activities should be an expectation for all teachers.
  • Professional development is the conscience of the professional academic. It makes teachers aware of what they do, asks them why, and challenges them to continually do it better.
  • Professional development strengthens the effective, intellectual, and social aspects of academic life. It improves the academic experience at institutions for teachers and students.

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