Chapter 9: Faculty Development

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The university expects active engagement of faculty in their own development as well as mentoring and advising other faculty, trainees, and students. Most of the schools and colleges in the university have created additional faculty development programs or initiatives with numerous offerings at the school and department level. In support of initiatives in the academic units, the Office of the Provost supports university-wide initiatives to stimulate academic innovation through programs such as:

9.1 Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE)

Established in 2008, the CFDE represents the culmination of many years of university-wide efforts to support faculty development and to foster intellectual community. The mission of the CFDE is to support the work of the Office of the Provost in encouraging faculty development and excellence, particularly through the sponsoring of faculty programs in teaching, writing, and research. With regard to teaching, some activities include seed grant programs, teaching consultations, and coordination and linking of teaching resources. In terms of writing/research, the CFDE supports author development programs in writing and publishing, grant writing workshops, and interdisciplinary research seminars.

9.2 Academic Leadership Program (ALP)

Emory initiated a university-wide ALP in 2008, designed to provide development for Emory's academic leaders. The goals of the program are to strengthen academic leadership performance across Emory University and to establish a leadership pipeline for succession planning. Emory faculty can receive nominations from their respective deans or other senior administrators to participate in the Academic Leadership Program. The 10-month program is comprised of a specific sequence of workshops, coaching and applied learning. The program's intent is to strengthen academic leadership across Emory University and establish a leadership pipeline for succession planning. Broadly conceived, the curriculum addresses people skills, financial management, or strategic planning. Specific course components include: leadership development, strategic planning, university finance and departmental budgeting, faculty development, promotion and tenure, teaching and assessment, performance reviews, and conflict management.

9.3 University Research Committee (URC)

The URC, a standing committee of the Faculty Council, is responsible for awarding small research grants to university faculty. Research is defined as scholarly pursuit according to the guidelines of your discipline. These funds are intended to help researchers achieve short-term research goals that can be accomplished in one year. These projects often provide preliminary data needed for extramural grant applications. Grants are peer-reviewed and ranked for quality and impact. URC grants are not intended as a continuing source of funding. Proposals are invited from all faculty throughout the university. Faculty holding temporary positions are not eligible. Projects designed to be completed by graduate students are not supported. Awards may be used for direct research support or release-time support for up to two courses. Release time is ordinarily defined as a release from teaching responsibilities only. Departmental commitments, committee responsibilities, and graduate student support continue during the period of the release time. The URC is composed of faculty throughout the university and divided into several subcommittees.

9.4 Emory Conference Center Subvention Fund

The Emory Conference Center Subvention Fund is intended to promote the visibility of academic conferences organized by Emory faculty and to make it possible for groups that might otherwise not be able to afford the Emory Conference Center to take advantage of the state-of-the-art meeting facilities adjacent to campus. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of intellectual merit, suitability for the conference center as a site, and the general workability of the program, including factors such as dates, anticipated attendance, and estimated conference budget. Typical awards are in the range of $5,000 to $20,000; however, grants ranging from $4,000 to $50,000 have been awarded. Proposals will be accepted at any time throughout the year. Notification of funding normally takes two to four weeks.

9.5 Lecture Series

Each school has its own lecture series, allowing for many opportunities for faculty to attend and engage in lectures and seminars on campus during the year. In addition, the University also sponsors several campus wide lecture series including:

The Life of the Mind lecture series, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, showcases some of Emory's leading faculty members. This series highlights some of Emory's most engaging scholars as they connect with faculty, staff, and students from other disciplines. The lecture series was organized in response to faculty and students' desire for more interdisciplinary communication at Emory. The lectures are conceived and presented to appeal to and be understood by a broad audience. From law and chemistry to the arts and humanities, the lunchtime lecture series provide a forum where the university community comes together regularly to hear about Emory scholarship.

The Distinguished Faculty Lecture started in 1995 as an initiative of the Faculty Council as a way for faculty across the university to honor and recognize one of their own. The Distinguished Faculty Lecturer is chosen by a special committee of the Faculty Council and is coordinated by the Assistant to the Faculty Council.

9.6 Emory University Emeritus College

The Emeritus College of Emory University was established in 2001 to "enhance the relationship between the university and its emeritus faculty for the benefit of Emory's educational mission as well as for the greater welfare of its emeriti and of the wider community." For the first two years, the EC operated as a pilot project endorsed by the Faculty Council and funded by the Office of the Provost. The Emeritus College now has permanent status as a line item on the university budget, continues to grow and add new projects every year, and has a representative on the University Senate and the Faculty Council. The Emeritus College's purposes are achieved through discussion, lectures, service projects, support for ongoing research, and recognition of the achievements of its members. The Emeritus College is a member of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE), which includes American and Canadian university retirement organizations. Its purpose is to develop and enhance retirement organizations to serve their schools, individual retirees, and the wider community.

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