Welcome to the Faculty Development Center (FDC)


The Faculty Development Center provides a centralized place to support the teaching of all EMU faculty, lecturers, teaching GAs, and student success staff.  The FDC promotes excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarly activities in accordance with the core values of respect, inclusiveness, care, and commitment. The Center grounds itself in awareness and support for cultural diversity and community-building.

Resources and Services

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Teaching Spotlights
Read about our newest teaching spotlight and those from this past year. If you know an EMU instructor that you'd like to be recognized, consider nominating an outstanding faculty member!
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Latest Newsletter
Take some time to read our weekly newsletter Happenings at the Faculty Development Center. Each issue features exciting FDC programming and events, blog posts, and much more.
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Teaching Blog
We are excited to host the Teaching Blog as a platform for faculty to share their opinions and outlooks on teaching. Keep an eye out for upcoming entries and check out some of our posts from last year!
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Upcoming Events
Stay up-to-date on all the upcoming programs and events that the FDC provides in support of excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarly activities here at Eastern Michigan University.

Happenings at the Faculty Development Center

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Teaching and Learning Together
The Teaching and Learning Together (TaLT) initiative aims to form strong communities of learners by engaging educators and students together to explore collaborative partnerships. We seek to facilitate efforts to shape the student-faculty collaborative culture at EMU in a way that can improve both the student experience (including in such things as retention and persistence), as well as the faculty experience.
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Generative AI Programming

Generative Artificial Intelligence (Gen AI) emerged in December of 2022, and since then, our faculty, staff, and lecturers have posed numerous questions and started engaging in thoughtful conversations about how to approach and use Gen AI in an academic context. The Faculty Development Center and the University Writing Center have been hosting various programs related to Gen AI. Learn more about recent sessions by clicking the link below.

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2024 Summer and Fall Mini-Grant Winners
The Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center and the Dean of Students Office, with support from the Department of Recreation and Intramurals (Rec/IM) and E|Dining, invited faculty and students to potentially work together to implement a wellness practice into the classroom. We have six Mini-Grant Winners for the summer and fall of 2024. 
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New Beginnings Conference
To better prepare for the fall semester, we partner with the Office of Campus and Community Writing to host the New Beginnings Conference. This years conference will focus on "Building Connections".Join us to engage with colleagues, learn new things, and get the fall 2024 semester off to a great start. The 2024 conference will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2024. We are now accepting proposals.
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Engaging in Inclusive Practices Amid Challenging Times
This learning community, presented by our DEI Faculty Fellow, is bringing together a group of educators to explore topics on inclusive practices in order to create more positive learning environments for students so that they can persist in their majors and toward graduation.
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Academic Leadership Community of Practice
This learning community aims to generate knowledge about experiences and skills for academic leadership in institutions of higher education. This CoP was first offered in 2023-2024 academic year and is returning by popular demand! This year, the Al-CoP will be facilitated by Rachelle Marshall, Andrea Zakrajsek, and Jeffrey Bernstein.

Spotlighting Student-Faculty Partnerships

Dr. John McCurdy and Chris Baker

In this partnership spotlight, Dr. John McCurdy (L) and Chris Baker discuss how a graduate class assignment blossomed into a partnership, which led to presentation opportunities. They also share with us the benefit that being open-minded can have for a partnership.

Click Here to Read the Full Spotlight

Nominate a Student-Faculty Partnership

This segment of our website, "Partnership Spotlights," highlights student-faculty partnerships on campus. If you are interested in being featured in a Partnership Spotlight or know of a student-faculty pairing worth highlighting, please complete the short form below.

Nominate a Student-Faculty Partnership

In previous semesters, the Faculty Development Center has spotlighted lecturers and faculty from a variety of departments. To view these spotlights, please click the link below. 

View Our Previous Teaching Spotlights