OPENING DAY AT THE FDC - Thursday, March 30 2 - 5PMJoin us at the Faculty Development Center to celebrate our most important holiday, Opening Day of Baseball Season! We'll have snacks (including apple pie!), good company, dispensing of wisdom on baseball and teaching, selfies with Eggbert, and, of course, a chance to watch the first pitch of the New York Mets season together! A good time will be had by all!We encourage you to dress in your favorite teams attire (unless you're a Yankees fan). #LetsGoMets #LGM #YaGottaBelieve

Welcome to the 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 (TaLT)
The TaLT initiative begins with a learning community, composed of students and faculty, that will work together to identify ways to gain back what we have lost in terms of connection-building and mentorship. This work is in part of Eastern Michigan University's strategic commitment to prioritize student-centered learning and academic success. If interested in learning about this project's mission and meeting the members of this learning community, read more here
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Research Writers Collaborative
During the Fall 2022 Semester, Dr. Sarah Walsh, Associate Professor of Health Administration, hosted the Research Writer's Collaborative once a week. We are continuing this program this Winter semester, and we have expanded the number of groups to enable more faculty to participate. We will meet every Tuesday from 10am - 12pm and Thursday from 1:30am - 3:30pm. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Sarah Walsh.
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LGBTQ+ Programming

Please join us for three programs intended to help people learn more about LGBTQ+ issues.  This can help to make classrooms inclusive to all, and to help us think about how we can infuse these issues into the curriculum.We will be holding three different workshops including (1) LGBTQ+ 101: Queer Issues in Higher Education; (2) Infusing LGBTQ+ Issues and Content Across the Curriculum; and (3) Faculty-Student Interactions. Register for these workshops here.

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Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Showcase
We invite all tenured, tenure-track, emeritus, and lecturers to display posters, journal articles, books, artwork, and videos or compact discs (CD) of performing art, etc., that highlight scholarly activities that were disseminated or completed during the 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 calendar years. The Faculty Showcase will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 4 PM - 6 PM. Register here.
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Thank-An-Eagle
We love recognizing the outstanding people of the EMU community! The Faculty Development Center hosts a university-wide event called Thank-An-Eagle, where EMU students have a chance to thank an instructor, staff member, coach, GA or mentor who has helped them during their time here at EMU.

The 2023 Thank-An-Eagle event will be held on Monday, April 17th, at 3:30 PM. Nominations are due on Friday, March 31st. Click here to submit a nomination. 
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Student-Instructor Partnerships in Clinical Education Learning Community
During the 2022-23 academic year, the Faculty Development Center (FDC) hosted a learning community called Teaching and Learning Together (TaLT) that aimed to develop and nurture partnerships between students and faculty on EMU’s campus. This group has been very successful in exploring these partnerships and how to foster them in their own lives. For the 2023-24 academic year, the FDC, with the support of the College of Education (COE) and the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), returns with a second learning community, this one focused solely on clinical education and student-clinical educator partnerships.

Our Amazing Faculty

Vance Kennedy, Professor of Chemistry

“Dr. Kennedy is one of the nicest and most knowledgeable professors I have met. He has a strong passion for education and really cares about his students. Before his class, I never really enjoyed learning Chemistry. Dr. Kennedy changed that by his enthusiasm for teaching. He draws in real life examples that make students realize the importance of the subject and the implications in our daily lives.”

Meet some of EMU's Outstanding Faculty

Nominate a Faculty Member

Do you know an EMU instructor that should be recognized in our faculty profiles? We're more than happy to feature them in an upcoming Teacher Spotlight.

Nominate an Outstanding Teacher