About Us

The Faculty Development Center provides a centralized PLACE for faculty (full-time and part-time) to support their teaching/learning, research and service.


Where The FDC Got It's Name - Who Was Bruce K. Nelson? Bruce K. Nelson



Functions of the FDC

The FDC is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive program of support for all instructional faculty across a broad range of professional practice domains:

  • Enhancing excellence in teaching through demonstrating and assessing significant student learning outcomes

  • Promoting scholarly inquiry and/or creativity

  • Providing professional development opportunities, including leadership and organizational development

  • Incorporating the effective use of technology

  • Actively promoting and facilitating awareness and sensitivity to issues of culture and diversity and community-building/service activities that support faculty excellence

Guiding Principles

The Faculty Development Center is based on a number of principles of practice that support and guide our actions and decisions:

  • Recognizes and champions faculty in their multiple roles (e.g., as teacher, scholar, professional, community member) and acknowledges the broad range and depth of their varied accomplishments;

  • Reflects an awareness of the variety in faculty growth and development and offers comprehensive, on-going, developmental, and flexible support programs;

  • Supports and promotes teaching/learning strategies that promote meaningful, higher-order learning for students, e.g., active or collaborative learning;

  • Involves faculty in reflection and critical self-evaluation of their academic practices, and assists faculty in transforming their practices into scholarship.

  • Encourages cross-departmental, school and unit interactions and fosters collaboration among faculty with shared interests and professional development goals;

  • Creates opportunities for discipline-specific, as well as cross-disciplinary shared learning and experimentation emphasizing transferability of knowledge;

  • Encourages and appropriately supports faculty in undertaking new roles and responsibilities and in skill development, with emphasis on instructional technology and cultural competence;

  • Recognizes that individuals who seek our services do so voluntarily;

  • Maintains confidentiality for all who are served; and

  • Models actions and practices that are non-judgemental, respectful, trustworthy, collaborative and cooperative.