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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Summer Research Writing Sprint
Are you ready to kickstart your summer research agenda? Join us for a two-day writing retreat on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23. You bring your laptop and your works in progress. We’ll bring the snacks and the supportive environment to keep you focused and productive. Take two days away from the usual distractions and demands on your time.
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Collaborative Course (Re)Design Learning Community
Applications for the fall 2024 Collaborative Course (Re)Design (CCRD) learning community are now open. In CCRD, you and one of your former students work together collaboratively to redesign portions of a course that you want to update and improve. 
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The AS-L Summer Institute
The AS-L Summer Institute is an opportunity for faculty and lecturers to reflect on prior AS-L courses and think deeply about the value of community engagement. We will revisit student coursework with AS-L outcomes in mind, engage in revising course assessments, and otherwise work to improve AS-L courses we teach.
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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. 

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