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|Teaching Excellence||Professional Development
View a 5-year summary of Faculty Development Activities at Otis, 2004-2009 (PDF)
Presentations in Academic Assembly. Presentations at monthly meetings are regular occurrences. Topics relate to such concerns as instructional technologies, best practices, and reports on faculty projects, grants, and academic travel. Presentations are generally 10-20 minutes long.
Faculty Pecha Kucha. Faculty members share short presentations of works “in progress,” or other professional activities in a quick format using images that change every 20 seconds.
One-on-One Consultations and Mentoring. Assistance and Mentoring in Pedagogy was launched in Fall, 2007, to address faculty concerns about best teaching practices and related topics. Experienced faculty are available to coach and assist colleagues with specific teaching challenges, and to guide faculty toward some of the latest relevant research on teaching and learning.
|Faculty Learning Exchange (FleX). FleX fosters integrated learning, community building, and faculty professional development by enabling faculty members to take Otis courses offered by other departments. This opportunity to learn from colleagues and explore new curricula provides enriching experience that supports faculty interests in interdisciplinary professional and/or teaching activities.
Participation in FleX expands the knowledge, skills, and information available to faculty and provides a means to enrich professional and teaching resources. Further, FleX fosters curricular connections between disciplines within the college and strengthens the educational community.
FleX activities are subject to Department Chair and Teaching Faculty approval (i.e. those providing the FleX course). FleX course participation includes all in-class work, but FleX faculty are exempt from homework and testing.
Conferences. Each department has a travel budget that enables faculty to participate in professional/academic conferences. Faculty who present or otherwise participate are expected to share what is learned at the conference with their Department or the larger academic community.
Faculty Development Grants. The College maintains a commitment to support faculty in their pursuit of excellence in professional activities, teaching effectiveness, and contributions to the college. Modest grants are available to support activities including, but not limited to, the following:
Professional activities such as research, exhibitions, publishing, funding for supplies and materials, or participation in conferences and workshops
Enhancing teaching effectiveness by learning more about today’s students’ learning styles, dealing with problem students, the Millennial generation, or educating the whole student
Contributions to the college such as building departmental teamwork, fostering collegiality, hosting interdisciplinary events, or enhancing inter-departmental communications
Grants awarded by the Faculty Development Committee support faculty needs such as travel, exhibition assistance, research, supplies and equipment, and more. (Application Deadlines are usually October 1st and March 1st; submit applications to Chair or Co-Chairs, Faculty Development Committee).
Sabbaticals. Professional Leave enables faculty to pursue scholarly, creative, or professional activities with support from the College. Each year, three full-time faculty members are eligible to receive one semester of paid leave. (See p.51-52 of the Faculty Handbook for important details about eligibility and processes). Sabbatical Application Form
Software Upgrade Grants. Grants are available to full-time, adjunct, and part-time faculty from the Provost's Office for software upgrades that enhance teaching.
All faculty members who have taught at Otis for a minimum of two years are eligible for software upgrade grants, which will be administered as reimbursements. Please note that the grants suport software upgrades only and that the Provost's Office reserves the right to approve, deny, and/or cap awards.
Requests for 2011-12 will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2012. To make a request, eligible faculty members should complete the Software Upgrade Request form and forward the relevant Department Chair's written approval to firstname.lastname@example.org.
External Funding Opportunities. Click here to download External Faculty Support Opportunities (PDF), a faculty development resource prepared by Randy Lavender for the Provost's Office, offering over 80 linked sources leading to hundreds of grant, fellowship, residency, and emergency loan opportunities for individual artists, designers, scholars, and writers.