The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Faculty Professional Development Series to support the success of untenured tenure-track faculty. The series is meant to support faculty by helping them to develop skills and connect with resources so they will thrive as faculty and have positive impacts on their students and on their disciplines.
All untenured tenure-track College faculty are invited to attend, with those in their first or second year at Illinois State especially encouraged to do so. The monthly sessions will provide early-career faculty with opportunities to:
This series is a complement to the mentoring activities that some of the departments already sponsor for their faculties. The College series will concentrate on fostering the development of meta-level skills and knowledge in a group setting, while the departmental programs generally provide one-on-one opportunities to acquire crucial disciplinary knowledge and an understanding of departmental policies and procedures. The College series is designed to be useful to individuals in disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and at various stages of early career development; its group format will allow discussion and other active learning activities. Every session will feature some practical information or experience that participants can take with them and apply immediately in their teaching, research, and service activity.
The College of Arts and Sciences is strongly committed to faculty development. Productive and invigorated faculty members are critical in fulfilling our strategic goals and ensuring the success of our future. The mid-career faculty members in particular play a critical role in shaping this trajectory.
This mentoring program has been designed to offer Associate and Full Professors the opportunity to explore the variety of ways to maintain vibrant careers in aspects of teaching, research, and academic governance at Illinois State University. The program offers a set of 4 workshops outlined below that will be offered throughout the course of one year.
All mid-career faculty members are invited to participate in this program. We also welcome suggestions for other topics of discussion and other opportunities not currently addressed.
Each of the 4 workshops will consist of a panel of presenters who provide advice on a particular topic and provide opportunity for discussion with the audience. The goal is to provide helpful hints and outline areas of opportunity to help faculty members maintain professional satisfaction and facilitate further development in various activity areas.