FPDC Critical Services Ballot

FPDC Critical Services Ballot

Since this past September, the Faculty Professional Development Center Redesign Steering Committee and Advisory Board have been working hard to develop an understanding of the faculty development possibilities at Kent State.

This process has included:

a) reviewing several past FPDC review documents,
b) exploring  relevant literature,
c) analyzing and mapping the faculty development services already offered,
d) conducting a two-day virtual conversation with leaders in the field,
e) creating and defining possible mission/value statements for faculty development at Kent State, and f) analyzing over thirty centers across the country.

From all of this analysis, the committee has identified 15 key functions/services that are offered at other institutions like ours.  We would like to know which of these services you think are critical here at Kent State.

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If you would like to add a key function/service that was not listed on the ballot, or you just want to add comments, please post your ideas on this conversation page so others can see your insights and perspectives.

Again, thank you for taking the time to complete the ballot and we look forward to your input.

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Robin Vande Zande
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Robin Vande Zande
on Feb 24, 2014 - 9:23 pm

I have occassionally thought that it would be useful for FPDC to do a group workshop for a school.  We are in the process of creating a 100% online master's program that will require our courses in art education but also art history and studio courses.  It would have been very helpful- well, actually still could be helpful- to have had a general workshop for our faculty about creating and teaching online courses.  It would have helped take care of the unknowns and encourage more participation to create new online courses. 

I also wonder if it would be appropriate for FPDC to work as mediators for assisting faculty in interdisciplinary teaching and/or cross discipline teaching.  There is no one that I'm aware of on campus that can help facilitate  faculty efforts to team teach across schools and colleges.  It's difficult to know how to naviate this process, if faculty members want to offer a course together but are not in the same school or college. 

Thank you, committee, for working on this re-design

 
Tuyet  Pham
on Feb 24, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Would like to add another service that FPDC provides workshops or support for faculty in grant writtings and proposals for teaching and research fundings. 

 
Donald White
on Feb 24, 2014 - 2:00 pm

I think the FPDC Interim Director should not have such a large office. And another essential service that should be provided is FESTIVE EVENTS!

 
Kimberly  Peer
on Feb 23, 2014 - 5:32 pm

I believe that it is important to brand the center specifically as a Center for Teaching and Learning.  As it stands now, most believe that it is for faculty development which has broad implications and I believe it is under-utilized as a result.  If the Center for T/L was designed with the broader focus of the scholarship of T/L, it could have a greater impact.

The FPDC has phenomenal resources that are not being used extensively.  The staff and resources are broad in scope but I just think that people don't understand what the role of the FPDC is for the most part.

Engaging students, faculty and teaching assistants through broad programming is essential as well.  I believe that a wide range focus on not just pre-tenure support but post-tenure support is essential.

 
Karen MacDonald
on Feb 18, 2014 - 11:24 am

I like the idea of building a center of building a Teaching & Learning Research Center that explores new technologies and processes for teaching -- in any and every discipline.  If more of the faculty in specific disciplines developed and wrote about strategies for teaching, especially in the more technical disciplines like Chemistry, Accounting, or Architecture, it could add some real value to the field.  The problem is that faculty will not embrace this idea unless this type of research is considered acceptable in the tenure and promotion process.  Standards and requirements would need to change across campus. 

 

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David Dees
on Feb 19, 2014

Karen, this is a great idea.  The committee has been looking at this approach to the center.  You are correct, there are some things that may be in the way, but there are also ways to address the issue.  Thanks for the input.

 
KF Latham
on Feb 23, 2014

Isn't Kent's Center for Online Pedogogy already doing this? Or perhaps I am misreading your suggestion? Have the FPDC talked with the Center about partnerships?

 
David Dees
on Feb 24, 2014

The FPDC has been discussing partnership possibilities with OCDE.  However, their focus is primarily on all on-line course delivery.  In this section we are discussing such things as applying technology in face to face and/or hybrid formats.  OCDE really doesn't have the time and/or staff to assist in this domain due to the tremendous support they provide for on-line courses.   

 
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Nancy Stanforth
on Feb 18, 2014 - 8:39 am

A new name might be useful.  One that more clearly describes the range of acitivities.

 I also think there are many good ideas that are generated in the FPDC that are not widely known.  Perhaps a way to foster and disseminate good teaching research.  

 
Mary Parr
on Feb 17, 2014 - 9:39 am

I think consultation with faculty/programs regarding asssessment activities would be helpful; including development of an assessment plan. 

 
David Dees
on Feb 13, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Thanks to everyone that has voted so far...remember, you can also post a comment to this section as well.  Are there services we are not considering?  Are there any other comments you'd like to add?  Does the center need a new name?  Any idea that will help inform our process is welcomed at this time.  Thanks,

ddees