3.7.3 Faculty Development

Comprehensive Standard 3.7.3: Faculty Development

The institution provides ongoing professional development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners.

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee) provides ongoing professional development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Primary responsibility for faculty development, both formal and informal, rests with the four (4) deans, the Faculty Coordinator for Professional Development, the Faculty Senate’s Faculty Professional Development Committee,  the Assistant Director for E-Learning, the Faculty Coordinator of Library Services/Assistant Librarian, and the Library Specialist. Faculty development is faculty-driven and administratively supported.

The deans budget support for faculty development, including professional travel. University Advancement provides $10,000 annually to the Faculty Professional Development Committee, a Faculty Senate Committee, to support its identified needs. The Regional Chancellor provided $50,000 for the Chancellor’s Professional Support Initiative. The Faculty Development Steering Committee distributes these funds to individual faculty to provide support for teaching, scholarship, and service.

The Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs assigns a faculty member half-time to serve as the Executive Faculty Administrator for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. The Faculty Administrator works in collaboration with the Faculty Senate, the college deans, E-Learning Services, Library Services, the Information Commons, and Technology Services to facilitate and coordinate professional development efforts and initiatives. Throughout the year, faculty can take advantage of workshops funded by the system-wide Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

The Faculty Administrator facilitates professional development activities and encourages the production of professional development materials to address effective practices for teaching and learning. In cooperation with the E-Learning staff, the Faculty Administrator provides New Faculty Orientations and New Adjunct Orientations. The Faculty Administrator also provides the opportunity for faculty to suggest professional development activities on the Suggest a Workshop Webpage and is developing a peer review system to ensure quality in course design for face-to-face, online, and hybrid- delivered courses.

Deans provide faculty members funding for professional travel when they are presenting their research, serving on a national committee, receiving an award, or traveling to a region appropriate to their research. USF Sarasota-Manatee offers faculty opportunities for leaves that allow them to retool skills in their field, accomplish significant research, or teach in another country (Faculty List of Sabbaticals and Professional Development Leaves). Deans also encourage faculty to apply for outside professional development activities. For example, in the last several years USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty have participated in the Fulbright Scholars Program and the Templeton Fellowship.

Faculty receive support in preparation of and compliance with competitive Federal, State, local, and institutional grant proposals from a Sponsored Research Administrator who reports through USF in Tampa. Faculty members also have access to a large variety of USF System programs and internal grants to support research. USF Sponsored Programs, a USF System operation, provides funding for Faculty International Travel Grants, New Researchers Grants, and other Internal Awards.

College of Arts & Sciences

The Dean encourages all faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) to value the scholarship of teaching and learning. The dean allocates funds annually to support presentations at conferences that advance teaching best practices, with emphasis being placed on the support of tenure-earning faculty (tenure-seekers $2200, tenured $2000, instructors $1000), with more funds made available when possible. The Dean encourages CAS faculty members in professional disciplines to bring scholarly theory and research into connection with practice. CAS hosts the biennial Duvall Family Studies Conference for scholars and practitioners in social services. The next conference is set for February 2017.

College of Business

Faculty development in the area of teaching takes many forms in the College of Business (COB). Senior faculty provide peer mentoring guidance to other faculty members who wish to improve in certain areas or are struggling with a teaching-related issue. The COB also holds Teach and Greet sessions where a faculty member gives a presentation on a related topic to other members of the faculty on methods that have proven to be effective in their classes. As part of the faculty annual review, the dean holds discussions with individual faculty members related to teaching, and these discussions include information accumulated with student evaluations of instruction. COB also purchases software and licenses enabling the faculty to utilize the latest teaching tools, such as Camtasia for recording materials for classes and Screencast.com for storage and delivery of those recorded materials.

With regard to research, the Dean allocates funds annually to support presentations at regional and national conferences of professional associations. Faculty who are required to maintain professional licenses receive funds dedicated to their professional development. A member of the COB faculty coordinates the monthly Rick’s Research Cafe, which provides faculty across all four colleges with feedback on research they are preparing for submission. When required, faculty who are submitting to academic journals requiring submission fees, have the fees paid by COB. When needed, COB hires students to serve as research assistants to faculty.

College of Education

The College of Education (COE) provides professional development for all faculty. Through retreats, faculty develop knowledge and skills that support teaching. A recent retreat presented a process of defining professional goals. In a related initiative, the faculty are developing a process of professional development through goal-setting and evaluation with dean and peer-review (College of Education – Professional Development Plan). COE annually holds the Data Retreat in August, which is supported by Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Through this retreat faculty engage in evaluation discussion of assessment data and processes, expanding knowledge and skill in program evaluation. One of the richest sources of professional development is provided through the Center for Partnerships in Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT Center).  Faculty benefit from multiple workshops by experts brought to campus and or provided through the Center’s partners. For example, at the PAInT Workshop – Integrating the Arts Through Programs and Coursework faculty learned to differentiate arts-enhanced teaching from arts-integrated teaching, how to identify content to use, and how to identify and enlist the aid of arts partners. The workshop also prepared faculty to redesign a master’s degree program in Elementary Education with an arts-integrated emphasis.

Faculty of the College of Education are active in USF Sarasota-Manatee initiatives for professional development. For example, during this past year, one-third of the faculty participated in a Quality Matters Workshop Report to learn how to evaluate courses and programs provided in an on-line learning environment.  In addition to professional development opportunities at USF Sarasota-Manatee, faculty have taken advantage of workshops including those offered by Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), USF Libraries, and the USF Office of Research and Innovation. For example, this year, a member of the faculty attended a workshop offered by FLDOE on certification; another attended a 3-day workshop on clinical supervision training. To build a common understanding of standards and expectations in educator preparation that supports faculty in curriculum preparation, faculty attend CAEP conferences. Over the last 3 years, over half of the faculty have attended these professional development conferences.

In addition, specific program professional development is provided. The Internship Coordinator for Elementary Education plans orientations and meetings (COE Internship Supervisor Orientation – Fall 2015; COE Internship Supervisor Orientation – Fall 2014; COE Internship Supervisor Meeting – Level I – Spring 2015; COE Internship Supervisor Meeting -Level III – Spring 2015) for University Supervisors to share ideas across three levels of internships. The Coordinator also holds individual meetings with new supervisors to improve supervisory skills and guide the development of action plans for struggling interns. For each course, a full-time COE faculty member is assigned as a contact for adjunct faculty. Faculty peer observations of teaching occur on an informal basis both to share ideas and to make suggestions for improved instruction. The Dean meets with faculty (including adjuncts) when lower-than-expected ratings on course evaluations occur to explore improvements for the future.

College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership

The College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership (CHTL) supports and encourages new faculty members to attend professional meetings and research seminars using allocated campus funds. In addition to professional development opportunities provided at USF Sarasota-Manatee, faculty members have taken advantage of CHTL’s small size and collaborate effectively on research projects. This tight-knit team provides professional development to each other in the classroom, in research activities, and as professionals in education.

For the advancement of scholarly pursuits, funds are allocated annually from recurring campus funds to support presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, and for professional association meetings. A larger portion of available funds are directed toward tenure-earning faculty than for tenured faculty.

Distance Education

E-learning Services provides support for online instruction that includes formal training in online methodologies through organizations like the Online Learning Consortium and Quality Matters. E-Learning Services supports all faculty members, including adjunct instructors, with course development and technical support. Staff use one-on-one sessions, online resources, telephone calls, Google Hangouts and Blackboard Collaborate (synchronous online) sessions to reach faculty on-campus and off-campus. The E-Learning Services team conducts professional development and technology training sessions on a variety of technology tools and pedagogy topics, such as the use of Canvas Discussion Boards (E-Learning Professional Development Report 2014-15). E-Learning offers a faculty development schedule each semester (Summer 2015 E-Learning Schedule; Fall 2015 E-Learning Schedule) that it advertises (E-Learning Open Lab Flyer) to the faculty and includes hands-on and one-on-one interaction between the faculty members and the E-Learning staff members. Topics and handouts include a variety of Canvas and E-Learning areas, such as E-Learning Training Materials – Canvas Assignments, E-Learning Training Materials – Bb Collaborate, E-Learning Training Materials – eGrades Submission, E-Learning Handout – Google Drive and Hangouts, E-Learning Training Materials – Lecture Capture, E-Learning Training Materials – Canvas Gradebook and SpeedGrader, E-Learning Training Materials – Help Students with Canvas, E-Learning Training Materials – Canvas Importing Content, E-Learning Training Materials – Canvas Modules, Files, and Pages, E-Learning Training Materials – Adding Panopto, E-Learning Training Materials – Polls for Canvas, and E-Learning Training Materials – Canvas Quizzes. Training occurs in a classroom and in an online environment simultaneously. E-Learning Services webpage posts online resources from the training sessions for faculty members unable to attend (E-Learning Faculty Resources Webpage). By providing training and consultation to faculty, the E-Learning Services helps them to draw on a range of established resources and best practices to deliver new online and hybrid courses and adapt existing courses for online delivery, including evaluation and assessment mechanisms, rich multimedia content, and other Internet resources.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a subscribing member of Quality Matters. Quality Matters is a non-profit organization dedicated to quality assurance in online education. The Assistant Director of E-Learning Services is certified to facilitate face-to-face Quality Matters workshops in Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR). She conducts workshops on campus every semester (E-Learning Schedule of Workshops) on campus every semester. Faculty, who successfully complete the APPQMR workshop, are eligible to enroll in the online Quality Matters Peer Reviewer course. USF Sarasota-Manatee is dedicated to building a Quality Matters Faculty Learning Community (QM FLC) of cross-disciplinary faculty members. The Faculty Learning Community engages in an active, collaborative, and self-guided exploration of a teaching and learning issue. QM FLC participants immerse themselves in a prolonged exploration of Quality Matters as “expert” learners in an attempt to (1) better understand teaching and learning online, (2) make modifications to their teaching practice based on what they have learned, (3) promote better teaching and learning across the institution by sharing what they have learned with a wider audience, and (4) serve on the internal Peer Review Team.

In addition to ongoing professional development, the E-Learning Services team offers extended faculty development and support for online courses through Canvas Open Lab Sessions. At the beginning and end of each semester the E-Learning Services team provides in-depth support for faculty preparing online courses for the next term, including instructional design best practices, interactive assignments, importing course content, and implementing new technologies in Canvas.

The E-Learning Services team has researched and built a collaborative organization within Canvas titled USFSM E-Learning. This organization serves as a portal that incorporates faculty involvement in the online course development process, including best online practices, access to training materials, how-to-videos, virtual office hours, etc. Over 200 faculty and staff members belong to the organization. Collaboration is conducted with local faculty to coordinate and hold special events which provides faculty members a forum to present best online practices and lessons learned to other faculty members.

The E-Learning Services team has produced over 60 instructional videos demonstrating how-to actions with screen-capture capabilities and voice recordings. These are accessible to faculty members on the USF Sarasota-Manatee website and in USFSM E-Learning Canvas collaborative. Additionally, the E-Learning Services team produces videos and sends them electronically to faculty and staff explaining in very easy steps how to perform specific tasks with which individual faculty members are struggling to learn.

The E-Learning Services team offers newly-hired faculty the opportunity for one-on-one meetings for an overview of the course management system and classroom technology. After receiving this overview, faculty members can schedule additional time with the Instructional Developer or Technologist to prepare them to manage their courses within Canvas. Technology Services staff and student workers also have the training necessary to support faculty on the basic operations within Canvas.

Library Services

The Faculty Coordinator of Library Services/Assistant Librarian and the Library Specialist provide a range of services to assist faculty with their research. The USF Sarasota-Manatee librarian works with all departments and provides information about library services and policies, including but not limited to collection development, copyright, library instruction, and subject/course guides. Librarian collaborates with faculty to support the undergraduate and graduate programs. She offers library instruction sessions to all faculty teaching face-to-face and online courses. In addition, the Librarian provides subject guides for faculty to embed into the course management system, Canvas. USF Library resources are available for off-campus use by faculty. For additional information on library instruction, please see Comprehensive Standard 3.8.2 (Instruction of Library Use).



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