The Center for Faculty Development and Research (CFDR) provides an infrastructureto advance the expertise, knowledge and skills of faculty in an effort to enhance the overall quality of undergraduate education. The program strives tocreate and support collaborative environments for teaching, learning, and discovery that are grounded in sound research, and in a thorough knowledge of the integration of technology. Specifically, CFDR has four major objectives:
To provide the opportunity for University faculty to participate in a program designed to encourage faculty to investigate, create, and utilize instructional strategies that maximize student learning.
To provide faculty the opportunity to learn and discuss current and long-standing issues in education through professional forums.
To provide faculty participants access to state-of-the-art instructional technology, the knowledge to use it, and the encouragement to collaborate with their colleagues in utilizing instructional technology in their courses.
To provide new and continuing faculty with training opportunities that support their individual research interests, grantsmanship and publication.
CFDR is a central part of a campus-wide effort to invest in faculty. This investment is realized not only in the direct infusion of new technologies; but also with creating an environment in which faculty may gain the needed skills to use the technology effectively in the context of their specific teaching or research. CFDR provides the faculty with the opportunity to:
Reflect upon their teaching methods and goals,
Explore the potential of instructional technology applications,
Improve the effectiveness of their teaching-learning practices,
Enhance research potential.
The Center for Faculty Development & Research is supported by financial resources from the Office of Title III Programs under the project title, Center for Teaching and Learning/Faculty Development.