Consistent with our desire to identify, organize, share, and respond to the professional development interests of the faculty, CAFE is pleased to share the Critical Mass of Interest Among New Faculty, gathered during orientation. Many of these comments have been used to select materials to place online for faculty use, to stimulate programming solutions by the Steering Committee, and to be integrated into the New Faculty Seminar.
I. The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE) is committed to every aspect of your success, at every stage of your career. In order to do this --in order to be a truly responsive Center-- we need to know what you need to succeed. With this knowledge we can more effectively design and provide programming and advocate for the support you need to succeed as teachers, scholars, and members of this thriving academic community.
Please share the first thing that comes to mind:
II. The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE) offers numerous opportunities for faculty to grow professionally and in tandem with –and even ahead of the curve of—trends in teaching, learning, scholarship, service, and engagement. We can help faculty learn more about new and existing technologies on campus, as well as how to use them to accomplish learning and scholarly goals. Ditto for becoming involved in our General Education program, civic engagement and service learning experiences, and high impact pedagogical practices. If there are programs, technologies, or opportunities you would like to learn more about –even if you don't know them by name, but know that you would like to learn more about solutions in general—let us know!
III. The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE) strives to be highly responsive and inclusive. If you are using a particular technology creatively, engaging students dynamically, or pursuing scholarship successfully, we would like to know! This not only helps us recognize the outstanding efforts of our faculty, but it helps us connect people and share tactics across the curriculum. Likewise, if you have an idea for a workshop, an institute, things that you think we should do to enhance faculty support and success, please Contribute an Idea! Likewise, if there is something cool or interesting that you are working on or do, or a unique skill you possess, or if there is a program or practice that you would like to share with your colleagues in order to help them succeed, please let us know in the space provided below.
IV. Finally, please answer the following question:
Faculty development is at its best/most useful when it:
It is at its worst when it: