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Faculty Professional Development Center

How Did We Get Here?

The Faculty Professional Development Center (FPDC) had its beginnings in the collaborative efforts of the Faculty Professional Development Study Committee (FPDSC), a body initiated by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), developed with the Administration, and put forth in the contract agreement signed in April, 1993. In their report, based on two and one-half years of study, the committee drew attention to the many and diverse forms of support for faculty professional development in existence at Kent State University, most notably the University Research Council (URC) and the University Teaching Council (UTC).

The report contained suggestions for strengthening some of these efforts, for making all efforts more broadly known and available, and for creating other opportunities as needed. The committee offered a conceptual framework for faculty professional development and recommended the creation of the Center. The report was presented to the President and to the Faculty Senate for discussion. President Cartwright and Senate Chair Robert Johnson created a planning committee to provide detailed recommendations on housing, staff, budget and reporting. In February of 1997 the planning committee submitted its report. By late August 1998 a director was appointed and in September the Center and its staff began formal operations.

Why Are We Here?

FPDC’s mission is to provide opportunities, leadership and support for faculty and future faculty members to grow in their scholarly and professional work. The long term aim is to engage these agents of change, both individually and in community, in transforming Kent State University's environments for learning into spaces where all students succeed.

The center's four main areas of service are to:
  • Connect, network, and support continuity in opportunities for professional and staff development.
  • Communicate opportunities for professional and staff development.
  • Provide advocacy and support for professional development as members work with individual colleagues, committees, and groups to enhance opportunities for long and short-term growth.
  • Offer expertise and consultation related to specific areas of scholarship and professional work.

Who Are We?

The center is designed to provide leadership and support for cultivating environments and relationships for innovative and successful learning, for building networks and communities of practice and learning, and for communicating and creating opportunities for professional and staff development.

Here are the people behind what we do here at the FPDC:

Dr. David M. Dees, Interim Director, is an Associate Professor of Cultural Foundations at Kent State University. He has been teaching in higher education for over 25 years and has spent the last 5 years working in the Faculty Professional Development Center as a Senior Faculty Associate.  David has a B.S. in Communications and an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. After earning a doctorate in Cultural Foundations of Education from Kent State University, he has spent the last decade specifically studying the aesthetic dimensions of teaching and learning, how the human brain works, and the impact that rural/Appalachian cultural has on learning in higher education.  Dr. Dees can specifically provide assistance in understanding how students learn, designing and implementing scholarly projects that examine student learning, peer review of teaching, faculty mentoring, and assessment. If you need assistance in one or more of these areas email Dr. Dees to find out his availability.

Eve Dalton, Manager of FPDC, has been assisting faculty in the development, maintenance, and support of online and hybrid courses for 13 years at Kent State University. She has a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Fine Arts-Sculpture, an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology, and is currently a student in the Educational Psychology Ph.D. program.
Eve can provide assistance with instructional design, educational technologies (lecture capture, video editing, Prezi, MS Office, Google apps, Adobe CS, email organization, etc.), alternative assessments, flipped classroom construction, syllabi construction and much more. If you need assistance in one or more of these areas email Eve to find out her availability.

Nancy Krestan, Administrative Secretary, began working in the Faculty Professional Development Center as the administrative secretary in 2007.  She moved to TLCS and worked directly with Dr. Mary Louise Holly on the Igniting Streams of Learning in Science STEM grant and the IDEAL project (Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership). Upon completion of those projects, Nancy returned to the FPDC part-time as the University Teaching Council’s (UTC) administrative secretary.
If you need assistance, email Nancy to find out her availability.

Joshua Bird, Studio Assistant, is a Visual Communication Design student here at Kent State University. Josh has been working in the Faculty Professional Development Center for 3 years. Because of his expertise in visual design, Mr. Bird is a powerful resource for providing feedback on classroom presentation design (including Prezi, Powerpoint, and Keynote), scholarly poster design, as well as other forms of visual communication. Mr. Bird is Kent State University’s TurningTechnologies liaison and provides support for its software and student hardware. Josh also has expertise in classroom software such as Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite, social media (including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and can provide a student perspective for anything you might be working on as a faculty member. If you need assistance in one or more of these areas email Josh to find out his availability.

Who Do We Help?

The center serves faculty, graduate students, administrators, & the university community. The Faculty Professional Development Center and the Faculty Professional Development Council work in support of the mission by studying and recommending policies for the operation of the center, programming for faculty development, and articulation with other faculty development initiatives at the University, and providing leadership for working groups associated with the center.

What We Do

The proposed Center for Teaching and Learning has a primary mission to provide opportunities, leadership, and support for all faculty to grow in their scholarly and professional endeavors. The long term aim is to support community members in the process of creating, transforming, and/or maintaining Kent State University's environments for learning as spaces where all students can succeed.

The center's proposed four main areas of service are to:
  1. Connect, network, and support continuity in opportunities for faculty to explore, research, and support student learning.
  2. Serve as a portal of all information and services related to faculty at Kent State University.
  3. Offer expertise and consultation related to specific areas of scholarship and professional issues related to teaching and learning.
  4. Provide peer review and guidance on teaching innovations and improvement.

The center's additional areas of service include:

Teaching Scholars
The Teaching Scholars Faculty Program promotes shared scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning.

FPDC Fellows

The Faculty Fellows program provides selected full-time faculty members the opportunity to create programmatic materials for faculty colleagues that focus on significant university issues.
Intercultural Classroom Support
Consultations, shared resources and strategies, as well as university opportunities regarding teaching and learning across cultures.

Teaching Consultations (Indiv. or Dept.)   
We will locate resources and researched best practices regarding teaching and learning issues relevant to you or your department. (e.g., intergenerational differences and similarities, active learning, flipping the classroom)
Peer Observations/Review
Faculty peer observations of classroom teaching and online teaching with follow up consultation.

International Guest Speakers
Presentations and facilitated workshops by faculty from Kent State University as well as other institutions with expertise in the area of teaching and student learning.

Technology  Integration Consultations
Assistance with instructional design and educational technologies.

New Faculty Orientation
The center assists in planning and implementing the New Faculty Orientation Workshop each Fall semester.
University Initiatives
Support for university initiatives promoting student success (e.g., Reducing DFW)

University Teaching Council Support
The center provides technical and administrative support for this university-wide committee.

Career Development
Consultation and resources for faculty at different stages of their academic career.   Access to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), of which Kent State University has an Institutional Membership.
Community Building
Through thematic communities of practice, the center will provide support for small groups of faculty to study particular issues related to faculty development.  

Conducting and Disseminating Research on Student Learning
The center staff can provide suggestions and support for researching student learning within a course.