We will create a world-class Faculty Development Center to support teaching and academic innovations with technology, collaborative space, seminars, teaching workshops, and other resources.
Creating a world-class Faculty Development Center is one of eight presidential priorities that are linked to and aligned with Towson University’s strategic plan. These eight priorities will help us build a stronger foundation for Towson University’s promising future.
The Faculty Development Center Task Force was formed by the Office of the Provost to provide leadership for the president’s Faculty Development Center initiative. Task force members worked throughout the 2016-2017 academic year to plan for the creation of a TU Faculty Development Center. The plans include funding requirements for facilities, technology, collaborative space, seminars, teaching workshops, and staff, as well as stipends to support faculty development and promote academic innovation.
The task force presented an update to the president and provost in June 2017. View the presentation (PDF). The University Senate was updated on the progress of the task force in May 2017 and the completion of the task force’s work in December 2017, including a review of the recommendations. These recommendations were also shared with Advancement, resulting in the generation of a list of potential items for fundraising both before and during the upcoming capital campaign. The Center’s Advisory Board, which is being appointed in collaboration with college shared governance processes and the University Senate, will provide the president with an executable plan by end of the 2017-18 academic year. The board will present a timeline, the required actions, perceived outcomes, and projected costs of the plan. The plan will also include descriptions of ongoing leadership and governance structures and location and physical layout for the center.
The task force recommended that the Faculty Academic Center for Excellence (FACE) focus on the three central aspects of faculty life—career-long learning and teaching; research, scholarship and creative activities; and mentoring and advising. To this end, they recommended that current and new services be centralized where it makes fiscal and programmatic sense, and decentralized where college context indicates.