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 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. The task force will complete its work in early fall, and a faculty advisory board will be established to advise on programming, staffing/hiring plan, and assessment. The process of identifying a space for the center will also begin.