World-Class Faculty Development Center

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. 

faculty member working with technology

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. 

Faculty Development Center Progress Report

The Faculty Development Center Advisory Board was formed in January 2018 to implement plans for the president’s Faculty Development Center initiative, now known as the Faculty Academic Center for Excellence at Towson (FACET). The advisory board’s progress reports are listed below.

Spring 2019 Update

  • The faculty advisory board met eight times during the spring semester.
  • The board met with Provost Perreault to discuss progress on the faculty development center.
  • The board created and approved a set of bylaws outlining its mission, membership and procedures.
  • The board worked with Vice Provost Reitz to establish the search committee for the Assistant Provost of FACET position.
  • The board participated in interviewing candidates for the Assistant Provost of FACET.
  • The board reviewed and updated the timeline of when essential tasks will be completed for AY 2018-2019. 

spring 2018 update

  • The faculty advisory board met seven times during the spring semester.
  • The transitional chair of the board is Babu Baradwaj (CBE). The vice chair is Rita Costa-Gomes (CLA) and the secretary is Ming Tomayko (FCSM).
  • The board has reviewed the full report and executive summary (dated December 4, 2017) from the Faculty Development Center Task Force.
  • The board discussed and submitted 2 budget requests to Academic Affairs for new funding. One request was to increase the funding for FDRC grants by $50K and the other request was to provide funding for the initial staffing needs of FACET (approximately $70K).
  • The board created a preliminary timeline to plan when essential tasks will be completed for AY 2017-2018 and AY 2018-2019. The timeline will be reviewed regularly and updated as needed.
  • The board has drafted a job description for the founding director of FACET. The board reviewed job descriptions and compensation packages for similar director positions at other institutions. The board presented the job description to Vice Provost Maggie Reitz in April.
  • The board is working on establishing bylaws that outline terms, roles, responsibilities, meeting structures, reporting structures, and connections to the Senate. The bylaws will be voted on in May.
  • The board plans to invite each stakeholder to attend one of our meetings in AY 2018-2019. These stakeholders include OTS, SET, FDRC, BTU, Academic Senate, a dean’s representative, etc. The purpose is to create open lines of communication and to strengthen relationships between FACET and each stakeholder.

Fall 2018 Update

  • The faculty advisory board meets twice a month during the fall semester.
    Babu Baradwaj (CBE), Rita Costa-Gomes (CLA) and Ming Tomayko (FCSM) were re-elected as the office bearers for AY 2018-19.
  • The Founding Director position has been elevated to the rank of Assistant Provost and a job description is being developed for the position announcement.
  • FDRC grants funding was increased by $50K as requested in the budget for FY 2019.
  • The board created a preliminary timeline to plan when essential tasks will be completed for AY 2017-2018 and AY 2018-2019. The timeline will be reviewed regularly and updated as needed.
  • Online visibility for FACET is being enhanced by a web page under development.
    The Advisory Board is working on a set of bylaws that will govern the way the board operates.
  • FACET Advisory Board is being represented on the January Teaching Conference Planning Committee by Babu Baradwaj.

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