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Workshop series offers professional development opportunities for faculty

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By Camie Williams | September 11, 2017

An extensive slate of faculty development programming for fall 2017 provides several opportunities for in-depth learning and reflection on topics ranging from creating a sustainable writing practice to stress management and design thinking.

The Fall 2017 Faculty Learning Series is part of an expansion of professional development programming offered through the Office of Faculty Affairs, a unit of the Provost's Office.

"Over the past year, the Office of Faculty Affairs has dramatically expanded the support it offers to faculty," said Sarah Covert, associate provost for faculty affairs. "In addition to continuing to maintain faculty records and supporting the hiring and promotion process, we've launched a broad array of professional development programming that aims to help faculty members at each stage of their career achieve their professional goals."

Susanna Calvert joined the Office of Faculty Affairs as its director of programming a year ago with the goal of expanding professional development training opportunities for faculty. In addition to designing the Faculty Leadership Series, she spent the last year bolstering the performance evaluation workshops and trainings for department heads and other academic leaders that were launched in the 2016-2017 academic year. To advance the university's Women's Leadership Initiative, she has helped pilot a training program for faculty search committees on best practices in attracting a diverse hiring pool.

A former associate professor in the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University, Calvert is an advocate of lifelong learning. For the Faculty Learning Series, she has partnered with colleagues in units such as Human Resources and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction to create seven workshops, all of which are offered at no cost to faculty members or their departments. The Office of Faculty Affairs also leads a program to help faculty members set and achieve writing goals through peer mentoring.

Also this fall, Calvert will lead the first cohort of the Aspire Fellows program, which allows mid-career faculty to focus on an individualized plan to achieve their career goals.

"Supporting the professional development of faculty members is really gratifying work," Calvert said. "These programs have been very well received, and I invite faculty members to reach out to me with ideas for additional programming."

For the complete list of fall offerings for the Faculty Learning Series, see

For questions, suggestions or to seek training for your unit, contact Calvert at

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