To support faculty and department leaders in fostering effective and informed teaching practices, developing high quality curriculum, and designing student learning assessment tools to uphold the Academy’s commitment to creativity and learning.
The seed of the Academy of Art’s Faculty Development department was planted in 2002 when Natasha Haugnes, then an academic coach, coordinated a half-day teaching conference for instructors to address the most commonly articulated concerns of Academy faculty: student behavior, special populations, critiquing, and how to engage and inspire students. The workshops were such a hit that they have continued every fall and spring semester.
In 2003, a few department directors requested help from the Resource Center (now ARC) in observing and giving guidance to their new faculty. That fall, a “Faculty Support” program led by Jennifer Russell was launched on a trial basis in a handful of departments, and it became a full department with a staff of four in the summer of 2004.
Since that time, Faculty Development has grown in size and scope and now serves 1300+ online and onsite faculty in all departments through a variety of services. Vanessa Spang now leads a team that collectively has expertise in:
Collectively, our team has presented at national conferences year after year, including the POD Network in Higher Education, UW-Madison’s Distance Teaching & Learning, the WASC Annual Meeting, the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, and TESOL (a national organization for English language educators), on a wide variety of topics, including original research.
Here are a few of the projects we are currently working on:
Rubrics Census 2011
As part of our ongoing inquiry into how we use rubrics and how they affect student learning, 2 faculty developers have launched Rubrics Census 2011. This spring, they gathered many different rubrics in current use from around the Academy, and are currently analyzing them for structure and language. There will be follow-up research in the fall with both faculty and students to learn more about their perceptions and applications of rubrics. If you haven’t participated yet and would like to join in the study or share a rubric, contact us. For more information on rubrics, go here.