Faculty Development Programs
Valencia's Office of Faculty Development offers many opportunities for faculty members to explore key areas of teaching and learning and expand their teaching practices. Several specific programs have been designed specifically for faculty here at Valencia. These include:
We offer many opportunities to support faculty members who are interested in exploring action research. These resources and courses help faculty members develop a best practices framework for action research and Valencia's Standards of Scholarship.
Adjunct & Associate Faculty Certification
We welcome all adjunct faculty to participate in our course offerings. We provide a variety of delivery modes, including face-to-face seminars, peer observation of teaching, online webinars and asynchronous online courses. "Associate Faculty" are those who have completed and continue to complete the required number of professional development hours each year. They are recognized with many benefits, including a pay raise.
We've found Valencia experts and teamed up with them to bring faculty up to date with many of the most current ideas and practices in education. These include Internationalizing the Curriculum, Internships, Learning In Communities (LinC), and Service Learning.
This annual professional development program brings Valencia colleagues together to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges and solutions.
Learning Partners - Peer Observation of Teaching
Peer Observation of Teaching provides faculty the opportunity to sit in on each other's classes, observe different teaching techniques and reflect on their own practice to then return to their own classes with a fresh outlook.
Online Teaching and Learning and the Digital Professor
We offer many opportunities for faculty members to explore key issues regarding teaching and learning in the web-enhanced, hybrid and online environments. Our courses are designed to meet the needs of diverse experience levels in teaching online, ranging from the novice to experienced. "Digital Professors" are those that complete the required 20 hours of professional development in the areas of pedagogy and technology in online/hybrid teaching and learning. They are recognized as professors prepared to teach courses in the online or hybrid format.
Valencia has adopted Quality Matters for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement for online and hybrid courses. Quality Matters is a set of standards based upon current literature, best practices, and national standards for course design. These standards can be used as a framework to design, revise and improve online and hybrid courses.
The Teaching/Learning Academy, a community of practice, supports new professors, counselors, and librarians as they develop Individualized Learning Plans, a fundamental phase of the tenure process designed to assist tenure candidates to expand and improve their professional practices and students' learning. TLA provides support on pedagogy, course design, student development, and professional portfolio development.