Faculty Development
Faculty Development
Faculty Development
Faculty Development
Faculty Development
Faculty Development

 

Certifications & Programs

Seneff Faculty Development Program

This series is designed to culminate in the designation of the faculty as a member of the Seneff Faculty Community.  The program is open to all Valencia faculty members and indicates an individual commitment to the development of the honors community at the college.

To successfully complete the program, the faculty member must complete a minimum of 8 hours in two foundational courses, 6 hours in honors pedagogy courses, and 6 hours of electives that can include additional courses or, with dean approval, other professional activities.

Congratulations to our Valencia faculty who have achieved the Seneff Faculty Development Program! View list here

Certification Planning Document


The planning document provides a list of required and optional courses which can be used to plan your certification or program. It is available as a printer-friendly fillable PDF. Seneff Honors Faculty Development Program Planning Document

Foundational Courses (8 Hours)

This course will explore the history of the honors movement and attempt to answer the ever-elusive question, "What is honors?"  In addition, expectations of a Valencia honors student and a Valencia honors faculty will be discussed.  NOTE:  This is required course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.

 

This course will review some of the established best practices and cutting-edge ideas in honors education, as well as encourage instructors to develop techniques and assignments that challenge students to engage course materials in new and inventive ways.  NOTE:  This is a required course for the Seneff Faculty Development program. This course requires completion of a pre-reading assignment in addition to a 3-hour face-to-face meeting. Course facilitator will e-mail participants one week prior to the start of the course.

 

Honors Pedagogy Courses (minimum of 6 Hours)

This course will explore the benefits and challenges of designing and implementing interdisciplinary teaching techniques in the classroom.  Emphasis will be placed on developing instructional activities that nurture students' critical thinking skills by constructing alternative perspectives to course questions.  In addition, participants will discuss strategies to meet challenges of interdisciplinary teaching and to maximize benefits to students.  NOTE:  This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.

 

This course will review ways to include primary source materials into lower division, general education courses.  While emphasis will be placed on canonical 'great books,' methods for incorporating other primary source materials such as historical documents and artifacts will also be discussed. NOTE:  This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.

 

City as Text™ is the National Collegiate Honors Council signature program that provides the opportunity for participants to "read" an urban landscape and find meaning through walkabouts and active exploration of the environment.  Basic tenets of active learning will also be covered. NOTE:  This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.

 

This course will define and outline expectations of undergraduate research at Valencia. In addition, the course will address the increasing need for two-year students to be research-ready upon transfer to four-year schools.

NOTE: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.
*This course is required for faculty mentoring students in the Honors Undergraduate Research Track who do not meet alternative credentialing.

 

This course will provide the essential skills required to mentor honors students enrolled in the Undergraduate Research Track (IDH2912) course. Mentoring students in this track requires that the faculty member facilitate students in determining their research, establishing a research question, and conducting research specific to the mentor's own discipline. In addition, mentors will be responsible for guiding students in the presentation of their research in a formal setting in accordance with the guidelines set by that forum. NOTE: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development program. This course is required for faculty mentoring students in the Honors Undergraduate Research Track who do not meet alternative credentialing.

 

Electives (minimum of 6 Hours)

The faculty member must complete at least 6 additional hours in the below courses or, with dean approval, participate in professional activities designed to enhance involvement in the honors community such as completion of the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Certification Seminar, attendance at national, regional, and state honors conferences, attendances at discipline conferences, etc. 

Please note that participation in other professional activities outside the Valencia Faculty Development Catalog cannot be applied to the hours required for faculty seeking or renewing the Associate Faculty Certification.

In this course, participants will examine the relationship between the ways people learn and the biology of the brain.

 

This course will engage participants in the concepts, effective strategies and best practices in creating and maintaining an online learning community.
NOTE: This course is required for the Digital Professor Certification.

 

This course is designed to enhance participants' ability to effectively facilitate discussions in the online environment. Participants will examine the facilitator's role in online discussions that build community and enhance student learning. Participants will enhance their facilitation skills through activities with their peers that simulate facilitator-student interaction.
NOTE: This course is an elective for the Digital Professor Certification.

 

In this workshop, participants will investigate teaching strategies to improve students' abilities to engage in conversation with alternative viewpoints.  Participants will reflect on ways to reveal the importance of recognizing and engaging multiple perspectives as well as ways to motivate students to learn from reputable sources.

 

Learning communities are regarded as a high impact educational practice that has shown to be beneficial to college students from many backgrounds. This course will review the foundation of Valencia's LinC initiative, along with providing the necessary guidelines and strategies to build community in the classroom and implement integrated learning with two or more joined courses. The course will help you design a joint syllabus with a faculty partner from another discipline and partner with a Success Coach to support student learning.  NOTE: This course is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification program.

Please contact Robyn Brighton for more information or to register.

 

This course is designed to provide faculty members with the knowledge and resources to internationalize their courses through the development of a course internationalization toolkit, which will be shared with colleagues college-wide. Using an add-on, infusion, or transformational approach to internationalization, participants will work in small groups to develop the student learning outcomes, course content, materials, activities and assignments, and assessments for a specific course. Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend the course with at least one other person from their discipline in order to develop the toolkit together.

 

Participants will develop global leadership skills to lead study abroad experiences. Participants will learn how to create an atmosphere of inclusion and mitigate issues when studying abroad through exploring a variety of scenarios and role-playing. Additionally, faculty will develop a risk management plan. This course is designed for full-time faculty interested in leading a study abroad program.
Note: This is a required course in the Study Abroad Program Leader Certification. Participants must successfully complete the following prerequisite prior to enrolling in this course: Introduction to SAGE (LCTS 3316).

 

In this hands-on session, participants learn a variety of strategies that guide students to become more active learners Faculty members from all disciplines will find this session useful.

 
This course explores the learning of subject matter and skill acquisition through collaborative problem-solving.  Emphasis is placed on using this method in community college courses.
 

In project-based learning, students answer a complex, open-ended question or solve an authentic problem through a collaborative process of investigation. Unlike traditional instruction where students are presented with knowledge and given an opportunity to apply that knowledge, project-based learning starts with the end in mind – a product that requires the learning of essential content and skills. In this workshop, faculty will be introduced to the seven characteristics of project-based learning, as well as techniques for managing a project-based learning experience in one's classroom. Workshop participants will draft a driving-question and will begin developing ideas for project-based learning experiences in their disciplines.

 

In this course, participants in all disciplines examine strategies to teach students how to write more effectively for their specific course using collaborative writing as a teaching method.  Participants will be given resources and the opportunity to create a lesson or activity incorporating collaborative writing into their discipline.

 

IIn this course, participants will discuss and apply strategies for helping students to understand motivation and how it influences their thoughts and behaviors.  Participants will read Daniel Pink's Drive as background for the discussions.  In registering for this course, you are committing to attend two meetings, read the book, and develop one activity/lesson on motivation. NOTE:  This course is an elective for the LifeMap Certification and Seneff Certification program.

 

Participants will create a plan to infuse service learning into a current course by linking course outcomes to meaningful community service.  Participants will explore service learning opportunities and create assessment plans to measure student learning. Successful completion of this course will enable participants to add a service learning designation to their courses.

 

Creating a study abroad program is one way that full-time faculty can internationalize the curriculum for students to better compete in a global environment.  In this course, participants will learn how to plan and prepare for a short-term study abroad program through the office of Study Abroad and Global Experiences (SAGE). Faculty will design a study-abroad course with learning outcomes, activities, and assessment methods and complete an initial draft of the Short-Term Study Abroad Proposal.  Participants will submit a completed proposal, course outline, and course syllabus in order to successfully complete the course. NOTE:  This course is limited to full-time faculty members. This course is required for Study Abroad Program Leader Certification.

 

Participants will engage in an overview of the Study Abroad program, the student global distinction pathway, and global competency skills. Additionally, participants will develop a global perspective as well as explore different models for internationalizing curriculum and high impact educational practices.
Note: This is a required course in the Study Abroad Program Leader Certification and must be taken first in the series of required courses Stewardship as a Study Abroad Program Leader (INDV 3356) and Designing a Study Abroad Proposal (LCTS 3316). Although leading a study abroad program is limited to full-time faculty, this course is appropriate for all faculty interested in learning more about internationalizing their curriculum.

 

Participants will create authentic learning experiences for studying abroad. Additionally, participants will develop a curriculum plan, destination logistics, budget, and recruitment strategies.
Note: This is a required course in the Study Abroad Program Leader Certification. Participants must successfully complete the following prerequisites prior to enrolling in this course: Introduction to SAGE (LCTS 3315) and Stewardship as a Study Abroad Leader (INDV 3356). This course is designed for full-time faculty interested in leading a study abroad program.

 

Over 2 two-hour meetings, participants will discuss and apply the concepts of Paul and Elder's critical thinking model outlined in Gerald Nosich's book Learning to Think Things ThroughA Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines.  The text offers both a practical model that can be applied to any discipline as well as exercises and activities for teaching students how to think more critically. Each participant will receive a copy of the book after registering. In registering for this course, you are committing to attend 2 meetings, read the book, and integrate the model into one activity/lesson in your class. NOTE:  This course is an elective the LifeMap Certification and the Seneff Certification program.

 

This session is designed for full-time faculty members who plan to lead a short-term study abroad program and their respective deans.  Participants will examine processes and procedures for creating, implementing, and leading a meaningful study abroad program for Valencia students.  NOTE: This course is required for Study Abroad Program Leader Certification; however, completion of the course does not guarantee the participant a study abroad trip.

 
Meeting one-hour face-to-face and three hours online, this course will provide an overview of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for all faculty members who are planning to conduct research studies at Valencia College. The online portion of the course will result in nationally-recognized certification from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on protecting human subjects. The online training is self-paced and required for faculty members conducting research at Valencia College.  It is recognized by most institutions of higher education for three years after the date of completion.
 
A selected group of faculty will collaboratively engage in scholarly inquiry.  Each Community of Scholars will be a specialized "community of practice" that will explore a shared topic related to the innovation of teaching and learning at Valencia.  Led by a faculty facilitator, each community will engage in collaborative activities and disseminate their work to campus and college colleagues.  NOTE: Participants may be selected through an application process.  For more information please contact the Office of Faculty Development.