Faculty Development

Teaching is of prime importance at Concordia, and the University maintains a proud record of teaching excellence. The Office of Research and Faculty Development assists instructors at Concordia in improving their teaching. The service is available to all faculty members and sessional instructors working at Concordia on a voluntary, self-referal basis. 

Recognizing that meaningful professional development in the area of teaching occurs when activities are focused on specifics and engagement is sustained over a period of time, Faculty Development offers assistance to instructors in two ways. Instructors who wish to are welcome to engage in one or both of the following:

1) Professional Development Group Sessions. These are offered as a series of sessions throughout the academic year with tasks to be completed by attendees between sessions. Topics for the 2013-2014 academic year include a three-part workshop series on 'Student Assessment and Instruction' and workshops early in September in partnership with Information Technology Services on 'Using Moodle to Enhance Teaching'. Other sessions on various topics are also offered throughout the academic year. The 'latest updates' column and calendar to the right of this page should be consulted for specific details of upcoming events.

2) Personal Professional Growth Plans. In consultation with the Vice President Academic instructors construct a personal plan for professional development targeted at their specific needs. This plan is self-monitored and self-assessed. Support for specific activities outlined in the plan will be available from the Office of Research and Faculty Development as resources permit.

To take advantage of the services Concordia employees may contact Dr. Tim Loreman in the Academic Administration Office at tim.loreman@concordia.ab.ca

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