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Faculty Development Opportunities

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunches (FTLL)

FTLL are designed to give small groups of faculty an opportunity to delve into important issues related to teaching and learning. Sessions are facilitated by faculty with expertise or interest in the topic and provide participating faculty with specifics to take-away and use in their teaching.

Lunch will be provided. Participation is limited to 20 faculty at each session. An invitation and RSVP information will be sent out from Academic Affairs a few weeks before each FTLL. 

Link to Reservation Page 

Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty learning communities are intentional communities of practice, bringing together faculty with shared scholarly and pedagogical interests. These small groups are peer-led by trained facilitators and meet about every three weeks (usually for the academic year). Members identify materials they want to share within the community (texts, articles, etc.) and support one another in the development of individualized projects related to the community theme (e.g. revising a course, developing a proposal for grant support, collaborative research). These communities will be supported by the Office of Academic Affairs (purchasing texts, reading materials, support for refreshments, stipends and training for the facilitators). Faculty Learning Communities have been established at top liberal arts and research institutions across the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Most importantly for faculty at Linfield College, these groups address two critical themes shared by many:

  • The desire for intellectual community
  • The passion to keep learning

The Faculty Lecture Series

Six times during each academic year individual faculty members have the opportunity to share their professional work and interests with colleagues through the medium we call "The Faculty Lecture Series.” These lectures occur at 7:00 p.m. in Riley 201 on a Wednesday in September, October, November, February, March, and April.

Workshops

Workshops on topics of interest to faculty are scheduled throughout the year. These workshops may be led by Linfield faculty and staff or by outside experts. Workshops are led regularly by David Sumner, Director of Writing, and by Jo Meyertons, Director of Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation. Other recent workshop topics include grant writing, planning your scholarly career, and service learning and civic engagement.  Workshops will be announced as they are scheduled. If you have an idea for a workshop please contact J. Christopher Gaiser, Associate Dean of Curriculum, Assessment, and Development at cgaiser@linfield.edu.

Faculty Writing Retreats

Introduced in 2011, these opportunities have become quite popular as they allow faculty to remove themselves from the distraction of the office, students, department, and home, and to immerse themselves in the activities of writing alongside their colleagues. These three-day retreats, hosted by the Faculty Development Subcommittee and supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, are held in the Jerald R. Nicholson library where there is plenty of space for quiet work or collaboration with colleagues. Writing retreats are announced by email from the chair of the Faculty Development Subcommittee.

Faculty Professional Development Grants

Grants may support (a) research or creative work, (b) course improvement, or (c) enhancement of professional capabilities.  Preference will be given to work that promises to improve the quality and effectiveness of the educational program of the college in the short or long run. Grants will be modest in extent, and may be used to start work that can be continued with external support. Funding ordinarily will not be provided for faculty salaries or stipends. 

Proposals in any category above (or a mix of categories) should be sent to the Office of Academic Affairs from where they will be sent to the Faculty Development Subcommittee for review and recommendation. There are two funding rounds for faculty professional development grants. The funding awarded in the fall round can be used anytime before July 1 and extend after that date, as long as the work is initiated before July 1. The funding awarded in the spring round must be for work initiated after July 1 and before the next fall round of grants.

Guidelines for faculty professional development grant proposals can be found in the Faculty Handbook, section V.4.1.

Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grants

Grants may support a collaborative research project or creative work involving at least one Linfield faculty member and at least one student. The project(s) should be related to and benefit the faculty member’s long-term professional development and, where possible, serve as seed money for extra-institutional funding. The student(s) may not be simultaneously receiving academic credit for the same activity. The project(s) should also relate to the student(s)’ academic and career interests and offer clear benefits in this regard. Finally, the project(s) should have as a goal the collaborative production of knowledge and/or artistic, musical, dramatic or literary creation that will be shared with the professional community through publication or presentation.

A request for proposals will occur each February and may fund activities during the summer or the academic year. 

Guidelines for student-faculty collaborative research grant proposal can be found in the Faculty Handbook, section V.4.2.

Dean’s Travel Fund

The Office of Academic Affairs supports travel to national, international or regional meetings where faculty members present scholarly papers or research or contribute as officers to the operation of their professional organization(s). Faculty members who wish to apply for support from this fund should do so in September, when the associate dean of faculty issues a call to departments to forward such requests. Proposals for anticipated participation are appropriate even when confirmation has not yet been received. Allocations will be determined after taking the total request pool into account. First priority will be given to those delivering substantive papers as part of a conference program or invited talks, exhibitions or performances within their fields of expertise. Second priority goes to those chairing panels or serving as officers of professional associations. Third priority (funding permitting) accrues to those officially representing the college in ways benefiting the larger institution. Allocations will be made with an eye toward covering the full expenses of a single trip for all applicants, but those terms may not always be met if requests substantially exceed available funds. Original allocation amounts will be respected even if actual costs exceed earlier estimates. There is no guarantee that funds will remain for requests made after September, but in most years the associate dean will reserve a small fund to assist faculty travel plans that cannot be formulated until professional organizations announce their plans for a given year.

The $600 Fund for General Faculty Development

In support of general faculty development activity, the college has also established a fund which makes $600 allocation available for each qualified faculty member in alternate years (NOTE: Funding does not extend to those on temporary or non-renewal contracts. Non-adjunct employees whose contracts include a faculty portion of at least .5 FTE will be eligible on a prorata basis.) This support may be applied to the expenses of attending scholarly or professional meetings; it may also underwrite the costs of other professional activity intended to further the instructional or research capacities of eligible faculty members. Departments will be updated yearly by the dean’s office as to which cohorts its members belong to within the two-year cycle. Funds will be distributed to department budgets and department chairs will be responsible for oversight and approval of expenditures.