Faculty Development

Faculty Development

Welcome to the Office of Faculty Development

Photo from 2014 Teaching with Teachnology Symposium Keynote by Kevin Abbott on Game Design in the Classroom. Did not get a chance to go? Check out presentation information here.


May Cool Tools for Teaching Workshops!

Three different tracks of Cool Tools for Teaching workshops will take place during the month of May.

  • May 6-7th: Preparing for Your Class
  • May 12-13th: Working with All Students
  • May 21st - May 23rd: Applying Technology in the Classroom

Find more information about the workshops being offered here and register for these workshops here.


**Summer Teaching Institutes**

All institues will take place in UCC 2033.

  • Performance Task Institute: Wednesday May 14th 8:30am-2:30pm; Friday May 16th 8:30am-Noon; Follow-up dates June 18, July 8, and August 7th from 1-4pm; Must attend all sessions!
  • Game Your Class Institute: May 27th-30th and June 2nd; 9-12:30pm; Must attend all sessions!
  • Flip Your Class Institute: June 9-12th; 10am-3pm; Must attend all sessions!

Find more information about these institutes here.

Register for these institutes here.


Academic Leadership Academy


Applications for the 2014—2015 Academy are due by Thursday, May 1st.

Find more information about the Academy and how to apply here.


Want to be apart of the 2014 Teaching and Learning Bash?!?

Submit proposals here!

Find more information here.


Our Services

The office's aim is to help instructors at all levels (board appointed faculty, adjunct and part-time faculty, and graduate student instructors) develop the skills necessary to implement powerful pedagogies in their teaching. Regardless of whether courses are face-to-face or online, large or small, powerful pedagogies emphasize strong instructional design that maximizes student engagement. Such teaching plays a critical role in the WMU commitment to increasing student success.

We offer a variety of services to individual instructors as well as to groups. These include:

Need Help with Teaching Methods, Classroom Technology, Elearning, or Information Technology? Check out the Instructor Decision Support Tree to find the right solution to your problems.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshops and Open Office Hours
During the Spring 2014 semester, GTA workshops and open office hours will both take place every Wednesday. GTA open office hours will take place in the OFD (UCC 2029) from 11:00am - 12:30pm, while GTA workshops will take place in UCC 3000 from 2:00 - 3:30pm. Workshop topics will include tactical teaching tips, active learning strategies, dealing with disruptive students, and many more. These are available to all GTAs, please visit here for more information.

Any GTA can come by the Office of Faculty Development ANYTIME for help with problems and questions they may have about the courses they teach.

On-campus programs
See the schedule for details about short workshops, book discussions, and longer development opportunities.

Specialized programming for department and faculty groups
If your department or a group of faculty wishes to explore a particular teaching approach, want training in specific areas, or is interested in a tailored faculty development experience, please contact us to discuss how we can work with you.

Individual teaching consultations
We can work with instructors one-on-one through discussion of course design, syllabus construction, and teaching approaches; classroom observation and feedback; and interpretation of end-of-course student evaluations.

The links on the left will take you to services the office offers, programs planned for 2013-2014, and an ever-growing set of "vetted" and annotated links to resources for teaching and learning. Read more about our efforts in our Strategic Plan.



Register for Workshops

Write On: Weekly Faculty Writing Retreat; Every Friday Noon-4pm in UCC 2033

GTA Open Office Hours and Workshops - Every Wednesday!

New Faculty Seminar - Every other Tuesday starting January 14th, 2014

How to find us:

Our office is located in Room 2029 in the University Computing Center.

The OFD is just down the hall from the eastern entrance.

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Office of Faculty Development
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5268 USA
(269) 387-0732