The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) held a brown bag virtual discussion on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 on the topic of faculty retirement. This virtual session included recently retired emeriti faculty sharing their experiences and Dr. Toni Woolfork-Barnes, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at WMU who discussed options to teach, and take classes, through OLLI. Additional topics that were explored included personal and professional questions faculty may be struggling with as they ponder the decision about retirement, how retired faculty can stay engaged in teaching and research fields, and how to remain connected with colleagues at the University.
For procedures and support related to transitioning to online learning: https://wmich.edu/elearning/instructional-continuity
Online workshops are available for Teams, Webex, and ELearning: https://wmich.edu/elearning/instructional-continuity/quick-start-sessions
You can find other resources for transitioning to online learning: https://wmich.edu/elearning/instructors/tutorials
Other support is available in the Faculty Technology Center or contacting bu email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s happening in the Office of Faculty Development
- The Office of Faculty Development will offer several virtual summer workshops covering a range of topics. Virtual summer program and schedule details.
- Book an appointment with OFD staff on professional development, running your own workshop, teaching consultations, and more! Click this button to get started.
Note on Instructor II Status Applications: Although there are no virtual workshops currently planned on applying for Instructor II Status, if you are a part-time instructor with an interest in learning more about it, you can either email Part-time Faculty Fellow, Elise DeCamp, here or visit the Instructor II Status page here. Please also note there is a link to a recording on mediasite of the "Teaching Portfolio: Documenting Effectiveness" workshop that was part of the Part-time Faculty Seminar series, which could also be useful in preparing an Instructor II Application.
Teaching Resources: The new Teaching and Learning Resources site provides links to teaching and learning-related resources found across the university's web pages. Instructors can find links to information on teaching and learning workshops, classroom technology, software services, course design, and Elearning.
Make a Donation
You can now give to the Faculty Development Fund below. Please know that donated funds are used to provide programming for part-time faculty and graduate teaching assistants. We thank you for considering us for a charitable contribution this year.
Instructor Decision Support Tree—this PDF will help instructors determine where they can get help within the University.
Career Development Resources for Faculty created a web page for faculty to provide some career resources; for classroom career workshops, what to do with job announcements and generally providing students with career direction.