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Strategies for Faculty Development


  • Develop a detailed description of the problems to be overcome
  • Articulate specific outcomes expected
  • Utilize "early-warning" indicators to identify potential problems before they become intractable
  • Explore cross-department and cross-college experiences and exposure to introduce new options and possibilities

Unit-based strategies


  • Paired assignment with an experienced, respected faculty instructor
  • Consultation with former Lilly fellows or respected instructors in the department or college
  • Attend disciplinary workshops or national meetings on effective teaching
  • Utilize competitive grant programs for instructional improvement funds
  • Encourage publication of scholarly papers on pedagogy in the discipline
  • Utilize sabbatical leave to develop new instructional skills or new courses


  • Involvement with existing research programs led by other faculty
  • Identify potential research collaborators on campus or at other institutions
  • Utilize sabbatical leave to develop new research skills and directions


  • Involvement in existing outreach programs led by other faculty
  • Identify potential campus collaborators for outreach activities
  • Utilize sabbatical leave to develop new outreach skills and directions

University-wide opportunities


  • Faculty development in the Office of the Provost can provide print and video resource materials on teaching strategies. Individual consultations can be arranged to diagnose problems and create solutions, utilizing on-campus expertise in instructional strategies. Limited, ad hoc funding is available for specific projects. Contact Dr. Deborah DeZure, Director of Academic Advancement Network and Senior Advisor to the Provost (2-5125; ) for additional details.
  • Faculty development workshops on active learning, offered throughout each semester
  • "Lilly's and friends" brown-bag discussion group on effective teaching
  • Lilly fellowship program for junior faculty (not intended as a remedial program)
  • Faculty facility for creative computing for assistance with developing computer-based instructional materials. Contact the Teaching and Learning Support Team in Information Technology Services at 517-353-0722.
  • College units devoted to supporting teaching and learning
  • The writing center can provide assistance with instruction of writing. The center sponsors a faculty writing project each summer to help faculty develop writing and instructional skills
  • The learning resource center can provide consultation on issues related to student learning


  • All-university research initiation grants provide support for beginning new research projects that can attract additional funding for continuation.


  • The Meet Michigan program introduces faculty and academic staff to outreach activities across the state. Offered twice each year, this program is an introduction to the programs and opportunities related to outreach at the university. Contact Dr. Deborah DeZure (2-5125; for additional details


  • The Employee Assistance Program offers diagnostic and referral services for behavioral issues
  • Consultation on retirement opportunities is provided by Theodore H. Curry, II, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources (3-5300;