Faculty Development Opportunities

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Faculty Development Webinars

Webinar series designed to help faculty learn about ways to support, sustain, and enrich you as a faculty member. Whether PLU is a new place for you or if you are seeking ways to better support your work as a faculty member, we hope these modules provide you with some strategies to help you think about, successfully fulfill, and grow in your roles of teaching, scholarship and service. While these modules are designed to be available to all faculty at any stage of their career, they are especially suited to new faculty.

Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence facilitates semester-long Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars. Any faculty member may apply to be part of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar; one seminar will be offered each semester, as well as during J-term and summer, with up to ten faculty in each seminar cohort. The seminar will meet six times for approximately one hour during the semester.

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops are facilitated by the Dean of Inclusive Excellence. During the Inclusive Curriculum Workshop, faculty will focus on a complete redesign of a course, based on their reflections and what they gained from their participation in a seminar.

Pre-requisite: Completion of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar

Magna Publications Resources

20-Minute Mentor & The Teaching Professor

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence & PLUTO have purchased access to 20-Minute Mentor Commons & The Teaching Professor by Magna Publications. 20-Minute Mentor videos offer on-demand videos for a broad range of faculty development topics for blended, online, and traditional face-to-face teaching. The Teaching Professor is a forum for discussion of the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom. This online content is available to all PLU faculty and staff at no cost to you.

New Faculty Mentor Program

Join the Program as a Mentor or Mentee

The Office of the Provost sponsors a mentoring program for new tenure-track faculty – in their first and second year at PLU. This program represents a process intended to offer intentional and structured support for the success of newly hired faculty at PLU. While not required, it is highly recommended that faculty collaborate with their chair (or dean) to take advantage of this support.

Pivotal Pedagogy

PLUTO Blended Learning & Inclusive Teaching Basics

The Pivotal Pedagogy training program is specifically designed to help prepare faculty for teaching inclusively in a blended or online format as a response to the pandemic by providing basic information and strategies. Flexibility is at the heart of Pivotal Pedagogy — both in terms of modality but also in terms of inclusive teaching — and is essential to navigating our current context. Modules provide guidance for blended/online course structure and site design, universal design for learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, community and communication, as well as guidance for developing online instructional content, activities, and assessments.

PLUTO Essentials

The PLUTO Essentials program helps faculty develop skills for using Sakai and online technologies to improve the teaching of face-to-face courses at PLU. This program is currently being offered as an asynchronous, online training for instructors who are interested in learning some of the essential components of PLUTO training when teaching face-to-face, flipped, and/or distance courses. Participants independently complete online lessons in Sakai at their own pace. Individual Sakai training sites provide a place to practice, view examples, and access resources.

SGID Sessions

SGID (Small Group Instructional Dialogue) consultants consist of PLU faculty trained to guide students through a reflective process regarding their learning at mid-semester. SGID feedback lets you know your students’ perceptions of your course while time remains to make changes or correct misconceptions.

Teaching Squares

Teaching Squares are an opportunity for faculty to gain insight into their own teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection..

Technology Workshops

Technology Workshops by I&TS

Information & Technology Services staff offers a number of workshops for teaching and learning with technology.

Wild Hope Center for Vocation

Faculty Development Seminar

Through a year-long seminar with seven colleagues across the university, faculty are invited to consider the idea that purposeful learning shapes meaningful living, and to discuss ways to mentor students to live into the PLU mission. Each seminar group will meet to study and discuss a variety of matters vital to their profession as faculty at PLU. Seminars are facilitated through the Wild Hope Center for Vocation.

Writing Groups

Faculty writing groups are small groups of faculty (3-6) who commit to meeting regularly in a designated space and spending that time writing..

Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence facilitates semester-long Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars. Any faculty member may apply to be part of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar; one seminar will be offered each semester, as well as during J-term and summer, with up to ten faculty in each seminar cohort. The seminar will meet six times for approximately one hour during the semester.

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops are facilitated by the Dean of Inclusive Excellence. During the Inclusive Curriculum Workshop, faculty will focus on a complete redesign of a course, based on their reflections and what they gained from their participation in a seminar.

Pre-requisite: Completion of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar

Magna Publications Resources

20-Minute Mentor & The Teaching Professor

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence & PLUTO have purchased access to 20-Minute Mentor Commons & The Teaching Professor by Magna Publications. 20-Minute Mentor videos offer on-demand videos for a broad range of faculty development topics for blended, online, and traditional face-to-face teaching. The Teaching Professor is a forum for discussion of the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom. This online content is available to all PLU faculty and staff at no cost to you.

Pivotal Pedagogy

PLUTO Blended Learning & Inclusive Teaching Basics

The Pivotal Pedagogy training program is specifically designed to help prepare faculty for teaching inclusively in a blended or online format as a response to the pandemic by providing basic information and strategies. Flexibility is at the heart of Pivotal Pedagogy — both in terms of modality but also in terms of inclusive teaching — and is essential to navigating our current context. Modules provide guidance for blended/online course structure and site design, universal design for learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, community and communication, as well as guidance for developing online instructional content, activities, and assessments.

PLUTO Essentials

The PLUTO Essentials program helps faculty develop skills for using Sakai and online technologies to improve the teaching of face-to-face courses at PLU. This program is currently being offered as an asynchronous, online training for instructors who are interested in learning some of the essential components of PLUTO training when teaching face-to-face, flipped, and/or distance courses. Participants independently complete online lessons in Sakai at their own pace. Individual Sakai training sites provide a place to practice, view examples, and access resources.

SGID Sessions

SGID (Small Group Instructional Dialogue) consultants consist of PLU faculty trained to guide students through a reflective process regarding their learning at mid-semester. SGID feedback lets you know your students’ perceptions of your course while time remains to make changes or correct misconceptions.

Teaching Squares

Teaching Squares are an opportunity for faculty to gain insight into their own teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection..

Faculty Development Webinars

Module 2: Making Time for Scholarship (Part I)

Webinar series designed to help faculty learn about ways to support, sustain, and enrich you as a faculty member. Whether PLU is a new place for you or if you are seeking ways to better support your work as a faculty member, we hope these modules provide you with some strategies to help you think about, successfully fulfill, and grow in your roles of teaching, scholarship and service. While these modules are designed to be available to all faculty at any stage of their career, they are especially suited to new faculty.

This module focuses on scholarship.

Faculty Development Webinars

Module 3: Making Time for Scholarship (Part II)

Webinar series designed to help faculty learn about ways to support, sustain, and enrich you as a faculty member. Whether PLU is a new place for you or if you are seeking ways to better support your work as a faculty member, we hope these modules provide you with some strategies to help you think about, successfully fulfill, and grow in your roles of teaching, scholarship and service. While these modules are designed to be available to all faculty at any stage of their career, they are especially suited to new faculty.

This module focuses on scholarship.

Writing Groups

Faculty writing groups are small groups of faculty (3-6) who commit to meeting regularly in a designated space and spending that time writing..

Faculty Development Webinars

Module 4: Thinking About Service

Webinar series designed to help faculty learn about ways to support, sustain, and enrich you as a faculty member. Whether PLU is a new place for you or if you are seeking ways to better support your work as a faculty member, we hope these modules provide you with some strategies to help you think about, successfully fulfill, and grow in your roles of teaching, scholarship and service. While these modules are designed to be available to all faculty at any stage of their career, they are especially suited to new faculty.

This module focuses on service.

Faculty Development Webinars

Webinar series designed to help faculty learn about ways to support, sustain, and enrich you as a faculty member. Whether PLU is a new place for you or if you are seeking ways to better support your work as a faculty member, we hope these modules provide you with some strategies to help you think about, successfully fulfill, and grow in your roles of teaching, scholarship and service. While these modules are designed to be available to all faculty at any stage of their career, they are especially suited to new faculty.

Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence facilitates semester-long Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars. Any faculty member may apply to be part of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar; one seminar will be offered each semester, as well as during J-term and summer, with up to ten faculty in each seminar cohort. The seminar will meet six times for approximately one hour during the semester.

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops are facilitated by the Dean of Inclusive Excellence. During the Inclusive Curriculum Workshop, faculty will focus on a complete redesign of a course, based on their reflections and what they gained from their participation in a seminar.

Pre-requisite: Completion of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar

New Faculty Mentor Program

Find a Mentor

The Office of the Provost sponsors a mentoring program for new tenure-track faculty – in their first and second year at PLU. This program represents a process intended to offer intentional and structured support for the success of newly hired faculty at PLU. While not required, it is highly recommended that faculty collaborate with their chair (or dean) to take advantage of this support.

Pivotal Pedagogy

PLUTO Blended Learning & Inclusive Teaching Basics

The Pivotal Pedagogy training program is specifically designed to help prepare faculty for teaching inclusively in a blended or online format as a response to the pandemic by providing basic information and strategies. Flexibility is at the heart of Pivotal Pedagogy — both in terms of modality but also in terms of inclusive teaching — and is essential to navigating our current context. Modules provide guidance for blended/online course structure and site design, universal design for learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, community and communication, as well as guidance for developing online instructional content, activities, and assessments.

PLUTO Essentials

The PLUTO Essentials program helps faculty develop skills for using Sakai and online technologies to improve the teaching of face-to-face courses at PLU. This program is currently being offered as an asynchronous, online training for instructors who are interested in learning some of the essential components of PLUTO training when teaching face-to-face, flipped, and/or distance courses. Participants independently complete online lessons in Sakai at their own pace. Individual Sakai training sites provide a place to practice, view examples, and access resources.

SGID Sessions

SGID (Small Group Instructional Dialogue) consultants consist of PLU faculty trained to guide students through a reflective process regarding their learning at mid-semester. SGID feedback lets you know your students’ perceptions of your course while time remains to make changes or correct misconceptions.

Teaching Squares

Teaching Squares are an opportunity for faculty to gain insight into their own teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection..

Writing Groups

Faculty writing groups are small groups of faculty (3-6) who commit to meeting regularly in a designated space and spending that time writing..

Faculty Development Webinars

Webinar series designed to help faculty learn about ways to support, sustain, and enrich you as a faculty member. Whether PLU is a new place for you or if you are seeking ways to better support your work as a faculty member, we hope these modules provide you with some strategies to help you think about, successfully fulfill, and grow in your roles of teaching, scholarship and service. While these modules are designed to be available to all faculty at any stage of their career, they are especially suited to new faculty.

Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence facilitates semester-long Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars. Any faculty member may apply to be part of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar; one seminar will be offered each semester, as well as during J-term and summer, with up to ten faculty in each seminar cohort. The seminar will meet six times for approximately one hour during the semester.

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops are facilitated by the Dean of Inclusive Excellence. During the Inclusive Curriculum Workshop, faculty will focus on a complete redesign of a course, based on their reflections and what they gained from their participation in a seminar.

Pre-requisite: Completion of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar

Pivotal Pedagogy

PLUTO Blended Learning & Inclusive Teaching Basics

The Pivotal Pedagogy training program is specifically designed to help prepare faculty for teaching inclusively in a blended or online format as a response to the pandemic by providing basic information and strategies. Flexibility is at the heart of Pivotal Pedagogy — both in terms of modality but also in terms of inclusive teaching — and is essential to navigating our current context. Modules provide guidance for blended/online course structure and site design, universal design for learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, community and communication, as well as guidance for developing online instructional content, activities, and assessments.

PLUTO Essentials

The PLUTO Essentials program helps faculty develop skills for using Sakai and online technologies to improve the teaching of face-to-face courses at PLU. This program is currently being offered as an asynchronous, online training for instructors who are interested in learning some of the essential components of PLUTO training when teaching face-to-face, flipped, and/or distance courses. Participants independently complete online lessons in Sakai at their own pace. Individual Sakai training sites provide a place to practice, view examples, and access resources.

SGID Sessions

SGID (Small Group Instructional Dialogue) consultants consist of PLU faculty trained to guide students through a reflective process regarding their learning at mid-semester. SGID feedback lets you know your students’ perceptions of your course while time remains to make changes or correct misconceptions.

Teaching Squares

Teaching Squares are an opportunity for faculty to gain insight into their own teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection..

Writing Groups

Faculty writing groups are small groups of faculty (3-6) who commit to meeting regularly in a designated space and spending that time writing..

Faculty Development Webinars

Webinar series designed to help faculty learn about ways to support, sustain, and enrich you as a faculty member. Whether PLU is a new place for you or if you are seeking ways to better support your work as a faculty member, we hope these modules provide you with some strategies to help you think about, successfully fulfill, and grow in your roles of teaching, scholarship and service. While these modules are designed to be available to all faculty at any stage of their career, they are especially suited to new faculty.

Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence facilitates semester-long Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars. Any faculty member may apply to be part of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar; one seminar will be offered each semester, as well as during J-term and summer, with up to ten faculty in each seminar cohort. The seminar will meet six times for approximately one hour during the semester.

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops are facilitated by the Dean of Inclusive Excellence. During the Inclusive Curriculum Workshop, faculty will focus on a complete redesign of a course, based on their reflections and what they gained from their participation in a seminar.

Pre-requisite: Completion of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar

New Faculty Mentor Program

Serve as a Mentor

The Office of the Provost sponsors a mentoring program for new tenure-track faculty – in their first and second year at PLU. This program represents a process intended to offer intentional and structured support for the success of newly hired faculty at PLU. 

Interested in serving as a mentor?

Pivotal Pedagogy

PLUTO Blended Learning & Inclusive Teaching Basics

The Pivotal Pedagogy training program is specifically designed to help prepare faculty for teaching inclusively in a blended or online format as a response to the pandemic by providing basic information and strategies. Flexibility is at the heart of Pivotal Pedagogy — both in terms of modality but also in terms of inclusive teaching — and is essential to navigating our current context. Modules provide guidance for blended/online course structure and site design, universal design for learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, community and communication, as well as guidance for developing online instructional content, activities, and assessments.

PLUTO Essentials

The PLUTO Essentials program helps faculty develop skills for using Sakai and online technologies to improve the teaching of face-to-face courses at PLU. This program is currently being offered as an asynchronous, online training for instructors who are interested in learning some of the essential components of PLUTO training when teaching face-to-face, flipped, and/or distance courses. Participants independently complete online lessons in Sakai at their own pace. Individual Sakai training sites provide a place to practice, view examples, and access resources.

Teaching Squares

Teaching Squares are an opportunity for faculty to gain insight into their own teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection..

Writing Groups

Faculty writing groups are small groups of faculty (3-6) who commit to meeting regularly in a designated space and spending that time writing..

Magna Publications Resources

20-Minute Mentor & The Teaching Professor

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence & PLUTO have purchased access to 20-Minute Mentor Commons & The Teaching Professor by Magna Publications. 20-Minute Mentor videos offer on-demand videos for a broad range of faculty development topics for blended, online, and traditional face-to-face teaching. The Teaching Professor is a forum for discussion of the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom. This online content is available to all PLU faculty and staff at no cost to you.

Pivotal Pedagogy

PLUTO Blended Learning & Inclusive Teaching Basics

The Pivotal Pedagogy training program is specifically designed to help prepare faculty for teaching inclusively in a blended or online format as a response to the pandemic by providing basic information and strategies. Flexibility is at the heart of Pivotal Pedagogy — both in terms of modality but also in terms of inclusive teaching — and is essential to navigating our current context. Modules provide guidance for blended/online course structure and site design, universal design for learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, community and communication, as well as guidance for developing online instructional content, activities, and assessments.

PLUTO Essentials

The PLUTO Essentials program helps faculty develop skills for using Sakai and online technologies to improve the teaching of face-to-face courses at PLU. This program is currently being offered as an asynchronous, online training for instructors who are interested in learning some of the essential components of PLUTO training when teaching face-to-face, flipped, and/or distance courses. Participants independently complete online lessons in Sakai at their own pace. Individual Sakai training sites provide a place to practice, view examples, and access resources.

Pivotal Pedagogy

PLUTO Blended Learning & Inclusive Teaching Basics

The Pivotal Pedagogy training program is specifically designed to help prepare faculty for teaching inclusively in a blended or online format as a response to the pandemic by providing basic information and strategies. Flexibility is at the heart of Pivotal Pedagogy — both in terms of modality but also in terms of inclusive teaching — and is essential to navigating our current context. Modules provide guidance for blended/online course structure and site design, universal design for learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, community and communication, as well as guidance for developing online instructional content, activities, and assessments.

PLUTO Essentials

The PLUTO Essentials program helps faculty develop skills for using Sakai and online technologies to improve the teaching of face-to-face courses at PLU. This program is currently being offered as an asynchronous, online training for instructors who are interested in learning some of the essential components of PLUTO training when teaching face-to-face, flipped, and/or distance courses. Participants independently complete online lessons in Sakai at their own pace. Individual Sakai training sites provide a place to practice, view examples, and access resources.

Technology Workshops

Technology Workshops by I&TS

Information & Technology Services staff offers a number of workshops for teaching and learning with technology.

Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence facilitates semester-long Inclusive Pedagogy Seminars. Any faculty member may apply to be part of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar; one seminar will be offered each semester, as well as during J-term and summer, with up to ten faculty in each seminar cohort. The seminar will meet six times for approximately one hour during the semester.

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops

Inclusive Curriculum Workshops are facilitated by the Dean of Inclusive Excellence. During the Inclusive Curriculum Workshop, faculty will focus on a complete redesign of a course, based on their reflections and what they gained from their participation in a seminar.

Pre-requisite: Completion of the Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar

Magna Publications Resources

20-Minute Mentor & The Teaching Professor

The Dean of Inclusive Excellence & PLUTO have purchased access to 20-Minute Mentor Commons & The Teaching Professor by Magna Publications. 20-Minute Mentor videos offer on-demand videos for a broad range of faculty development topics for blended, online, and traditional face-to-face teaching. The Teaching Professor is a forum for discussion of the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom. This online content is available to all PLU faculty and staff at no cost to you.

Pivotal Pedagogy

PLUTO Blended Learning & Inclusive Teaching Basics

The Pivotal Pedagogy training program is specifically designed to help prepare faculty for teaching inclusively in a blended or online format as a response to the pandemic by providing basic information and strategies. Flexibility is at the heart of Pivotal Pedagogy — both in terms of modality but also in terms of inclusive teaching — and is essential to navigating our current context. Modules provide guidance for blended/online course structure and site design, universal design for learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, community and communication, as well as guidance for developing online instructional content, activities, and assessments.

Wild Hope Center for Vocation

Faculty Development Seminar

Through a year-long seminar with seven colleagues across the university, faculty are invited to consider the idea that purposeful learning shapes meaningful living, and to discuss ways to mentor students to live into the PLU mission. Each seminar group will meet to study and discuss a variety of matters vital to their profession as faculty at PLU. Seminars are facilitated through the Wild Hope Center for Vocation.

Questions about opportunities, or have a faculty development opportunity to share?
Please contact the Office of the Provost (253)535-7126 or provost@plu.edu.