Center for Faculty Excellence
The Center for Faculty Excellence supports high quality teaching and learning by engaging the faculty and academic leadership of Walden University through:
the design and delivery of professional development and training opportunities;
the collaborative review, development, and implementation of academic policy;
the collection and distribution of faculty performance information, to support quality assurance in the online classroom;
advocate on behalf and communicate with the faculty;
and place a great emphasis on community building and networking opportunities for the faculty.
CFE provides synchronous and asynchronous instruction such as:
New Faculty Orientation (instructor led).
Blackboard technology tips and points.
Synchronous and archived professional development webinars.
Self-paced modules (MyLearn).
Job aids (Blackboard tips and pointers).
Instructor Led Courses (New Faculty Orientation, Dissertation Mentor Training, University Research Reviewer).
In 2009, Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) staff worked with academic leadership from across Walden to identify the key components of online teaching, and develop a model for supporting instructional quality in the online classroom. This lead to the launch of an iterative data-driven model for faculty improvement in January 2010, named the Quality Initiative Program. The purpose of the program was to establish a pro-active approach to ensure faculty quality in the classroom and identify needed areas for faculty development.
The program provides a way of working together collaboratively between the academic units and the CFE to bridge the gap between faculty data and faculty performance management. The CFE partners with the colleges in working toward the common goal of measuring success and identifying trends to create faculty development opportunities from data.
The data and reporting department within CFE provide data to support a comprehensive faculty performance evaluation approach that provides both qualitative and quantitative assessments and encompasses classroom metrics, student perceptions, peer review, and supervisor evaluations. Walden ensures faculty receive regular feedback regarding their performance and expectations for providing a high quality educational experience and the CFE data and reporting department help them achieve that goal.
The Faculty Specialists in the Center for Faculty Excellence provide individualized, supportive coaching for all Walden Faculty members on pedagogical topics such as:
Engaging students in discussion
Substantive and effective feedback
Supporting international students
Collaborative learning with adult learners
Issues related to pedagogy and assessment
Other topics are available upon request. Coaching sessions can be conducted via telephone or Skype and range from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the topic.
Faculty Specialists are assigned to the 5 colleges and residency programs to provide direct and ongoing support for faculty and program leadership.
Guide the use and interpretation of faculty data.
Help colleges use the CFE data SharePoint.
Faculty support in the classroom.
Program-specific training and development.
The Faculty Specialist is directly responsible for creating a positive faculty experience by facilitating consistent high quality student instruction and individualized mentoring.
Acting as organizational development liaison and advisor to Walden faculty, the person in this role facilitates planning, development, implementation, and administration of faculty engagement and development programs for Walden faculty.
Responsible for development and integration of faculty development programs and associated projects to achieve strategic business goals and operational objectives.
Instructional Design collaborates across the colleges to develop, deliver, and update faculty training resources. Collaborate with CFE staff and Faculty Subject Matter Experts on content such as:
Synchronous and archived webinars
Self-paced modules and tutorials (MyLearn)
Job aids (Blackboard)
Instructor led courses (New Faculty Orientation, Dissertation Mentor Training, URR).