Faced with the
twin dilemmas of a static or declining financial base and
a changing student population, institutions of higher
education have to do more with less while still
maintaining the quality of life which leads to the growth
and learning of all involved. Many institutions have
responded to the challenge by establishing programs of
faculty, instructional and/or organizational development.
While the specific uses of the term often overlap, the
common goal of these programs has been to develop the
potential of the existing resources and structures of
institutions by viewing and using them in creative ways.
These resources include the faculty and staff, the courses
and programs, all of which can become self-renewing once
we become aware of the possibilities.
traditional interpretation of the term "faculty
development" has been the use of sabbaticals, research
grants, funding to attend professional meetings, and so
on, many institutions are expanding that interpretation to
include a wider range of activities.
the "Definitions" link to the left to view the POD
Network's definition of faculty development. Click on the
"Program Types" link to view descriptions of various
faculty development models. If your institution is
considering establishing a faculty development program,
click on the "For Administrators" link to see how the
POD Network may be able to assist in this endeavor.