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Faculty Enrichment Programming for All

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The Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE) provides many opportunities for faculty to develop as academic professionals: to improve their teaching and their students' learning, to enhance their scholarship, to grow as a servant-leader on campus and in the community... and to develop skills and dispositions for balancing all of these activities productively.

Ongoing programming throughout the year is planned largely in response to a Faculty Needs Assessment survey administered every Spring trimester just prior to the conclusion of classes. While some themes change from year to year, CFE activities include (but are certainly not limited to):

Teaching observation groups: Join a collegial group of 3-4 fellow teachers to observe, learn from, and provide feedback on teaching in a diverse range of disciplines and contexts. The CFE provides training and resources, you provide the constructive observation and fellowship.

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs): Expanding the tradition of ACTL reading groups, FLCs are small groups of interested faculty who gather periodically over refreshments to read, discuss, and work on a range of important issues. Have an idea for a FLC? Let us know.

Augustana Faculty Academy: 
The Academy is a year-long series of periodic workshops and discussions on a topic of importance to Augustana's educational mission. Faculty who complete the Academy receive a certificate and the pleasure of additional expertise to share with their colleagues. The inaugural 2013-14 Faculty Academy on advising was a big success -- stay tuned to discover what the 2014-15 Faculty Academy will bring!

Brown Bag Chats: Every Tuesday at 11:30 AM, join CFE Director Steve Klien for lunch, lively discussion, and great ideas for improving your teaching and your students' learning. Take in a brief presentation, discuss the concepts (and your own ideas!) afterwards with colleagues, and come away with future possibilities for your classroom!

20 Minute Mentor Commons:  As a member of our campus community this online resource from Magna Publications is available at no cost to you. The 20 Minute Mentor Commons provides over 100 brief yet useful webinars on everything from course design to assessment, from classroom management and student engagement to the use of blended and online e-learning technology. Sign up today and help energize your higher education career!   

Quad Cities Professional Development Network (QCPDN): The Quad Cities Professional Development Network (QCPDN) is a group of seven member institutions from the Quad Cities bi-state metro area. QCPDN provides professional development programming and certificate programs, free of charge for employees of member institutions.

IDEA Center Student Rating of Instruction training: The IDEA Center SRI can be a powerful tool for your formative assessment and continuing improvement as a teacher. Learn how to interpret and use this rich data and its accompanying online resources through group or individual consultations.

e-Learning development: Working in conjunction with ITS and the campus Academic Technology Committee, the CFE provides hands-on workshops ranging from basic-level "how-to"'s on instructional technology to pedagogical design and best practices for blended/hybrid learning, the "flipped classroom," and online teaching.

Scholarship programming: From sessions on how to get published to Writer's Retreat days, the CFE provides resources to support the "scholar" in "teacher-scholar." 

Support for campus leaders: Department/program and committee chairs have special responsibilities... and special stressors. The CFE, in conjunction with the Academic Affairs Office, provides programming and small-group conversation for chairs on topics important to them.

The center also coordinates with, promotes and supports a variety of development opportunities from other campus programs and centers, including:

Questions, suggestions or concerns may be directed to CFE co-directors Brian Katz, Kimberly Murphy and Mike Egan at