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3.7.3. Faculty Development PDF Print E-mail
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3.7.3.     Faculty Development

North Carolina A&T State University provides evidence of ongoing professional development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners.

Responsible Unit: Academic Affairs/Deans/Chairs

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North Carolina A&T (NC A&T) State University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. Continuous and ongoing faculty development is of prime importance and an expected attribute of faculty associated with the University. In a report compiled by the University of North Carolina Committee to Study Post-Tenure Review entitled, “Post-Tenure Review in The University of North Carolina,” post-tenure review was defined in the report as “a comprehensive, formal, periodic evaluation of cumulative faculty performance, the prime purpose of which is to ensure faculty development and to promote faculty vitality.The Board of Governors (BOG) of the University of North Carolina at its May 16, 1997 meeting, adopted the recommendations included in the report and developed the relevant policy and guidelines as published in the University of North Carolina (UNC) Policy Manual, Chapter 400.3.3 {G} [1].” Performance Review of Tenured Faculty is also addressed in the NC A&T Faculty Handbook, Appendix B3 [2].

North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) provides faculty members with numerous opportunities to enhance their teaching, research, and service through participation in institutional programs that promote professional development. NC A&T’s support of professional development and growth is expressed through a variety of programs and policies that encourage faculty members to add to their knowledge, to contribute to the expansion of understanding in their academic fields, to become more effective teachers, to acquire the specific skills that enable them to function effectively in the regulatory environment of contemporary research, and to enhance their pedagogy by making use of advanced technologies. The importance of such is illustrated by the fact that ongoing professional development is supported by budgeted state funds through an established Academy of Teaching and Learning at NC A&T. This support may come in the form of travel grants, conference attendance, infrastructure needs (even though there are additional monies available for such needs), field work and other professional development activities. Additionally, new faculty members traditionally receive a reduced teaching load for the first year and startup packages (where appropriate, especially in the laboratory sciences) to help develop their careers. Finally, ongoing development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners is regularly and routinely assessed at NCA&T. It is a major component and focus of the annual evaluation process, in the consideration of all applications for reappointment, promotion and tenure, and in the performance evaluation of tenured faculty [3] [4] [5]. In support of this, the university provides multiple opportunities for faculty development for all of its faculty members.

The Academy for Teaching and Learning: The NC A&T Academy for Teaching and Learning (ATL) is an important resource for and plays a major role in faculty development opportunities. Established as a center to enhance ongoing teaching effectiveness and ultimately student learning, ATL administers two major grants for faculty development. As stated on its Homepage, ATL uses state Faculty Development Grant Program and federal Title III HBCU Faculty Development Program funds each year to support the ongoing professional development of faculty members. Their particular focus is on the scholarship of teaching and the enhancement of teaching effectiveness. They do this by funding participation in workshops, conferences, short courses, seminars, and other professional experiences that promote increased teaching/learning effectiveness. At the end of each academic year ATL sponsors a teaching effectiveness workshop conducted by a national authority for NCA&T faculty and faculty from other local universities. Other teaching effectiveness workshops and related activities are hosted during the year as well. Finally, ATL provides faculty with access to multiple publications which focus on the scholarship of teaching [6].

Other Resources for Faculty Development: The topic of Faculty Development is addressed in the NC A&T Faculty Handbook, Chapter VI, Section I [7]. It addresses faculty study grants and faculty development grants, both of which are administered through the ATL. The former supports faculty in degree programs to complete the requirements of his/her degree. Development grants support attendance at workshops, conferences, meetings, etc. The University also provides tuition waiver to faculty and staff who take courses or are pursuing a degree at one of the constituent institutions. The UNC system tuition waiver policy is addressed in the NC A&T Faculty Handbook, Appendices E1 [8] and that pursuant to NC A&T in Appendix E2 [9], Regulations Governing Waver of Tuition for Certain Faculty and Staff of the University of North Carolina and North A&T Tuition Waiver Program, respectively. The University further supports faculty development efforts by providing extended leaves of absence. Such are available to fulltime tenured faculty for faculty development purposes [10]. In the various schools and colleges faculty development is promoted by other means including: faculty mentoring programs, collaborative seed grants, and other grant or funding opportunities. The Office of Human Resources (HR) offers opportunities for professional development for faculty [11], Information Technology (IT) provides computing and computer-based training support [12] and the Office of Research and Development (ORD) provides support and services for faculty involved in research and training opportunities in grantsmanship for those interested in writing grants and obtaining funding. Additionally, ORD provides researchers with information regarding funding opportunities, sponsor policies and procedures, technical assistance in drafting, reviewing, and processing of proposals, awards and contract negotiation, award maintenance and account establishment, and post-award administrative duties such as re-budgeting, time extensions, and tracking of technical reports [13]. Orientation programs in the individual schools and colleges inform new faculty of faculty development opportunities as well as emphasize the importance of continuous faculty development as the new faculty member begins his/her career at NCA&T. Included are the guidelines for Faculty Orientation and Development from the School of Business and Economics, Department of Accounting [14]. These various individual programs and support services address multiples aspects and avenues for the continuous professional development of all faculty, tenure-system as well as non-tenure-system, at NCA&T.

Faculty Mentoring and Development: Faculty mentoring programs exist on the campus of NC A&T within the individual schools and colleges but not as a single designated University-wide program with a single policy and/or set of guidelines. The framework of any single A&T mentoring program is dictated by the structure of each school or college’s faculty and their individual and collective needs. Such a system allows for all tenure-system faculty members to be assigned a mentor who will provide guidance and support to aid the new faculty member in developing both teaching and research skills, and in achieving established performance requirements for future promotion. Such a relationship is conducted at the convenience of both the mentor and the new colleague or mentee. Provided is a statement of the mentoring policy as practiced in the School of Business and Economics, Department of Accounting at NCA&T [14].  

Faculty Secondary Employment: NC A&T SU allows faculty to obtain or enhance practitioner skills by permitting a full-time faculty to accept employment of a consultative or advisory nature with governmental agencies, industry, or other educational institutions. The university realizes that faculty members may also pursue their specialized professional interests in other contexts, collateral to their immediate University employment.  They hold memberships in and attend meetings of professional associations and learned societies; they serve on review or advisory panels; they present lectures, papers, concerts and exhibits; they participate in seminars and conferences; they review and edit scholarly publications; and they participate in accreditation reviews.  They may also have opportunities to use their specialized competencies in secondary professional employment, as paid consultants to public and private agencies, and thereby contribute to the transfer and application of knowledge. Such activities allow enhancement of the professional development of faculty. The policies and guidelines regarding these activities recovered in the UNC Policy Manual, Section 300.2.2 to prevent the possible conflict of interest that might occur in such circumstances [15]. The Regulations on External Activities for Pay is addressed in Appendix D-3 of the NC A&T Faculty Handbook [16].

Again faculty development is a continuous, ongoing and expected aspect of faculty engagement at NCA&T. The university supports and provides multiple opportunities for faculty to continuous growth.

Supporting Documents

[1] UNC-GA, Code, Section 400.3.3 Performance Review of Tenured Faculty

[2] Faculty Handbook, Appendix B3, Performance Review of Tenured Faculty

[3] Faculty Evaluation, College of Arts and Sciences

[4] Faculty Evaluation, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

[5] Faculty Evaluation, Evaluation Guidelines, Library Faculty

[6] Academy for Teaching and Learning, Homepage

[7] Faculty Handbook, Chapter VI, Section I, Faculty Development

[8] Faculty Handbook, Appendix E1, Regulations Governing Waver of Tuition for Certain

Faculty and Staff of the University of North Carolina

[9] Faculty Handbook, Appendix E2, North A&T Tuition Waiver Program

[10] Faculty Handbook, Extended Leave Policy

[11] Human Resources, Training and Development

[12] Information Technology, Technology Training

[13] DORED, Support and Training

[14] Faculty Orientation, School of Business and Economics, Department of Accounting

[15] UNC-GA, Code, Section 300.2.2 Conflict of Interest Policy

[16] Faculty Handbook, Appendix B3, Regulations on External Activities for Pay

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