The Consortium facilitates a Certificate in College Teaching program which prepares graduate students, adjunct and full-time faculty as well as career changers for a career in academia.
The Consortium's Faculty Development Committee's mission is to support and promote the professional growth of faculty, teaching staff, adjunct faculty and graduate students in their roles as teachers and scholars. The goals of the FDC include:
- Building faculty teaching skills through professional development events shared among institutions
- Delivering a cross-institutional Certificate in College Teaching Program targeted to participants from within and outside Consortium member institutions
- Sharing expertise across campuses so as to strengthen the faculty development programs at individual campuses
- Facilitating the development of a support network for faculty across Consortium Institutions.
Over the years, the Faculty Development Committee has hosted numerous successful events devoted to improving faculty teaching and enhancing student learning. Among those have been:
|"Planning Successful Scholarship: Obtaining fellowships and grants for sabbaticals and ongoing research"|
Tips and guidelines for successful grant writing were the focus of this half-day event held at Assumption College. The event also included panel presentations by Consortium faculty and grant officers.
Director, McAllister & Quinn
"Teaching Naked: How moving technology out of your classroom will improve student learning"
|Jose Antonio Bowen, PhD|
Department Chair and Professor at Southern Methodist University and author of a book by the same name as this workshop.
"Why Engagement Matters: Education for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education"
Held at the Worcester Historical Museum, this afternoon event featured a keynote address and a panel of responders.
|John Saltmarsh, PhD|
Historian and co-director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education
|"Addressing Substance Abuse on Campus: It's Not Just Alcohol Anymore"|
The Chief Student Affairs Officers Committee held a daylong conference at the Beechwood Hotel that included a keynote address, morning panel discussion, luncheon speaker and afternooon breakout sessions for the 100 participants.
Keynote: Dr. Jose Lemos, UMass Medical School
"Connecting with Colleagues through Reflective Practice: A Hands-on Approach"This workshop for Consortium members was held in the Center for Academic Excellence at Quinsigamond Community College.
|Betsy Zuegg, Professor of English and Speech, Quinsigamond Community College|
"Beyond Bean-Counting: How to turn program reviews to your advantage"
The Chief Academic Officers Committee hosted the third workshop in its Professional Development Series for Department Chairs, which included a slideshow and Q&A session in LaMaison Auditorium at Assumption College.
|Fern L. Johnson, PhD, Clark University|
Carol Lerch, PhD, Worcester State University
The Learning Paradigm College: Shaping the Cognitive Economy for Learning
Community-Based Learning: Effective Practice and Partnerships - A Dialogue
Randy Stoecker, PhD
Life Beyond Work - How to Retire Successfully
William Roiter, EdD
Affective Domain in the Classrooms
Linda B. Nilson, PhD
Designing and Grading Writing Assigments
Edward Nuhfer, PhD
Creating a Campus-wide Learning Experience
Maryellen Weimer, PhD
Achieving Greater Expectations by Making Excellence Inclusive
Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, PhD
Linking Cooperative Activities to the Research on Learning
Barbara J. Millis, PhD
|Workshop Series - 09/23-26/03 |
For more information on these programs, contact:
Susan Wyckoff PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs
508-754-6829, ext. 3029 Email: swyckoff [at] cowc [dot] org