Faculty Development and Advancement

Engage   Achieve   Advance

The Mission of the the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement (OFDA) is to create a culture and support system that encourage faculty development and advancement from hire to retire by:

  • Recognizing and celebrating faculty expertise
  • Building communities of faculty across campus
  • Providing resources and development programs to meet the needs of faculty
  • Supporting faculty in becoming agents of their own career development from hire to retire


All-Campus Mentoring Circles

Mentoring circles provide an opportunity to share concerns, strategies and successes with your peers on campus. 

Early Career Faculty (ECF) Programs

A number of programs have been developed for early career faculty to get a jump start on their careers. 

Individual Teaching, Syllabus & Course Reviews and D2L Support

We're here to review your syllabus, help review your course design, set up mid-term course evaluations - anything to help you with an unbiased review of your teaching.  We can also help you create a teaching philosophy or outline narratives for annual evaluation or P&T dossiers.  Just email us to set up a time to meet. Adrian Vopnford is available for individual appointments to help with D2L. 

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Faculty Fridays 

We recognize that our best resource is the talented people that make up our community.  Faculty Fridays are an opportunity for faculty to share their expertise with their colleagues, to have a roundtable discussion or just to network and have some social time.  Bring a lunch and join your colleagues.  

If you're interested in leading a faculty Friday discussion, please contact OFDA.

12:00pm in the McKeel Conference Room

  • Friday September 9 -  Let's Talk Mini-grants!  Spring 2022 Mini-grant recipients present their projects or travel and the outcomes.  
  • Friday October 14 - TBA
  • Friday November 4 - Teaching Design, Micah Lande (ME)
  • Friday December 2 - TBA Social

Faculty Writing Groups

Spend dedicated writing time with colleagues and improve your writing productivity

Most Monday from 9:00 am - 10:50 am in the Surbeck Mystic Room

Most Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the Pearson Alumni Center meeting rooms.

For more information or assistance, contact:  

Andrea Surovek
Director of Faculty Development
Phone: 605-394-1932

Adrian Vopnford
D2L Specialist
Phone: 605-394-1234