Fundamentals of Faculty Development

CTL has developed an asynchronous, online, non-credit course, LLCAR 125: Fundamentals of Faculty Development: Essential Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Based Teaching, to help you develop an understanding of the field of faculty development and build practical skills, that you can apply in your own academic setting.  

This summer’s course will run from June 15– July 27, 2020.  Registration opens March 16, 2020. For more information on the Summer 2020 session please contact Dr. Mei-Yau Shih,

The course will help build understanding of the field and hone practical skills to use faculty development work. Each week's module offers a mix of:

  • Video mini-lectures
  • Individual and group assignments
  • Key readings

Key Topics:

PART 1: Getting Grounded in Faculty Development

Week 1 – Defining the field and its current landscape
Week 2 – Exploring current program types, goals, structures, and collaborations

PART 2: Fundamental Skills and Practices

Week 3 - Assessing the professional development needs of your faculty and institution
Week 4 - Using evidence-based approaches to deliver services and programs
Week 5 - Planning successful learning communities, institutes, and workshops
Week 6 - Developing your instructional consultation skills

This six-module course was developed and will be taught by seasoned faculty developers:

Dr. Mary Dean Sorcinelli

Dr. Mei-Yau Shih

Term Fee: $25
Class Fee: $625

Register through UMass University Without Walls
Enrollment at UMass Amherst is not required to register for the course.