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Office of Faculty Development


The mission of the Office of Faculty Development is to cultivate faculty success and well-being through professionally sustaining programs.


The vision of this office is to:

  • enhance faculty recruitment of historically minoritized and underrepresented scholars;
  • strengthen the retention of faculty demonstrating high levels of professional accomplishment;
  • support faculty through a mentoring program with special attention given to an onboarding program or early mentoring program for assistant professors;
  • cultivate a high rate of successful tenure and promotion decisions; and
  • foster a positive work culture and a responsiveness to work/life concerns.

Faculty Mentoring Program

Initiated in 2021, the College of Education’s Faculty Mentoring Program is a formal college-wide program that brings together junior and senior level faculty from across our six departments. Currently, interested assistant professors and clinical assistant professors are matched with two mentors at the advanced assistant, associate, or full professor levels. The goal is to match faculty with one colleague from their home department as well as one mentor outside their home department to offer multiple points of support and varied perspectives. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to connect throughout the academic year and are provided with resources (see Dialogue Sparkers below) to build generative, meaningful, and sustaining relationships.

If you are a College of Education assistant professor or clinical assistant professor and you would like to participate in this program, please contact Kelly Guyotte.

COE Mentoring Program Dialogue Sparker Archives

COE Grant Writing Fellows Program

The College of Education’s Grant Writing Fellows Program is a competitive fellowship program that was initiated to support faculty external grant seeking, with an emphasis on supporting those working toward tenure and promotion. The goal of this program is to enhance and extend the culture of grant writing support and success in the College of Education. The Grant Writing Fellows Program strives to help tenure-track faculty members with grant-getting aspirations achieve their goals.

Fellows will have access to five primary benefits:

  • Grant Fellows Cohort: Each semester, the Grant Writing Fellows will form a cohort to support one another through the grant writing process.
  • Support Workshops: Ongoing support will be provided via monthly workshops for their efforts to develop a grant proposal.
  • Course Release: Similar to a faculty sabbatical, faculty can apply for a course release during one semester during the academic year. Through the application, the faculty member must convincingly articulate the need for this release. In addition, they must work with their Department Head to ensure that appropriate classes can be covered.
  • Summer Funding: For faculty who do not require a course release, they can apply to receive a summer research stipend. Note: A limited number of summer funding opportunities will be available each year.
  • Travel Support*: Support to travel to the office of the target funding agency or foundation to meet with members of the funding agency’s or foundation’s staff to discuss the proposal.

*This is contingent on the Fellow having made sufficient progress on their proposal.

2022-2023 Grant Writing Fellows

  • Dr. Elroy Aguiar, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
  • Dr. Emily Lund, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling
  • Dr. Jee Suh, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dr. Lee Winchester, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Grant Support

In collaboration with the Office of Research and Service, the Office of Faculty Development offers grant support and grant-related professional development opportunities throughout the academic year. Faculty in the College of Education are encouraged to participate in relevant workshops and events.

2022-2023 Grant Workshops

  • August 24th from 11:00 – 1:00: Introduction to Grants in the College of Education
  • September 2nd from 12:00 – 1:30: ORED Small Grant Program (RGC)
  • October 28th from 11:00 – 1:00: RFP & Proposal Development
  • November Grant Workshop: Postponed
  • January 24th from 1:00 – 2:30: Preparing a Grant Budget
  • February TBD: Post-Award Information
  • April TBD: Working with the Program Officer (PO)

2022-2023 Lunch and Learns

  • September 13th from 12:00 – 1:00: IES and Department of Education Grant Panel
  • October 18th from 12:00 – 1:00: NSF and NIH Grant Panel
  • February 16th from 12:00 – 1:00: Applying for Foundation Funding
  • March TBD: Government & Industry Contract Work

Whole Person Faculty Development 2022-2023: “Rhythms of Academic Life” Virtual Workshop Series

Led by Academic Coach, Karen Gonzalez Rice, this programming is designed to support faculty as whole people by:

  • Bringing them together to share experiences and realize they are not alone
  • Building resilience through attention to the power of rest, satisfaction, and fun
  • Connecting them to their values and how they fully live their values in their work
  • Making space for a full range of human emotions and ways of being
  • Practicing self-trust, boundary-setting, and advocacy for themselves and others

Workshops are open to all faculty in the College of Education. Please email the Director of Faculty Development to register.

2022-2023 Virtual Workshop Topics and Dates:

Fall 2022

  • September 20, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:30: Satisfaction & Sustainability in the New Semester. How to begin the fall semester by making space for fulfillment, intentionally focusing on our priorities, and sustaining ourselves through rhythms of academic life.
  • October 13, 2022 from 11:30 – 1:00: Compassion for Your Inner Critic. Let’s invite our inner critics into the light and practice compassionately thanking them, setting them aside, and moving into our full power.
  • November 11, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:30: Cultivating Rest in a Busy Time. Learn strategies for centering rest when it feels most needed but seems least possible.

Spring 2023

  • February 9, 2023 from 12:00 – 1:30: Building Networks of Support in Academia. We can normalize asking for and receiving help by creating a welcoming and supportive community of our mentors, friends, and advocates.
  • March 9, 2023 from 12:00 – 1:30: Playful Academia: Reconnecting with Fun in Your Academic Work. How to rediscover our joy in our work by bringing humor, laughter, and fun into research, teaching, and service.
  • April 20, 2023 from 12:00 – 1:30: Dreaming Big and Getting What You Want This Summer. Jump into planning the summer with reflections on the year, what we really need right now, and the dreams we want to pursue.