Saint Louis University provides a variety of professional development resources intended to support faculty in their teaching, research, and service. Whether you are early-career, mid-career, late-career, or adjunct/part-time faculty, the University is committed to investing in your growth and development.
Professional development for faculty occurs in and is supported by individual academic units, as well as by centralized units that serve all faculty at the University. Beyond the University, SLU supports a limited number of external professional development opportunities, as well. In addition to development for individual faculty members, the Office of the Provost also provides regular professional development opportunities for department chairs and occasionally can support targeted leadership development opportunities. Learn more about chair development here.
Below are highlights of key resources faculty may wish to be aware of as they continue to grow and develop in their work as teachers and scholars.
University-Wide Faculty Development Resources
University-wide professional development resources are available to support faculty in their teaching, research, and service. Many of these units also are able to work with departments and programs. Below are just some of the campus-wide faculty development opportunities at SLU.
- Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (for teaching and assessment methods, course/curriculum design, Ignatian pedagogy, online teaching, technology integration, small grant and fellowship opportunities, and more)
- Academic Technology Services (for training and support on Blackboard, lecture capture tools, classroom technologies, and more)
- University Libraries (for help with research, information literacy and library use training for students, access to archives and special collections, and more)
- Center for Social Action (for help connecting with community partners for service-learning, community-based research, and more)
- Faculty Research Leave Program (for leave opportunities to support research productivity)
- Mission and Identity, Office of (for Jesuit mission, Jesuit educational traditions, Ignatian spirituality, and more)
- Mellon Faculty Development Grants (for support of humanities-focused publishing, performance, and teaching)
- Faculty Writing Fellows Program (for one-on-one consultations and writing workshops to support faculty writing effectiveness)
External Faculty Development Resources
In addition to campus-based resources, all SLU faculty have access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity through an institutional membership. Find out more about the benefits of this membership here.
SLU also has a partnership with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), an initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This partnership currently supports the work of the Joint Faculty Senate/Office of the Provost Committee on Mid-Career Faculty Development as it works to identify ways to better support mid-career faculty.
Adjunct faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education who are members of the collective bargaining unit are eligible to apply for up to $500 per academic year to support professional development activities. Learn more about this opportunity here.
Periodically, other opportunities arise to support faculty development activities outside the University. These typically are announced by email, Newslink, or other means.