A new position helps oversee faculty development

May 13, 2014
Writer: Brian Baker

Six new associate deans, one for each college, have been selected to work alongside current associate deans.

Until recently, each college has had one associate dean whose primary responsibility is to oversee curriculum development. They serve on a curriculum council to help oversee changes and establish policies regarding curriculum that affect the University.

"It was thought that it would be useful to have a similar system in place for faculty development," said Sid Palmer, Dean of the College of Faculty Development and Mentored Research.

Now, each college has a second associate dean mainly responsible for faculty development. These new associate deans represent the faculty development needs of each college on a university council, and help create policy and preserve uniformity between the colleges.

Each new associate dean also chairs a faculty development committee in their college, composed of representatives from each department in their college. These committees evaluate proposed faculty development activities and projects, and help obtain the necessary resources, such as funding from the Thomas E. Ricks and Mentored Student Research funds.

Though the two associate deans in each college have separate job descriptions, it is ultimately up to each college dean to decide how responsibilities are divided between the two positions.

Palmer said the new associate deans are a good resource for faculty if they have questions about the faculty development process and what kind of resources are available.