II. Academic Policies

Faculty Development

Faculty development encompasses the growth and renewal of all faculty members throughout their professional lives. It is a shared responsibility, requiring a commitment both from faculty members and from the institution. Assistance to new faculty members may be provided through orientation programs arranged by the college or campus, in meetings with department heads and directors of academic affairs to discuss expectations, by provision of mentors, and through special arrangements for reduced course loads and research support.

Committee on Institutional Cooperation--Academic Leadership Program

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)-Academic Leadership Program (ALP) develops the leadership and managerial skills of faculty on CIC campuses who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. The ALP involves selected fellows in a series of three two-day seminars plus readings and participation in related activities on their home campuses. The seminars, which are rotated among the CIC institutions, follow a format designed to maximize interaction among all the fellows. ALP liaisons develop aspects of the seminar topic through case studies, workshops, and other group exercises. Fellows are appointed to terms of one year. Funding for the program is provided by the chief academic officers of the participating institutions. For further information, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at 814-863-7494, the executive director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at 814-863-8721, or consult the Web site at www.psu.edu/vpaa.

Administrative Fellows Program

The Administrative Fellows Program offers faculty and staff the opportunity to work with senior University officials to gain knowledge and experience pertaining to the challenges of leadership in our academic community. By working with a senior administrator in a mentoring relationship, fellows increase their awareness of issues in higher education, enhance their understanding of the contexts within which decisions are made, and have opportunities to participate in a wide range of decision-making processes. For further information, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at 814-863-7494, or at www.psu.edu/vpaa.

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence is charged with promoting excellence in teaching and learning across the University. Faculty and graduate students interact with the Institute through consultations, mini-courses, workshops, grants and custom-designed events. Institute consultants help faculty integrate teaching methods beyond traditional lectures, design courses and curricula, assess student learning, gather and apply feedback on teaching, and develop innovative and valid testing methods.

The Institute promotes the scholarship of teaching and learning by providing grants for classroom research projects and collaborations on external grants. The Institute's consultants are available to work with anyone who teaches Penn State students. The Institute provides a variety of online resources to support teaching and learning initiatives. It also manages the SRTE process (Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness) and assists with appropriate use of SRTE data.

To reach a consultant, visit 301 Rider Building, call 814-863-2599, e-mail teachinglearning@psu.edu, or click "Contact Us" at www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu. The Institute also provides test scoring and computer-based testing at the Testing Center, 104 Pollock Building; call 863-8116 or visit http://testing.psu.edu.

Teaching and Learning with Technology

Teaching and Learning with Technology, a unit of Information Technology Services, assists faculty in using technology effectively to enhance teaching and learning. It offers technology training for faculty, staff, and students and maintains technology classrooms and student computing labs. It can assist faculty with preparing courses, developing learning materials, investigating emergent technology, and assessing student learning. Faculty and students are also encouraged to investigate the annual TLT Fellowships. For more information, see http://tlt.its.psu.edu.

Senior Faculty Mentor

The senior faculty mentor provides mentorship to assist in retaining minority faculty members; promotes minority faculty development through professional workshops, seminars, and counseling; and provides limited supplemental funding to assist junior faculty pursuing scholarship and research activities. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity at 814-865-5906.

Research Grant Opportunities

Research and scholarship--in addition to teaching and public service--are missions of the University and the responsibility of every faculty member. Information on research grant opportunities can be obtained from your department head, director of academic affairs, college associate dean for research, and the Office of Sponsored Programs. Internal sources of support for research include research initiation grants (for new faculty) and research development grants.

Faculty Recognition

Teaching Awards: The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Alumni Teaching Fellow Award are University-wide awards to recognize undergraduate teaching excellence. Information about eligibility, criteria, and the selection process is available at www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Awards. Nominations are accepted throughout the year at www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/AwardsForm. Awards are presented every year and recipients are honored at the annual Faculty/Staff Awards Recognition event.

Other Awards: Nominations for the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration are accepted from the academic deans. For information about selection criteria, contact the vice provost for academic affairs at (814) 863-7494, or at www.psu.edu/vpaa. The Penn State Award for Faculty Outreach, established in 1998, is designed to recognize faculty who make significant contributions to outreach. Nominations are accepted from the University community. For information, contact the vice president for outreach and cooperative extension at 814-865-7581. Both of these awards are given at the University Awards Program each spring. In addition to these awards, many colleges and campuses offer awards for excellence in teaching, research, or public service.

Faculty Scholar Medals: This award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. Each award includes a medal and a cash stipend. The award is made in four fields: arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, life and health sciences, and physical sciences and engineering.