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Policies & Procedures for Faculty Development

This was an important series of conversations and procedure-development overseen by past-President Kate Willink and chaired by Chip Reichardt. The final document lives here. This process was a creative and generative response to the Board of Trustees' request for "post-tenure review"; the results of the Senate process gained national attention--e.g. see this article in the Chronicle for Higher Ed in 2018.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Conversations

Committee Members

      • Paul Michalec (Clinical Professor, Education), Juli Parrish (Teaching Associate Professor, Writing Program), Nancy Sasaki (Teaching Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Biology), Kate Willink (Associate Professor, Communication Studies)

The intention of the P2P conversations is to promote a form of professional engagement that is often missing from higher education communities because of current political, economic, and social constraints. P2P conversations are not intended to replace other forms of faculty to faculty conversations which occur in less formal settings or gatherings. The P2P conversations differ in that they are formally structured around key moments in the life of a faculty, focused on professional development, and are bounded by norms of confidentiality.

To assist faculty in the process of hosting a P2P conversation, the following documents were developed by the P2P sub-committee of the Faculty Senate Professional Development Committee. They are intended to create a wide range of entry points for faculty into the P2P conversations, from less structure to more structure, depending on the expertise and interests of individual faculty. The first set of documents (Model A, Model B, and Model C) will provide an overview of three different models for engaging in P2P conversations, ranging from holistic/comprehensive to efficient/succinct. The second document is an Executive Summary of a manual for hosting P2P conversations. It will be particularly useful for faculty who have a general sense of how to host a P2P conversation but who are looking for a quick overview of the process. The third document is a comprehensive "how-to" manual for convening a P2P conversation. It contains commentary on the conceptual framework for a P2P conversation, as well as nuts and bolts descriptions of the stages and steps for a P2P conversation.

Three models for P2P conversations have been developed for faculty to consider.

Model A (holistic & comprehensive) invites faculty to investigate questions of professional development that reside at the interface between their calling to serve and the institutional demands associated with the role of faculty (service, teaching and scholarship/creative activity). It is framed around images of effectiveness that are responsive to questions of wholeness.

Model B (pragmatic & focused) incorporates the general impulse toward holism articulated in Model A but shifts the lens toward a more pragmatic view of faculty responsibilities. The types of professional development questions framing Model B are consistent with a pragmatic/functional view of faculty work.

Model C (efficient & succinct) focuses on the functional drivers of faculty development and fronts the role of the intellect in descriptions of faculty responsibilities. It favors a strategic or instrumental lens in areas of professional development. Efficiency is a driving force in this type of P2P conversation.

Professional Development Discussions (PDD)

Committee Members

      • Eleanor McNees (Professor, English)
      • Ann Petrila (Professor of the Practice, Social Work)
      • Ron Rizzuto (Professor, Finance)
      • Matthew Taylor (Professor, Geography)


Job Responsibility Distributions (JRD)

Committee Members 

      • Lynn Schofield Clark (Professor, Media, Film & Journalism Studies)
      • Linda Kosten (Associate Provost)
      • Laleh Mehran (Associate Professor, Emergent Digital Practices)
      • Billy Stratton (Associate Professor, English)


Faculty Survey Results

Drafts of Policies & Procedures Document

Faculty Development Initiatives

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Other Senate Reports & Documents

Chancellor's Roundtable

Faculty Forum Weblog

      • The former DU Faculty Forum Weblog is available here.

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Prior Years Senate Schedules

  • View the 2019-20 Faculty Senate Calendar here.
  • View the 2015-16 Faculty Senate Calendar here.
  • View the 2014-15 Faculty Senate Calendar here.
  • View the 2013-14 Faculty Senate Calendar here.