Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development
The Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development is an integral part of The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). The partnership of the two Centers provides developmental opportunities for all faculty to improve their pedagogical skills to enable successful student learning. Some of the services offered by the Pforzheimer Center are Faculty Exchange Lunches, Academic Portfolio Workshops, Tenure and Promotion Workshop, Faculty Institute and, upon specific request, a classroom observation session to help any faculty member with developing stronger pedagogical skills and teaching styles. This Center unit is currently overseen by one faculty advisor (Abbey Berg, Ph.D. Dyson College of Arts and Sciences) and guided by an Advisory Board. For the Academic Year 2011 - 2012 the advisory board members will be announced soon.
Below are descriptions of some of the services provided:
A one-to-one relationship with an experienced colleague is often an effective way for instructors to tune up their approach to the classroom and other instructional encounters. If you would like to find a colleague who would be willing to talk with you about teaching concerns and insights in teaching, or perhaps sit in on a class or review videotape of your performance, then call or e-mail us. A peer consultant can provide the kind of feedback that can help you see yourself clearly and can work with you in setting a plan for improvement. (Consultants do not give feedback, evaluations, or information of any kind to Department Chairs, Deans, or anyone else without a written request from their client).
Faculty Exchange Lunch
To increase the opportunities for conversation among faculty at Pace, the faculty development center convenes discussions on issues related to teaching and learning as well as periodic updates from the Provost. Some of the topics we have addressed: The art and science of the syllabus; cheating and plagiarism; creating an appropriate climate in the classroom; collaborative learning; designing and using discussion in classes; encouraging student research; experiential teaching and learning; grading essays; interpreting student evaluations of teaching; responding to our increasingly diverse student body; student presentations; teaching large classes; academic portfolios for self; Department/School evaluation; and teaching using technology.
Academic Portfolio Workshop
This 4-day Workshop is offered twice an academic year, in January and again in June. Faculty have an opportunity to develop and work on their teaching, research, and service portfolio not only for oneself but to help prepare their dossiers for tenure and/or promotion. An email is sent to all faculty inviting participation as this Workshop is limited to 10 enrollees (20 per academic year).
Tenure and Promotion Workshop
This Workshop is offered at the end of April of each year. Faculty applying for tenure and/or promotion are encouraged to attend. Information regarding the tenure and promotion process from the perspective of each of the Deans from each of the Schools and faculty members serving on the Council of Deans and Faculty for Promotion and Tenure (CDFPT), time-tables for submission of dossier materials, appropriate tenure and promotion forms, etc.
Each May at 2-day conference is held on the Pace campus (alternating years on the New York and Pleasantville campus). Guest speakers and faculty are invited to present topics of interest to educators. Some examples include diversity, the rewards and challenges of teaching, educating through partnerships, and various teaching pedagogies.
Faculty Research Forum
A new initiative where full-time faculty gather five times during the Academic Year to collaborate, support, exchange research ideas and offer suggestions for individuals writing an article for a peer reviewed journal or book chapter. The primary aim of the Forum is for each attendee to dedicate time and hopefully complete a finished "manuscript" by the end of the academic year. Those who do complete their manuscript will receive a small stipend. All who register for the Forum will receive a copy of Wendy Belcher's book "Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks."
Faculty Resource Network (FRN)
Pace University is a member of The Faculty Resource Network (FRN) headquartered at New York University (NYU). The Network is a nationwide consortium of over 50 universities and colleges that collaborate for the purpose of faculty support and development. For questions concerning FRN contact the Executive Director James Stenerson, Ph.D. who is the liaison officer for Pace University. To view Faculty Resource Network events, refer to http://www.nyu.edu/frn. One of the FRN benefits available to full-time Pace faculty is the University Associate Program which gives them free access to NYU libraries, facilities, permission to audit courses for free, and invitations to attend seminars, colloquia, etc., organized by NYU and/or the FRN. Over the years numerous Pace faculty members were awarded University Associate Status at NYU through the FRN. To Apply for FRN University Associate, click here.