Programming Areas

Intellectual stimulation through collaboration, cooperation, and engagement is a hallmark of the University of Chicago’s academic culture. Faculty Development Program courses and workshops bring the academic community together and build relationships across schools and divisions. 

Developed with UChicago Faculty

UChicago faculty and facilitators applied their knowledge of University culture to develop original curricula for the Faculty Development Program.

Faculty requested additional expertise, coaching, and guidance across a number of topics. These topics form the backbone of UChicago’s Faculty Development Program curriculum and fall into six core programming areas:

Academic Networks

Currently, four Academic Networks introduce faculty to campus resources through quarterly social events and maintain communication through an opt-in listserv. 

Program Formats

To enable all UChicago scholars to engage with the Faculty Development Program, a variety of program formats are available, including workshops, online resources, and opportunities for extended engagement (long-term peer accountability forums).

Because academics often learn best from one another, the Faculty Development Program builds in opportunities for discussion. Scholars with success in particular areas often lead workshops on those topics, sharing their specialized knowledge with the rest of the academic community.

From accessing readings freely on the website to attending forums devoted to a range of topics, we invite you to go deeply into the subject matter that interests you. 

The Faculty Development Program convenes panels around particular topics so that participants can learn from one another’s successes and setbacks in particular areas. 

Workshops provide a vehicle for specialized knowledge acquisition around particular topics. These are often offered as single 1.5-hour lunch-and-learn sessions, with recommended readings and occasionally a homework or learning extension exercise offered at the program’s end.