A community of scholars who learn from one another
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 five programming areas:
- Scholarship, Promotion, and Tenure
- Chair Development
- Academic Communicators Network
Currently, three Academic Networks introduce faculty to campus resources through quarterly social events and maintain communication through an opt-in listserv.
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.
The Chair Peer Forum provides an additional element of peer-to-peer support and accountability. A peer forum is a group of no more than 10 members who meet on a regular basis in an open atmosphere of confidentiality with a trained expert who is not associated with the University community. Peer forums are designed to serve as an antidote to a feeling of isolation that some academics feel in their specific roles.
Strong social relationships frequently grow out of the peer forum experience. The breadth of topics discussed during the life of the group, the commonality and diversity of members, the use of both peer and professional moderation, and the close relationships that develop combine to create a unique and supportive experience.