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Faculty Development

The University of Virginia offers a variety of faculty development opportunities throughout the year.

Recognizing that faculty members’ priorities change over the course of their academic careers, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost (EVPP) provides a broad range of academic career development opportunities.

Each fall, the University holds an annual orientation for all new members of the faculty (including those with tenured, tenure-eligible, and tenure-ineligible appointments). This orientation provides an opportunity for new faculty members to learn about resources available to them as well as to learn about the history and culture of the University and what is expected of them as faculty. New faculty orientation also provides an opportunity to interact with other faculty and the broader University community. The president hosts a reception at her residence, followed by a dinner to provide a social venue for welcome, introduction, and networking.

EVPP also offers a yearlong series of programs to support faculty at all stages of their careers in research, teaching, and services, trainings to intervene when biases inform behavior on search committees, in the classroom, and in the larger university, and programs focused on academic leadership development such as the Leadership in Academic Matters program. EVPP provides workshops, mentoring, and support to all faculty members, including department chairs and deans.

Pan-University professional development opportunities are provided by the following offices:

Information Technology and Services (ITS) offers faculty and technology development through the Instructional Technology Group. This group focuses on the University’s teaching mission and assists in teaching through training, consulting, and development of instructional materials and their deployment.

The Center for Leadership Excellence provides a series of integrated programs and services designed to prepare, equip, and support people to succeed in fulfilling their leadership roles.

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) conducts teaching consultations, programs, and workshops regularly throughout the year.

In addition to the above pan-University institutional support, promotion of faculty excellence takes many forms. School-level requirements and criteria, organizational culture, and expectations of faculty development and advancement differ by discipline. Support for practitioners is particularly heightened in professional schools. It is essential that the intricate work of promotion and support for faculty professional development takes place in individual schools or departments that offer their own programs and opportunities tailored to their faculty members. University faculty members are encouraged to contact their respective department chair and/or dean for information on opportunities for research funding, school-based professional development training, mentoring activities, release time for University service, and other faculty development activities.