5.1

Faculty Development

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

The provost’s office provides a broad range of academic career development opportunities and 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. The provost’s office provides workshops, mentoring, and support to all faculty members, including department chairs and deans.

  • 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 Leadership in Academic Matters (LAM) program equips and supports faculty to be effective leaders in diverse roles at the University.

  • Teaching Race at UVA is a place-based seminar that provides UVA faculty from any discipline with an understanding of the history of race at UVA and in Charlottesville, within a national context and equips faculty to effectively incorporate teaching about seminar content into their courses.

  • UVA Acts promotes preventative practices that foster equitable, vibrant spaces for working and learning at the University of Virginia through performance and dialogue.

  • Faculty writing retreats: Each summer, the Office of the Provost offers week-long writing retreats at Morven Farm, co-sponsored with faculty development programs of the Schools at UVA.

  • The University of Virginia has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. This gives all UVA faculty, postdocs, and graduate students a free membership to the Center, with access to events, workshops, and other resources offering support for writing, research, balancing your life as a professional, and much more.

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

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

  • 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 Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) provides a variety of services to support research development across the Grounds, as detailed in section 3.4.1.

  • The Contemplative Sciences Center helps develop new applications and learning programs for their integration into varied sectors of our society.

  • Human Resources Education and Training provides a series of integrated programs and services designed to prepare, equip, and support people to succeed in fulfilling their leadership roles. 

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.