(Reference: Faculty Association Item FA91-38)
The University's goal and responsibility is to offer instruction by highly qualified faculty. Another goal is to enable faculty, through access to resources and assistance in acquiring external funding, to acquire and extend scholarly expertise. Scholarly activity lends vitality to teaching and enables the University to fulfill its traditional role of contributing to knowledge; professional service extends the University's outreach capability.
The University must recruit and retain qualified faculty to fulfill its mission of providing high quality instruction, as well as the accompanying scholarly activity that supports the highest levels of excellence in academic programs. The University is committed to on-going faculty development as a way of strengthening its most important resource--the faculty. Faculty members should be provided opportunities to develop their skills as professors.
UNF offers comprehensive, systematic programs that provide resources for the continuing personal and professional growth of the faculty. Faculty development is a significant aspect of the mission of the University.
Enhancement and support are provided in four areas: (1) instructional activities, (2) research and scholarship processes, (3) publishing endeavors, and (4) grant seeking activities.
Faculty development activities focus on meeting the needs of tomorrow's university classrooms and on supporting excellence in teaching. The University serves a dynamic social, political, technical, and economic environment. Therefore, faculty knowledge and teaching skills must meet those challenges. The specific programs offered depend on resources and faculty needs, among other factors.
Faculty development is essentially self-development. Faculty development programs are offered to assist faculty members in achieving their goals. The stated mission of the University of North Florida recognizes the interrelationships among teaching, scholarship, and service activities for professional development.
Self-development clearly involves activities and outcomes that further enhance the mission, values, and goals of the faculty member's program unit and college. In that sense, the professional development of faculty members has an inherent and integral connection with the well-being and fuller development of the University as a community of scholars.
Certain premises are fundamental to the success of a program. These can be stated in terms of complementary responsibilities of the University and faculty members. The literature suggests three essential elements for a successful program in faculty development:
Faculty development places responsibilities on both the faculty member and the leadership of the University. Commitments and expressed beliefs from both are essential to the success of faculty development.
The mission of the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) is to support all faculty members in teaching, research, and service and to facilitate growth of a university culture that champions innovation, the use of technology, cooperation, and ongoing professional development and research.
The OFE provides the following services to the faculty community:
The Center for Instruction & Research Technology offers expertise, resources, and training to assist faculty in ways that enable them to develop greater capacities for using technology for teaching and research. CIRT also disseminates ideas, frameworks, and materials that apply pedagogical knowledge to the teaching and learning process. CIRT is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A workstation is also available in the Faculty Commons for 24-hour access.
The Office of Academic Affairs provides support for faculty through the following grant programs:
For more information, interested faculty should contact the Office of Academic Affairs, (904) 620-2700, which administers these programs.
(For in-unit faculty, refer to BOT-UFF Agreement, Article 24)
Sabbaticals and professional development leaves are granted to increase a faculty member's value to the University through enhanced opportunities for professional renewal, educational travel, study, formal education, research, writing or other experience of professional value, not as a reward for service.
Sabbatical leaves for professional development are available to full-time, tenured, in-unit faculty members who have at least six years of continuous service at the University. A faculty member who is compensated through a contract or grant may receive a sabbatical only if the contract or grant allows a sabbatical and the faculty member meets all other eligibility requirements.
The University normally makes available two types of sabbaticals subject to conditions set forth in Article 24.3 of the Agreement: 1) a sabbatical for two semesters at half-pay to each faculty member whose application has been reviewed by the University and 2) a sabbatical at full-pay for one semester to each 40 eligible faculty members.
The President awards sabbaticals. For the purposes of awarding one-semester sabbaticals at full pay, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs normally serves as the representative of the President. For the purposes of awarding two-semester sabbaticals at half pay, the Dean of the college concerned normally serves as the representative of the President.
Professional development leaves are available to full-time faculty members with three or more years of service, except those faculty members who are serving in tenure-earning or tenured positions. A faculty member who is compensated through a contract or grant may receive a sabbatical only if the contract or grant allows a sabbatical and the faculty member meets all other eligibility requirements. Eligible faculty members are notified annually regarding their eligibility and application deadlines.
Each year, the University will make available at least one professional development leave at full-pay for one semester or its equivalent for each 20 eligible faculty members subject to the conditions set forth in Article 24.1 of the Agreement.
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