Lawrence offers a variety of opportunities for personal and professional development.  Every faculty member is encouraged to participate in a few each year to connect with colleagues and grow as a professor.

Programs for new faculty are on the New Faculty Mentoring web page.

Lawrence Programs & Events

Faculty development opportunities are offered by the Dean of Faculty Office, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Pedagogy Task Force, and the Director of Advising (Title III project).  Upcoming events are listed below.

More community conversations, interest groups, and activities for the Lawrence community can be found on the web pages for Diversity & Inclusion and Spiritual & Religious Life and Wellness & Recreation.

Spring 2017

Th Mar 23 Learning at Lawrence: Understanding Financial Aid by Sara Holman, Director of Financial Aid (10:10-10:50 or 1:10-1:50, Esch Hurvis Room; Sponsor: Human Resources)
Fr Apr 14 Critical Issues Forum: What is the Purpose of Higher Education? with Mark Burstein, President; Dave Burrows, Provost; and Kimberly Barrett, VP for Diversity & Inclusion (11:00-1:00, Steitz Atrium; Sponsors: Diversity & Inclusion, Dean of Faculty)
Fr Apr 21 Faculty Allies Network with Kimberly Barrett, VP for Diversity & Inclusion (11:00-12:30, Warch Campus Center)
Fr Apr 28 Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Imagine More with Linda Morgan-Clement, Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual & Religious Life; and Martyn Smith, Religious Studies (11:30-12:30, Esch Hurvis Room; Sponsor: Diversity & Inclusion)
Tu May 2 Mind the Mindset panel discussion with Dave Hall, Biochemistry; Matthew Arau, Music Education; and Kate Zoromski, Center for Academic Success (4:30-5:30, Main Hall 104; Sponsor: Pedagogy Task Force)
Fr May 26 Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Activism & Social Change with Guilberly Louissaint and Max Loebl, LUCC (11:30-12:30, Esch Hurvis Room; Sponsor: Diversity & Inclusion)

Summer 2017

Tu Jun 13 Teaching Naked with Jose Bowen, author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012) (9:00-12:00, Warch Campus Center; Sponsor: Pedagogy Task Force)
Th-Fr Aug 17-18 Annual Diversity Conference at LU with Derald Wing Sue, Teachers College, Columbia University (8:00-4:00, Warch Campus Center; Sponsor: Diversity & Inclusion)


Mentoring Circles

Mentoring Circles are peer-facilitated groups of up to 8 people that meet regularly to solve professional problems and support members' personal development as faculty members.  Formal circles are organized by offices on campus; informal circles emerge on their own.  Current circles include:

  • Faculty of Color - addressing the unique challenges faced by faculty of color (starting April 7 at 1:00-2:30pm)
  • Pre-Tenure Faculty (Years 2-5) - advancing from reappointment to tenure
  • Support for Scholarship - making progress on research & writing (informal, self-organizing)

Formal circles will invite new members in the fall and spring and will produce an annual report of accomplishments, challenges, and plans for the coming year.

For more information, or to suggest a new formal circle, contact Kimberly Barrett, Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion and Associate Dean of the Faculty.

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