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.


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

  • What goes on in your breakout rooms?
    10:00am Online
    Come hear how your colleagues have been using Zoom breakout rooms. Matthew Arau, Scott Corry, Alyssa Hakes, and Andrew Sage will each demonstrate different tools and/or techniques they have used to engage students in small group work. Presentations and teaching-focused Q&A is at 10:00am. Then, we suggest you try out the tools on your own and bring your tech-related questions to an afternoon session at 2:00. Contact David Berk for more information.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

  • Using Perusall for Social Reading Engagement
    10:00am Online
    Come hear how you can increase engagement in course reading and discussion. Scott Corry, Lori Hilt, and Amy Nottingham-Martin will share their experience from the past term using the social reading tool, Perusall. A brief how-to for integrating Perusall into Moodle will also be shared. Presentations and teaching-focused Q&A is at 10:00am. Then, we suggest you try out Perusall on your own and bring your tech-related questions to an afternoon session at 2:00. Contact David Berk for more information.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

  • Using the OneNote Class Notebook
    10:00am Online
    Interested in learning more about how OneNote's Class Notebook can be integrated into your class? Margaret Koker will share how she's implementing the Class Notebook for student laboratory notebooks in a lab-based course and for daily writing assignments for First-Year Studies. We'll also discuss (and brainstorm) ideas for uses specifically with remote teaching (e.g. facilitating collaborative work and exam distribution). Contact David Berk for more information.


Upcoming workshops

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 1:56pm
See this post for a list of upcoming workshops in early December.

Moodle: Demystifying the Gradebook Session Summary

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 1:05pm
Session Video The recording of the session (1:18:12) is posted below. It is only available to Lawrence University faculty and staff. Session Summary The Moodle gradebook can be a confusing, headache-inducing, tangle. But it doesn’t have to be. The strategies shared in this session and post can help make the Moodle gradebook more clear to …

Faculty Development blog!

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 4:15pm
Welcome to the Lawrence University Faculty Development blog! Efforts to coordinate and streamline faculty development programming and resources have produced an events calendar and this blog. You’ll find upcoming events and the latest blog posts embedded on the main Faculty Development page on the Provost’s web site. You may wish to set that page to …

Lawrence Opportunities

Teaching development opportunities are offered by the Dean of Faculty Office, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (including resource groups and events), the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee, the Director of Advising, and the Office of Instructional Technology.  Events are announced via email and in the LU Insider.

Professional development for scholarly and creative activity is supported by travel grants and project grants from the Provost's Office.  See Internal Grants for more information.

Other development opportunities include the Learning at Lawrence series sponsored by Human Resources, wellness activities and education from Wellness Services, and groups and events sponsored by the Office of Spiritual & Religious Life.

New Faculty

Mentoring and programs for new faculty are described on the following page:

New Faculty Mentoring

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Lawrence is a member of the NCFDD, which offers on-demand mentoring, online resources, and writing boot camps. See the flyer below to activate your sub-account:

NCFDD mentoring resources (PDF)

Mentoring Circles

Mentoring Circles are peer-facilitated groups of up to 8 people that meet regularly to solve professional problems and support each other's development as faculty members.  Recent circles include:

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

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