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.

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.

The Inclusive Pedagogy Committee has announced several Mellon-funded faculty workshops for 2019-20:

Tues., Sep 10
(Welcome Week)
Student Anxiety & Resilience
Gregory Eells, University of Pennsylvania
Fri., Oct 25
(reading period)
Learning Sciences & Effective Pedagogy
Michelle Miller, Arizona State University
Thurs., Feb 13
(reading period)
Transparency as a Pedagogical Tool
Celeste Miller, Grinnell College
Thurs., May 7
(reading period)
The Hidden Curriculum
Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University


Information about each workshop will be emailed to faculty.  For more info, contact Kathy Privatt, chair of the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee.

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.