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.



Fall ’21 Canvas Training

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 9:20am
For those who havent yet been able to attend Canvas training or for anyone who would like to attend, we have the following sessions [topics] available: Monday, October 4, 12:30-1:30 [General Overview] Monday, October 18, 12:30-1:30 [Canvas Studio] Monday, November 1, 12:30-1:30 [Grading and Feedback] RSVP: Fall ’21 Canvas Training (requires Office 365 login)

Canvas Summer Training Updates – AGAIN

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 9:38am
I am pleased to share that some of the later session topics have been changed to allow meeting in person. All in person sessions will take place in the Main 108 Humanities Lab. The in-person sessions are listed below: Thursday, September 9, 10-11:30am Canvas Studio – IN-PERSON,2-3:30pm Grading & Feedback IN-PERSON Friday, September 10, 10-11:30am …

Canvas Summer Training Updates

Fri, 07/09/2021 - 8:25am
Thank you to those who have taken advantage of the Canvas training opportunities to-date. This post is to inform you that some of the later session topics have been changed to cover specific functions within Canvas. The additional topics will be “Canvas Studio: Working with Video in Canvas,” and “Grading & Feedback.” You can see …

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.