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The Office of Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Development serves the various RFU faculties by offering guidance, coordination, and collaboration with all sectors of the University that provide faculty development programs, activities, and resources. In order to serve on-campus, clinical, and distance/online faculties the Office of Faculty Development works with the following: Office of Online Learning & Instructional Design, Chicago Medical School’s Office of Academic Learning Environment, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education. Through the Faculty Development Advisory Council stakeholders from these areas of the university, from 4 colleges, the Boxer Library, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Online Learning and Instructional Design meet regularly to provide leadership, guidance, and discernment for ongoing and future faculty development programming and resources.

What Do We Do?

The Office of Faculty Development serves the entire RFU academic and clinical community in the following capacities:

  1. Create a supportive culture within the RFU faculty to enhance recruitment and retention.
  2. Support faculty members in their role as teachers, scholars, and researchers.
  3. Provide information about opportunities for faculty to provide service at the University, in Lake County and the Greater Chicago area, as well as around the world.
  4. Collaborate with key players within the University community who are developing and implementing faculty development opportunities within their college, program, or department.
  5. Assist individuals in career development.

Examples of the Programs and Resources

  • Pedagogical Support: Subscription to 20-Minute Mentor and Magna Commons
  • Mentoring Support: Faculty-to-faculty mentoring options
  • Scholastic Excellence: Master Teacher Guild
  • Collegiality: Social events, networking opportunities

Interim Director of Faculty Development,
Associate Professor
Bruce Sowers, PhD, EdS
Phone: 847.578.3409