Ithaca College Center for Faculty Excellence

The Center for Faculty Excellence Website is the repository for faculty development announcements and resources.

Faculty Development at Ithaca College

Faculty development is a process through which faculty enhance their teaching and research base in an effort to become a more effective teacher, scholar and contributor to academic and professional communities. Faculty development programs at Ithaca College are focused on providing interested faculty opportunities to engage in activities focused on professional development (interpreted broadly as teaching scholarship and service) and to interact with others with similar goals.

The primary goal of faculty development is to help faculty learn new ways to achieve excellence and to grow as faculty members. It is an ongoing process of understanding, learning, and growth. Faculty development includes education, collaboration, resources and support.

In addition to faculty and instructional development, faculty development concerns itself with culture change. Through educational programs and workshops faculty can learn the skills necessary to reach excellence in a changing academic environment.

Our Philosophy

To inspire, stimulate, and motivate faculty to go beyond usual routines, to help them understand student perspectives, to introduce varied approaches to teaching and learning and to integrate these in to their repertoire of knowledge and skills.


Sakai on Steroids
Monday, April 28, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Presenters: Lis Chabot, College Librarian; Paula Turkon, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Science; Mary Jo Watts, Instructional Technology Specialist, Technology and Instructional Support Services
The Library and ITS team up with a faculty member to build a Sakai site that supports student-faculty contact, develops interaction among students, utilizes active learning techniques, and provides links to targeted scholarly resources and  related tutorials.
(register here)

Highlights from the 2013 Digital Humanities Conference
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Presented by Mary Jo Watts, Instructional Technology Specialist
Additional Information Forthcoming.
(register here)

Adapting Teaching for Visually Impaired Students
Wednesday, April 30. 2014, 2:00- 3:30 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
This workshop will address challenges and strategies of teaching and communicating with visually impaired students. Professors whose fall rosters include visually impaired students are especially encouraged to attend. Presentations by faculty will focus on making course materials and in-class exercises accessible. A representative from the Office of Student Disabilities will highlight resources available to faculty and staff. Student Tim Conners will speak about his experiences navigating courses and the campus in his first year at IC.
(register here)

Assessment Summit
Monday, May 19, 2014
Keynote Speaker and Morning Workshop Leader:
Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Assessment & Institutional Research, Temple University
8.30-9.00 AM: Coffee, Croissants, and Conversation
9.00 AM- 12.00 PM  The Assessment Cycle
Keynote Address: 9:00 to 10:15, The use of assessment results to generate changes and improvements 
Workshop: 10:30 to 11:45, Curriculum mapping
12.00-1.15 PM   LUNCH
1:30 to 4:20 p.m. Afternoon drop-in sessions
Session One: 1:30 to 2:20 (50 minutes), Student Learning Outcomes: How to Write High-Quality, Maximally Useful SLOs
Brief overview of SLOs, including a list of characteristics for "high-quality" ones, small group work with our local experts to facilitate the development of SLOs for participants own programs, reconvene as whole group to share insights from each table. 
Session Two: 2:30 to 3:20 (50 minutes), Aligning student artifacts with SLOs: Opportunities to Improve the Student Experience
How student work can be used to assess SLOs, including the potential benefit of intentional alignment between assigned work, the IC ePortfolio, and program SLOs; Examples from departments and programs that are doing this exceptionally well at IC;  Work in small groups with "local experts" from the assessment committee, first on a hypothetical, and then with actual SLOs and assignments from the participants' own program areas.
Session Three: 3:30 to 4:20 (50 minutes), Assessment "listening session"
Opportunity for faculty, administrative staff, and SACL staff to share feedback, questions, comments & suggestions related to curricular and co-curricular assessment at IC.
4:30 to 5:30 – Wine & Cheese Reception 
(register here)