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Work in Progress: The Faculty Development Canvas

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Faculty Development Lightning Talk Session 2

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Joe Tranquillo Bucknell University

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Joe Tranquillo is a professor at Bucknell University where he currently serves as the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center. He was the second hire in a new biomedical engineering program, which has since grown to 7 faculty, 70 students, gained accreditation and has been ranked three times in a row as the number one undergraduate biomedical engineering program by US News and World Report. At Bucknell he co-founded the Bucknell Innovation Group, KEEN Winter Interdisciplinary Design Experience and served as the co-director of the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management. Off campus, he is an ASEE Fellow, National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Fellow, Senior Fellow of IEEE, NSF Pathways to Innovation Faculty Fellow, past chair of the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division, current chair of the ASEE Interdivisional Committee, past co-editor of the Morgan and Claypool Biomedical Engineering Book Series, Media Director for BigBeacon and serves on several national and international boards.

He has been recognized with several awards including two National Biomedical Engineering Teaching Awards, The national KEEN outstanding faculty award, and has been nominated twice for the CASE US Professor of the Year. Joe is the author of four books and his work, conducted exclusively with undergraduates, has been feature on the Discovery Channel, TEDx and CNN Health. He has received funded from NASA, NIH, NSF, Kern Family Foundation, VentureWell Foundation, Degenstein Foundation, and the US Department of Defense. He has delivered intensive teaching workshops throughout in the United States and internationally, including Finland, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and the United Kingdom. Joe earned his BS from Trinity College, his PhD from Duke, is a visiting faculty member at the Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago and was a visiting scholar at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (University of Utah) and Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

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Brian David Gockley Bucknell University

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Faculty are naturally curious, but the extensive probationary period (starting in graduate school and continuing all the way to promotion to full professor) too often results in faculty who feel burnt out, checked-out or overly negative (sometimes called CAVE dwellers - Colleagues Against Virtually Everything). As a result, many universities have invested in staff and programming to help new faculty discover their own unique faculty personas, and to build healthy habits that will empower them to remain productive and fulfilled throughout their careers.

[IMAGE OF CANVAS HERE - it would not let us upload as a PDF] This paper introduces a Faculty Development Canvas, to be used alongside existing programs as a one page framework for helping faculty think deeply and holistically about their own growth and development. The design is based upon Self-Determination Theory; The dotted line represents a soft boundary between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. As a framework, it is not prescriptive, but rather challenges faculty to consider how they balance what is intrinsically interesting versus what is extrinsically rewarded or required.

Through practice, faculty can use this canvas to develop reflective habits about how they set short-term goals that align with their holistic and long-term development. In essence, the larger goal is to turn their natural curiosity inward. The added benefit for faculty developers is that it can serve as a common framework for individual consultations and group discussions, and help draw out faculty perceptions and pain points.

The full paper will share a more complete rationale, several simple exercises (most of which take less than 15 minutes), the intersection of the canvas with mentorship, qualitative and quantitative feedback from new faculty members and faculty developers, as well as how it has been used with senior faculty who are considering career transitions.

Tranquillo, J., & Gockley, B. D. (2021, July), Work in Progress: The Faculty Development Canvas Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--38205

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