July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Faculty Development Division
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. https://peer.asee.org/38205
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