Professional Development Opportunities

McKendree University offers a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to help them "Make their Mark" in the classroom.

  • Teaching for Excellence (T4E) Workshops focused on teaching and best practices to promote deep discussion about student learning at McKendree in August, January, and May (The T4E Workshop in May focuses on assessment.)

  • Brown Bag Lunch Series about topics of general academic interest each Wednesday at noon. Every other week's Brown Bag is sponsored by the Social Justice and Equity Committee.

  • Fall Teaching for Excellence Teaching Circles where faculty join a small group of faculty to visit classes and discuss

  • Spring BEARcat Reading Group (Bearcats Engaged in Academic Reflection) where responsible faculty committed to lifelong learning come together to discuss pedagogical literature and best practics to increase student engagement

  • Technology Workshops hosted by information technology and educational technology

  • Service Learning Workshops hosted by the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service

  • New Full-time Faculty Orientation

  • Advisor Training (twice per year for faculty and staff advisors)

  • School and Division faculty development opportunities

  • Webinars 

  • Research Sabbaticals for full-time faculty

  • Division Chair Workshops for current or new division chairs

  • Academic Planning Retreat for full-time faculty and select staff each May hosted by the Provost
  • Make Your Mark Boot Camp for full- and part-time faculty each May that focuses on timely topics and provides participants with tools, resources, and ideas to transform their teaching and courses.