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 in August, January, and May

  • Teaching for Distance (T4D) Workshops focused on e-learning and best practices in distance education December and May

  • Brown Bag Lunch Series about topics of general academic interest each Wednesday at noon

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

  • Spring Teaching for Excellence Teaching Book Study where small groups of faculty read and discuss a teaching book

  • Technology Workshops hosted by information technology and educational technology

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

  • McKendree Values Part-time faculty (MVP) orientation program for new part-time faculty

  • New Full-time Faculty Orientation

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

  • School and Division faculty development opportunities

  • Webinars

  • Lifelong Learning Faculty Conference Travel Grants for full-time faculty (application process)

  • Midwest Faculty Seminars offer up to 4 full-time faculty per year to attend an intense study at the University of Chicago (application process)

  • Lilly Teaching Conference available to 2 full-time faculty per year (application process)

  • Research Sabbaticals for full-time faculty (application process)

  • Associate Colleges of Illinois Off to a Good Start Institute for new faculty (second-fourth year) available to 2 new full-time faculty (application process)

  • Division Chair Workshops for current or new division chairs

  • Summer Engagement Research Grants for full-time faculty (depending on funding)

  • Academic Planning Retreat for full-time faculty and select staff each May hosted by the Provost