Professional Development News and Events
Professional Development Showcase — Highsmith 104
Monday, September 16, 2013 at 10:00am
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 3:00pm
Plan to attend one of two Professional Development Showcase events now scheduled for Monday, September 16 or Tuesday, September 17. Participants will hear about findings from the recent Professional Development Needs Assessment and learn about certification programs, leadership development opportunities, and tuition assistance programs offered to UNC Asheville employees.
Professional development is one of those high impact activities that can pay huge rewards in the long run, but is sometimes overlooked due to numerous urgent activities and deadlines. Ironically, professional development is the key to preventing the swirl of urgency that makes up a large portion of the workday. Through greater knowledge, skill development and empowerment, professional development can provide the breathing room for employees to focus on those high payoff activities.
The 1-hour Showcase program will begin at 10:00 am (Sept. 16) or 3:00 pm (September 17) in Highsmith 104 and will be followed by a question and answer period. Registration is not necessary. Light refreshments will be available. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please contact Christopher Dahlquist for details.
2013-14 Professional Development Enhancements
Based on results from the recent Professional Development Needs Assessment (click to see a summary of findings), the Human Resources Professional Development Program is pleased to highlight the following enhancements for 2013-2014:
- additional technology/computer topics
- increased number of offerings for each topic
- shorter courses
- introduction of Myers-Briggs Type Inventory to individual departments
- additional on-line offerings
For information on all professional development opportunities offered to UNC Asheville employees, please visit the Professional Development website.
Faculty Development Opportunities
I. Faculty Travel Funds
Academic department/program budgets include a travel allotment for each full-time faculty member. Chairs and program directors may exercise discretion in the actual allocation of dollars. Academic Affairs encourages departments/programs to work in a collaborative way to maximize effective use of these funds.
II. Funds for Scholarship/Creative Activity
Academic Affairs strives to provide support and funding for faculty to engage in scholarship and creative activities although the available funding changes yearly. Please contact your academic dean for more information about requesting funding for scholarship and creative activity. The Faculty Development Funding Request is available on the forms page.
III. Professional Development Leave (formerly OCSA)
Faculty may request Professional Development Leave to pursue a significant piece of scholarship or creative work. Applications typically are due early in fall semester of the year preceding the planned leave year. For more information, please see Section 4.1.4 of the Faculty Handbook, and contact your academic dean.
IV. Center for Teaching and Learning
Faculty may participate in a variety of development activities through the Center. For information on current opportunities, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning website.
V. The University Research Council (URC)
The URC is charged with encouraging and facilitating faculty participation in research and creative activity. URC administers the annual Intramural Faculty Research Program funded by the UNCA Foundation. Contact the committee chair for more information.
VI. The University Teaching Council (UTC)
The UTC is charged with encouraging and facilitating improvements in teaching. Annual activities vary. Contact the committee chair for more information.