2022 Summer Faculty Development Institute

The Learning Design and Digital Innovation team is excited to announce that we'll offer Faculty Development this summer for ALL faculty! There are two formats: FDI Book Club (open to everyone; participate either f2f or virtual) and a Course Incubator Workshop (limited to 15). You may apply for either or both no later than Friday May 20, 2022.

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  • FDI Book Club (open to ALL faculty): June 17

    On Friday June 17th, talk with a small group of colleagues about the book, Super Courses: The Future of Teaching and Learning (Skills for Scholars), by Ken Bain. If you aren't familiar with Ken Bain, he is considered the "guru" for faculty development in higher education. The book briefly shares the research on motivation, how students learn, and what it means to deeply understand, and then offers inspirational examples of what transformational “super courses” look like in multiple disciplines. The book is a compelling read for any educator at Union and those working to design Gen Ed courses will find it particularly generative. All participants will receive a free copy of the book. Sign-up to participate either face to face or on Zoom. We'll place in you in small groups with people in other departments. FDI Book Club is open to all faculty, regardless of participation in the full FDI.

    PENCIL IN YOUR CALENDAR! In addition to the FDI Book Club, there will be afternoon workshops on June 17–30 that you may attend any or all. The schedule is still being finalized, but a sneak preview includes: Podcasting, Creating Infographics, Designing Better Slides, and Inclusive Pedagogies. You'll receive the schedule and information about how to sign up in early May. Stay tuned!
  • Summer Faculty Development Institute (FDI) Course Incubator and Instructional Design Support (LIMITED to 15 faculty): June 17-30, 2022

    If you are interested in doing more intensive work on a course, apply to attend the incubator. It takes place June 17–30, with some days meeting f2f and some virtual, to support faculty in either significantly revamping or developing new courses to support either the Global Challenges or Justice, Equity, Identity, and Difference areas of inquiry. This annual Summer FDI promotes teaching renewal, risk taking, and excellence in the classroom while working collaboratively in a community of practice. The Institute supports faculty members who are committed to broadening their teaching and curriculum development skills.

    Topics addressed this year:

    • Best practices of course design
    • Inclusive pedagogies
    • Facilitating better discussions in the classroom

    Hands-on technology workshops:

    • Podcasting
    • Infographics
    • Better presentations


    Up to 15 faculty will be selected to participate over 2 weeks, with 1–3 hours of meetings each day. Faculty will receive three books, Super Courses: The Future of Teaching and Learning (Skills for Scholars), Discussion in the College Classroom, and What Inclusive Teachers Do; a stipend for a new 64 GB 10.9" iPad Air, Apple Pencil 2, and keyboard case, OR a podcasting kit; and instructional design support during the FDI and as needed over the following academic year.

    FDI Tech Stipend

    Faculty can apply to develop individual or team taught courses. These faculty will work with their faculty colleagues and in consultations with instructional designers and technologists and with staff at the College for help with writing instruction, digital scholarship, library use, making, diversity and inclusion considerations and much more. Faculty applying to team teach together will receive privileged application status. Faculty who plan to develop a team taught course should submit a single summer FDI application.


    • Using a design thinking process to rapidly prototype the curriculum
    • Studio methodology where faculty frequently present and critique each other’s work
    • Consultations from Joe Johnson (integrating writing), Jennifer Grayburn (library/digital scholarship), Cole Belmont (making)
    • Technology integration support from the Learning Design & Digital Innovation team
    • Facilitation, instructional design, and diversity/inclusion coaching from external experts


    • Assistance designing or renewing a course
    • 10.9-inch iPad Air Wi-Fi 64GB - Silver, Apple Pencil 2, keyboard case OR a Podcasting Kit*
    • FDI books
    • Instructional Design assistance during/after FDI

      *ITS/College supported tablet alternatives available–see proposal for more details. Equipment is college-owned property for you to use while you are an active employee with the College

    Additional Activities and Resources after the FDI completes:

    • Ongoing Instructional Design consulting throughout academic year
    • Opportunity to apply for a Gen Ed course development stipend (contact Dean Fredricks separately for details):
      • $1,500 to develop a course (For team-taught course, each faculty member will receive this amount)
      • $750 to substantially revise an existing course
    The Incubator is designed to nurture ideas, not grow them to completion. It is a safe and fun place to begin thinking about a new course or revising an existing course. Ongoing Instructional Design consulting is available throughout the academic year to further develop the course.


  • What is the format and expectation for participation?

    Participation for the summer FDI Course Incubator is expected June 17–30, with 1–3 hours of required meetings each weekday (presenting work, providing feedback to others, 1:1 consultations). Some days we will meet f2f and some sessions will be virtual. Optional workshops are offered in the afternoons on some days. Note: As you will have 1:1 consultations with experts, the times may not be the same each day.

    Participation for the summer FDI Book Club is Friday, June 17th ONLY from 9-3. There will be a one hour break for lunch between 12-1, where in person participants will be fed lunch. You can participate in the FDI Book Club in person or virtually.

    FDI Summer 2022 Schedule & Format
    Summer 2022 FDI Participation Format & Expectation
  • Who should apply?

    There are no technical prerequisites to participating in this year's Summer FDI. Faculty interested in designing and developing a team taught course are strongly encouraged to apply. We welcome and are counting on a mix of skills and talents: technical and non-technical; creative and logical. We will be working together in the Institute to learn from each other, try out new ideas, and produce equitable, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences. Come contribute to and enjoy a positive learning environment where participants are active, constructive, social, and respectful of individual contributions and ideas, while working through authentic, real-world tasks and challenges.

    We do ask participants to be open-minded, flexible, reflective, and willing to talk and actively listen, or come with a willingness to develop these aspects over the course of the summer FDI. In other words, bring your growth mindset!

  • How do I join the summer 2022 FDI Book Club only or apply for the FDI Course Incubator?

    Please fill out this application form to apply for either the 2 week FDI Course Incubator or to join the FDI Book Club on June 17th only. Application is due no later than Thursday May 5, 2022.

    Questions about the FDI? Please contact Denise Snyder, Director of Learning Design and Digital Innovation. We look forward to an exciting summer learning, innovating, and creating with you!

  • Interested, but want to hear more?

    Here are some actual quotes from past participants about their experience in the FDI:

    During the FDI, I gained invaluable insights into more effective teaching techniques and ways to engage learners and enhance the learning process. I cannot imagine creating or teaching a new course without taking all that I've learned about instructional design into account. I wholeheartedly recommend the FDI to all faculty members. Erika Nelson Mukherjee, Associate Professor of German Studies

    The Incubator was eye-opening, inspirational, and transformative for me. I especially encourage junior faculty to give it a try! Ellen Gasparovic, Associate Professor of Mathematics

    Stacie and Denise are effective facilitators and knowledgeable guides to the latest pedagogical innovations. They pushed me to think in new directions. Kirk Wegter-McNelly, Assistant Professor of Science, Philosophy and Religion Program in Religious Studies

    I've learned more about teaching and pedagogy in the last two years through the FDI, than the previous ten. The facilitators provide evidenced based strategies that really work in the classroom and increase student engagement. I would recommend attending multiple FDI, as that creates a scaffolding learning environment for teaching. The first year is filled with overwhelming possibilities, but as you implement various strategies in your classroom, you attend the next FDI with a more targeted approach. Holli Frey, Professor of Geology

    Throughout the FDI Incubator, I felt that my ideas were welcomed and respected. I also felt that there was a good back and forth among all participants during the coffee and happy hours, which helped us think through so many different options and ideas for our courses. I'm glad I have so many colleagues outside of my department with whom I feel comfortable brainstorming on course design. Denise and Stacie provided an excellent and refreshing example of equity and inclusion. Everyone's strengths were valued and all were treated fairly and equitably. No one individual's ideas were favored over another. Everyone was welcomed and their perspectives appreciated. Because of how harmoniously Stacie and Denise worked together, organized the activities, conducted our group interactions, and modeled equity and inclusion, I believe I learned so much more and felt better-informed about how to proceed with my course design. Finally, as a team, Denise and Stacie demonstrate how to use one's leadership position to "steward" or "shepherd" others in positive directions for the greater good. Jill-Marie Murphy, Professor of English

    Having the opportunity to rethink our pedagogical approaches by experimenting with and learning about new strategies and models is always a plus in our teaching and course design. The FDI offers precisely this experience. Daniel Mosquera, Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies

    There was something for everyone! This was an excellent way to hear about a variety of new learning technologies and strategies. Some I was ready for, others were beyond me, but now I have a good sense about the resources available on campus. I was amazed that they are almost all also linked to Nexus so that students can find everything from that single source. Jill Salvo, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

    With a modest investment of time, incubator participants receive valuable training and suggestions, often leading to pedagogical innovations for their classes. Mark Walker, Professor of History

    Just as our students struggled with finding and sustaining community online, we do, too! The FDI reminded me, in really productive ways, that we belong to lots of communities of support. Jennifer Mitchell, Assistant Professor of English

    I think the program will help me to refresh courses that I felt were getting stale. Joyce Madancy, Professor of History

    However you teach now, the FDI will open your eyes to teaching ideas that are probably new to you. Doug Klein, Professor of Economics

    The thing I love most about being an educator is the constant challenge to engage students who come into a class with such varied skills and background knowledge. After this workshop, I feel more confident about trying new techniques and technology to (hopefully) inspire more of my students to push themselves, take risks and think creatively. Barbara Danowski, Professor of Biology

    It made me think about teaching in new ways. Helen Hanson, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    If you are in a pedagogical rut, or looking to take a new direction with your courses, the readings and workshop discussions in FDI offer excellent ways to shake up your routine and develop alternate ways of thinking about the elements of teaching and student learning. Kara Doyle, Professor of English

    High-impact, high-quality teaching practices that will make your courses the most sought-after on campus. Megan Ferry, Professor of Chinese

    The FDI is about collaboration. It's an opportunity for individual faculty members to think through their teaching as part of a well informed, experienced, and supportive group of like-minded teachers. Joe Johnson, Director of Writing Programs

    I highly recommend the FDI to colleagues who are interested in learning about and discussing innovative teaching strategies at the intersections of technology and pedagogy. If only one could participate every year! Kristin Bidoshi, Associate Professor of Russian

    Sessions provided a great opportunity to recharge and refresh my teaching strategies. Tim Olsen, Professor of Music