With the launch of the newly-named Center for Teaching and Learning, DePaul has taken the next step in designing, delivering, and assessing the impact of a coordinated approach to faculty development across core areas of teaching, learning, scholarship, and engagement. While the library has been a long-time partner in teaching and learning programs across our campuses, e.g., through the Peer Tutor Summit, Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, and Teaching and Learning Conference, we are looking forward to continuing to work with our colleagues in CTL, and elsewhere, to design new faculty development programs in areas such as information literacy instruction and assessment, primary source literacy, scholarly communications, digital scholarship, and more.
Over the past year, librarians have worked with colleagues in CTL, Studio CHI, and elsewhere, to promote new opportunities for faculty development in the library (including this year’s digital storytelling workshops). With the announcement of our new student learning outcomes for information literacy, our librarians are prepared to work with faculty to identify activities and assignments designed to promote student mastery of core information literacy skills, and with the launch of the new Research Meet and Greet series, we are working with colleagues to promote the place of the library and librarians in the research process and scholarly community at DePaul. Together with our colleagues in Academic Affairs, we have contributed to the Adjunct Faculty Resource Fair, and we have joined with colleagues around the state to help faculty locate, adopt, and even create open educational resources. Later this quarter, we will be hosting faculty colleagues for a further discussion of open access in scholarly publishing during Open Access Week (October 22 – 28). We look forward to seeing programs like these, along with programs delivered in earlier years, including those focused on the use of primary sources and special collections in teaching and learning, on the use of 3D printing and other “maker” technologies across the curriculum, on new models for scholarly publishing, and on the use of digital scholarship tools like Neatline or Omeka in teaching, learning, and scholarship, included in the more broadly coordinated faculty development programs now in their planning stages.
If you are interested in opportunities for faculty development in the library, either for yourself or as part of a program you may be helping to plan in your department, school, or college, please contact Scott Walter, University Librarian, to learn more about the opportunities already available through the DePaul University Library or to discuss new opportunities for us to work together.