What We Offer
Explore our various programs, workshops, book discussions, and more.
Fall 20 activities are online, you will need to register to get the zoom link and password. Accordion Closed
View and register for upcoming activities.
Faculty Professional Development BbLearn Shell Accordion Closed
All of our programming handouts, PowerPoints, recordings (when applicable) & links to eBooks can be found in our self-enroll BbLearn Shell.
Weekly Workshops Accordion Closed
We offer various events for our faculty on a monthly basis. View and register for upcoming activities.
Productive Beginnings: Resources for Your First Year Accordion Closed
A series for new faculty
This monthly series is designed to assist new faculty throughout the first year at NAU. This series is designed for faculty members new to teaching at NAU and is by invitation only. Topics vary each month. This series meets monthly on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm remotely via Zoom.
*The 20/21 New Faculty cohort will be sent an invitation to join Productive Beginnings.
Fall 2020 Dates: 8/21, 9/11/, 10/2, 11/6
Spring 2021 Dates: 2/5, 3/5, 4/2 and 4/30
Faculty Mentor Program Accordion Closed
This program fosters purposeful matches between faculty members. Each faculty member requesting a mentor is paired with an experienced faculty member who shares her/his interests (usually from a different discipline). Purposeful, mutually enriching matches are made between faculty requesting mentoring and their experienced faculty mentors at the beginning of the fall semester or as requested during the year.
Learn more about the mentor program, request a mentor, or become a mentor.
The Monday Morning Mentor Weekly Webinar Accordion Closed
The 20-minute Monday Morning Mentor weekly webinar series is presented by respected academic peers, covers timely and relevant topics, and provides practical information. Each webinar is a critical topic that affects the higher education landscape and is effectively and efficiently covered. Topics include assessment and learning goals, classroom management, student engagement, teaching and learning, teaching online, and others.
Subscribe to the Monday Morning Mentor
Consultation Accordion Closed
Visit the Consultations on Teaching and Scholarship page to fill out a consultation form.
Book Discussions Accordion Closed
The goal of our book discussion is to gather a group of faculty members to read a book about students, pedagogy, or other relevant topics then discuss their learning with other faculty across campus. Book discussions are generally 1 hour in length and meet every other week for a semester. Book discussions close after the first meeting.
Fall Books Discussions:
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto by Kevin Gannon
Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges & Universities by Gina Ann Garcia
Faculty Learning Communities & Communities of Practice Accordion Closed
Faculty and professional learning communities (FLCs) and communities of practice (COP) help establish interdisciplinary connections for sustained conversations on focused topics.
A faculty learning community (FLC) is a cross-disciplinary group of faculty that conduct an in-depth, ongoing, scholarly, and systematic discussion on a common area of inquiry. Members develop and implement projects that require them to apply and test new ideas and information about student learning. Participants are expected to attend all meetings over the course of the semester or year.
FLCs meet every three weeks throughout the semester / academic year.
Universal Design for Learning FLC
This faculty learning community brings together faculty members who have foundational knowledge or are actively implementing principals of universal design of learning (UDL) to share ideas and best practices.
Communities of practices (CoP) are a network of peers who have diverse skills and experience in an area or practice that meet regularly to share ideas that enhance teaching and student learning. CoPs meet monthly. Participants can join for the entire series of a COP, or attend on the session(s) that are most relevant to them.
Teaching the Big Classes: A CoP for Large Enrollment Courses
A community of practice brings together faculty teaching large-enrollment courses to share good ideas and effective practices.
A Focus on Faculty Series Accordion Closed
This series supports the whole faculty member as they work toward meeting their expectations in teaching, scholarship and service and strive for work-life balance. This series is open to all faculty members at NAU.
A Focus on Research Series Accordion Closed
This series is designed for faculty who are dedicated to enhancing their scholarly productivity. In this series, we explore key practices for collaborating, writing and disseminating scholarly works, and securing grant funds. This series is open to all faculty members at NAU.
A Focus on Students Series Accordion Closed
This series is designed to orient NAU faculty to the students we see in our classrooms. In collaboration with campus partners, we will explore the ever-evolving characteristics—strengths and challenges—of our students.
A Focus on Teaching Series Accordion Closed
This series is designed specifically for faculty who are dedicated to enhancing their teaching and student learning. In this series, we explore key teaching strategies that are linked to student success. This series is for all faculty members at NAU.
A Focus on Technology Series Accordion Closed
This series is designed to assist faculty to enhance their teaching and student engagement through the use of technology. This series is for all faculty members at NAU.
GTA Professional Development Series Accordion Closed
This series is designed specifically for Graduate Teaching Assistants who are dedicated to enhancing their teaching and student learning. In this series, we explore key teaching strategies that are linked to student success and can be applied in or adapted for all disciplines. This series is open to all GTAs at NAU. Meets monthly on Thursdays from 2: 00 – 3:00 pm remotely via Zoom.
8/20 -Building Rapport with Students
9/3 – How Do We Conduct Class?
10/1 – Design for Novice Learners
11/5 – Develop a Teaching Statement
1/21 – Responding to Student Opinion Surveys
2/4 – Using Lectures Effectively
3/4 – How Can We Engage Students in the Learning Process?
4/1 – What Do My Students Know?
4/29 – Develop a Teaching Portfolio
Additional Graduate Teaching Assistant Resources
Interdisciplinary Writing Program Certificate Accordion Closed
Purpose of the Certificate
The Faculty Professional Development Program and the Interdisciplinary Writing Program offer a certificate in Effective Writing Instruction. Faculty and GTAs from all disciplines who currently incorporate writing activities and assignments into their courses or who are interested in incorporating writing into their courses are encouraged to participate in this certificate program. GTAs are welcome to attend sessions, but cannot receive the certificate.
To complete the certificate, faculty must attend three designated sessions, as well as complete a consultation with the Interdisciplinary Writing Program Director or with an Instructional Consultant. Sessions will address a variety of topics, such as strategies for efficient grading, preventing plagiarism, developing engaging writing assignments, incorporating writing into large classes, writing in the disciplines/disciplinary writing conventions, and writing for digital platforms. Faculty are free to choose which sessions to attend.
Enroll in the certificate program.
Teaching Day Accordion Closed
This event is a collaboration between the NAU Teaching Academy, FPDP, Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning Design & Assessment, this annual event brings faculty from across campus together to celebrate teaching at NAU with an invited keynote speaker and workshop on impactful teaching. Faculty across campus gather to celebrate teaching at NAU.
The 2021 Teaching Day will be held remotely. Details will be announced in November prior to the end of the semester.
New Faculty Orientation Accordion Closed
Orientation for new faculty consists of self-paced online modules available over summer. Remote learning opportunities are provided the first and second-week contracts are in effect. The next new faculty orientation will be held in August of 2021.
ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Accordion Closed
ACUE Association of College and University Educators’ Course on Effective Teaching Practices. This course, endorsed by the American Council on Education, offers professional learning for faculty in research-based techniques shown to help students succeed. Cohort model is August – May each year. We will not have a cohort for the 20-21 year.
This course prepares faculty in the teaching essentials that improve student achievement.