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Announcing the new Faculty Development Certificate for this year

“Exemplar of Faculty Engagement: 2021-2022”

$1,000 stipend is available on a first-come basis!

This year’s program encourages faculty to choose from development options in three categories: teaching, research, and community service. While all seminars are open to all faculty, this year’s faculty development certificate requires: (1) attendance at 15 sessions or about two short workshops a month;  (2) category-specific concrete outcomes illustrating how the workshops affected your teaching, research, and community service practices; and (3) participation in a final certificate ceremony.

All of the sessions must be selected from the following program series, with a minimum number of sessions per series noted in parentheses:

  • High-impact teaching series (2)
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching series (2) – To be announced
  • High-impact practices in research series (2)
  • Research methods series (2)
  • High-impact community services series (2)

The additional five seminars can be taken in any category or categories.

Participants must provide a concrete outcome illustrating how the candidate for the certificate has improved or plans on improving their teaching, research, and community service.

  • A product can be demonstrated in teaching by a syllabus (or future syllabus), new lecture notes, a new module, new teaching materials, etc.
  • A product can be demonstrated in research by a publication, accepted draft, or formal presentation, chapter, or article (indicating how the research series made a difference).
  • In community service, the product can be any tangible activity you initiated or participated in, a poster session on a community-based program, etc. 

So, sign up today!

Sign-up Form

For questions, contact Paulchris Okpala at  or 909.537.7684  

Please know that the number of certificates is unlimited, but the number of stipends is limited.

Those not placed on the stipend list will be placed on a waiting list (should some faculty not complete the requirements) and will be eligible for a $250 PDF transfer upon successful completion of all elements of the program.

Additional Information

  • There is no requirement to be enrolled in the certificate program to attend faculty development seminars.
  • Faculty Center of Excellence certificate holders from last year are eligible. Previous certificate holders may not “transfer” any sessions from last year to this year. Previous certificate holders may retake one seminar from last year.
  • We ask faculty to sign up in good faith for the program, knowing that our stipend funding is limited and that faculty development wants to provide as much notice and planning for faculty as possible.
  • Stipends will be paid out in the spring (approximately late May). Papers and related examples will be due approximately April 15 to allow time to review the submissions and process associated paperwork.
  • Some multi-hour sessions may be designated as double sessions for the certificate.
  • Attendance is expected for the entire hour. Please do not arrive late or leave sessions early. The seminars are meant to be fast-paced and efficient, so we appreciate your promptness. Most sessions will open about 10 minutes before the official time.
  • Most presenters will stay after the session is over for a while. Consider carrying on the additional discussion at that point.
  • Because of the university’s unique focus on being a leader in DEI, the teaching-related example must include some aspect of a change related to diversity, equity, or inclusion.

Fall Series Options…
(Spring options to be announced)

High Impact Practices in Teaching & Learning-Workshops

Foundations and Characteristics - Part 1

Facilitator: Judy Sylva: Thursday,  Sept. 9, 12-1 pm


Foundations and Characteristics - Part 2

Facilitator: Judy Sylva, Thursday, Sept. 23, 12-1 pm



Facilitator: Judy Sylva, Thursday, Oct. 7, 12-1 pm


High Impact Practices in Teaching & Learning: Learning Experiences - Part 1

Facilitator: Tom Girshin for Writing Intensive Program; Thursday, Thursday, Oct. 21, 12-1 pm


High Impact Practices in Teaching & Learning: Learning Experiences - Part 2

Facilitator: Diane Podolske for service-learning, Thursday, Nov. 4, 12-1 pm


Diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching series – To be be be announced


Social Justice Pedagogy Workshops

Foundations of Social Justice - Centered Teaching

Facilitators: Regina Moore and Salome Mshigeni; Tuesday, Sept. 7, 12-1 pm


UDL and Accessibility

Facilitator: Christine Fundell, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 12-1 pm


Inclusive Practices in Engagement

Facilitator: Neal Malik, Tuesday, Oct. 5 12-1 pm


Inclusive Practices in Assessment

Facilitator: Jacqueline Romano, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 12-1 pm


Hot Topics in the Classroom

Facilitators: Benjamin Becerra and Paulchris Okpala, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 12-1 pm


Research Method Series: 

How to use—or get better at using—Qualtrics 

Facilitator: Anna Ni Friday, Sept. 3, 12-1 pm


High Performance Computing

Facilitator: Youngsu Kim Friday, Sept. 17, 12-1 pm



Facilitator: Lauren Velasquez Macedo/Mike Chao Friday, Oct. 1, 12-1 pm


Factor Analysis: Exploratory and Confirmatory (Introductory)

Facilitator: Anna Ni, Friday, Oct. 15, 12-1 pm


Enhancing Research Visibility, Utility, and Multi-use

Facilitators: Cynthia Crawford, Monty Van Wart Friday, Oct. 29, 12-1 pm


High Impact Practices in Research Series:

Publication Metrics

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart Friday, Sept. 10, 12-1 pm


Using Professional Survey Data Collection Vendors for Social Science Research 

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart Friday, Sept. 24, 12-1 pm


Professionalizing Your Research “Agenda”

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart, Friday, Oct. 8, 12-1 pm


Writing a Good Literature Review for an Article Aimed at a High Impact Journal

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart Friday, Oct. 22, 12-1 pm


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart, Friday, Nov. 5, 12-1 pm


Community Service Series

Community-Based Research: Engage to Make Change*

Friday, September 24th, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Via Zoom


Establishing Community Partnerships Information Session*

Friday, October 8th, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Via Zoom


Virtual Service-Learning Workshop*

Thursday, November 4th, 2021 from 12 – 1 p.m. |Via Zoom