Faculty Development / Academic Staff Development and Support
The University’s greatest strength in the area of support for research and teaching is the Faculty Development Center, which provides assistance for faculty research and teaching. The center includes:
- The faculty-governed Faculty Development Fund, which is unique to the campus and reflects a long-term commitment (since 1974) to supporting faculty as teacher-scholars.
- The Grants Office assists faculty and staff with identifying appropriate sources of extramural grant support, preparation and submission of extramural grants, and post-award management of funded grants. New initiatives in this area include a mentoring program for novice grant-seekers (2006), and the newly formed (2007) External Grants Expansion Planning Team.
- Entering its third phase in fall 2010, The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning [Center for Scholarly Teaching 2005-2010, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative 2002-2005] works with faculty and instructional academic staff to integrate best practice higher education principles into UW Oshkosh classrooms and to create knowledge regarding such practice through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). Through a new leadership team structure and expanded programming, the CETL will focus on key teaching and learning initiatives during this new phase. Following an extensive needs assessment, expansion endeavors include easy-access web site resources, website library check out system of resources organized by key initiatives, One Session Wonders (short best-practice dialogues), certification options in various best practice teaching and learning arenas, continued annual Provost’s teaching and learning summits, continued SOTL mentoring programs, continued Book Clubs, initiation of new-faculty teaching and learning workshop series, continued SOTL Scholars programs, and formalization of consultation services for teaching and SOTL research.The CETL will work to promote collaboration among all key teaching and learning initiatives at UW Oshkosh and to respond to the professional development needs of the UW Oshkosh teaching community.
- Research Administration: The center is responsible for management of the institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects in research, monitors the federal regulatory climate and recommends policies, practices and procedures to ensure institutional compliance with regulations pertaining to research and grants.
- Federal relations: The office participates in planning and proposal development for federal earmark grant requests, and monitors the legislative climate for potential opportunities for faculty and institutional support.
- Student Research Programs, including the Collaborative Research Programs (Graduate and Undergraduate). Given additional one-time funding in 2004, the program has recently suffered from budget reductions, including the elimination of a small grants program. Other support for student research includes the annual Celebration of Scholarship, where students present posters and papers about their research and other scholarship; the Oshkosh Scholar undergraduate research journal (since 2006); support for student participation in the UW System Undergraduate Research Symposium, the UW System Posters in the Rotunda Event, and the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). A recently (2007) formed Undergraduate Research Advisory Board is working to improve and expand undergraduate research opportunities across the campus.
Faculty are rewarded and recognized for their efforts through various University endowments, honors, awards, and publications. A very successful faculty and instructional academic staff orientation program has been in place for several years, and recently a Faculty Leadership Program was initiated. These are in addition to the Faculty Leadership Seminar that meets twice a year and Faculty Colleges that have been offered through the auspices of Faculty Development Program. Finally, the reduction of teaching loads to encourage scholarly productivity has been an important initiative in some colleges.