About the Center
In the words of President David S. Dockery, "To reclaim and advance the Christian Intellectual Tradition is to serve Christ by lovingly and devotedly studying the works [written, musical, artistic, etc.] of Christians past and present, and renewing our teaching and scholarship in dialogue with them and one another." (Convocation Fall 2011) The Center for Faculty Development seeks to support and encourage faculty in the advancement of this tradition by providing the following opportunities…
A two-day comprehensive event before fall semester that focuses on the distinctive mission, values, history and people of Union University as well as on practical aspects of academic life.
During fall semester new faculty meet regularly as a community to discuss the influence of the Christian faith on teaching, advising, scholarship, co-curricular learning and professional development plans at Union University.
A two-day event during January term for a small group of faculty to consider the integration of faith and knowledge as a natural outworking of their discipleship to Jesus Christ. Through reading, reflection, dialogue, and prayer, attending faculty grapple with the Biblical doctrines and their implications for Christians called to the academy.
Throughout spring semester new faculty meet with a seasoned faculty member outside their department for insight and wisdom that lead to flourishing at Union University.
At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters faculty participate in an extended development opportunity that includes either departmental and interdepartmental dialogue on current topics or concurrent sessions offered by faculty colleagues and campus leaders.
Multiple sessions are offered each semester for all faculty regarding important aspects of professional advancement, grant opportunities, and research leave opportunities.
Believing that iron sharpens iron, faculty facilitate discussions over lunch on selected books or topics of interest in teaching, scholarship, and the Christian faith and practice.
This year-long faculty community provides an opportunity for a small group of faculty to do the critical intellectual work of considering how the Christian faith influences knowledge and learning.
Through committee release time, this year-long community provides an opportunity for faculty, in a setting of interdisciplinary dialogue, to invest time and energy in their specific teaching interests.
These grants are designed to enhance student learning inside and outside of the classroom. Examples of successful teaching and learning grants for conference attendance, course redesign or development or other activities are available in a notebook in the Faculty Resource Center in the Library.
This annual award celebrates faculty achievement of innovative approaches to teaching and learning.