Overcoming Obstacles for Impactful Faculty Professional Development at Any Institution
Common perceived barriers to professional development exist across institutions, preventing meaningful growth for faculty in the scholarship of teaching that could significantly impact student outcomes. Budgetary constraints, time, faculty buy-in and workload easily hinder impactful shared experiences and collaboration across divisions--opportunities that can reinvigorate professors’ passion for teaching and encourage reflective practice. More importantly, better equipping professors’ instructional toolbelts leads to students’ increased engagement, retention, and mastery. Our poster presentation acknowledges obstacles to professional development and solutions for overcoming hurdles through creativity, buy-in, and planning--all encouraging faculty to exit departmental silos, collaborate, and move students from remembering to creating.
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