Faculty Development

The Faculty Development Committee focuses on six categories of faculty support:  teaching and learning; scholarship; professional development; general support and information; and sharing faculty accomplishments.   We are committed to  support existing programs and initiating new ones, especially in the area of pedagogy, to our expanded Mentoring Program for new full- and part-time faculty, and to faculty success in each area of development.  Our events, grants, and programs are open to both full and part-time faculty and we support ongoing learning and development at any stage of a faculty member’s career.

The committee organizes a number of faculty colloquia during the year so look for details on those in your NDNU email. Announcements of competitions for awards and deadlines are sent to faculty via email too. If you do not regularly check your NDNU account, set it to forward email to the address you use.

Check your email or with your school’s representative on the Faculty Development committee for news of upcoming faculty research seminars, workshops and faculty mentoring. Learn about our grant recipients and the faculty activities they support.

Faculty Development Events, Spring 2017

For a narrative description, please see the attached document:  Faculty Development Spring Events 2017.  This also includes the plans for a more robust faculty development web site, already designed and with content developed.  Coming soon!

February 5 – March 3. Online Moodle Course with Dr. Greg Clark. If you registered, you will find the course (self-paced) on Moodle.  To sign up, contact Marianne Delaporte at

February 25: 8:30 – 4:00.  “Creating, Sustaining, and Renewing Community Engagement Classes”. Cuvilly 9. RSVP to Gretchen Wehrle at

March 2: 3:30 – 5:00 Wine and Cheese – Gender Inclusivity and Work Load. St Joe’s 101

March 14 : Summer and Fall Research Grant Applications DUE.

April 6: 3:30 – 5:00. Wine and Cheese. – How to Publish. St Joe’s 101

April 10: Be sure to have sent in your travel reimbursement requests by this date.

April 12: 12:30-2:00.  Colloquium with Khameeka Kitt-Hopper and Mary Wegmann. JB 101.

April 13: Post-Tenure Review Celebration. Weigand Gallery. 4 – 7.

Professional Development Day, February 2, 2017

All faculty were invited to attend Professional Development Day, which included presentations on incorporating the Hallmarks into the classroom, assessment of the Freshmen Year Seminar, Academic Integrity, Culture, and WASC standards for our satellite programs, and Moodle workshops to complement our ongoing series of development opportunities related to online learning.  Some resources follow:

Past Colloquia and Workshops

Research grants: Process

The university allots a total of $7,500 for faculty research per fiscal year, including summer sessions. All faculty are eligible to submit proposals for research grants, but priority will be given to full-time faculty, senior lecturers and part-time faculty with five years of teaching experience at Notre Dame de Namur University. There is no restriction on the number of times a faculty member may apply, but priority is given to those who have not previously received a research grant.

Faculty whose work involves human subjects must submit their research proposals for approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). As stated on the research grant application form, documentation of IRB approval must be submitted to the committee before funds are awarded. Visit the IRB page for further information on IRB policies.


  • Grant Conclusion Form.  When your grant work has concluded, please use this form to report back on your accomplishments and arrange a way to share your work with the faculty.

Research Grants:  Recent Work

  1. Ying Liu. In this grant, Ying used chick embryo as a model system to study the impact of alcohol to fetal bone development. The primary objective of this project is to establish conditions of alcohol treatment of embryos that affect bone growth and development without being lethal to the embryos. Preliminary work shows extreme treatment severely retard embryo development, whereas moderate treatment did not result in measurable bone defect. Further experiments are needed to test other dosages and timeline for treatment.  Stay tuned for the results of this work later in spring 2017!


  1. Khameeka Kitt-Hopper. Dr. Kitt-Hopper used clay anatomy models in the retention of knowledge about muscle and nerve structures in Human Anatomy. Her project examined the use of tactile and visual modalities to determine if these assessment tools are effective in learning anatomical material.  Please come to her colloquium on April 12; it is titled, “Using the Magical World of Clay to Assess Student Retention and Learning of Anatomical Structures.”  Check your email for more details!


  1. Billy Barry. Philosophy for Children and Community: The ethics of drones.  Dr. Barry has promised an engaging report that we will be able to share later this semester!


  1. Stephen Cole. Dr. Cole is currently engaged in research onr a book-length study of Margaret Anderson, the founder of the pioneering Modernist journal, The Little Review.  He first became familiar with her through his work on Emma Goldman and the bohemian culture of the pre−World War I era where social, cultural, and political radicals made common cause.  The grant has enabled him to work in the single largest collection of Margaret Anderson papers (17 linear feet) in the Beinecke Library, Yale University, as well as the Ezra Pound Papers and the Gertrude Stein/Alice B. Toklas Papers also housed there.  Stay tuned for a presentation in Fall 2017.
  1. Mary Wegmann. The WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy is a ten-month program designed to equip participants with a foundational knowledge in the history, theory, concepts, and scholarship of assessment.  Faculty in the Academy support participants who design and implement an assessment research project related to assessment of student learning at their home institution.  Mary was admitted to this competitive program in late February 2016.

In addition to three in-person training sessions, each participant conducts an assessment research project at their home institution.  Her research project will examine the relationship between the information literacy instruction and student success and retention. The goal of this project is to develop a comprehensive curriculum map for information literacy learning outcomes in NDNU’s undergraduate programs (GE and undergraduate majors).  This curriculum map will highlight areas where information literacy is appropriately scaffolded throughout programs and areas where we need to make adjustments.  The librarians will use this map to improve our IL instruction program, identify new opportunities for librarian/faculty collaboration, and embed valid, reliable, and authentic information literacy assessments into courses.

She will be presenting the results of her work at a colloquium on April 12.  Check your email for more details!

Travel grants

For the 2015-2016 academic year, a total of $300 is available to each full-time faculty member for travel to conferences, $800 if presenting a paper or giving a workshop.

Release time

The university awards a total of nine (9) units of release time per academic year for full-time faculty and senior lecturers to pursue research or creative activities. The Faculty Development Committee usually awards three units of release time to the three successful candidates. Note that, for budgetary and scheduling reasons, the applicant’s department chair and Dean must concur with the application.

Sister Catharine Julie Cunningham Memorial Teaching Award

The university makes an award of $1,000 to a faculty member in order to enhance the teaching/learning experience at the university, to honor excellence in teaching, and to encourage new and creative ways of achieving excellence in teaching. The successful applicant also receives a plaque, which is presented at Commencement.

Other Faculty Resources

Notre Dame de Namur University is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). As a faculty member at NDNU, you have the opportunity to send your children to other CIC institutions through the tuition exchange program. Learn more

Faculty member Stephen Cole provided this example of what he requests from students who ask for letters of recommendation: What to do if you want me to write a letter of reference for you

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