About Faculty Development

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The purpose of the Committee is to promote the use of resources inside and outside the University in order to foster the potential of each faculty member.

The Faculty Development Committee

As per the recent collective bargaining agreement, the Faculty Development Committee is now composed of two full time and one part time faculty members.   For more information, contact the Faculty Development Chair.

Meet Our Faculty

Browse our list and profiles of current faculty, sorted by program.

Faculty Activities

Our faculty are involved in numerous activities in the community, consulting, publishing, and otherwise making a difference in the world and in their individual disciplines.  The following are annual links to some faculty achievements:   Faculty Activities

Events Fall 2017

The Faculty Retreat will take place on Wednesday, August 23 from 9-2 in Twin Pines Park, which is in Belmont near the main NDNU campus.  For more information or to rsvp, please contact Dr. Kim Tolley

New Faculty Orientation will take place from 12-6 Thursday, August 24.  This is intended for both FT and PT faculty hired since September 2016 and is a half day overview that introduces faculty to the use of Moodle and to any number of resources on campus related to posting grades, scholarship opportunities, union membership benefits, accommodation of students, and more.  It concludes with a welcome reception and (depending on rsvps) historic tour of the campus.  Please rsvp to the Faculty Development Chair as soon as possible.

Other fall events will include colloquiums, Moodle training, our annual mentoring kick off for those interested in participating in a faculty peer mentoring program, and other events of interest to the professional development of faculty.  Currently, we have a best practices hybrid workshop proposed and are always interested in keeping each year’s program offerings relevant, which occurs with faculty input.  Ideas for a presentation that you’d like to host or one that you’d like to attend?  Please contact the Faculty Development Chair.

Recent Colloquia and Workshops

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!

Most Recent 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:


Click here for a partial list of events and activities from AY 2016-17.