Faculty Development Team

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Team Membership

Nine-member team: one representative of the Dental School faculty; one representative of the Law School faculty; one faculty member selected by the MFA from among its members; four elected representatives of the McNichols faculty; and two administrative representatives

Reports to Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs and through that office to other bodies as appropriate


5 faculty representatives

Barbara Ciotta, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term 3/2016)

Elaine Webber, Chairperson, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2016)

Maia Platt, Health Services Administration, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2017)

 Sara Golomb, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2017)
TBD (term expires 3/2016)  (MFA)

2 administrative representatives

Catherine Caldwell, Director, Office of Sponsored Research Activities (term expires 8/2016)

Russ Davidson, III, Associate Dean for Instructional Technology, Instructional Design Studio (term expires 8/2016)

1 Dental School representative

Kathi Shepherd, Assistant Dean of Educational Development and Assessment, School of Dentistry (term expires 8/2016)

1 Law School representative

Howard Abrams, Professor (term expires 8/2016)

2014-2015 Charges

  • Review the Implementation Grid of the University Strategic Plan to identify potential collaborative opportunities for the Faculty Development Team and recommend how the Team could be involved. (1.1.3; 1.3.1; 1.3.2; 2.4.3 etc.)
  • Provide input concerning topics and speakers for the Provost/VPAA's "Second Wednesday" series.
  • Seek input from faculty about programs and resources needed to support faculty development.
  • Work with various colleges/schools as a liaison/resource for faculty development activities.  Encourage and, when possible, facilitate a broad range of interdisciplinary discussions among faculty at all the schools.
  • Review and assess the revised New Faculty Orientation program that was implemented in fall of 2013.  Provide suggestions and/or recommendations for change and enhancement.
  • Talk with key stakeholders within the university community and create a proposal for a formal Junior/Senior faculty mentorship program at UDM that addresses early career faculty and mid-career faculty.
  • For university wide faculty development sponsored, co-sponsored events, assist in monitoring the event, introducing speakers, creating evaluation instruments.
  • Keep the university community informed of team activities by providing summary minutes of meetings and reports for posting to the shared governance website. The secretary to the committee is responsible for sending these documents to sharedgovernance(at)udmercy.edu.
  • Verify whether team's operational policy and procedures are consistent with practice.  Submit your revised document to the Shared Governance Task Force through the chairperson at auerme@udmercy.edu by December 1, 2014.  If there are no changes to be made notify the SGTF chairperson by the same date.

Note: Numbers indicate the corresponding 2012-2017 University Strategic Plan action steps Click here to view

Click here to view Operational Policies and Procedures

Click Here to view Team Archive