The Institute for Faculty Development
The mission of the Institute for Faculty Development, in alignment with the University’s broader mission, is to promote a culture of informed, committed, engaged faculty through training, conferences, community building, and other resources.
The institute seeks to empower all faculty in their engagement with students, in their work with deans, chairs, and search committees. The Institute also seeks to recruit and retain talented and diverse faculty.
The Institute for Faculty Development is a research based initiative to enhance existing interventions and provide culturally sensitive pedagogical training for faculty and fosters a climate for innovation in teaching and learning in a culturally responsive manner. It was launched by funding through the Department of Education’s strengthening Hispanic Serving Institution’s program (Title V).
Dr. Pete MenjaresDirector of the Institute for Faculty Development
Irene IsraelAdministrative Assistant
One aspect of living out the institute’s mission is through the cultivating of innovative teaching approaches. The Educational Technology department’s mission is to support faculty in facilitating learning for students through the use of relevant technologies.
Dr. Bonni StachowiakDirector of Teaching Excellence and Digital PedagogyAssociate Professor of Business and ManagementChair, Faculty Development and Ed Tech Committees
Dr. John SimInstructional Design CoordinatorAdjunct Professor of Religion
Academic Research and Writing
The Academic Writing and Research Office exists to institutionalize, celebrate, expect, and fund faculty research as well as faculty-student collaborative Undergraduate Research at Vanguard. We believe that research and teaching are complementary in higher education, and that in order to be an effective learning community we must be engaged in up-to-date and relevant research to ensure that our students are receiving an education that is sensitive to their unique needs and provides a clear pathway to success.
We believe that research should be promoted at small colleges as part of the institution’s mission statement and formal departmental goals. Students, faculty and the institution benefit when a vibrant undergraduate research culture is an important part of the University’s identity.
The Academic Writing and Research Office facilitates research by not only providing students with research opportunities through the University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program but also by providing pre-award and post-award services to faculty pursuing funding to support their research and scholarly endeavors.