Mission and Vision
The Institute for Faculty Development is a research-based initiative to enhance existing interventions, provide culturally sensitive pedagogical training for faculty, and foster a climate for innovation in teaching and learning in a culturally responsive manner.
Established in 2015, under the leadership of Dr. Pete Menjares and the Title V grant team, the Institute for Faculty Development (IFD) exists to advance teaching excellence at Vanguard University. 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.
Primary GOALS of the Institute:
Cultivate a mindset of lifelong learning
Build community and facilitate learning opportunities
Foster professional growth for all faculty
Experiment with pedagogy to meet the needs of diverse students
Dr. Bonni Stachowiak
Dr. John Sim
Dr. Keisha Lee
Dr. Keisha Lee has been a dynamic educator leader for over 30 years with a diverse portfolio of experience in K-12 and higher education settings specializing in Mathematics, Adult Education, and Education Leadership with an emphasis in student success, curriculum design, and professional development. Since January 2018, Dr. Lee has served at Vanguard University in several roles with providing services for student success and recently serves as Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Faculty Fellow for Vanguard's Institute of Faculty Development. Dr. Lee has a passion for empowering STEM educators to deliver relevant, innovative curriculum for 21st-century generation learners, mentoring young adults, and inspiring non-traditional adults pursuing professional studies in the STEM and medical fields; Her purpose is to inspire all to realize their passion, define their purpose and reach their destiny.
Title V Grant Support
The creation of the Institute for Faculty Development was supported by funding through the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions program.
In 2015, Vanguard University received the first individual Title V award (#P031S150199) from the Department of Education in the amount of $2.6M intended to strengthen and enhance the pipeline of Hispanic and low-income students from early engagement to alumni.
In 2017, Vanguard received a Cooperative Title V Award (#P031S170149) in the amount of $3.8M intended for the development of comprehensive integrated pathways for Hispanic students to enter the teaching professions in collaboration with Orange Coast Community College (OCC).
Through these five-year comprehensive plans (grants) Vanguard University and her institutional partners hope to broaden the scope of impact by expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students and comprehensively targeting STEM education and teacher preparation programs.
What We Do
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
We offer multiple workshops and events throughout the year, both in-person and online. These are planned in collaboration with the Faculty Development Committee and other stakeholder groups.
ONLINE RESOURCES REPOSITORY
The resources section of the IFD website contains videos, articles, and links to support faculty in pursuing teaching excellence, expanding our collective capabilities to offer culturally-responsive teaching and using technology to accelerate learning.
One of the most powerful forms of learning comes when faculty coach other faculty. This program (funded by the Title V grant award #P031S150199) selects one or two individuals to lend their expertise to the efforts of IFD.
When sound pedagogy is in place, technology can accelerate the opportunities for learning. We can help faculty discover educational technology to meet the goals in a given course and put it into practice.
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN COACHING
Our certified instructional designer can assist faculty in creating new courses or redesigning existing courses. The focus is online classes, though we also assist with in-person and blended course design.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING
In collaboration with the Faculty Development Committee, the IFD allocates funding for faculty to participate in external faculty development opportunities.
The work of the IFD is balanced between the more predictable tasks (such as administering the faculty professional development funds) and the longer-term priorities (like establishing new programs like the Legacy of Teaching Excellence video series).
Inspired by the book, Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching, by Rebecca Pope-Ruark, we launched our team’s first scrum board in Fall of 2018.
On the updated Q1 2019 board, we have included the following projects in our current sprint:
- Launch 2019-2020 Faculty Fellows
- Create 2019-2020 Metrics and Dashboard for Title V IFD Results Areas
- Offer Redesigned Adjunct Training
- Launch A Legacy of Teaching Video Series
- Redesign IFD Website
There is a lot more on our collective plates, but those are some of the areas that we are working to make substantial progress on during the first quarter of the year.
Get in Touch
Need Extra Help?
Schedule a private consultation with an IFD staff/faculty member to address your individual needs.
Talk with Others
Use the VU IFD Canvas course discussion boards to engage with other VU faculty.
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ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Since 2010, the U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard in the top 10 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named VU a 2014 "Best in the West" College. Vanguard is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Learn More