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
To fulfill these goals, the Institute for Faculty Development is committed to embracing confidentiality in our work with faculty. It is imperative that we maintain the trust of our colleagues as making changes in our pedagogies requires risk and experimentation. The institute had adopted the Ethical Guidelines for Educational Developers created by the POD Network in Higher Education.
Dr. Bonni Stachowiak
David Rhoads has been teaching in the areas of leadership and educational technology for the last seven years. He enjoys helping faculty do what they do best by equipping them with solutions and best practices for their classroom. David has extensive experience in the area of online pedagogy and program development, non-traditional enrollment and support, instructional design, and educational technology. David’s background, prior to working in Higher Education, included teaching at the High School level as well as 12 years of youth and young adult ministry. David is passionate about helping faculty maximize face to face and online learning opportunities so their students can gain the most benefit from their instruction. He believes that our goal as educators should be to facilitate learning is such a way that encourages and equips students to be passionate life-long learners.
Dr. John Sim
Dr. Jackie Parke
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.
Public Relations Interns
GET TO KNOW OUR PR INTERNS
See more about each of our new inters using the drop-down menus under their photos.
Originally from Fountain Valley, California, Joshua Finlayson is a rising Senior at Vanguard University pursuing a major in Business Administration and a minor in History and Political Science. At school, he is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship Award and a member of the AEI Executive Council at Vanguard, a student outreach group. Mr. Finlayson has interned at the District Office of House Representative Mimi Walters (R-45) where he focused on organizing casework and collecting the concerns of constituents. When he’s not at school or at work he enjoys backpacking, hiking, reading a book, or watching a movie. He is currently working as a food runner at Ten Asian Bistro and a public relations intern at the Institute for Faculty Development at Vanguard University.
Jennifer Sian is a freshman at Vanguard and is one of the two interns we hired. She is a kinesiology major with a background in photoshop, web design, and more. She has worked with graphic design since she was a Sophmore in High School with Key Club (a volunteer club) and has loved it ever since. Jennifer has helped organize websites and social media pages and has better communication within those volunteer clubs. Jennifer has worked at McDonald's and currently works at Robeks Juice and knows all about time management.
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 this year's New Faculty Experience program).
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 Q4 2019 board, we have included the following projects in our current sprint:
- Hire and train interns
- Classroom observation workshop and plan for culture change
- Academic plan
- Re-envision faculty gathering
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 this sprint.
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