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Career Development

Organizations: Nationally, the Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD) provides a number of conferences, publications and resources to foster faculty development.  Regionally, the New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) fosters faculty development in New England through sponsership of initiatives and conferences.  Within Worcester, the Colleges of Worcester Consortium offers a Certificate in College Teaching Program, consisting of courses to develop and hone teaching methodologies. Additionally, the Consortium has a Faculty Development Committee which supports faculty development at member institutions by sharing ideas, creating a support network, and sponsoring workshops. See also the faculty resources of the AAC&U.

Blogs and Recommended Reading

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education hosts a blog called Profhacker which provides sound advice and commentary on higher education.
  • See also the professor-written, crowdsourced online book, Hacking the Academy (2011), which treats topics from teaching to tenure to scholarly career development.
  • You might also enjoy the thought-provoking and empowering books by Donald Hall, The Academic Self: An Owner's Manual (Ohio State, 2003) and The Academic Community: A Manual for Change (Ohio State, 2007).

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