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The Faculty Development Steering Committee provides information to and experience for all faculty based on input about faculty needs from multiple sources in the School of Nursing and University.

The mission of the Faculty Development Steering Committee is to promote faculty development in four major domains:

  • Professional development – an orientation to the academy that includes faculty roles and responsibilities and the values, norms, and expectations of the university; ongoing mentoring and development in clinical and research domains
  • Instructional development – basic and advanced teacher development through mentoring, peer coaching, teaching improvement workshops and consultations
  • Leadership development – orientation to leadership roles; the preparation of effective leaders who understand formal and informal leadership styles; ability to use various tools and techniques such as continuous quality improvement, change management, and consensus-building
  • Organizational development – creating an effective organizational climate that values and rewards education and research, fosters continual learning, commits resources to faculty development programs, and formulates policies and procedures that shape educational excellence and guide faculty behaviors.

This model is based on Wilkerson, L. & Irby, D. (1998). Strategies for improving teaching practices: A comprehensive approach to faculty development. Academic Medicine, 73(4), 387-396.

Our philosophy embraces faculty development as an essential part of the faculty role to support professional advancement, continued intellectual and personal growth, and lifelong learning. The purpose of faculty development is to advance nursing education, research and practice.

The Faculty Development Steering Committee (FDSC) holds the view that faculty development is one of the most critical functions of the University and is directly linked to the successful accomplishment of its visions and mission. The strength of the School of Nursing community relies on addressing its individual members’ needs. The Committee has adopted a model developed by Wilkerson and Irby (1998) that addresses four areas of faculty development: professional pursuits, instruction, leadership, and organization. Every faculty member has an on-going need for development that may be unique or shared with peers. The committee believes that a faculty development program can only succeed in an environment in which it is valued, planned for, and rewarded with incentives and recognition.

The Faculty Development Steering Committee (FDSC) was established in 2002 after the Faculty Development Task Force, commissioned by the Faculty Executive Committee, developed and presented a need for a formal and ongoing faculty development program in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. The Task Force met seven times and identified resources both in and outside of the School and the University.

A needs assessment of the faculty in the School of Nursing was conducted. The findings of the needs assessment and the work of the task force were discussed at a Faculty meeting in April 2002, during which seven recommendations were made. These included establishing a formal faculty development program, establishing a faculty development steering committee, designating administrative responsibility for faculty development, setting up a formal evaluation plan for faculty development, documenting the program, establishing a mentoring program within the school, and charging the administration with a staff development plan.

The FDSC meets to discuss the ongoing programs and provides the school and its constituents with a faculty development program. The committee membership represents various faculty tracks and ranks and has representation from the Health Science library (HSL), Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL), and the Center for Faculty Excellence.

Marianne Cockcroft, PhD, RN | Chair
Associate Professor

Ariel Adams, MA
Business Officer

Jamie Conklin
Health Sciences Librarian and Liaison to Nursing

Phillip M. Edwards
Instructional Consultant, Center for Faculty Excellence

Manisha Mittal, MEd, MA
Instructional Designer

Leigh Mullen, MSN, FNP-C

Betty Nance Floyd, PhD, RN, CNE, CNL
Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Lifelong Learning

Julie Page, EdD, RN
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Stone, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MPH, PHNA-BC
Assistant Professor

Published articles about the development of this committee:

Barksdale, D., Woodley, L., Page, J.B., Bernhardt, J., Kowlowitz, V., & Oermann, M.H. (2011). Faculty development: Doing more with less. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 42, 537-546. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20110301-01.

Foley, B.J., Redman, R., Horn, E., Davis, G., Neal, E., & Van Riper, M. (2003). Determining Nursing Faculty Development Needs. Nursing Outlook, 51, 227-232.

Davis, G., Foley, B.J., Horn, E., Neal, E., Redman, R., & Van Riper, M. (2003). Creating A Comprehensive Faculty Development Program. The Journal of Faculty Development, 19(1), 19-28.

UNC Faculty Development Programs

UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) Calendar

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) sponsors seminars and workshops and offers educational resources for faculty and instructional staff.

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

The preview lists lifelong learning opportunities at the Friday Center. The Professional Development and Enrichment Programs offer noncredit seminars and workshops for professional education.

ITS LearnIT 
TS LearnIT provides a portal to opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to learn about the use of information technology (IT). to increase productivity and to engage in discussions about technology’s role and impact on the University mission. Check this site to explore training opportunities and to keep up with ITS pilot projects.