Faculty Development

A wide range of opportunities for supporting and improving scholarship and teaching are available to the faculty, from micro-teaching workshops to interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives to independent research projects.  This page provides links to these activities, and to funding opportunities designed to encourage and support them.

The Faculty Development Committee

Encourages faculty development by awarding large and small grants for teaching, research, and other aspects of professional development. Funds are also available to support faculty coteries,  intended to encourage and enable cross-disciplinary conversations about topics and texts. Income from a grant to Albion College by the William and Flora Hewlett and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundations supports this funding.  In addition, the Committee awards the annual James and Dorothy R. Blanchard Faculty Fellowship, an endowed fund to provide financial support for a beginning faculty member to undertake a summer research project. The committee also reviews and approves sabbatical applications.

All FDC proposals are to be uploaded electronically through the Moodle courseweb site .  You can find the FDC proposal upload site by clicking the Faculty Development link at the Albion College Moodle website.  The url for the FDC Proposal Upload site is     

You will need to login to the Moodle site using your college user id and password.   To access the FDC proposal upload site you will need to type in a one-time enrollment key, F@cu1tyD3v.  


Micro-teaching Workshops

Aimed at new Albion College faculty members, but open to all Albion College faculty,  this annual workshop enables each participant to receive feedback on pedagogy from colleagues in a small group situation.  The workshop begins with a night of discussion and reflection on teaching/learning issues, followed by two nights of microteaching.  This workshop, funded by a grant from the Hewlett-Mellon Fund for Faculty Development, affirms the importance of teaching and learning at Albion College and fosters a collaborative, community-building environment. Contact Beth Lincoln, Office of Academic Affairs, for more information.

The Albion College Grants Website

The Center for Teaching and Learning

Albion College Symposium on Teaching and Student Learning

President Mauri Ditzler addresses the 2015 Symposium attendees.

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Science Complex Atrium

The 2016 Albion College Symposium on Teaching and Student Learning acknowledges the distinctive contributions of faculty and staff to teaching and student learning on campus. The event's guiding assumption is that by sharing and discussing our particular roles, Albion College staff and faculty will be better able to do the important work of shaping the minds and spirits of Albion College students.

There are three ways to participate in the symposium.

Attend and Discuss

You can attend, listen, and join the conversation but not officially present.

This year those conversations will include Flag-table Discussions. Participants will rotate through a series of brief, loosely moderated discussions about relevant topics. Think informal discussion meets musical chairs. If you have an idea or suggestion for a discussion topic you'd like to see at a Flag Table, please let us know.

Present a Poster

You can present a poster about teaching or student learning. Our definition of a poster is broad: it is any kind of visual or aural object used to spark a discussion about teaching or student learning. That object might be the kind of wall-hanging posters you would see in a poster session at an academic or professional conference, or it might be a work of art, a letter form a parent, a spreadsheet, a bridle and saddle, or a lacrosse stick. If it's an object that sparks a discussion about teaching or student learning, it's a poster.

Present a Five and Done

This year, we're also offering a new way to present: Five and Done Presentations. A limited number of individuals (chosen randomly from those who express interest) will take the stage for no more than five minutes to share some insight about teaching or student learning, using whatever form of expression he or she likes—a mini-lecture, puppet show, monologue, whatever. The rules are pretty simple: you've got five minutes, and then you're done.

Schedule of Events

9:45 a.m.

Poster setup, chatting, coffee, tea, and muffins.

10:20 a.m.

Opening remarks by President Mauri Ditzler.

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Poster session

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Five and Done

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Flag-table Discussions

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Wrap up, chatting, beer, wine, and yummy snacks


Registration is now closed.

View the Symposium Flickr Gallery

Please direct any questions to the Nels Christensen at or Jess Roberts at .

Department Chairs and Program Directors Meetings

Meetings to be held in the Norris 102 from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. unless otherwise noted.


  • September 29
  • October 27
  • January 19
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27
  • Faculty Lectures

    Lectures are held in Bobbitt Visual Arts Auditorium from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M., unless otherwise noted.


    September 8 Ola Olapade
    October 6 Clayton Parr and Lia Jensen-Abbott
    November 3 William Rose
    February 2 Ashley Feagin
    March 2 Dan Jaqua
    March 30

    Mark Bollman





    Faculty Meetings

    Faculty meeting minutes are available in the Office of the Provost.

    Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the Towsley Lecture Hall, Norris 101 from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M.


    September 15 Faculty Meeting
    October 20 Faculty Meeting
    November 10 Faculty Meeting
    February 9 Faculty Meeting
    March 16 Faculty Meeting
    April 6 Faculty Meeting
    April 13 Faculty Meeting (if needed)
    April 20 Honors Convocation and Elkin Isaac Symposium
    May 6 Commencement

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