Faculty Development


In addition to opportunities listed below, see §3.13.5 on sabbatical leaves.

5.5.1  UMW Grants    The University and its colleges makes available in-house grants to assist faculty members in specific projects which exemplify profes­sional initiative and can be justified in broad terms as supporting the mission of the college and the University.   Deans of the various colleges will provide descrip­tions of such programs and the procedures for submitting proposals.

5.5.2  Professional Development and Travel    Funding for professional development and travel is available in the departmental operating budgets, and through supplemental funding obtained through the dean’s or Provost’s offices.  The department chair is responsible for apportioning departmental funds wisely and fairly so that all members share in oppor­tunities for professional development and professional travel.

5.5.3  Jepson Fellowships    A generous gift to the University from Alice Andrews Jepson ’64 and Robert Jepson, her husband, enabled the creation of the Jepson Fellows Program.  This initiative is designed to enhance the University’s ability to recruit and retain the highest quality junior faculty members and to support them in their quest for promotion and tenure.  The Fellowship award is for one full academic year, and the recipient will have his or her teaching load reduced by one half during the time of the Fellowship.  The number of Fellowships awarded in any year is dependent upon the quality of the applications received and the amount of funds available from the proceeds of the gift (these vary depending on the investment performance and the Foundation’s spending policies).  Jepson Fellows are awarded following an application and review process.  To be eligible, the person must be at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor and must have completed at least three years at the University by the time the Fellowship would begin.  Complete application details and requirements are distributed annually by the Provost’s Office.

5.5.4  UMW Center for Teaching   

Through the Center for Teaching, UMW works to promote and sustain excellence in teaching, explore and develop innovative pedagogy and curriculum, and advance student learning. The Center is more than a place; it is a community of faculty, staff and students passionate about learning, a focal point for conversations about and taking action to enhance teaching and learning.  The Center seeks to promote a culture of teaching innovation and teaching excellence through scholarly inquiry. A culture of teaching innovation and excellence goes beyond knowledge of pedagogy and course design. For faculty, a culture of excellence embodies knowledge and the application of best practices to one’s teaching. For students, it involves the willingness to open up to the challenges of engagement and genuine learning. Through a variety of means, the Center works to support faculty who are interested in scholarly inquiry, developing teaching strategies to support meaningful learning, implementing meaningful approaches to student assessment, or exploring emerging academic technologies or other instructional and creative resources. See the Center’s website for additional details.

5.5.5 Digital Learning Support    Digital Learning Support provides faculty support including consultations around integration of digital tools into courses, creation of digital projects, and design of hybrid or fully online courses, including development of new general education and Digital Intensive courses. Workshops around digital tools and techniques as well as partnerships with the Center for Teaching provide opportunities for faculty to expand and improve their use of digital tools in teaching and learning. Additional details are available at this website.

5.5.6  Taking Courses    Faculty members may enroll in courses at the University either for credit or for no credit, provided that it does not interfere with their own instructional or related duties.  Those who wish to enroll in courses shall make their requests known in writing to the dean, who will confer in each case with the chair of the department and the instructor.  If approval is obtained from the instructor and chair­, the dean will communicate this approval to the faculty member request­ing attendance in the course and to others as may be appropriate.  Those who wish to enroll in courses for credit will then submit the appropriate application and related documents to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.  Upon approval by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, the faculty member will register for the class through the Office of the Registrar and pay the appropri­ate fees.  A permanent academic record listing course title, credit, grade earned, etc., will be maintained by the Office of the Registrar.  For those who wish to attend courses for no credit, no fees will be paid and no permanent record of work will be main­tained in the Office of the Registrar.

5.5.7  External Grants    Every proposal submitted by a faculty member for external funding to any agency or organization, whether public, private, for profit or non-profit, must receive administrative approval by the institution before it is submitted for consideration by the funding agency.  This includes proposals requesting faculty fellowships, sabbatical, or travel support.  After receiving the institutional approval to proceed, the faculty member is responsible for finally submitting the grant application to the external funding agency, group, or organization.  Once notified of the action taken by the funding agency, the faculty member contacts the Provost’s Office to report whether the proposal was funded or not.  Faculty should consult the external grants guidelines and procedures posted at the Provost’s Office’s web page for further information.