The Office of Faculty Development seeks to fulfill the university’s commitment to academic excellence by developing teacher/scholars at all academic career levels. The Office has responsibility for programs, resources, and guidelines that support development, promotion, and retention of talented and diverse faculty. Through the Office of Faculty Development & Research, the Provost provides internal grants to support faculty development initiatives and sponsors awards to recognize outstanding faculty achievements.
Faculty grants, awards, stipends, and leaves are peer reviewed by one of three academic councils. The Associate Vice President for Faculty Development chairs all three academic councils. Council members are appointed by Faculty Council. The University Research Council (URC) reviews and awards research grants, leaves, and the Spirit of Inquiry Awards. The Quality of Instruction Council (QIC) reviews and awards instructional grants and leaves and the Excellence in Teaching Awards. The Public Service Council (PSC) reviews and awards instructional and research grants related to service learning courses and university-community research projects. The PSC also reviews Excellence in Public Service Awards.
Internal Grants Program
The Office provides coordination and oversight of funding programs in the areas of teaching, research and public service. The Internal Grants Program enables faculty to pursue curricular innovations and pedagogical best practices in classrooms wherever situated: in the university, in the community, or in one of our international settings. The Internal Grants Program advances faculty scholarship by providing an additional source of funding for individual research, as well as for research conferences designed to stimulate dialogues with scholars at other institutions. (more)
In collaboration with the colleges/schools, the Office honors faculty achievements in teaching, scholarly inquiry, and public service.
QIC Instructional grants:
Aug. 27-28, 2012
Paid Faculty Leaves
Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for a paid leave. Leaves may be for one, two, or three quarters.
The Office offers a variety of orientation workshops including the new faculty orientation, paid faculty leave workshops, tenure and promotion orientation, and budget manager training for new faculty. Training schedules are provided on this website under upcoming events.
At the university level, the Office ensures that DePaul complies with federal regulations governing the university's research activities involving human and animal subjects through the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Training and services from the office can be found on their website.
Exchange Programs in Mexico & Language Immersion Program
The Office of Faculty Development collaborates with the AVP for International Programs, Study Abroad, and college deans to facilitate exchanges with colleges and universities in Mexico. The Office funds planning trips for faculty to implement these programs. The Office also funds a collaborative project with Study Abroad for enhancing the Department of Modern Language programs in France, Germany, Italy and Mexico.
Recognizing that diversity contributes to the excellence of the faculty, the Office provides advocacy in developing leadership initiatives for underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. At the university and department level, the Office supports innovations and best practices in mentoring and leadership training. The annual Faculty of Color Luncheon is held in the autumn quarter.
The Women’s Center
The Women's Center provides a site where women of diverse cultural, social, and academic backgrounds can work together towards identifying and challenging attitudes and barriers that have denied women educational opportunities, earning potential, and personal empowerment.