Tag Archives: faculty development

(Issue #485) Human Beings with Human Challenges


Benefiting from human connections. Effective teachers understand that they never know what questions or dilemmas a student will bring through the door. In addition to academic issues, students (just like the rest of us) always have a bag full of … Continue reading

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(#312) Organizational Climate and Culture


Those who don’t understand the importance of relationship building to affect culture change are not leading but simply taking a meandering walk. At the end of this month I’ll address an audience in Austin, Texas on strategies to motivate people … Continue reading

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(#303) Give Your All Stars the Spotlight


Find a way to let your colleagues share what they are proud of and how they do it. At times, the execution of appropriate recognition can move from the sublime to the ridiculous.  I remember years ago sitting in a … Continue reading

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(#294) Benefits Of Remaining A Continual Learner


It can help us fill in gaps between assumptions and realities. A few months ago on this blog I posed the question, “Do we take time to experience what our customer, client, or student is experiencing?” Regardless of your profession or … Continue reading

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(#284) Gaining Clarity


We would do well to surround ourselves with people who care about us— but won’t allow us to skate by with minimal reflection and action. I first read about the Clearness Committee  (Quaker tradition) in Parker Palmer’s works. This powerful … Continue reading

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(#254) The “Five Ps” of New Employee Mentoring


Does your organization effectively “on-board” new team members? This semester I had a wonderful opportunity to mentor a first-year full-time professor on our campus. And since our campus does not have a formal new faculty mentoring program, we kind of “made … Continue reading

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(#250) Motivating the Motivators


Beyond the paycheck and benefits, what is being done to motivate those who are charged with motivating our students? Last week, I had the following question posed to me: How can we motivate more faculty to take control of their … Continue reading

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