The Master Faculty Program
The Master Faculty Program is geared toward faculty who are already excellent in their field, and who desire a journey of even higher excellence. The three-year track is for faculty members who want to show quality and continuous improvement in best practices within their disciplines.
Overview of History
The Master Faculty initiative began in 2006-2007 in response to a need for an ongoing program for faculty development that would respond to faculty who were already excellent in their field, and who desired a journey of even higher excellence through innovation, experimentation and sharing. The three-year model has undergone quality enhancements and continues academic growth in response to the changing needs of the faculty and the College. The faculty cohorts meet on Friday afternoons from September through April, once or twice a month.
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Classroom Management Techniques
- Dispute Resolution
- Active Learning
- Online Teaching & Technology
- Assessment & Learning Outcomes
- Cross-Discipline Peer Observations
- Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator
Master Faculty is continuously undergoing quality enhancements and morphing in response to the changing needs of the faculty and the College. The first year of the program is based on workshops, practice, and reflection. During year two, workshops are offered that entail active learning strategies and critical thinking applied. Most sessions offer opportunities for across-the-curriculum academic sharing along with presentations and feedback. In the third year, teams are formed to begin to master or further refine a specific area of interest such as Online Teaching. The format is faculty-driven as they transform and emerge as subject area experts.
One of the outcomes of the program is to give faculty the tools to transform their classrooms into imaginative places of learning and discovery.
How Master Faculty stay involved after graduation
Master Faculty alumni may continue to maintain their status in the program through workshops or other contributions respective to the goals and objectives of the Master Faculty program. The benefits to the faculty member are many: academic sharing, camaraderie within and across disciplines, and exposure to best practices and cutting-edge teaching practices. The cohort additionally benefits from insightful, scholarly feedback as they test their innovative ideas and pose professionally challenging questions.
One of the strengths of the Institute is the diversity of the participants, and the charge of sustaining the academics and leadership of Daytona State College to the highest standards.