Faculty Development

The Goals of the Faculty Development Program:

“Faculty are the most important resource for any institution of higher education…. BU School of Public Health recognizes that faculty work is increasingly complex and challenging, and that faculty need and expect organizational support to help them improve their skills and succeed in their efforts as educators and scholars.”
BUSPH Strategic Plan 2010-2015

Mission of the SPH Faculty Development Program:

The mission of the SPH faculty development program is to increase the visibility and use of faculty development programs at the School and to expand programs to ensure optimal faculty participation.

Director of Faculty Development

Marianne Prout, Professor of Epidemiology, who also holds an appointment in the School of Medicine, has been a member of the BU faculty since 1972 and has forged many relationships around the University as a result of her long and collaborative career focused on cancer research. In particular she has been involved in designing cancer education course materials using new technologies; breast cancer risk and risk reduction outreach and education to minority and undeserved communities; and cancer screening and smoking cessation programs. She has served as an Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control at the BUSM Cancer Center, is a founder and Associate Director of the Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Center, and has served as Chair of the Faculty Senate at BUSPH.

The Charge of the Director of Faculty Development is to coordinate a vibrant program and efficient process for faculty development at BUSPH. With the active participation of faculty, the joint goal should be to create not just a development program but an atmosphere where faculty members are attracted by the opportunities to enhance their skills and use their talents at every career stage.

The Role of the Director of Faculty Development is not to provide one-on-one career counseling but to establish programs and processes that foster career development throughout the school and at all career stages. Your thoughts and suggestions are ALWAYS needed and wanted, so contact Marianne by email mnprout@bu.edu or use the comment section on this site.

Menu of faculty development programs and opportunities to consider for this coming year as you meet with your chair:

1. Junior Faculty

  • Academy for Faculty Advancement (AFA): a comprehensive program of speakers, discussions, peer support working groups that requires a commitment of 2 afternoon blocks/month from September through May. Applications are solicited in February/March for the following September from all 3 schools on medical campus. For further information see the faculty development website for the department of medicine: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/facdev-medicine/
  • Emerging Leaders Conference…Medical Campus Emerging Leaders Forum, a two-day workshop, held annually at Boston University School of Management, is focused on developing the leadership potential of some of our most promising junior faculty; watch for posting.

2. Mid-career Faculty

  • The Academy for Collaborative Innovation & Transformation (ACIT) is a longitudinal, mid-career faculty development program for late Assistant and all Associate professors at BUSM, BUSPH and BUGSDM. Experiential and project-based learning experiences are enhanced through 6 2 day modules over the course of one year. For further information see the faculty development website for the department of medicine: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/facdev-medicine/

3. Faculty needing tools to advance their research

  • Robina Bhasin in the Department of Medicine runs a semester-long grant-writing workshop and has had space for SPH faculty. The faculty member must be actively writing the proposal and willing to work in a peer review/feedback setting. Check the website at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/facdev-medicine/ and contact Robina Bhasin, for availability of space in the program: rbhasin@bu.edu
  • Research lecture series from Department of Medicine has topics that some faculty may find useful, again the listings are at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/facdev-medicine/
  • The medical campus has an intense 2-3 day workshop on preparing an R-01 proposal applicable to those who are actively preparing such a proposal, dates TBD but when announcement is distributed the workshop fills up quickly.
  • Some researchers my find selected Clinical Research Seminars useful, especially around issues of IRB, recruiting and consenting participants.
  • Institutional funding can be sought for pilot data: institutional funding is available through SPH, through the CTSI (Clinical and Translational Science Institute), and through the Cancer Center from the American Cancer Society
  • Profiles research networking database is now quite functional to help find potential collaborators
  • Faculty planning submissions should discuss with his/her chair how to arrange a pre-submission review
  • Finding funding opportunities:

i. Instructions for joining COS/Pivot – using the COS/ Pivot link, you can view both government and non-government funding opportunities (however internal funding can only be found on the Find Foundation Funding link below

ii. To find foundation funding, use the BU foundations web site http://www.bu.edu/foundations

4. Faculty needing tools to advance their teaching or their development of educational programs

  • OTLT – Office of Teaching, Learning and Technology at SPH
  • i. Individual consultations available for course design, teaching strategies and use of educational technology
  • ii. Monthly luncheon workshop series running October – May
  • iii. Course Design and Innovations Group in Fall semester
  • iv. McCahan Medical Campus Education Day in late May
  • v. Website with a variety of online resources (http://sph.bu.edu/otlt)
  • CEIT (Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching)
  • i. Website with a variety of online resources (http://www.bu.edu/ceit)
  • ii. Annual Instructional Innovation Conference (daylong conference usually held in first week in March)
  • iii. Professional Development Workshops –sessions related to teaching and the professional development of faculty and graduate-student teachers.
  • Office of Medical Education Faculty Development (http://www.bumc.bu.edu/fd/) –holds workshops on teaching and instructional design
  • Information Services & Technology (IS&T) also offers tutorials on topics of interest to faculty, such as Blackboard and WordPress. See course descriptions and registration information at www.bu.edu/tech/training.
  • Faculty Advisory Board for Distance Education – provides a day long conference on Distance Education held on the CRC
  • New/recent SPH initiatives offered by the Education Office to enhance teaching and open to all interested BUSPH faculty. For more information, please contact Lisa Sullivan (lsull@bu.edu) or Vanessa Edouard (vbe@bu.edu).
  • New faculty orientation (for new faculty or adjuncts) – held each semester and covers the following topics: A review of the curriculum and requirements, Student advising, Blackboard, the Student Link, Clickers, Grading, etc. A schedule will be sent to chairs with exact dates.
  • ii. Resources/guidelines for developing a new or redesigning an existing course can be found at: http://sph.bu.edu/TeachingANewCourse
  • iii. Using on-line modules to support teaching (Wayne LaMorte, wlamorte@bu.edu)
  • iv. Peer Coaching Program – contact Sophie Godley, sgodley@bu.edu

5. For all faculty:

  • Faculty development funds are now available through your department;
  • Present a plan for use of funds with justification on how it will benefit your role in the department to your chair.
  • Some suggested uses of funds include registration costs for meetings/conferences; training program costs; travel costs for meetings; publication costs when no other funds are available; special journals/books/other educational materials; membership fees; special software or (small) lab equipment.

6. Departmental activities: discuss with your chair

Links to other BU Faculty Development websites

Medical Campus:

  • BU Faculty Development and Diversity, BUSM DOM. A very useful site; covers most faculty development topics and is replete with references.
  • Medical Education (OME) Faculty Development. This site is developed by the BUSM Medical Education Faculty Development Program to assist faculty and staff with increasing their teaching effectiveness by providing a central location for medical education information, self-paced quick tutorials on teaching, and educational career development strategies.

Charles River Campus:

  • BU Associate Provost for Faculty Development. The APFD works with BU faculty to address issues related to professional advancement, career trajectory, work-life balance, and equity. Additional responsibilities touch on recruitment, retention, faculty salary, and satisfaction. Contact Julie Sandell, 617-358-5846, or her administrative assistant, Marta Hodgkins-Sumner, 617-358-4843, to set up an appointment. Any discussions are strictly confidential. Additional resources and advice for individual faculty members can be found in the Promotion section of this website.
  • BU Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching: Faculty Development. The Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching was established in 2001 to promote and support exemplary teaching, to facilitate the continued professional development of faculty as teachers, and to introduce new faculty to the culture of excellence in teaching at Boston University. Their Faculty Development page provides links to New Faculty Orientation, workshops, tips, and guidelines on teaching.
  • BU Faculty Central. Links to BU faculty resources related to research, professional development, teaching, navigating BU, benefits, health and wellness, and governance.