Professional Development Resources
Below is a listing of some professional development resources available to faculty at WKU.
Research & Creative Activities
The Office of Research provides the resources and infrastructure to advance research and creative activities at WKU and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is a service unit that assists the faculty and staff at WKU in obtaining external funds. Collectively, these two offices provide the following opportunities and services to faculty:
- Research and Creative Activities Program (RCAP) Internal Grants
- Application Deadline: Fall 2014
- Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) Internal Grants
- Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
- OSP Online Training & Resources for Submitting External Grants
- Listing of OSP Seminars
- Intellectual Property
- Institutional Review Board and Office of Compliance (i.e. Human Subjects)
- Center for Research and Development
The Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP) contains 13 research centers that meet the needs of the community, state, and nation while providing unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to transition from academia to the workplace through participation in supervised, hands–on applied research and technological projects. Students grow intellectually and professionally through participation in these activities.
The DELO Online Learning Research Office (OLRO) provides methodological, technical, programmatic, and financial support to faculty conducting research in the areas of online learning and online education.
Teaching & Learning with Technology
In addition to the Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching Program (BPMCT), the CFD partners with several offices to provide professional development opportunities and support for faculty in the areas of teaching and learning.
The Office of Distance Learning assists faculty in creating online courses or in translating existing face-to-face courses to an online environment. The Office of Distance Learning, which includes online semester-based courses and non-semester based independent learning courses, provides financial support for the development of distance courses.
- Types of Distance Learning Courses
- Online Course Development (Distance Learning and Independent Learning)
The Office of Distance Learning also provides training, workshops and seminars for faculty in the areas of teaching and learning with technology. Please click here to view a listing of and to register for these events in a calendar format.
The Information Technology Division provides face-to-face and online training in the areas of technologies using in course instruction and classroom technologies (including IVS). They also have compiled more than 300 video tutorials on topics ranging from WKU email and Blackboard to MS Office, ADA Compliance, Google Docs, and Podcasting.
The Office of International Programs (OIP) strives to complement Western Kentucky University's vision to be A Leading American University with International Reach through the strategic development, implementation, and management of campus-wide internationalization initiatives.
- OIP provides a a listing of funding opportunities for faculty wishing to build international programs, courses, and collaborations.
- Faculty may also wish to explore building their own faculty-led study abroad program.
ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships is a great resource for faculty at WKU wishing to establish community partnerships, including service learning opportunities for students in your courses and for identifying opportunities for public scholarship and community-based research.