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Faculty Development

Faculty Development at Guilford College supports faculty in their roles as teachers, scholars, community members, and individual human beings. We take a holistic view of faculty work, with the philosophy that effective and healthy faculty members will strengthen the entire institution.

Guilford College recognizes the importance of good teaching, making it the most important criterion in the faculty evaluation process. Faculty members, therefore, are encouraged to continually expand and refresh their teaching skills. By supporting faculty growth and demonstrating the benefits of lifelong learning, Faculty Development contributes to the quality of education available to Guilford students. We provide consultation and advice on effective teaching, including course planning, learning design, inclusive and accessible pedagogy, in-class teaching methods, active learning strategies, information and digital fluency, effective advising, and other aspects of teaching and learning requested by faculty.

Our efforts are based on the belief that there is an inherent connection between teaching excellence and continuing scholarship and creative activity. Through grants and fellowships, Faculty Development supports faculty in professional development and helps them stay engaged in their fields.

We also recognize the importance of faculty well-being as a component of maintaining a strong, sustainable academic program. Through faculty lunches, affinity groups, and other formal or informal activities, Faculty Development creates opportunities for faculty to connect and collaborate, discuss issues that affect their work, and develop strategies to balance professional and personal goals.

Faculty Development works and coordinates with other programs on campus to plan or co-sponsor programs related to faculty development, including The Center for Principled Problem Solving and Excellence in Teaching (CPPSET), Hege Library & Learning Technologies, Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), The Learning & Writing Center (LWC), Career, Academic, and Personal Exploration (CAPE), The Office of Global and Off-Campus Initiatives, and academic programs. 

To support the ongoing intellectual and pedagogical development of the faculty, Guilford College offers faculty development grants through endowed and college funds. The Faculty Development Committee reviews the applications and makes decisions on educational development grants periodically throughout the academic year.  Read the Description of Educational Development Funding Sources to know what is available and the relevant guidelines. To apply, fill out the Faculty Educational Development Grants Application.

Please explore the Faculty Development website, check our program descriptions, schedules, and join us for one of the events or activities we have planned for this academic year.  We would love to see you there! 

If you have any questions about faculty development, please feel free to email