Faculty Development Opportunities

2023-24 Opportunities

Upcoming Events

The following Allegheny-sponsored faculty development events will be taking place this year. They are also posted in the Faculty Development calendar shown above.

Members of the Allegheny community can ask for an event to be included by emailing the details to Director of Faculty Development Rachel Weir (rweir@allegheny.edu).

Spring 2024

  • May 10, 1:30pm-3:00pm – Course Reflection Coffee Break (French Creek Coffee and Tea Meeting Room)
  • May 14 – Spring Educator Resource Institute (save the date)
  • May 15 – Department Chairs Workshop
  • August 14 and 16 – New Faculty Orientation
  • August 15 – Canvas Workshops (more details soon)
  • August 19 – Fall Educator Resource Institute

Past Events and Materials

Fall 2023

  • October 18Getting Started with Community-Engaged Learning (Collaboratory, 6:00pm-7:00pm)
  • October 19Assessing Community-Engaged Learning (Collaboratory, Noon – 1:30pm)
  • October 20Campus-Community Partnerships: Moving from Transaction to Transformation (Collaboratory, Noon – 1:30pm)
  • October 24 – Using Assessment Instruments (Tillotson Room, 9:00am-10:00am)
    A hands-on workshop that guides faculty through the process of implementing assessment instruments such as the DR rubrics (in courses that carry an ME or CL tag) and those identified in program assessment plans.
  • October 24 – Caffeine and Cupcakes (Tippie Alumni Center, 10:00am-11:00am)
    The Office of the Provost invites you to stop by to connect with colleagues, eat some cupcakes, and pick up some Allegheny goodies.
  • Dec 20 – Course Reflection Coffee Break: Resource Page

Summer 2023



Non-Allegheny Opportunities

If you are interested in other faculty development opportunities, take a look at the lists maintained by Elon University and Kennesaw State University.

Events that may be of particular interest to Allegheny faculty will be listed below. Please contact Director of Faculty Development Rachel Weir (rweir@allegheny.edu) if you would like an item to be added to this list.

Fall 2023

  • Coming soon

Spring 2024

  • Coming soon


Educator Resource Institutes (ERI)

The next Fall ERI will take place on Monday, August 19, 2024.
The next Spring ERI will take place on Tuesday, May 13, 2025.

Fall ERI. This is a one day event that typically takes place during the week prior to the first day of classes. During the ERI, a variety of tools, ideas, and resources are presented in workshops and plenary sessions. The ERI is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators. Please contact the Director of Faculty Development or the FS Leadership Team if you have an idea for a session.

Materials from previous ERIs can be found via the following links:

Spring ERI. This is a one day event that typically takes place the day after spring grades are due. During the ERI, a variety of tools, ideas, and resources are presented in workshops and plenary sessions. The ERI is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators. Please contact the Director of Faculty Development or the FS Leadership Team if you have an idea for a session.

Materials from previous ERIs can be found via the following links:



Communities of Practice

The following regularly-offered, semester-length opportunities are open to all educators.

  • Reading Groups
    • meet 4 to 6 times during the semester to discuss a book of general interest to educators
    • announced through e-mails, My Allegheny, and faculty meeting notices
    • contact the Director of Faculty Development with ideas
  • Teaching Circles
    • twelve faculty commit to meet regularly, often over lunch
    • confidential conversations focused on sharing ideas and discussing concerns related to teaching, with no fixed agenda
    • facilitated by an experienced faculty member
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  • Teaching with Technology Lunches
    • offered roughly monthly during each semester
    • focus on tools and discussions surrounding technologies
    • contact Instructional Technologist or the Director of Faculty Development with ideas for future topics
  • Teaching Tidbits
    • brown-bag lunch meetings, roughly twice per month
    • facilitated by a group of faculty volunteers
    • topics and dates announced through e-mail, My Allegheny, and faculty meeting notices
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Funding Opportunities

Allegheny-Based

  • Demmler Awards for Teaching Innovation – The Demmler Endowment provides stipends to one or more faculty members who wish to pursue projects in innovative teaching. The Provost and Dean of the College solicits proposals from faculty during the Spring Term. The stipend may be used to purchase materials, to support summer work, or to arrange for release time during the academic year. See this page for more information.
  • External Funding Opportunities – Allegheny’s Office of Foundation & Corporate Relations (FCR) works to secure grants for the college and its faculty and staff from foundations, corporations and government agencies. This office can help you to identify funding sources, prepare proposals and manage grants once funding has been received.
  • Fellowships and Funding Opportunities – The FCR office has developed a comprehensive list of fellowships and funding opportunities for faculty. The FCR office will consult with faculty about these opportunities, and depending upon the specific details of the fellowship, grant or award, may be able to help with the development of proposals or may suggest other resources for faculty.

Off-Campus

Allegheny Faculty regularly participate in off-campus workshops and conferences offered through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the Council for Independent Colleges, and other organizations. Faculty interested in specific opportunities should contact the Director of Faculty Development or the Provost.Externally funded opportunities regularly used by Allegheny Faculty include: