Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Development was established in 2015 to enhance and advance the development of programs for faculty throughout the University and to encourage faculty engagement and interdisciplinary collaborations. The Office of Faculty Development serves as the hub for faculty development programs, mentorship initiatives, and other activities for the 14 Schools and Colleges of the University. Programs and activities sponsored by the Office support new faculty, junior faculty, mid-career faculty, part-time faculty, and senior faculty in career development, research, scholarship, publishing, leadership development, and professional satisfaction. Programs offered by the Office of Faculty Development include the Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Works Summer Academy, the Junior Faculty Forum, the Chair Leadership Academy, the New Faculty Orientation held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, and the Faculty Leadership Institute. Under the leadership of Associate Provost Okianer Christian Dark, the Office of Faculty Development positively impacts the scholarly pursuits of Howard University’s esteemed faculty.

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Okianer Christian Dark, JD
Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Professor of Law

Jacqueline Young, MS
Program Manager

Deborah Elliott
Administrative Assistant II

Office of the Provost Celebrates Newly Promoted and Tenured Faculty

“Congratulations! We are here to celebrate your promotion,” said Dr. Anthony K. Wutoh, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, to the 27 faculty being recognized for their promotion and tenure during AY 2022-23.  “This is an individual accomplishment for you but it really speaks to the mission of why Howard University exists as an institution. It speaks to the responsibility that we have to make sure that we are continuing to carry forward the very essence, the very reason why Howard was created.” Faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Architecture, College of Fine Arts, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Law, and the School of Social Work, were recognized during the November 7, 2023, Zoom ceremony. Family, friends and colleagues joined in the celebration too. View the full program below to hear Provost Wutoh’s full remarks and remarks by Associate Provost Okianer Christian Dark, School of Social Work Dean Dr. Sandra Crewe, and Howard University President Dr. Ben Vinson III.


View the full program.

Faculty Leadership Institute Initiatives

Atty. Michael Steele Discusses Leadership at November 7 Seminar

On Tuesday, November 7, members of the Faculty Leadership Institute had a candid yet empowering conversation with Michael Steele on leadership. Steele is serving as the 2023-2024 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy. He is also a former chair of the Republican National Committee and former lieutenant governor of Maryland. Steele said that those aspiring to be leaders must first know why they want to do so.  “Look in the mirror and ask yourself why you are doing this. You have to first be grounded in something,” he said. Two other key factors of leadership are the ability to listen and communicate effectively, he offered. “Sometimes you have to shut up and listen,” he joked. Steele also offered the FLI members this advice:  “Your willingness to let others lead is important as a leader. You must always be prepared to lead but never be afraid to follow.”

-----By Jacqueline Young

Pictured above: Front row, l to r:  Caroline Starke, Sosanya Jones, JaNeen Cross, Lennox Graham, Carolivia Herron, Okianer Christian Dark, Maru Etta-Nkwelle Back row, l to r: Justin Hansford, Calvin Hadley, Michael Ralph, Michael Steele, Maurice Fluitt, Elka Stevens, Matthew Franke, Thomas Heinbockel

Programs & Activities

University Faculty Development Partners

Celebration of Summer Academy 2020, 2021 & 2022 Classes

Celebration of Summer Academy 2020, 2021, & 2022 Classes

President Frederick at Summer Academy Celebration__April 2023

Summer Academy Celebration


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