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, initiatives, and 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, 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 Scholarly Productions Workshops, the Junior Faculty Forum, the Chair Leadership Academy, and the New Faculty Orientation held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. In conjunction with the Office of the Provost, the Office of Faculty Development hosts the monthly faculty receptions where we encourage faculty to engage with their colleagues, share ideas, and enjoy themselves in a collegial and informal environment.
One of the seminal programs of the Office of Faculty Development is the Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Works Summer Academy. Since 2016, more than 170 members of the Howard University faculty participated in the Summer Academy as either Faculty Scholars, Scholar Coaches, or Visiting Scholars. Under the leadership of Associate Provost Okianer Christian Dark, the Summer Academy continues to positively impact the scholarly and creative output of Howard's esteemed faculty. The Summer Academy is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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