The Faculty-Driven Model for Innovation in Teaching Initiatives

The challenge for those charged with the formation of “faculty development initiative” programs is to inspire faculty by developing a sanctuary for creating and celebrating excellence in teaching rather than dishearten faculty by the establishment of a woodshed for punishing poor performance in the classroom. Faculty are the heart of the learning experience in higher education, and investing in them in terms of support for teaching is crucial to successfully educating an ever-changing population of college students. However, barriers exist with regard to some faculty members’ resistance to change, faculty continuance of “teaching the way they were taught,” or recognition of the value of proven teaching strategies or technologies (Hall and Hord, 2001; Welsh and Metcalf, 2003; Wergin, 2005).  

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