Strategy 2 Stories: Developing and Recognizing Our People

2. Enhance professional development opportunities for faculty, students, and staff.

The narratives below define and bring clarity to what each of the University Strategic Goals means to Academic Affairs. The narratives express our values and beliefs, and create a context to guide implementation efforts. To learn more about the specific strategies and tactics involved in developing and recognizing our people, please view our Academic Affairs Strategic Plan.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity partnership helps faculty across their career

Dr. Chris Woolverton, associate professor of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Oleg Lavrentovich, Director of the Liquid Crystal Institute, pose in the entrance of the newest biology lab on the Kent State Campus.

In a partnership between Academic Affairs and Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kent State has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD offers a faculty success program that provides mentoring across a variety of disciplines and from a variety of universities to help junior faculty plan for promotion and tenure or more seasoned faculty launch new interests.

Faculty Members learn about administration through Fellowship Programs

Flowers in full bloom in the Murin Gardens near the Kent State Library.

Provost Fellow: The Provost's fellowship provides faculty members who have an interest in academic administration. The program provides the opportunity to to develop knowledge, skills and experience as an administrator; to understand practices and procedures in academic administration; to extend and strengthen the administrative resources of the university; to assist in the development and implementation of projects in key areas; and to provide ongoing faculty involvement and input into the activities of the Office of the Provost.

Provost’s Office sponsors participants for External Leadership Development Programs

Students relax on the grass in the Risman Plaza on a sunny spring afternoon. The Risman plaza is a central hub to student life at Kent State.

To help faculty develop leadership skills for future administrative positions, the Provost’s Office is sponsoring participation in key external leadership programs listed below.