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  • Read those journals, attend those conferences, and use the ideas that you acquire to revise your instruction.
  • This synthesis is one of the important aspects of your portfolio. You need to be able to explain how you fit with WSSU’s strategic goals and objectives and how your continued professional development will enhance those goals and objectives in the future.
  • All of your research should evolve form your immersion in the relevant research literature and it should be vetted through the peer-review process. CETL is actually offering mini-grants to faculty members who wish to conduct action research on their teaching.
  • WSSU’s response is 71 pages long. How does your reflection and plans for continued growth fit these frameworks. You need to make you case for why you will be a valuable asset to WSSU.
  • How does your reflection and plans for continued growth fit these frameworks. You need to make you case for why you will be a valuable asset to WSSU.
  • NC Quest, A project that Madu led recently is a good example fo that type of collaborative effort that integrated teaching, reserch, and service.
  • Recently several faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education and Human Performance where working on a staff development project. When the Surry County group where getting ready to make the presentations of the products they had developed in front of their new Superintendent. They felt pretty tense. Dr. Madu Ireh, one of the principal investigators, told wanted to give them an example about how happy he was with their work. He played this Youtube clip and the participant’s visibly relaxed. Their presentations were great. Madu reminded of an important lesson “Have fun”
  • Reflect on what is important to you and the ones you love. Lay out some multi-year goals and objectives with the help of those who care about you. Develop a plan to achieve those objectives. Get feedback on the plan from those whose judgment you value. Work your plan.


  • 1. Entering the Academy: The Art & Science of Being a Faculty Member   Edwin D. Bell Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Professional Services
  • 2. The Big Three
    • Teaching
    • Research
    • Service
  • 3. Teaching
    • Many of you have not had formal training in Malcolm Knowles’ concept of andragogy , i.e., the art and science of educating adult learners.
  • 4. Teaching - Continued
    • However, each profession has journals and conferences that discuss the best practices of teaching in the field. For Example, see the Teaching Professor
  • 5. Teaching - Continued
    • Join a community of learners to reflect and discuss effective teaching.
    • Contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning ( CETL) at WSSU
  • 6. Research
    • Research can be an area of contention at institutions that are in transition
    • The faculty are expected to not only be effective teachers, but also scholars, and service providers.
  • 7. Research - continued
    • In 1990 Ernest Boyer published a book through the Carnegie Foundation called Scholarship Reconsidered.
    • The concepts of the book are still being debated today. See this article
  • 8. Research - continued
    • The central issue for many is that if the department/school faculty develop appropriate guidelines and rubrics, individuals can conduct theory-based, peer-reviewed research on their teaching and their service.
  • 9. Service
    • UNC Tomorrow – has indentified important roles for the university system in service to the citizens of the state of North Carolina.
    • Read the report, read the WSSU’s response.
  • 10. Service (continued)
    • Read WSSU’s Strategic Plan
  • 11. Service - continued
    • Let them influence your plans for service.
    • Read the relevant literature to guide your service
    • Evaluate the impact of your service and write about it.
  • 12. Balance
    • Develop a 3-year plan for your teaching, scholarship, and service.
    • Get advice and feedback, from administrators, senior faculty, and professional peers outside of WSSU on your progress.
  • 13. Balance
  • 14. Balance
    • How are you supposed to balance all of this and still have a life?
    • Collaborate with your colleagues locally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally.
  • 15. Balance - continued
    • Make a continual commitment to your professional growth and development (there is always something new to learn)
    • Make a continual commitment to have fun
  • 16. Questions
    • What can you do next?