Why
Faculty Guild

Because institutions can address hard challenges — like helping more students succeed — when faculty co-construct a way forward. 

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Our Beliefs

We believe faculty are the real student success game changers — made more powerful by learning from each other, building a shared vision and improving together over time.

Faculty are innovating every day to help more students succeed. Finding new ways to incorporate online learning, reforming curriculums and ensuring accessibility for all learners are but a few of the issues facing today’s faculty. 

The art and science of teaching is hard work — and it’s often a solo act.

To engage and support all faculty, we see a need and an opportunity for faculty to be connected to each other as they dive into these initiatives – to understand their evidence and to apply them in authentic ways. The result? A teaching culture open to sustained and measurable change — centered on student success.


Our Connection

We work best as an extension of your institution, helping you achieve your goals.

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Administrators

Your institution is rising to the challenge of helping all students be successful. But are you moving the needle on outcomes for all students, maximizing performance-based funds and/or realizing your teaching-centered mission? We can help create an institutional culture where new thinking takes hold and campus initiatives extend to the learning environment.

For us, a teaching culture is one of continuous improvement and change, which is hard to truly foster. The Faculty Guild fellowships provide our faculty a space to reflect and grow as teaching professionals.
— Dr. Clifton Sanders, provost for academic affairs at Salt Lake Community College
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Faculty Members

You know your connection with students is paramount to their success. Do you want to join your colleagues (whether across campus or across the country) and be part of a thriving community focused on evidence-based teaching for today’s students? With your institution’s sponsorship, we can help you invest in yourself so you can invest in your students.

This is the best professional development activity I have ever joined. We are doing something in a sustained way. We are learning from our own practice, from our own colleagues and it sticks. I love this.
— Bed Paudyal, language arts instructor at Honolulu Community College
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Teaching and Learning Centers

Some centers offer a full menu of programs but struggle to generate meaningful evaluation data. Others cater to new faculty, but they sometimes overlook faculty who are later in their careers. While others have no programming at all for part-time faculty or graduate students. We are flexible and can complement your center’s resources and priorities.

Our goal was to have a discourse informed by the research and science of teaching and learning. To get the conversation off the ground, we needed a common language and data. It is clear that Faculty Guild is helping us create this culture.
— Dr. Jane Neapolitan, assistant provost in the Office of Academic Innovation at Towson University

 

Research-Based Background

 

Our model is based on six years of research, development, application and analysis:

  • Led by Dr. Gail Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College

  • Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Kresge Foundation 

  • Involved dozens of colleges and hundreds of faculty since 2010

  • Created by practitioners and independently evaluated by Stanford Research Institute

  • Faculty Guild is the exclusive licensee of this work – learn more

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Creating a Dynamic Learning Community

We power structured online learning communities to support faculty growth. Our approach brings together four components:

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Methodology

Grounded in reflective practice, situated learning and appreciative inquiry, our methodology to engage faculty reflects the latest research in how adults like to learn.

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Platform

Our robust online experience enables all types of faculty to participate — including full-time faculty, part-time faculty and graduate students.

 
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Network

Faculty — ranging from a small cadre of interested faculty, to whole campuses and multi-institution initiatives — come together with a peer facilitator in a dynamic community.

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Data

Pedagogical Analytics™ help each fellow visualize their teaching and accelerate their growth. Stakeholders receive aggregated, de-identified data to measure the return on investment and plan institutional strategy.

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 Measured Results

Enhance great teaching across the institution.

Our proprietary Pedagogical Analytics™ measure aggregated changes in faculty teaching patterns, emergence of faculty goals and ultimately, through partnership with your institutional research team, changes in student outcomes.

We report these aggregated measures — careful to protect the privacy and individual efforts of each faculty member — three times each academic term, providing evidence of how your faculty are growing. And how your investment in their growth is paying off.

At the end of the first term ... the fellows were articulating teaching and learning in such a way that I knew it had been formed by their work in Faculty Guild. Each week, they are reading about it, writing about it, listening to others — it was showing up in their vocabulary and their confidence.
— Dr. Jane Neapolitan, assistant provost in the office of academic innovation at Towson University
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Adaptive Learning. Online Learning. Equity Initiatives.
You name it!

While most institutions engage their faculty in our Reflective Teaching Fellowship, our approach is flexible and can adjust to meet a wide range of institutional priorities requiring faculty engagement.

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