The McMaster Engineering Faculty Development Academy was established in the summer of 2014 to support the Faculty’s mission and strategic plan, Invest for Excellence, and to construct new and effective learning experiences for both its faculty and students. In an age where student learning is evolving and changing, it is imperative that we strive to stay current with technological advances in teaching. Initiatives established through the Faculty Development Academy will not only provide an enriched teaching and learning experience for our faculty, but also offer support in research, leadership and academic administrative processes.
Furthermore, the Faculty Development Academy recognizes that staff development is a critical component for on-going personal and professional development. Programs and initiatives can assist staff members develop skills and competencies to grow in their positions as well as professionally in order to prepare them for advancement.
The Faculty Development Academy has also identified key areas in which its graduate students can partake in professional skills development. On-line initiatives will become available in the Fall of 2015 that will provide support in areas such as presentation skills, launching one’s career, and work/life balance to name a few.