CSU Faculty Professional Development Strategic Planning
ATTACHMENT TO AS-2887-09/FA (Rev)
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) commend the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) and the Faculty Development Council (FDC) for their extensive work in preparing the white paper entitled, “CSU Faculty Professional Development Strategic Planning;.” and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU express its appreciation to both the ITL and the FDC for consulting with the ASCSU during this strategic planning process as it relates to systemwide faculty development; and, be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU emphasize that institutional support for faculty professional development is in alignment with the CSU Access to Excellence strategic plan’s second priority, “Plan for Faculty Turnover and Invest in Faculty Experience;” and, be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU acknowledge that the objectives outlined in the “CSU Faculty Professional Development Strategic Planning” include investments in applied institutional research about effective pedagogy, effective practices in student engagement, and ways to improve educational outcomes; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage the ITL and FDC, as part of their strategic planning, to place greater emphasis on the roles of collegial governance, faculty service, and leadership as important elements of faculty development; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution and the white paper to the local academic senates throughout the CSU and the Provosts’ Academic Council with the goal of securing widespread commitment to the “Strategic Directions and Activities” outlined in the white paper.
RATIONALE: The CSU has committed itself to a comprehensive plan for reinvestment in faculty, including faculty development. The CSU Faculty Professional Development Strategic Planning is in alignment with the CSU Access to Excellence strategic plan’s third priority for the institution: Sustain institutional excellence through investments in faculty and staff, innovation in teaching, and increased involvement of undergraduates in research and in their communities.
Commitment 2 of the Access to Excellence Accountability Plan specifically outlines institutional support for faculty excellence in both pedagogy and scholarship. The current work of the ITL and the FDC, along with the strategic directions, as outlined in the white paper of March 2009, are clearly in alignment with Access to Excellence. As such, the Academic Senate CSU believes this white paper should be given high priority when fulfilling the institutional commitments to system-wide faculty professional development.
Approved – May 8-9, 2009