About

Research & Teaching Excellence @ Union College

Forward Thinking

The Faculty Development Program has as its goal the continued renewal and growth of the faculty in all aspects of their professional lives.

Centralized Events

Aggregated programming in one location that is geared towards empowering faculty to continually work toward improved teaching, educational scholarship, and work/life balance.

Resource Hub

Valuable information in a central location including teaching and advising resources at Union, calendar of Faculty Development events, grant and research opportunities, and more!

Community

A virtual space for a community of Union colleagues interested in an ongoing improvement of conversations across disciplines in order to enhance scholarship and teaching practice at Union College.

About This Site… 

On this website, faculty will find valuable information including teaching and advising resources at Union, news and announcements, calendar of Faculty Development events, grant and research opportunities, links to Higher Education organizations and publications, as well as useful links both in and outside Union College to support teaching, research, diversity and mentoring needs. 

 

 

Faculty Development Objectives

Programming and resources for faculty development are designed and developed to:

  • Support and promote effective teaching and instructional design that can further advance the student learning objectives of the college and ensure satisfactory adjustments to changing environments in instruction and within disciplines.
  • Support and promote faculty scholarly activity including writing, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publications and grant writing.
  • Support and promote professional development including the balancing of work-life concerns.
  • Support the development of early career faculty through orientation programs and mentoring opportunities.
  • Facilitate a culturally and ethnically diverse faculty by recruiting and retaining faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and encourage all employees to contribute to and support the cultural fluency and diversity of the campus.

Faculty Resource Team (FRT)

The Faculty Resource Team is a liaison committee between the offices and the resources, support and opportunities provided for faculty at Union College. The Director of Faculty Development, Professor David Cotter, serves as the “liaison link” between these offices and the faculty. Part of the objective is to streamline all the great resources Union College offers to faculty to support research and teaching activites so as to better communicate what is available and create a central point of contact. It also creates an opportunity for the Director of Faculty Development to communicate faculty needs, interest and desires to those offices that are partnering with faculty to enhance scholarship and learning.  The team meets face-to-face once a term to coordinate programming, events, and find connections between/amongst these offices/positions/responsibilities.

David Cotter, Ph.D.

Director of Faculty Development; Professor of Sociology

How Can I Help You?

Research + Teaching Resource: Leads COTA;  FRT; Main Point of Contact for Faculty Development Needs | Contact

Jennifer Fredricks, Ph.D.

Dean of Academic Programs and Departments; Professor of Psychology

How Can I Help You?

Research + Teaching Resource: Internal Grant Funding; Promotion + Tenure Advice; Student Evaluations; Sabbatical Planning; Institutional Grants | Contact

Dr. Deidre Butler

Deidre Butler, Ph.D.

Director of Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Academic Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Professor of Sociology

How Can I Help You?

Teaching + Community Resource:  Curricular change through anti-racist and equity lens; Faculty diversity; Chair of Liaison Committee for Campus Diversity;  Chair of History and Symbols Committee | Contact

Denise Snyder, MLA

Director of Learning Technologies & Environments

How Can I Help You?

Teaching Resource: Technology + Pedagogy; Faculty Development Institutes; Instructional Design; IEF Teaching with Technology Grants; Instructional Facilities (Classrooms/Labs) & A/V Needs | Contact

Nicole Marshall

Director of College Grants & Sponsored Programs

How Can I Help You?

Research + Teaching Resource: Research Funding; Support for Curricular Development/Renewal; Grant Proposal Development | Contact

Mercedes Susi, MPA

Assistant Director of College Grants & Sponsored Programs

How Can I Help You?

Research + Teaching Resource: Research Funding; Support for Curricular Development/Renewal; Grant Proposal Development |  Contact

Blair Raymond

Senior Director of
External Relations

How Can I Help You?

Community Resource: Community Engagement & Networking; Partnerships w/ Industry, Non-Profits & Gov’t Relations  | Contact

Jennifer Grayburn, Ph.D.

Director of Digital Scholarship + Public Services

How Can I Help You?

Research + Teaching Resource: Digital Scholarship, Digital + Information Literacy; Research LibGuides; Reserach Instruction for Students; Critical Making/3D Printing | Contact

Joe Johnson, Ph.D.

Director of
Writing Programs

How Can I Help You?

Research + Teaching Resource: Academic Writing Across the Curriculum and Within the Disciplines; Research, Argumentation, and Critical Reasoning; Public Writing and Public Scholarship; General Education | Contact

Cole Belmont, M.arch.

Makerspace
Director

How Can I Help You?

Research + Teaching Resource: “Maker”/Experiential Curricular and Research Tie-ins; MakerCorp/MakerWeb Resource (e.g., 3D Printing/Lasercutting) Supervisor; Workshops/Events; Technologist | Contact