Emory Report
February 18, 2008
Volume 60, Number 20

Director sought to
lead new center
The Office of the Provost is
seeking a director to lead
the Center for Faculty
Development and Excellence.

A committee is forming
now to head the internal
search for a tenured faculty
member for the three-year

“The person chosen as
the first director will play
a significant role in
shaping the future of faculty
development at Emory,”
says Claire Sterk, who is heading the search. Sterk described the ideal candidate as “a visionary”
committed to faculty
development, who will function as “a conductor within the center and make it all flow nicely.”

For more information, visit www.emory.edu/PROVOST/ facultydevelopment/

Applications are due
March 1.

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February 18, 2008
Shaping the future of faculty excellence

By Kim urquhart

Emory’s central resources for faculty development will for the first time be united in one place with the creation of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. From research grants to teaching awards to writing workshops and lecture series, the center will integrate established programs and resources with new initiatives.

“We sought ways to create an entire umbrella organization that pulled all these discrete pieces together,” says Provost Earl Lewis. A search is currently under way for an Emory faculty member to lead the center — one of the first of its kind, Lewis notes — to build the new program from the ground up.

The center will focus on four key areas — research, teaching, scholarly writing and intellectual community — designed to help faculty grow throughout their career. “We want to help develop faculty from assistant professor all the way up through their membership in one of the national academies,” says Lewis.

The new center represents the culmination of University-wide efforts to support faculty development and foster intellectual community at Emory. It was a key outcome of the Year of the Faculty conversations, explains Claire Sterk, senior vice provost for academic planning and development. “As an institution we must provide the environment that allows people to really excel,” says Sterk, noting that the creation of this center is an indication of Emory’s commitment to providing a structure that allows for excellence.

Such a “holistic approach” gives broad support to the “innovative scholarship that underlies both good research and good teaching,” says Walter Reed, director of the Institute of Liberal Arts and co-chair of the search committee for the center’s director. “The coordination of programs and activities already in existence in different schools across the University should help us learn from one another’s experience and allow the University to devote new resources in a strategic fashion to the many different aspects of faculty development.”

“We’re trying to engage in this process a certain level of intellectual match-making,” says Lewis, who hopes the center will spark interdisciplinary collaborations and new paradigms that have a trickle-down effect on the entire University community.