The GROWTH Change Team was formed at the end of the fall semester 2019, with input from all college Deans and other campus stakeholders to provide more professional development opportunities for faculty/staff in their own departments/colleges, with topics and examples relevant to their disciplines.
The GROWTH Change Team is a University-wide structure for college-specific PD and is charged with:
Building the capacity within colleges and departments to design, implement, and assess a yearly faculty/staff PD plan aligned with local faculty needs to support student success in alignment with the Framework for Inclusive Teaching Excellence (FITE).
Promoting faculty responsibility for continuous growth to be effective in the classroom
Building and archiving resources to support evidence-informed PD for each college
Identifying individuals who could provide and/or support PD programming in alignment with college-specific needs.
Collaborating with CTLT, UAS, and other campus units to support college-specific GROWTH efforts.
Spearheading this work is the GROWTH Leadership Team, a set of advisors/coaches working in collaboration with Dr. Cuenca-Carlino to support each college/unit leader in developing, implementing, and assessing their college/unit professional development plans. The leadership team is composed by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT )interim Director and professional developers; the Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; the Director of Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST); the Associate Director of University Assessment Services; the Director of the Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, and the Director of the Office of Student Research. Further, the interim AVP for Student Success works closely with the GROWTH Change Team to make sure faculty success professional development initiatives are aligned with student success initiatives.
During spring 2020, each college team worked with their leadership advisor to analyze disaggregated college-level data from the university-wide needs assessment. This analysis helped college/unit leaders identify professional development priorities for their colleges during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The GROWTH Change Team met this summer (June 8-12, 2020) for a week-long retreat organized by the leadership team to engage in PD and develop college-specific professional development programming aligned with the new Framework for Inclusive Teaching Excellence, or FITE guidelines. Based on data analyzed, unit leaders identified the FITE dimension/s to focus on for faculty/staff professional development programming, established goals, developed a plan for PD activities and an assessment plan. See the plans here: (PDF document)
In the summer of 2020, a team of 11 GROWTH-affiliated personnel started discussions around a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research project to assess the outcomes of the initial iteration of GROWTH in each college. As of the beginning of August 2020, the GROWTH-SoTL team will have met twice to develop a hub-and-spoke approach to studying the impacts and outcomes of GROWTH programming across a variety of campus stakeholders (e.g., faculty, GROWTH team, students).
College of Applied Science and Technology
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
Mennonite College of Nursing
Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts
Graduate School, EMAS