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Welcome to Faculty Development

Catherine Hawkins

Dr. Catherine Hawkins, Director, Faculty Development


Office Phone: 512-245-1981

Dr. Robert McLean, Assistant Director, Faculty Development


Office Phone: 512-245-3365




The mission of Faculty Development is to improve teaching and learning through planning outcomes and monitoring achievements as well as by developing strategies for enhancing the quality of education. To this end, Faculty Development provides a variety of programs and services specifically aimed at assisting in the processes of academic assessment and faculty development.



Faculty Focus Workshops - During each long semester a series of workshops is offered to enhance faculty performance in the classroom and in their scholarly and creative pursuits. Topics vary from semester to semester. Preregistration for workshops is recommended but not required.

New Faculty Orientation - Several orientation events are organized for faculty who are new to campus. Faculty Development coordinates the orientation events and hosts the orientation for new tenure-track faculty. New faculty also have access to the New Faculty website which is maintained by Faculty Development. 

Program for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship - First-year tenure-track faculty are highly encouraged to participate in the Program for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. The goals of the program are to inspire teaching excellence as well as to instill a sense of community among the new faculty on campus. The program consists of a series of eight sessions held throughout the academic year.

Special Programs and Events - Faculty Development houses the campus Fulbright information, oversees the liaison for the Fulbright program, and sponsors Fulbright related workshops and events. Faculty Development also directs special events such as honoring outstanding faculty scholarly or creative endeavors.



Faculty Development has a small library of books, videos, journals and other materials related to academic assessment and faculty development.