professional portfolio
A General Philospohy
Faculty Development

programs at a glance


TPT Logo Tomorrow’s Professor Today:
Co-designer & -administrator, 2005-present

Program description:
TPT is a professional development program for graduate students. Designed to facilitate the transition from student to academic professional, the program focuses on improving preparedness in three key areas—teaching, professional development, and adjustment to a university career.

Roles & Responsibilities: My colleague, Deandra Little, and I collaborate equally on all aspects of TPT.  Together we researched and designed this highly flexible and scalable program.  On-going developmental and administrative responsibilities include:

  • creating program materials
  • organizing, designing and presenting workshops
  • consulting with participants
  • coordinating activities with other units on Grounds
  • assessing the program
  • dissemination at national conferences
  • securing annual funding

Program overview:

  • total number of program participants:             90
  • number of departments represented:              31
  • number of events sponsored:                        34

Participant comments:

Excellent, excellent program. I cannot stress enough its important in my professional development and my preparedness to participate in an academic career search in the coming

The TPT program has well exceeded my expectations - I feel my understanding of academic careers and preparedness for an academic career search has increased ten-fold.

I have found every [aspect of the program] very useful…The TPT program has given me a lot of confidence and also made me aware of all the challenges and great opportunities I will encounter in my future academic career.

Program dissemination:

  • Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning National Forum, June 15-17, 2008, Madison, WI.  Presented poster entitled “Tomorrow’s Professor Today: Developing a Flexible Faculty Preparation Program,” Michael Palmer, Deandra Little and Neda Cvijetic.
  • National Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Annual Conference, October 25-28, 2007, Pittsburg, PA.  Presented poster entitled “Tomorrow’s Professor Today: Developing a Flexible, Scalable Faculty Preparation Program,” Michael Palmer and Deandra Little.


Course Design Institute:
Designer & Facilitator, 2008


Program description:
The Course Design Institute is an intensive, multi-day workshop.  Participants design or substantially redesign a course so that it promotes significant, long-term learning.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • create and design Institute
  • design and present individual workshops
  • create and structure learning teams
  • create workshop materials
  • coordinate and consult with other facilitators
  • oversee participant application and selection process
  • oversee administrative support

Participant rating: 4.88 out of 5.00

Participant comments:

This [Institute] has given me tools to help me better fulfill my learning goals, keep my teaching fresh, effective & interesting.

[The CDI] provides [faculty] with a fresh look at teaching, from traditional “content-centered” to a more “learning-centered” approach.


August Teaching Workshop:
Coordinator, 2004-2008

Program description: The ATW is multi-day workshop series offered just before the fall semester for faculty members and teaching assistants new to the University of Virginia.  Annually over 300 instructors attend over 30 interactive workshops on topics such as, teaching the first day, lecturing, leading discussions, teaching labs, and avoiding potential problems and pitfalls.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • design and create overall program
  • solicit over 30 workshop presenters per year
  • consult with workshop presenters
  • arrange classroom space
  • coordinate with other units on Grounds
  • oversee administrative support

Workshop data (2004-2008):

  • average number of workshop sessions:              33
  • average number of faculty participants:              61
  • average number of TA participants:                  277
  • average workshop rating:                        4.33/5.00


TRC Website:
Designer & Webmaster, 2003-present

Program description:
The TRC website is a portal to all the Center’s printed and video resources.  It also serves as the primary place to get up-to-date information about TRC events and programs.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • design and create website
  • update and add new materials (e.g. newsletters, publications, announcements, etc.)
  • develop administrative intranet
  • develop administrative database, with scheduling and reservation tools
  • develop library database system, with administrative and client check-out tools
  • oversee TRC video digitization project