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Kent State’s Faculty Professional Development Center Redesign: We Need Your Input

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

Since this past September, the Kent State University Faculty Professional Development Center Redesign Steering Committee and Advisory Board have been working hard to develop an understanding of the faculty development possibilities at Kent State. This process has included:

  • Reviewing several past Faculty Professional Development Center review documents
  • Exploring relevant literature
  • Analyzing and mapping the faculty development services already offered
  • Conducting a two-day virtual conversation with leaders in the field 
  • Creating and defining possible mission/value statements for faculty development at Kent State
  • Analyzing more than 30 centers across the country

From all of these analyses, the committee has identified 15 key functions/services that are offered at other institutions like ours. We would like to know which of these services you think are critical here at Kent State.

In order to gather your feedback in a systematic manner, the committee has created a space on the Civic Commons website that will allow you to select and rank the key services that you think the new center should offer. Additionally, you can add comments or other suggestions through the conversation tool provided. We need your insights and feedback as we move forward with the redesign process.

The conversation is available at

To encourage your participation, the committee is collecting a series of prizes that will be randomly given to participants on the Civic Commons website. These prizes include gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts, iTunes, Tree City Coffee and Starbucks, as well as other fine local establishments. Also, a lucky winner may receive an iPod shuffle or some other “spectacular” surprise gift. All you need to do to be eligible is to contribute your voice to the conversation on the future direction of the Faculty Professional Development Center.

The committee appreciates your input as it takes the next step in the process.

For questions or comments, email David Dees at