Faculty Development

Page Updated: August 1, 2022

The Office of Faculty Success (OFS) is a critical resource for faculty learning, development, communication, and policy-related matters. The mission of OFS is to cultivate and support a diverse community among faculty through learning, development, and social opportunities, enhance faculty career capabilities through learning and development workshops, and to accelerate their career advancement and recognition through our awards and grants programs. Our office also monitors faculty-related data (diversity, satisfaction, advancement) and policy changes to ensure our diverse faculty are supported, treated equitably, and thrive in their career. OFS partners with many units across campus in addition to our VPAA departments including IDEA, International Affairs, DSI-CLEAR, Branding, and the President’s Office to support our faculty.

Department chairs play an important role in recognizing UNT’s faculty by recommending or nominating faculty in their department for awards presented for excellence in teaching, research/creative activities, and service. The Office for Faculty Success website contains a comprehensive list of awards, selection processes, deadlines and calls for nominations for the variety of awards specific to faculty. Award categories include, but are not limited to:

  • UNT Foundation Awards
  • University Distinguished Professorships
  • Regents Professorship
  • Teaching Awards
  • Research & Creativity Awards
  • Service Awards

Beyond these internal awards, faculty are often recognized by external bodies. To make sure our community is aware of these accomplishments, chairs and faculty can submit these each year to the award portal are encouraged to inform the Office for Faculty Success.

Faculty development leaves at UNT are authorized for the general purpose of increasing the value of the recipients’ sustained contribution to the University. They provide the individual with an opportunity for professional growth and may be granted (upon application) for study, research, writing, field observations, or other suitable purposes. UNT Policy 06.010 Faculty Development Leave outlines the three classes of leave, eligibility, procedures, and authorizations, and leave period and compensation. Applicants must initiate the request for faculty development leave with the chair of the department who forwards the request to the dean of the faculty member’s academic unit for endorsement. The call, application and required forms for faculty development leave can be found on the Office for Faculty Success website.

The Anti-Bias and Cultural Awareness Program was launched in 2020 and is UNT’s commitment to facilitating and creating an inclusive, affirming, and equitable environment for our Mean Green Family and the diverse communities we serve. In 2021, VPAA made ABCA a mandatory training for all faculty and staff which is required for any merit increases (when available). The ABCA program runs from October-May of each academic year and OFS hosts a variety of eligible workshops. Units may also host their own eligible workshops based on OFS approval which is submitted through a link on the OFS website.

The ABCA Program advances the following goals:

  • Actively build a safe, knowledgeable, and accepting community that is understanding of equity and inclusion strategies and considerations.
  • Deliver accessible programming and resources for faculty and academic staff related to practicing and facilitating inclusion, equity, and cultural humility effectively.
  • Provide ongoing strategies for faculty, academic staff, and academic leaders seeking to foster inclusive learning environments and improve the campus climate.

Chairs collaborate with the Office for Faculty Success in a multitude of ways, one of them being the UNT Faculty Mentoring Program. Chairs are responsible for identifying mentors for new faculty across all ranks and will be contacted each September by OFS to invite them to mentoring development programming. The mentoring program provides new faculty with support and resources to help faculty transition into their new roles and strengthen connections across campus departments.

Additional mentoring offerings for faculty include:

  • CREATE Mentoring Grant: The Creative and Research Enhancement Activity Time for Engagement (CREATE) Program is also available for new assistant professors.  The CREATE Program’s purpose is to facilitate the development of new networks and collaborators for new assistant professors and to enhance their scholarly productivity. Upon successful completion of the midterm review new faculty will be eligible to apply for the award to be used during the fourth or fifth year of the faculty member’s appointment.
  • Mentoring Grants: The Mentoring Grant Program provides financial support for full-time faculty across all ranks. During the spring semester, a call for proposals is publicized and faculty members are encouraged to apply for individual or team grants. These grants are designed to help faculty gain institutional knowledge, support teaching and/or research efforts, develop professional networks, and promote diversity

Conference Support:
Assistant professors may apply for a grant to participate in a top national or international conference, performance, or showcase venue most relevant to their field. This award is to be used during either the second or third year of the new faculty member’s appointment. The application can be found on the Office for Faculty Success website.

The Center for Learning Experimentation, Application, and Research (CLEAR) works closely with faculty to maximize their teaching effectiveness regardless of their mode of instructional delivery. CLEAR assists faculty in the design and delivery of courses as well as with the measurement of learning at the class, department, and college level. CLEAR offers workshops, seminars, conferences, individual consultations, production services, and many other resources across all disciplines.

The Teaching Excellence Handbook is an instructor guide to Teaching Excellence at UNT, and includes an overview of teaching policies, required syllabus language, and tips on preparing to teach at UNT for the first time. The handbook is divided into three main sections: Definitions and Policies, Teaching at UNT, and Teaching Online. It can be found on the Center for Learning Experimentation, Application, and Research (CLEAR) website within the larger Teaching Commons site, a “virtual resource and gathering space for UNT educators,” with robust sections on teaching essentials, featured faculty, and teaching commons podcast.