With our partners, the Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs fosters a culture at the university that welcomes, encourages, supports, and sustains a diverse faculty as they achieve excellence in scholarship, teaching, service, and public engagement.
The Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs partners with the Office for Public Engagement to promote faculty members' involvement in research, teaching, and outreach that benefits from our connections with local, national, and global communities. Specific initiatives relate to clarifying how to identify and assess engaged scholarship through the promotion and tenure process, and to determining how to support scholars whose scholarship embodies effective engagement practices.
The Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs partners with the Office of Equity and Diversity to advance inclusive excellence in all aspects of the University. Partnership efforts have included working together to recruit and retain a diverse faculty, advance mentoring efforts, and promote leadership that honors and advances inclusive excellence in units that advance the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University.
As a unit housed within the Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs, the Center for Educational Innovation collaborates widely across the University of Minnesota system to strengthen our ability to offer excellent teaching and learning. CEI staff support instructors through providing assistance with instructional and academic technologies, consult faculty and academic leaders on the development of eLearning initiatives, and provide guidance at all levels of the institution about policies, practices, and platforms that advance educational innovation.
The Women's Faculty Cabinet seeks to improve and enrich the academic and professional environments for women faculty at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, the WFC offers professional development opportunities for women faculty, reviews and advances policies to improve conditions for faculty members, and advocates for practices that promote equity across the University.
The Office for Leadership and Talent Development partners with us to foster a culture of leadership development throughout the University. The Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs facilitates leadership programs for chairs and faculty leaders, seeking to identify, support, and recognize leaders who are well-positioned as future leaders within the University. LTD's efforts focus primarily on formal assessments to advance leaders' capacities and self-knowledge, coaching and consulting, and leadership programs that address specific needs for increasing a unit's leadership capacity to advance priorities.