CHADs Faculty/Staff Leadership

CHADs Faculty/Staff Leadership

CHADs Faculty/Staff Leadership

St. Catherine University Leadership Statement

St. Catherine University is committed to the development of effective, ethical leaders. Through study, practice and life experience, individuals have opportunities to enrich the knowledge, refine the skills and clarify the attitudes essential for responsible action. In varied roles and settings, the St. Catherine University leader:

  • lives a commitment to the values of justice and caring;
  • acts from a strong self-concept;
  • thinks critically and creatively;
  • communicates and interacts effectively in groups;
  • takes risks willingly;
  • exercises power appropriately;
  • articulates a positive sense of direction; and
  • evokes hope.

Academic Community Development and Mentoring

Academic community development supports the continuing growth of faculty and academic staff as scholars and teachers. It promotes teaching as scholarship and plans and initiates collaborative programs that strengthen the community of learners.

"Continuing growth as scholars as teachers" assumes that all involved in the education of students either staff or faculty, will be included in learning initiatives. Because learning is life long, involvement in professional development opportunities is important for people at all stages of their work. Scholarly endeavors that promote excellence in teaching inside and outside of the classroom will be supported and promoted.

"Teaching as scholarship" acknowledges that becoming an excellent teacher is a continuous developmental process which involves gaining conceptual knowledge about the art and science of teaching and assessment.

"Collaborative programs" promotes the creation of partnerships for the purpose of teaching and learning. This includes partnerships between and among, students, administrators, faculty and staff. We also support development of effective links with other colleges and community organizations.

"Community of learners" refers to both the diverse groups of people who are engaged in teaching and learning and to the social environment in which learning occurs. Faculty development will promote shared leadership and model democratic practices which engage diverse interests in defining problems and solving them.

Academic Community Development Goals

  1. Support professional development of all educators.
    • Encourage participation in professional conferences and learning activities.
    • Assist with development and review proposals for mini-grants, research grants or other funding to support scholarly endeavors.
    • Shape an institutional definition of "best practice" in teaching at the St. Catherine University.
  2. Strengthen the teaching skills of all educators on both campuses.
    • Develop learning opportunities to address the needs of educators.
    • Develop programs to address curriculum issues identified by individuals or programs/departments.
    • Develop and maintain a Resource Center of books, videos, articles, etc., related to teaching, research and assessment.
  3. Promote collaborative efforts to strengthen the community of learners.
    • Model/teach skills associated with democratic practices.
    • Develop systematic program to orient and then mentor new faculty.
  4. Develop strategies to increase funding for academic community development.
    • Establish realistic priorities and five-year budget plan.
    • Develop another intercampus proposal to Bush Foundation.
    • Identify other funding sources and implement strategies to acquire funds.