Faculty Development

We seek to aid faculty in their pursuit of excellence in teaching, continued professional vitality, contribution to the service of the University, and growth as integrative Christian scholars. Faculty play a key role in fostering our students overall growth, both in the advancing of student learning and in the nurturing of student character. In light of our mission to equip students in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ, we invest significant resources in services and programming for new, mid-level and advanced faculty.

School Faculty Development Services and Programs

Individual schools vary in the services and programs provided to faculty. Check with your school or department on which of the following are provided.

  • Professional affiliations, travel for presentations, conferences, etc.
  • Teaching expenses (textbooks, software, copying, etc.)
  • Scholarship and research costs.
  • Sabbaticals
  • 7th semester integration projects

University Faculty Development Services and Programs

  • New Faculty Orientation: A foundational orientation on Biola’s unique history and mission, vision, programs, etc. This 2-day orientation in August includes meals and presentations by the President, Provost, and others on a number of topics (see attached schedule of the days activities).

  • New Faculty Forum: The New Faculty Forum takes place during January’s Interterm, and provides a more academically focused and extensive version of the orientation meetings. All faculty who have been hired over the past year meet to discuss important topics related to their on-going professional development. Presentations are given by Biola faculty who have expertise in areas such as the integration of faith and learning, theology, and Biola’s historical place in evangelicalism.
  • Desired Professional Outcomes:

    By the completion of the New Faculty Forum program, faculty will be able to:

    • Know fully the mission of Biola, and describe our historical and theological distinctiveness as a Christian liberal arts university.
    • Discuss the basic principles of educational process (student learning, etc.) that will provide the basis of their course design.
    • Discover principles for the integration of their personal faith with their academic discipline.
    • Learn ways to demonstrate sensitivity and respect for members of different ethnic and cultural origins.

    Topics of Instruction (these vary):

    Session #1:Introduction to History & Theological Commitments of Biola university.
    Session #2:The Teacher: Learner Process Applied to Course Design.
    Session #3:Creative Methods of Classroom Instruction
    Session #4:Integration of Technology in Classroom Instruction
    Session #5:Introduction to Issues in Integration
    Session #6:Introduction to Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom.

  • Mentoring Program: In January new faculty are paired with a senior scholar, meet twice a month for proactive guidance, and are provided a meal pass. Always a highly rated and valuable experience for both the mentors and the protégés. Topics covered are determined by the expertise of the mentor and rhe specific needs of the protégés.

  • Teaching Mentoring: Teaching help from “master” teachers, ideal for new faculty or those struggling with some aspect of teaching.

  • Instructional Services and Instructional Development: Professionals help to develop and enhance your teaching technologies for more effective pedagogy. We have an instructional development location in the library (in CLEAR), and an instructional services lab at McNally accessible 24hrs. Services (during regular business hours) include:
    • Classroom technology services (projectors, DVDs, “clickers” etc.)
    • Blackboard CMS (Online and classroom management systems) training.
    • PowerPoint training, copying VHS or DVD, scanning documents, etc.
    • Assessment handbook on student learning
    • Teaching tools (such as modules on such topics as designing new courses, giving exams, advising students)

  • Seminars: Various topics are presented up to 5 times a year, during fall workshop in August, in he fall (Torrey week), Interterm, spring (Missions Conference week) and summer. Areas covered include:
    • Integration topics: Theology seminars for faculty with limited formal theology training (usually in January or summer). Past sessions offered by scholars such as J.I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Millard Erickson. Includes text and stipend.
    • Spiritual Formation in the classroom: Issues explored form a theological, psychological, and history of spirituality perspective. (Interterm session).
    • Using Blackboard/CMS effectively
    • Teaching and Student Learning
    • Effective Pedagogy
    • Other In-Service Seminars (topics vary)

  • Research and Development Grants (R&D Grants): Faculty may apply for internal university grants (ranging between $1000-$4000) to cover direct research costs or receive a 3 unit class load reduction. Applications are due mid-January, and more information is available through the Provost Office/Dean of Academic Administration.

  • Provost Research Luncheons: Research presentations given by invited faculty, hosted by the Provost's Office.

  • Reading Groups: Form a group with faculty from various disciplines and the reading material is supplied.