Thomas More University provides ongoing professional development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners. There is a range of ways that the university provides such development: the distribution of faculty development grants, the support of sabbatical leave, the support of faculty who pursue externally funded grants, the coordination of faculty development day during general assembly, and the offering of several faculty workshops/book clubs.
Faculty development is housed in academic affairs in the office of the provost. The faculty development director is Dr. Jodie N. Mader. She can be reached at 859-344-3381, or by email.
Forms and documents related to faculty development can be found on MYTMU page under “Faculty/Staff”, “Forms/Documents”.
The mission of the faculty development program, which is directly linked to the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC), is to help maximize faculty potential in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarships in order to support the university’s mission to develop students through sustained areas of superior teaching and learning. This goal is accomplished through the sponsorship of workshops and other forums plus the finding of professional development opportunities such as presentations at regional and national meetings and the pursuit of additional degrees or certifications. This support is also intended to help with the overall improvement of faculty ultimately leading to tenure and promotion to the ranks of associate professor and ultimately full Professor.
The University supports faculty development through a competitive application process that occurs annually. The process through which operational funds are used is governed by a committee of senior faculty called the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC) and is chaired by the Provost. The Faculty Development Director serves as secretary of the committee. FRC is comprised of one representative from each college and includes tenured faculty from all disciplines.
The current Faculty Relations Committee (FRC) consists of:
Provost Cari Garriga
Jodie Mader, Faculty Development Director
Siobhan Barone (College of Arts and Science)
Sherry Stanforth (College of Arts and Science)
Lisa Torok (College of Education and Allied Health)
Larry Byerly (College of Business)
Faculty are informed of faculty development opportunities, such as grants and sabbatical leave, by emails, flyers, and online forms located on MYTMU. Dates for submission are included in faculty development funds request forms.
*2017-18 20 faculty received faculty development funding
*2018-19 23 faculty received faculty development funding
The University, through the Faculty Relations Committee and the director of faculty development, supports sabbatical leave. Sabbatical leaves are granted through a competitive process. Applications are reviewed and recommendations are made by the Faculty Relations Committee. Those recommendations are then sent to the provost and then the president for approval. Faculty are granted sabbatical leave either for one semester at full salary, or for one year at half salary. Faculty members may apply for sabbatical leave after seven years of service.
For 17/18 Year: Two faculty members took sabbaticals (one in fall and one in spring).
Faculty Members: Dr. Wes Ryle, Dr. Joe Christensen
For 18/19 Year: No faculty members took sabbaticals.
THOMAS MORE UNIVERSITY SABBATICALS 1989-2019
|George Blair (Philosophy)||Spring 1989 to Spring 1990|
|Darrell Brothers (Art)||Spring semester, 1989|
|Bill Bryant (Biology)||Fall semester, 1989|
|Bill Porter (Psychology)||Spring semester, 1990|
|Sr. Philip Trauth (History)||Fall 1990 to Fall 1991|
|Gerry Franzen (Chemistry)||Spring semester, 1991|
|Sr. Colleen Dillon (English)||Fall semester, 1991|
|John Ferner (Biology)||Spring semester, 1992|
|Ron Mielech (Drama)||Spring semester, 1993|
|Bryant Card (Humanities)||Fall semester, 1993|
|Don Berberich (Accountancy)||Spring 1994 to Spring 1995|
|Tom Vanden Eynden (Math)||Spring semester, 1994|
|Bob Berger (Social Work)||Fall semester, 1994|
|Maria McLean (Psychology)||Spring semester, 1995|
|David Blythe (English)||Fall 1995 to Fall 1996|
|Jane Stier (Theology)||Spring semester, 1996|
|Paul Tenkotte (History)||Fall semester, 1996|
|John Cimprich (History)||Fall 1997 to Fall 1998|
|Debbie Krug (Mathematics)||Fall 1997 to Fall 1998|
|Judy Harris (Education)||Fall 1997 to Fall 1998|
|Ann Hicks (Chemistry)||Spring semester, 1998|
|Terry Flesch (Physics)||Fall semester, 1998|
|Mike Burch (Accountancy)||Spring semester, 1999|
|Erwin Erhardt (History)||Spring semester, 1999|
|John Ferner (Biology)||Spring 1999 to Spring 2000|
|Jim Nelson (Drama)||Fall 1999 to Fall 2000|
|Larry Boehm (Psychology)||Fall semester, 1999|
|Pat Raverty (Drama/Speech)||Spring semester, 2000|
|Sudhir Sen (Physics)||Fall semester, 2000|
|Peg Owens (Nursing)||Spring semester, 2001|
|Barb Rauf (Art)||Fall semester, 2001|
|Bill Porter (Psychology)||Spring semester, 2002|
|Tom Vanden Eynden (Mathematics)||Fall 2001 to Fall|
|Ken Taylor (Computer Information Systems)||Fall semester, 2002|
|Beth Penn (Education)||Spring semester, 2003|
|George Euskirchen (Economics)||Fall 2003 to Fall 2004|
|Paul Tenkotte (History)||Fall 2003 to Fall 2004|
|Fred Chen (Business Administration)||Fall semester, 2003|
|James Swartz (Computer Information Systems)||Fall semester, 2003|
|Not Available (2 Fall 2003)||Spring semester, 2004|
|Dorene Stall (Computer Information Systems)||Fall semester, 2004|
|Steven Lameier (Mathematics)||Fall semester, 2005|
|Patricia Lynch-Knoll (Communication)||Fall 2005 to Fall 2006|
|Maria McLean (Psychology)||Spring semester, 2006|
|Ann Hicks (Chemistry)||Fall semester, 2006|
|James Schuttemeyer (English)||Spring semester, 2007|
|John Ferner (Biology)||Spring semester, 2007|
|Cari Garriga (Foreign Languages)||Spring semester, 2007|
|James Camp (Sociology)||Fall 2007 to Spring 2008|
|Tom Gilday (Accountancy)||Spring semester, 2008|
|Barb Rauf (Art)||Fall semester, 2008|
|Julie Daoud (English)||Fall 2008 to Fall 2009|
|John Cimprich (History)||Fall 2009 to Spring 2010|
|Bob Riehemann (Mathematics/Physics)||Fall 2011 to Spring 2012|
|Chris Lorentz (Biology)||Fall semester 2011|
|Pat Raverty (Communication)||Fall semester 2011|
|Kathie Langen (Psychology)||Spring semester 2012|
|Cari Garriga (Foreign Languages)||Spring semester 2012|
|Jim McNutt (History)||Spring semester 2013|
|Sherry Cook Stanforth (English)||Fall semester 2013|
|Siobhan Barone (Biology)||Fall semester 2014|
|Cari Garriga (Foreign Languages)||Fall semester 2014|
|John Cimprich (History)||Spring semester 2015|
|Cari Garriga (Foreign Languages)||Spring semester 2015|
|Barbara Zahler (Education)||Spring semester 2015|
|Mary Jo Nead (Communication)||Fall semester 2015|
|Tyler Green (Chemistry)||Fall semester 2016|
|Florence Dwyer (Foreign Languages)||Fall semester 2016|
|Cate Sherron (Philosophy)||Spring semester 2017|
|Joe Christensen (Math/Physics)||Fall semester 2017|
|Wes Ryle (Math/Physics)||Spring semester 2018|
|Chris Lorentz (Biology)||Fall semester 2019|
|Shannon Galbraith-Kent (Biology)||Fall Semester 2020|
|Christy Petroze (Education)||Spring Semester 2021|
The university, through applications to FRC, support for faculty wishing to finish their terminal degree. These are $1,000 per year.
For 17/18 Year: One faculty received funding for support of graduate degree.
For 18/19 Year: Two faculty received funding for support of graduate degree. Of the two who received funding, one of those faculty finished their terminal degree.
FRC and faculty development director host book clubs for interested faculty. Some of the most recent books discussed are: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang and The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber.
The faculty development director and members of the Faculty Relations Committee meet with applicants in a fall workshop, usually in September, to provide information on the process and answer questions. An online promotion/tenure application is located on MYTMU. Applicants submit all materials digitally (unless situation permits otherwise) to provost’s office and on a Canvas created page. A course is created on Canvas to display promotion and/or tenure materials to members of FRC, provost, academic affairs of the Board of Trustees, and ultimately the president.
FRC creates and supports faculty development workshops throughout the academic year. Titles of previous faculty development workshops are listed below. Faculty attendance is encouraged but not required. Preference to presenters is given to faculty who received faculty development funding the previous year.
8/18/17, “Health and Wellness Initiative Go365”
“How to Create Discussion Groups,” Christy Petroze
“Revising your Syllabus,” Kim Haverkos
“New Online Tools,” Sue Bartow
8/31/17, “Motivate, Engage, and Inspire: Tips for Teaching Modern Learners,” Webinar
10/14/17, “A Day in the Life of a Canvas User,” Jodie Mader/Nathan Hartman
10/20/17, “Interacting with Historical Genealogy and Our Family Stories,” Maria Mitchell
10/20/17, “KIIS Opportunities,” Luis Sierra
1/19/18, “Scotland: More Than Just Haggis and Castles,” Shannon Galbraith-Kent
3/28/18, “Wine and Canvas: Using Canvas in Your Class,” Nathan Hartman
4/13/18, “My Sabbatical: Using PreteXt to Produce a Better Online Text (or Lab Manual,” Joe Christensen
9/7/18, “Concussions and Your Student,” Justin Farr, Faculty Member
9/14/18 “Culturally Responsive Teaching,” Karin Admiraal, Christian XXX, Outside Speaker
10/12/18, Slow Professor and Small Teaching, Faculty Book Club
11/16/18, “From the River to the Stars: How I Spent My Sabbatical,” Wes Ryle, Sabbatical
1/25/19 “Becoming Bridges because Walls are Unbecoming: Reflections on a Journey of Service to and learning from the Migrant,” James Camp, Faculty Member
1/11/19, “Navigating a Book Contract,” Luis Sierra and Dr. Bonnie Erwin (Wilmington College)
1/11/19, “Faculty/Staff Open Forum,” with Cabinet and President
3/7/19 “The Influences of Social Media,” Katy McCray, Faculty Member.
1/24/2020, “Teaching Strategies,” Jodie Mader
2/12/2020, “Thomas More University Campus Garden,” Shannon Galbraith-Kent
2/14/2020, “Team Teaching,” Cate Sherron
3/20/2020, “Possibilities in Canvas,” Sarah Blackwell
3/25/2020, “Benedictine Library Innovation,” Michael Wells
4/15/2020, “Annunciation House,” James Camp