Indiana University tasked faculty to prepare “A Vision of Faculty Presence for Indiana’s Third Century,” recognizing that faculty presence on campus for a significant part of their time is essential for maintaining an active and vibrant academic community. The vision recognizes that while faculty members’ national and international networks in research and service are an invaluable contribution to the mission of the university, so too is the physical presence of faculty on their respective campuses, for student engagement outside of class time and official office hours, for interactions with faculty on issues facing campuses and the university, in light of the essential role of faculty in university governance, and in coordinating activities with university staff. The guidelines that accompany the vision statement will enable campuses and academic units to further define norms and expectations regarding faculty presence.
Since 1989, the Faculty Academy for Excellence in Teaching (FACET) has provided a self-organized, “grassroots” organization for faculty members on all IU campuses and of all ranks to promote effective, innovative, and evidence-based pedagogy. Since its founding, FACET has grown into a vibrant, university-wide community of scholars committed to teaching excellence at IU and across the nation. In 2018, FACET launched the website teaching.iu.edu in collaboration with the university’s centers for teaching and learning, which brings together in one location the full range of teaching resources available to IU faculty members. FACET’s Mack Fellows program selects a group of faculty each year to conduct ambitious collaborative research pertaining to the scholarship of teaching and learning, and its Bender Fellows program is aimed at newer members of the FACET community, with support for working on university-wide projects.
IUPUI created the Faculty Crossing space in its University Library, open to all faculty and teaching staff to brainstorm with co-authors, plan interdisciplinary partnerships, and connect with colleagues, promoting creativity and innovation. It is primarily an open workspace, but also hosts activities like writing groups, where faculty meet to share their writing goals and then work together in a quiet but shared space, promoting both scholarship and personal well-being.
The university-wide Mosaic Active Learning Initiative first launched on the Bloomington campus in fall 2015. It now connects all of IU campuses in the support for active learning pedagogies and active learning classrooms across all Indiana University campuses. The Mosaic Faculty Fellows is a key part of the Mosaic Initiative and it builds a community of faculty who support each other in their teaching. Mosaic has welcomed 102 fellows from 17 schools representing 58 disciplines/departments from 7 campuses. Active learning classrooms can feature tools as simple as configurable furniture and whiteboards, or as complex as sharing information wirelessly on classroom screens—the goal is to create a space where students and instructors can have a robust exchange of ideas.
As part of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning’s mission to promote transformative learning experiences for instructors, the CITL sponsors multiple Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) each year. FLCs are cohorts of faculty members, often from different disciplines or fields of study, who ask questions about teaching and learning, try out teaching innovations, assess student learning, create new models of practice, and publish scholarship about their work.
The mission of CITL’s Service-Learning Program is to enhance students’ civic development through community-engaged learning by understanding campus- and community-identified need to facilitate and support connections between campus and community for course-based service. The concept is a simple one: Students provide service in their community that is directly connected to their academic coursework, and the community provides an educational experience for the student while receiving support for their work. Community-engaged teaching and learning can be used in a variety of applications, including discipline-based, project-based, and capstone courses; service-focused internships; undergraduate community-based action research; and directed study for additional or extra credit.
Hiring a diverse and talented faculty is among the top priorities for the university. To ensure the best chance at recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, IU Bloomington developed a strategic hiring fund. The strategic hiring financial model provides a partnership arrangement with high front-end investments by campus for underrepresented faculty and senior women, with the academic unit picking up an increasing percentage of the salary and benefits over a period of years.
The Scholarly Writing Program (SWP) supports faculty as they write for publication and, by extension, for promotion and tenure. It aims to promote and share strong writing practices and build a community of writers on campus. Schools and programs across the Bloomington campus partner with the SWP to provide financial support and/or space for the groups. The semester-long Faculty Writing Groups (broadened to include all faculty in 2015) offer group accountability and support for faculty and other full-time academic appointees who would like to prioritize their own writing. The Faculty Writing Groups arrange peer-review groups, by request, for interested faculty members.