Nationally recognized for the excellence of its teaching and the accessibility of its professors, Wittenberg University fosters an environment where the teacher-scholar can thrive through faculty development opportunities and through collaborative projects and initiatives with other faculty, with staff, and with students.

The Director of Faculty Development works with the Faculty Development Board and the Provost to implement and collaborate on programs and initiatives designed to support faculty in their professional development. Programming varies from semester to semester.

The spring 2021 semester is wrapping up and it has been a busy one for faculty development. We began with three workshops on online learning tools, and concluded discussion in our two reading groups, one on Small Teaching: Online (2019) - a follow up from our selection last year, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (2016), and another one on the latest publication from Wittenberg Professor of Philosophy Julius Bailey, Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith (2020). That second reading group is currently identifying anti-racism measures we can take in our teaching, scholarship, and service. On March 29, Faculty Development also held a forum on Wittenberg’s 2019 HEDS Report on Diversity and Equity and took the first steps in identifying how we can improve campus climate.

Upcoming are workshops on teaching writing in the first-year writing course, and the return of our popular post spring semester, week-long writing camp. Look for a series of workshops in late August on syllabus preparation, on meeting the needs of our most at-risk students, on understanding trauma, and on how we can engage our students in purposeful work in our classes.

Please contact Dr. Cynthia Richards at should you have questions and/or ideas for faculty development workshops and initiatives. Wittenberg is committed to the development of strong teachers and active scholars.

Cynthia Richards

Cynthia Richards, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Director of Faculty Development

Hollenbeck Hall 122
(937) 327-7053

Faculty Development Board (2020-2021 academic year)

  • Kristin Cline, Chair and Professor of Chemistry
  • Marie Bashaw, Professor of Nursing
  • Gabriel Courey, Assistant Professor of Business & Economics
  • Elena Dahl, Assistant Professor of Art
  • Billy Davis, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Cynthia Richards, Professor of English (ex-officio)
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