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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. Programming varies from semester to semester. The spring 2020 semester will include two reading groups—one on Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (2016) and another on How to be an Anti-Racist (2019). There will also be a workshop on understanding procedure in faculty meetings on February 20 at 4:35 in Hollenbeck 131 and a Wittenberg Writing Camp for professors and other university researchers/writers in mid-May. Two collegiality hours are planned for the semester. Please join your colleagues for any or all of these events.

Other semester initiatives include developing a new dinner series that foregrounds scholarly work, a review of teaching awards and honors and the development of a new service award and professional activity award. 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 (2019-2020 academic year)

  • Kristin Cline, Chair and Professor of Chemistry
  • Amber Burgett, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Gabriel Courey, Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Elena Dahl, Assistant Professor of Art
  • Billy Davis, Assistant Professor of Psychology
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