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Clark Atlanta University
134, Thayer Hall
223 James P. Brawley Dr., SW

Atlanta, GA  30314
Phone: 404-880-8106    
Fax: 404-880-6058
Email:  titleIIIprogram@cau.edu

The Center for Faculty Professional Development
McPheeters-Dennis Hall, 3rd Floor
Phone: 404.880.6811      

Fax: 404.880.6832
Email:  CEFD@cau.edu

Activity Director:  Dr. Gwen Mitchell
Activity Assistant:  Ms. Allison Legister


The purpose of this activity is to support student success and college completion by strengthening academic quality at the University through supplementing the resources in the Center for Faculty Professional Development (Center). The Center serves as the primary unit for faculty professional development and instructional media services. All programs, services, resources, and opportunities support pre-tenured and tenured faculty members in the following three major focus areas: 1) Teaching Effectiveness; 2) Research and Scholarship; and 3) Instructional Design/Redesign of Curricula Utilizing Technology-based Applications. The Center supports the University’s Strategic Plan as follows:
  • Strategic Priority #3: Align Learning, Knowledge/Discovery, and Performance

During the 2012-2017 grant cycle, the Center will receive funding all five years. This funding will be used to fully develop the Master Teacher Institute (MTI), which will provide professional development workshops for faculty to enhance their skills as teachers, scholars, and practitioners toward the retention of undergraduate students. At the end of five years, the MTI will provide certification to faculty who complete the five-unit workshop series. Through this institute student learning outcomes will be improved to ensure student engagement and success at the University by preparing faculty to provide instruction in the most effective way.

During the 2012-2013 grant year, the MTI will be launched and a series of faculty workshops will be offered. The first MTI unit will be developed, which will include a syllabus, curriculum, and DVD. Market research and data will be collected on the instruments via field and pilot testing to document the impact and value the MTI will have on student success and college completion.

By the end of the five-year cycle, it is expected that the activity will be supported by funds from the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs, external organizations via grants, and sale of the Master Teacher Institute Workshop Series. During the 2013-2014 grant year, 25 percent of the Title III budget will be moved to the institution’s operations budget. An additional 25 percent will be moved each year until the activity is fully supported by funds from the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs, external organizations, and MTI sales in 2017.