Graduate Student Assistant
Janice Zgibor, RPh, Ph.D., CPH, FACE
ATLE Faculty Development Fellow, Public Health
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Pharmacy
- Floyd Ballard, Learning and Development Facilitator (2013-2014)
- Matt Barganier, Helmsley Grant Coordinator (2017-2018)
- Amanda Helip-Wooley, Learning and Development Facilitator (2017-2019)
- Ross Metusalem, Learning and Development Facilitator (2016-2017)
- Sommer Mitchell, Graduate Student Assistant (2013-2015)
- Brittany Sears, USF Project Manager, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities (2016)
- Nicole West, Assistant Director (2012-2015)
typical roles of Faculty Developers
A career in faculty development (or, as we now call it, "educational development") is richly rewarding, infinitely varied, and intellectually stimulating via its innate inter-, multi-, and cross-disciplinary intersections. Educational developers reap the enormous satisfaction of providing assistance to peers who are grateful for the ideas and suggested methodologies. Most importantly, we positively impact the lives of thousands of students through the multiplier effect of our influence on the front-line faculty. If ever you wanted to make a difference in the world, this career is the place to do it.
Educational developers juggle multiple projects at the same time, which creates a pleasing variety of material to switch between when considering what daily tasks might look like. It is never boring in Educational Development! In a single year, an educational developer in ATLE might do all of the following tasks:
- Consult with individual faculty (as well as adjuncts and teaching assistants) on their questions, teaching design, delivery options, teaching portfolios, optimized use of the Learning Management Software (LMS), and student evaluations.
- Perform peer observations of faculty teaching.
- Develop and deliver 4-6 new workshops for delivery at our First Friday "mini-conferences"
- Develop and deliver 3 workshops for our signature Summer Teaching Symposium event, a deep dive into a different teaching topic each year.
- Teach, on a rotating basis, one section of the graduate-level Preparing for College Teaching course as part of the "day job."
- Teach, on a rotating basis, one section of the undergraduate Learning Assistants course as part of the "day job."
- Note: There are also often "for pay" adjuncting opportunities with academic departments or university courses such as the first year seminar.
- Deliver a one day retreat to new Adjuncts.
- Deliver a full-day orientation to new Teaching Assistants, and help deliver workshops in the two-day Faculty Orientation.
Lead one Faculty Learning Community and/or book club.
- Take ownership, on a rotating basis, of 1-2 smaller ATLE events per year such as the Peer Observation Program, Faculty Teaching Awards, TA Teaching Awards, Teaching Fair, Celebration of Teaching, or Canvas Camp.
- Plan, as part of a team effort, major ATLE events such as the Sunshine State T&L Conference.
- Participate in single-day faculty development events at USF branch campuses of St. Petersberg and Sarasota-Mantee, as well as various locations for USF-Health.
- Present at state, regional, and national faculty development organization events and conferences.
- Participate, if desired, in leadership roles for faculty development organizations at the state, regional, or national levels.
- Represent ATLE and the faculty viewpoint on one or more campus committees.
- Develop new materials, web pages, and handouts for the ATLE website.