Faculty Development

What is faculty development?

The Faculty Development team promotes teaching excellence and innovation across the University and helps build the teaching and learning community at GW. Part of the Instructional Core for Advocacy, Research, and Excellence in Teaching and Learning of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI), Faculty Development focuses in particular on research-supported, student-centered approaches to course design and instruction. We stay abreast of and disseminate emerging developments in evidence-based teaching, and we design programs, workshops, and resources and consult with instructors and staff to promote and support active learning, learner-centered syllabus and course design, thoughtful assignment and assessment design, and other high-impact practices for face-to-face, online and hybrid learning. 

How can I engage?

Faculty Development offers a variety of programs, services, and resources, from multi-day workshops to quick tips. Learn more by exploring this website, and sign up for our mailing list to receive program announcements and updates. 



  • Faculty Development facilitates several workshops each semester on topics like inclusive teaching, facilitating effective discussions, and building community in the classroom. Check the LAI Events page for details.
  • We are eager to partner with programs and departments to facilitate tailored faculty development workshops, informal teaching cafés, and faculty learning communities and support course and curriculum design. Please contact us to discuss your needs. 


  • Schedule a consultation to talk about a teaching or learning topic. Some recent faculty questions include:
    • "How can I scaffold an end-of-semester research project to promote critical thinking?"
    • "What active learning activities are best suited to this course objective?"
    • "What is an 'unessay,' and how do I use it?"

Classroom Observations and Mid-Semester Feedback

  • In addition to the student feedback that you collect informally throughout the semester, Faculty Development can visit your class and talk to your students. In these confidential  sessions, students discuss the strengths of your course and what would improve their learning with a trained facilitator. The results, reported only to you, arrive at mid-semester, when there is time to make adjustments to benefit your current students. Learn more and schedule a session on our mid-semester student feedback site
  • A trained facilitator can conduct a classroom observation and provide feedback; classroom observations can be conducted on their own or together with a mid-semester student feedback session. 


Contact us

We are eager to discuss how we can support your teaching. Please get in touch by emailing datias@gwu.edu or pdinneen@gwu.edu.

Team Members