Cultivating Your Professional Identity: Supporting Faculty Professional Development across Rank and Discipline

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College teaching -- Psychological aspects, College teaching -- Ethical aspects, Scholarship of teaching and learning


Portland State University’s signature general education program, University Studies (UNST), piloted a faculty support series titled “Cultivating Your Professional Identity” (CYPI) during the 2017–18 academic year. The series intended to provide space and collegial support for faculty across institutional ranks and departmental affiliations to hone their professional aspirations, intentionally pursue formative professional development opportunities, and curate and communicate their professional identities through the creation of an ePortfolio. Faculty applied to participate in the yearlong program; engaged in large-group, small-group, and one-on-one meetings with other participants and with program cofacilitators; and reflected throughout the year on their experience. The program emerged from the rearticulation of UNST’s vision and mission statement, created through a collaborative process during the preceding academic year....


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