Faculty Development

Faculty are an essential resource at the University of New Hampshire; and if the institution is to grow and flourish, faculty must be supported, mentored, and retained. The Faculty Development Program offers resources to assist faculty in achieving success in their academic careers.

Through the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Faculty Development Program supports UNH faculty and academic administrators in their ongoing quest for excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and leadership. To accomplish this goal, a broad range of seminars, programs, services, and resources are offered in two programmatic areas:

  • Faculty Mentoring Program focuses on the needs of pre-tenured and junior faculty
  • Professional development for Academic Leaders Program targets senior faculty and department chairs for leadership skill enhancement

The Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) is designed to assist junior faculty in their academic career development through the guidance and support of experienced University faculty members who serve as role models, advisors and mentors. Interactive group mentoring sessions provide opportunities for pre-tenured faculty to dialogue with senior faculty, administrators, and peers about issues, to exchange ideas, pose questions, and to address concerns about navigating the promotion and tenure process at UNH, as well as, discuss challenges faced by faculty from under-represented groups. More Information

The Professional Development for Academic Leaders Program (PDALP) is a comprehensive program that will offer knowledge-based, skill-enhancing and leadership development seminars to department chairs and senior faculty who mentor, supervise, and evaluate other faculty. The seminars and programs are designed to promote ongoing communication among academic administrators, provide leadership development opportunities, and support campus leaders (deans, chairs, and directors) in their efforts to foster academic excellence and organizational change in their units. More Information

Programmatic Goals

The Faculty Development Program overarching goals are:

  1. To prepare junior faculty to become the next generation of successful tenured faculty; and
  2. To build and expand leadership skills of senior faculty and academic leaders.

Program Offerings

The faculty Development Program offers seminars, workshops, and resources for faculty and academic leaders utilizing interactive dialogue, panel discussions, case-study analyses, and consultants. The broad range of seminars and programs, services, and resources are designed to support the faculty excellence in teaching, research, and outreach.

The Office of Faculty Development and Inclusive Excellence in concert with departments, schools and colleges to provide resources to support faculty development. The University of New Hampshire actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.


For more information contact: Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Inclusive Excellence, Christine Shea, at christine.shea@unh.edu or 603-862-3290, Thompson Hall, Room 207, 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824