Muncie, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College’s East Central Region will receive a national award from the Council for Resource Development (CRD) for the Campus Impact Award in the Non-Development Professional category, for the Associate Faculty Development Institute (AFDI) program. AFDI provides professional development opportunities for adjunct faculty at the College. The program recognizes and rewards faculty for improving their skills in order to provide the best possible teaching and student experience. The efforts were led by Dr. Ronald Sloan, vice chancellor of academic affairs and Jeremy Brown, project coordinator, for the East Central Region.
An adjunct faculty member, upon completing the AFDI program, would receive the designation of Associate Faculty and additional compensation. The program requires completing a set of development hours which includes qualifying seminars, workshops, or courses in their field of instruction, within a qualified time frame. Renewal status is not automatic and to retain certification, the faculty member must commit to professional development activities annually.
“Ivy Tech Community College is honored to receive this award on behalf of the hard work of Ron Sloan, Jeremy Brown, and all of our faculty members,” said Andy Bowne, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College East Central Region. “Our students deserve a quality experience led by highly educated instructors. In a time where higher education resources are being stretched or even reduced, the AFDI program provides development, recognition and incentives to those who have the highest impact on our students.”
The Associate Faculty Development Institute was made possible thanks to the generosity of the George and Frances Ball Foundation, and Ivy Tech greatly values the partnership to better serve students and the community. “The George and Frances Ball Foundation has a long standing commitment to education and our Board was deeply impressed with Ivy Tech’s innovative approach to supporting its adjunct faculty. We consider this million dollar grant to be a wise investment in our community,” said Tom Bracken, president of the George and Frances Ball Foundation.
Currently, more than 200 faculty members have participated in the program resulting in more than 3,200 hours of professional development training. The goal is for 160 adjunct faculty members to have Associate Faculty status by 2020.
The awards are being presented at CRD’s annual conference on November 9th in Washington, DC.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
The Council for Resource Development (CRD) is an affiliate and major council of the American Association of Community Colleges. CRD’s mission is to educate and advocate for community college leaders dedicated to securing resources to increase the effectiveness of the institutions and students they serve. Current membership totals more than 1,600 contact people, representing over 700 two-year colleges in the United States and Canada.
Membership is open to anyone interested in the welfare of two-year colleges, and includes development officers, grant writers, foundation directors, college presidents, administrators, and staff.