Annual Faculty Retreats

The Department of Biological Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona is currently composed of 28 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Faculty at the May 2005 faculty retreat Although the expertise of our faculty is diverse, all faculty members share a common interest in acquiring the skills necessary to deliver an undergraduate academic experience that is timely, relevant, and learning-centered. To this end and with the support of HHMI funds, focused faculty retreats have been or are planned to develop skills relevant to instructional improvement including topics related to assessment, long-range planning, and integrating research into teaching. Short (1 hour) sessions often proceed and follow retreat dates. These pre- and post-retreat sessions provide additional opportunities for faculty to learn about and complete tasks relevant to meeting retreat goals, as well as to share products that resulted from their retreat efforts.

Past Faculty Retreats

Retreat Topic: Assessment (May 2005)

Twenty-two (of 27) full-time faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences assembled for a full day retreat on Saturday, May 7, 2005 to focus on program-level assessment.   Read more...

What did faculty learn?   Definition and Process of:

  • Developing Student Learning Outcomes (May 2005)
  • Implementing Formative and Summative Assessment Methodologies (May 2005)

What was produced?

Upcoming Retreats

Retreat Topic: Developing a Collective Vision of the Future (June 2007)

What did faculty learn?   Definition and Process of:

  • Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis (Apr. 3, 2007)
  • Future Trends Analysis (Apr. 10, 2007)
  • Visioning (Apr. 24, 2007)
  • Establishing Goals, Strategies, and Actions (June 13-14, 2007)

What was produced?   Expectations include:

  • Vision Statements
  • Action Plans
  • Long-Range Plan for the Department of Biological Sciences

Faculty Development Series: Integrating Research Into Teaching

Planned for Fall 2007 in collaboration with the Cal Poly Pomona Faculty Center for Professional Development.

Assessment