Office of Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Development aids the work of faculty at Lake Forest College through a focus on three priorities:

We support faculty at all stages in their careers in developing effective pedagogical techniques that create an inclusive learning environment for our diverse student body. 

We assist faculty in creating and sustaining a community of colleagues who learn from and support each other.

We facilitate and celebrate faculty achievement in scholarly and artistic production.

Services for Faculty 

  • General teaching consultations and mid-course checks
  • Teaching Shapes program
  • Mentoring program
  • Orientation programs for new faculty
  • Input on grant proposals
  • Faculty writing retreats
  • Advising training 
  • Grants for curricular development
  • Programming for faculty development, including diversity, equity, and inclusion programming

Visit the Center for Academic Success for resources to assist students! 

Office of Faculty Development Program Series 2022-2023

Fall 2022 Programming

Faculty and the Workplace

RRC, CPC, and FPPC. Making Faculty Governance More Meaningful

Tuesday, September 13
12:00 pm
Panel: Liz Benacka, Chloe Johnston, and Linda Horowitz


Avoiding and/or Recovering from Burnout

Tuesday, October 25
4:00 pm
Session Leader: Todd Beer
Understanding how burnout emerges can help us identify ways our institution, our departments, and individuals can work together to recover from it or avoid it in the first place. Join us to begin the discussion on actionable steps we can take.

DEI and Social Justice

Disability 2.0—Beyond Accommodations

Wednesday, September 28
12:00 pm
Session Leader: Kara Fifield
In this session, Kara will focus on moving beyond accommodations and working towards accessibility and inclusion in the classroom.


Bias and the Student Experience

Wednesday, November 9
4:00 pm
Remote Session
With Professor Cyndi Kernahan
Despite the important implications of racism and stereotyping for our students, many of us do not always understand how racial bias influences student persistence and success in concrete and specific ways. Translating the research Cyndi will explain how racial bias, at both the individual and institutional levels, affects students and what we can do in response. The emphasis will be on practical, actionable, and research-informed strategies

Programming for Faculty Cohorts

International Faculty: Jumping Hurdles

Thursday, October 20
12:00 pm
Panel: Ajar Chekirova, Tessa Sermet, and Yoalli Rodríguez Aguilera
Learn how to mentor junior international faculty members and know more about various processes that your colleagues have had to navigate.


What To Know Before Third-Year Review

Thursday, November 17
4:00 pm

Spring 2023 Programming

Faculty and the Workplace

Advising: Navigating the Complexities

Tuesday, February 14
12:00 pm
What are the roles and expectations in advising? How can we streamline?


Burnout Culture in Academia: Where It Comes From and How We’ll Get Beyond It.

Tuesday, April 4
4:00 pm
With author Jonathan Malesic

DEI and Social Justice

Incorporating Community-Based Learning In & Out of the Classroom

Wednesday, March 1
12:00 pm
Session Leader: Stephanie Caparelli
Inviting professionals, practioners, and other community members as guest speakers can create valuable additions to class sessions as a means of exposing students to practical application of coursework. How can we take these vital one-time class discussions increase their value for students and community partners alike? In this session, we will discuss how students can join with community partners to effectuate change by incentivizing community work through student internships, portfolio building, and paid projects.


How to be an Advocate & Ally for People with Disabilities.

Wednesday, April 12
4:00 pm
Session Leader: Kara Fifield

Programming for Faculty Cohorts

How to Revamp Your Pedagogy

Thursday, March 23
12:00 pm
In this session you will learn about curricular and policy changes our panelists have incorporated in their courses. Bring your questions and insights.  
Panel: Holly Swyers, Cassondra Batz-Barbarich, and Ben Zeller


Preparing Yourself for the Tenure Process and Recalibrating post-tenure

Thursday, April 20
4:00 pm

Upcoming Faculty Development Events

Associated Faculty and Staff

Todd Beer, Senior Faculty Associate

Todd Beer

Elizabeth Benacka, Senior Faculty Associate

Elizabeth Benacka

Chloe Johnston, Senior Faculty Associate

Chloe Johnston

Ajar Chekirova, Junior Faculty Fellow

Ajar Chekirova

Rebecca Delventhal, Junior Faculty Fellow

Rebecca Delventhal

Andrew Gard, Junior Faculty Fellow

Andrew Gard

RL Watson, Junior Faculty Fellow

RL Watson

Connie Corso, Academic Technologist

Connie Corso

Dawn Abt-Perkins, Director of Writing Programs

Dawn Abt-Perkins