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Institute for Faculty Development

The mission of the Institute for Faculty Development (IFD), in alignment with the University's mission, is to promote a culture of informed, committed, engaged faculty through training, conferences, community building, and other resources. IFD seeks to empower all faculty in their engagement with students, in their work with deans, chairs, and search committees. The Institute also seeks to recruit and retain talented and diverse faculty.

The Institute for Faculty Development is a research based initiative to enhance existing interventions and provide culturally sensitive pedagogical training for faculty and fosters a climate for innovation in teaching and learning in a culturally responsive manner. It was launched by funding through the Department of Education's strengthening Hispanic Serving Institution's program (Title V).

Focuses of the Institute for Faculty Development

Director of the Institute for Faculty Development

Bonni Stachowiak

Dr. Bonni Stachowiak is the Dean of Teaching and Learning at Vanguard University of Southern California. She’s also an Associate Professor of Business and Management and teaches a couple times a year in an Educational Leadership doctoral program. She’s been teaching in-person, blended, and online courses throughout her entire career in higher education. Bonni gets the privilege of speaking with exceptional educators on a weekly basis, as the host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. Since 2014, her podcast has provided a space to explore the art and science of being more effective at facilitating learning. Teaching in Higher Ed also explores how to improve our productivity, so faculty can have more peace in our lives, and be even more present for our students. Bonni and her husband, Dave, are parents to two curious kids, who regularly shape their perspectives on teaching and learning.

Administrative Assistant

Shannon Jonsson