The Office of Academic Affairs and its centers, offices and divisions provide opportunities and resources to support excellence in teaching and learning and in research and creative/artistic endeavors.

Faculty Development Center (FDC) 

The FDC supports excellence in teaching and learning through a variety of programs, services and activities, including Faculty Learning Communities, New Faculty Orientation, writing retreats, speaker series and workshops, support for instructional technology, and support for assessment activities.  The FDC serves full-time and adjunct faculty across Webster’s global network.  

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Faculty Research Grants:  Competitive research grants are available for disciplinary-based research, research of teaching and learning, and creative and artistic projects.  Proposals from full-time faculty are solicited annually and reviewed by a faculty committee. The grants are administered by the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Adjunct Faculty Development Fund:  In recognition of the contribution of adjunct faculty to Webster’s teaching excellence, this fund supports professional development, professional travel, and research activities for eligible faculty members.  Applications for funding are accepted annually.  The program is administered by the Office of Academic Affairs.  
  • President’s Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Program:  Administered by the Office of Academic Affairs, this program supports undergraduate students who are conducting scholarly, artistic, and other research projects with the guidance of a faculty member. Undergraduate students from all schools, campuses, and majors are eligible to apply.
  • Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship:  Administered by Global Program Development, a unit of the Division of Global Education, the Sverdrup Fellowship provides opportunities for full-time and adjunct faculty members at all Webster campuses to teach at a Webster international campus.  Applications are accepted two times each year.  
  • Wilma and Roswell Messing Jr. Faculty Award:  The Messing Award provides support for a full-time faculty member to internationalize curriculum by funding international travel and related expenses.  Proposals are accepted annually, selection is made by a faculty committee, and the program is managed by the Office of Academic Affairs. 
  • President’s Faculty Fellowship Program:  Faculty Fellows work on special projects in partnership with Academic Affairs’ centers, offices and divisions.  Proposals are accepted annually, and the program is managed by the Faculty Development Center.  
  • Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching Excellence:  The Kemper Award, funded by the William T. Kemper Foundation, recognizes full-time and adjunct faculty members who demonstrate teaching at its finest. The President appoints a committee to review nominations and materials and recommend the recipients.

Bodies Supporting Faculty Teaching and Research 

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB):  Webster’s faculty-led IRB is housed in the Office of Academic Affairs and supported by a staff member who serves as expeditor.  The IRB is responsible for the review of all human subject research at Webster locations, domestic and international.
  • Global Advising Council:  Composed of faculty and professional staff advisors, the Council champions a culture of engaged advising in support of student success.  The Council, which is facilitated by the Academic Advising Center, develops and delivers training, oversees student advising learning outcomes, and communicates the importance of advising at Webster.

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