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Professional Development

Columbus State offers a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to improve as educators and supporters of student learning. These include peer-led programs, outside experts, classroom and online self-paced learning. Some of these opportunities are coordinated by departments and others are college-wide and guided by faculty committees such as the Faculty Entry Training and Professional Development Committee and Instructional Success Committee among others. This section lists upcoming events and archives of past events.

CRAFT (College Resources for Advance Faculty Training)

Faculty can complete a series of workshops, and complete an implementation project, to earn a completion certificate that serves as documentation for the tenure and promotion portfolio, teaching awards and advancement, and continuous improvement of teaching. Classes are offered each semester with new certificate options to be added over time. Look for current certificate opportunities related to:

See CRAFT sequences and upcoming schedule.

Magna Mentor Video Series

Mentor Commons Screenshot

Magna 20-Minute Mentor is an on-demand digital library of targeted faculty development that offers solutions to common classroom challenges — in just 20 minutes! ( See video access instructions.) Perfect for:

•    Self-directed learning
•    Prompts for department discussions
•    Mentoring and development

Watch the video on your own then join the virtual discussion in the "Teaching: Art, Craft and Science" group on Yammer. (Learn more about Yammer.)

Faculty Launch! / Winter Warm-up

Faculty Launch! and Winter Warm-Up are the full-time faculty orientations and a limited number of seats are available for current full-time faculty to participate as a professional development. Morning and early afternoon topics will be relevant to all faculty. Read more about the program.


SCALE Workshops on Cooperative Learning

View bite-sized recordings from the SCALE workshop that took place in June 2014. Each focuses on a principle of effective design of cooperative learning.

Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX)

The second annual Faculty Idea Exchange was held on June 19th, 2015. Archived recordings are posted on the FIX page.

"Cheating Lessons"

View recording of James Lang's talk about the link between the conditions of learning and assessment and propensity for students to cheat.

 Book and Journal List

Education scholar Ken Bain, in his book What the Best College Teachers Do, reports that the best “have at least an intuitive understanding of human learning akin to the ideas…emerging from research in the learning sciences.” In recent years, researchers have translated that science into books of principles and methods educators can apply. A collection of these resources is being assembled in our library that will be the basis for future workshops, LibGuides and our own investigations into “what works.”  You can view a guide to current book titles available for check out and journals accessible via the library. Want to add a title or offer a review? Contact Rich James.