2021 – 2022Faculty Development Program

Faculty Development Program (FDP) is a certificate program focusing on best practices in higher education teaching and learning.


Advanced registration is required for all KCPDC events. Registration is FREE to employees of member institutions. Please contact your campus representative for registration.

Non-members are encouraged to enroll, on a space available basis. The cost for the attendance at KCPDC events is $150 for full day and $75 for most short programs. The cost for Foundations of Teaching Excellence (five workshops) is $150. For enrollment information, contact us at

KCPDC Faculty Academy

The KCPDC Faculty Academy continues to cultivate faculty development by hosting a day-long teaching and learning event where five mini workshops will focus on the following instructional frameworks – Quality Course Design, Learner-Centered Syllabus, Active Learning Strategies, Technology in the Classroom, and Effective Grading Strategies. Collectively, these five topics make up the Foundations of Teaching Excellence series. The Foundations of Teaching Excellence is beneficial to faculty new to teaching or others that may want to revisit essential teaching and learning strategies.

An alternative option for faculty searching for innovative classroom techniques is to participate in the Advanced Elements of Teaching Excellence seminar. The topic for this session changes annually and is based upon faculty interests.

Please read the descriptions below for more information on the Foundations of Teaching Excellence and the Advanced Elements of Teaching Excellence, or contact your campus representative if you have additional questions.

Foundations of Teaching Excellence
Note: the September 2021 event has been postponed.

The Foundations of Teaching Excellence will be offered in a blended format. Your KCPDC representative will provide the new date when it is available and details will be posted here. Participants may attend an onsite program or join synchronously online. The event will be held from 9am – 3pm, CST, and those that are able to join in person will receive a free lunch. Below is a tentative agenda. The date and location will be announced soon.

  • Quality Course Design • 9 – 9:50am, CST
    From planning instructional materials to student activities to learning outcomes, it's time explore ways to enhance course content that supports critical and higher-order thinking inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Building a Learner-Centered Syllabus • 10 – 10:50am, CST
    All participants are encouraged to bring a current syllabus to review, so when you pass out your syllabus to your class, your students will feel welcomed and ready to succeed.
  • Active Learning Strategies to Engage Students • 11 – 11:50am, CST
    Ready to get your students motivated and engaged in the classroom? Let's investigate active learning techniques that will help them think, collaborate, discussion, examine, and participate in conversations and activities.
  • Lunch • 11:50am – 1pm, CST
  • Best Practices for Technology in the Classroom • 1 – 1:50pm, CST
    Social media, group text, vlogging - technology is everywhere! #Welcometo2021 Let's discuss some technology tools to keep your students engaged and find a balance of technology that's right for you and your students.
  • Effective Grading Strategies • 2 – 2:50pm, CST
    It's time for us to think smarter, not harder and review some practical grading strategies that offer significant feedback to the student while offering you a more manageable work/life balance.

Advanced Elements of Teaching Excellence

Advanced Elements of Teaching Excellence is geared towards mid-career to veteran faculty, but is available to all. This year’s advanced teaching workshop will be offered in a blended format on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 9am – 12pm, CST. Participants may attend onsite at Johnson County Community College in the CoLab, located in the Office and Classroom Building (OCB) 100 – view campus map (PDF) – or synchronously online.

Advanced Elements of Teaching ExcellenceUniversal Design for Learning
Presented by KCPDC

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – Noon
Location: JCCC CoLab, OCB Room 100 (map) or option for Online on Zoom
Presenter: Holly Dressler and Shaun Pate

Contact your KCPDC representative to sign up

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Faculty Development Certificate

There are three options to earn the Faculty Development Certificate:

The Special Topics and Supervisory Development Program workshops provide elective options for the FDP Certificate:

  1. Complete the KCPDC Faculty Academy and the annual Enhancing Teaching and Learning (ETL) Conference.
  2. Complete the KCPDC Faculty Academy, Advanced Elements of Teaching Excellence seminar, and one KCPDC workshop from Supervisor Development Program or Special Topics.
  3. Attend the Advanced Elements of Teaching Excellence seminar, an additional KCPDC workshop, and the Enhancing Teaching and Learning (ETL) Conference.

Committed to providing professional development opportunities for the faculty and staff of its member institutions.