Faculty Competency Framework

The following competencies comprise a framework for continuous professional development, inquiry and practice for faculty in their role as teaching professors at Fleming College. The framework is an integrated package. It reflects the complexity and multi-faceted nature of the faculty role – that of teacher and learner, professional practitioner/subject matter expert, and college employee/colleague.

There is an assumption that competency acquisition for teaching professors is based on a strengths-based, appreciative inquiry model. Professional skill and knowledge will grow and change according to the career stage of the individual (early, post-probationary, and established). As such; faculty will be able to use this framework to plan professional development activities based on regularly established and reviewed goals and achievements.

Faculty @Fleming College are able to effectively:

CREATE ENGAGING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

  • Respond to a diverse student needs (cultural, learning styles, abilities) by applying effective teaching and learning strategies
  •  Create rich and varied learning activities with relevant learning resources to create an engaging learning environment
  •  Apply various teaching strategies to build and sustain meaningful relationships/interactions with learners

DESIGN EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION

  • Use principles of instructional design to develop learning outcomes, courses and programs
  • Design clear learning outcomes that align with authentic assessment and are supported by engaging learning strategies
  • Align instruction to program outcomes, vocational standards and essential employability skills

CONSTRUCT AUTHENTIC LEARNING ASSESSMENT

  • Create authentic and real-world assessments that are relevant to learners
  • Provide feedback that is specific, constructive and timely to engage students in their progress
  • Align assessments to course and program outcomes using appropriate tools, strategies and techniques

BUILD INCLUSIVE LEARNING COMMUNITIES

  • Plan and guide effective student learning by applying learning theory and principles
  • Establish positive and supportive rapport with learners that contributes to their academic, personal, and professional growth
  • Apply universal design principles in the classroom

 USE TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE LEARNING

  • Use appropriate technology to create active and participatory learning for students
  • Align opportunities for learning technology with course and program outcomes, as well as current workplace trends
  • Integrate students’ existing knowledge and awareness of technology in classroom approaches to learning

COMMIT TO CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  • Remain current as a dual professional in area of expertise (vocation, discipline, etc) and in teaching practice
  • Provide meaningful contributions to the learning community through engagement with colleagues, staff, and students
  • Engage in self-reflection and the development of a professional development plan that supports a commitment to life-long learning