Professional Development

Helping faculty grow intellectually, professionally, and spiritually as teacher-scholars

Recorded Events & Workshops

Balzer Lecture Series

Faculty Luncheons


Webinars from ATLAS training sessions:

  • Blackboard - Setting up Course and Adding Content
  • Blackboard - Grade Center
  • Blackboard - Rubrics
  • Blackboard - Assignments, SafeAssign, Inline Grading
  • Blackboard - Tests and Quizzes
  • Blackboard Collaborate, Skype For Business - Guest Speakers, Live Lectures, Online Office Hours
  • iLos - Creating Recordings - Faculty recordings and student recordings
  • Collaborative Documents - Office 365

Self-Paced Modules


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Professional Development Reporting

COMING SOON - Report your professional development participation here. Access the JBU Professional Development Reporting Form by clicking on the link below. Then complete and submit the form. A separate form must be completed for each conference or other activity attended.

Peer Observation Groups

Description:  Peer observation groups are designed to facilitate self-reflection on teaching practices through the process of watching peers in the classroom.  Groups of four faculty members (“squares”) observe each other once in class and contemplate what they have learned about his or her own teaching and classroom practices.  These observations are free from evaluation or judgment because the focus is on personal development.

 Outcomes:  Participants will:

  • Observe three peers in the classroom
  • Offer observations to group
  • Reflect on his or her own teaching
  • Share targeted suggestions and best practices (if requested)
  • Strengthen relationships with other new faculty
  • Develop plan for future

Schedule:  The time commitment for the group is fairly minimal.  An initial meeting takes place where participants exchange syllabi and discuss course objectives and broader pedagogical mindsets.  Observations then take place over the next three weeks.  A final meeting is convened to discuss observations and reflections and determine what changes will be made a result of participation in the group.  In total, the program takes approximately six hours of time (one hour per week for six weeks). 

For more information or to inquire about joining a teaching square, contact Carla Swearingen at

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