The Care and Maintenance of Faculty Culture: A Small College Curricular Approach


The authors describe Carleton College’s de-centralized model of faculty development that functions through informal structural elements with the assistance and partial coordination of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching. A curricular approach to faculty development—with coordinated goals, multiple iterations, and assessment of both goals and events—produces a faculty culture dedicated to collegial conversations and mutual instruction that helps foster a shared sense of purpose and contributes to an overall institutional focus on student learning.