Elon University provides resources for faculty professional development in two areas: development for research and scholarship and development in teaching. Funds for teaching faculty to engage in research and development, attendance at professional meetings, workshops, seminars, advanced study, released time fellowships, and sabbatical leaves are provided by the University. In addition, the University employs a Director of Sponsored Programs who seeks funds to provide these benefits for individuals and the University. These resources for faculty development are reviewed annually in the budgeting process.

Peer mentoring offers a means for development of teaching skills. Opportunities for mentoring are available through the schools or college, or through the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning for interdisciplinary-based mentoring.

Professional development for faculty includes public recognition of accomplishments in four areas: teaching, scholarly research and publication, civic engagement, and mentoring. Guidelines for these awards are included later in this section.

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