About Us

An excellent education begins with excellent faculty, and helping Southern Miss faculty reach their greatest potential is the purpose of the Center for Faculty Development. From joining research groups to becoming a certified Distinguished Teaching Scholar through the American College and University Educators, the Center for Faculty Development at The University of Southern Mississippi supports faculty at all levels to navigate the changes in classrooms that come with rapidly developing technology and an ever-evolving student population. 

Founded in 2016, the Center for Faculty Development provides faculty members with collaborative and individual opportunities to advance teaching and learning.  Operating under the Office of the Provost, the Center for Faculty Development provides services and resources that address pedagogy, procedures, and methods for academic discovery and engagement.  

Located in the International Center, Suite 319, the Center for Faculty Development serves as a place for faculty to gather with colleagues, to meet in small groups, or to work independently.  We provide space for scheduled sessions as well as unscheduled, informal space for faculty members to visit at any time during open hours.  

Our programs include such offerings as:

  • ACUE Faculty Development Institute
  • First Year Foundations 
  • Teaching Forums
  • Network of Eagle Scholar Teachers (NEST)
  • Academic Leadership Institute 
  • Teaching Consultation and Class Observation
  • Campus Development Opportunities Hub
  • Academic Integrity Office 
  • New Faculty Orientation 
  • CFD Podcasts 

 

CFD STAFF:

Kelly Lester, Director

Kelly Ferris Lester 

Director 

kelly.lester@usm.edu 

601-266-5888 

Cindy S. Blackwell, Associate Director

Cindy S Blackwell 

Associate Director/Academic Integrity Officer   

cindy.s.blackwell@usm.edu

601-266-5792

 

 

 

 

Bonnie Cooper, Coordinator

Bonnie L Cooper

Coordinator

bonnie.cooper@usm.edu 

601-266-4688

Normal operations are Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Alternate arrangements may be made to use the Center.

Phone: 601-266-5888 or 601-266-4688

Email: CFD@usm.edu