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In support of the University of Southern Mississippi’s mission, vision, and values, the Center for Faculty Development prioritizes the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, leadership, and campus citizenship among the university community. The Center aims to provide holistic opportunities for educational and professional development by responding to current concerns and trends in higher education. The Center for Faculty Development builds cross-disciplinary and cross-campus community through activities and events that promote effective teaching, mentoring, exploration, and discovery.
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
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellows
  • Academic Faculty Leadership Institute 
  • First Year Foundations 
  • Show Up and Write
  • Teaching Consultation and Class Observation
  • New Faculty Orientation 

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

Phone: 601-266-4196  | Email: cfdFREEMississippi

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Melanie Leuty

Dr. Melanie Leuty



Ashley Allen

Dr. Ashley Allen

Associate Director 


Mandy Nace

Mandy Nace

Assistant Director of Finance and Operations


CFD Advisory Board

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Center for Faculty Development
319 International Center

118 College Drive #5211
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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