Faculty Development

Holy Cross is dedicated to supporting the professional development of our excellent liberal arts faculty as teacher-scholars at every stage of their career.

The College offers a comprehensive range of faculty development opportunities, from our new faculty orientation and faculty mentor programs to research leaves and conference travel support to course development grants and other support for pedagogical innovation. Additional support for scholarship is also provided through the Office of Sponsored Research and the Committee on Faculty Scholarship.

Gathered here are faculty development opportunities geared toward teaching. The first section provides information about Holy Cross opportunities. The second section provides information resources offered through Instructure (the maker of Canvas) and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).

Summer 2021

Workshops offered by Educational Design & Digital Media Services

Educational Design & Digital Media Services will be offering Community Workshops via Zoom during the summer!

These DMS Community Workshops provide a welcoming space for Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff to learn about media production and media platforms. This summer we will be discussing video production, podcasting, and Google Sites. Please consult the schedule for summer offerings for more information and the links for registration.

Canvas Workshops in July and August 2021

This summer Instructure (Canvas) will offer training for Holy Cross Faculty. In order to view the Google site and access the registration form, you may be asked to sign in with your Holy Cross Gmail credentials.  

General webconferences offered by Instructure

To register for the general Instructure-led training sessions below or view other Instructure-led training opportunities:
1. Log in to Canvas
2. Click the Help link in the Canvas global navigation menu on the left
3. Click the Training Services Portal link in this menu
a. Click Authorize if prompted to obtain access to the training portal
b. Navigate through the Canvas Training Portal Tutorial
4. Click the Training Calendar tab
5. Training sessions listed are free for Holy Cross faculty members, so you may click on any training session to complete the registration.  Training sessions take place via videoconference.

Examples of webconferences offered:
Canvas: Group Work & Collaboration
Canvas Assignments
Canvas Quiz Basics
Managing Canvas Quizzes


AJCU Faculty Teaching Commons (teaching resources by discipline)

To support the work of faculty across the network during COVID-19, the AJCU has launched a set of online pages, collectively titled the AJCU Faculty Teaching Commons. The goal of the Commons is to provide a virtual space for:
    •    connecting with fellow faculty members in the Jesuit higher education network;
    •    reflecting on the pedagogical challenges of, and possibilities for, teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic;
    •    expanding our understanding of COVID-19’s implications for students of diverse racial and economic backgrounds, and
    •    preparing to teach in the coming academic year.   
The hope in launching this project is to build meaningful bridges among Jesuit college and university faculty, and across schools, thus enriching our Ignatian, educational mission. It essentially consists of a set of Google Docs for participants to exchange teaching information, ideas and questions by general disciplinary groupings
To participate, simply go to https://www.ajcunet.edu/faculty-teaching-commons and select the disciplinary group that is closest to your field. Once you write in the Google Doc there is no need to save the text. Your comments will automatically be saved for others to read.