Welcome to the Faculty Development Center!

Erin Colbert-White

The Faculty Development Center is where Puget Sound’s teacher-scholars engage in ongoing work to fulfill professional and public scholarly goals.

The center's commitment to supporting holistic faculty excellence allows faculty members to engage more effectively with students in the classroom while also modeling what it means to be lifelong learners and producers of knowledge.

These pages share just some of the many resources available to the Puget Sound faculty. I invite you to explore the tools outlined here and utilize the center to its fullest. Whether it's one-on-one consultations, referrals to on- and off-campus support, or some of the great group events, I look forward to working with and alongside you!

Schedule an appointment today by contacting fdc@pugetsound.edu.

Erin Colbert-White
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, Faculty Development Center


Upcoming Events

Update: All sessions will be held virtually.


Pressing Topics Conversations

In response to faculty questions, the FDC will be holding three sessions next week to help facilitate conversation about pressing topics. These sessions will include some brief remarks and resource sharing from the facilitator but will be good opportunities for you to bring your questions and discuss with colleagues. 

  • Tuesday 1/18, 12:00-12:50pm: Trauma-informed pedagogy (discussion and some recommendations from small liberal arts colleagues, Julie Christoph, ADO)
  • Wednesday 1/19, 12:00-12:50pm: Teaching in person in the wake of Omicron (Q&A with Dr. Kelly Brown, director of CHWS)
  • Thursday 1/20, 12:00-12:50pm: Accommodations and classroom challenges (Q&A with Peggy Perno, director of SAA)


Setting Healthy Boundaries in Work and Daily Life

Do you find yourself saying ‘Yes’ and regretting it later—or even in the moment? We’ve all experienced it… the student who asks to meet during your designated writing/research time, the feeling of needing to over-commit in order to be perceived as a team-player, the decision to do more than your fair share of work on a collaborative grant proposal “because it just needs to get done.” Whether it’s in our professional or personal relationships, poor boundaries may lead to resentment, hurt, anger, and burnout. In this 90-minute workshop, we’ll discuss strategies for how you can better stand in your values by setting (and adhering to!) healthy boundaries, as well as devote time to practice this critically important skill.

Workshop Goals:

  • Self-assess current boundary setting behavior
  • Understand why boundaries are important
  • Learn strategies for setting healthy boundaries
  • Practice standing firm in a set boundary in a low-stakes environment
  • Gain additional resources for healthy boundary setting
  • Wednesday, 1/26, 12:00-1:30pm.


Spring 2022 Events on the Horizon

Update: All sessions will be held virtually.

  • Mindfulness 101
  • Effectively engaging students in crisis
  • Best practices for securing external grants
  • Tailoring volunteerism and service to play to your strengths​


Creating Positive Mentored Research Experiences Workshop, Friday, May 6, 2022. The workshop will be led by Faculty Development Center director Erin Colbert-White, who published the SURE Workbook, an open-access guide for research mentors and mentees. Faculty will reflect on their own research mentoring style, consider broad and discipline-specific research mentoring challenges and solutions, and start crafting their own student research mentoring framework.

May Writing Workshop, Wednesday-Friday, May 18-20, 2022. Our guest presenter will be John Duffy, professor of English at Notre Dame, author of Provocations of Virtue: Rhetoric, Ethics, and the Teaching of Writing (examining the ethical dimensions of teaching writing in a post-truth world), and founder of the Write to Vote Project. As in past years, the workshop is designed for to help faculty rethink and refine their work as teachers of writing.