While Faculty Commons is physically located in 116 Pearson Hall, our partners come from all areas of campus. Faculty Commons is a shared space that incorporates expertise from every unit on campus that supports teaching and those who teach. We know that sometimes you might feel that getting an answer is like sifting through alphabet soup–Faculty Commons is your one-stop-shop to connect with any of our partners in a welcoming, collaborative environment.
Academic Technology Services (ATS)
IT Academic Technology Services (IT-ATS) helps faculty and all those who teach at the University of Delaware improve teaching and learning through the effective application of technology. We provide personal assistance for in-class instruction and online learning. Our primary offices and studios are in Pearson Hall with additional services available across campus.
Our services include: Canvas learning management system, iClicker student response system, instructional design and online program development, UD Capture classroom and studio recording, Zoom video conferencing software, and in-class technical instruction.
Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS)
Professional and Continuing Studies is the portal to the University of Delaware for adult and post-traditional learners. Our services for faculty include instructional design support, focusing on non-credit and certificate program development, and exam administration through the UD Online Proctoring Center. For directors of online programs, PCS is the point of contact for state authorization as well as marketing strategy.
Additional services include academic advisement for non-traditional learners and UD employees at the ACCESS center, and Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI) programs at Dover, Wilmington, and Lewes/Ocean View.
Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning (CTAL)
CTAL is a university-wide unit that supports instructional activities. Specifically, CTAL provides a range of free and confidential instructional services to help all members of UD’s teaching community to enhance the teaching, learning, and assessment processes.
- We believe that teaching, learning, and assessment are inextricably linked.
- We believe that teaching is a skill that can be developed and informed by knowledge, research, and reflection.
- We believe that learning is the essential outcome and purpose of teaching.
- We believe that the best learning occurs when guided by experts who continually assess their students’ and their own development, skills, and knowledge.
Library, Museums & Press
The mission of the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press advances teaching, learning, research and discovery for the University of Delaware Community by providing access to information worldwide, offering electronic, print and unique collections and establishing services and learning environments responsive to users’ needs. As the most comprehensive and broadly based collection in the state of Delaware and as one of the largest research libraries in the nation, the Library supports the needs of the citizens of Delaware and the national and international scholarly community.
Institute for Transforming University Education (ITUE)
The Institute for Transforming University Education is a group of faculty from various disciplines who work together to help new and experienced faculty create and deliver active, engaged, high quality instruction. Since the mid-90s, ITUE has led many faculty development workshops at UD and on other campuses, both in the US and in other countries. Workshops focus on problem-based learning (PBL), student engagement, and team-based learning. ITUE maintains a web site and the PBL Clearinghouse, a resource for well developed, peer reviewed problems, organized by disciplines. ITUE actively partners with various groups across campus and student support services.
IT University Media Services (UMS)
University Media Services (IT-UMS) is responsible for the planning, management, creation, implementation, and technical support of professional audio/video production, campus and performance events (including Mitchell and Pearson Hall performance venues), classroom technology, and technical media support for the University community.
IT Client Support & Services (CS&S)
Client Support & Services (IT-CS&S) is often the first point of contact for students, faculty members, and staff members seeking help with technology. IT-CS&S focuses on helping the UD community use technology effectively and efficiently. IT-CS&S staff members also take the lead supporting productivity, research, and instructional tools for the UD community, student computing, research computing applications, LearnIT@UD, and assistance with hardware and software issues through the IT Support Center.
UD ADVANCE is aimed at increasing opportunities for UD’s faculty. We are proud to join other higher education leaders across the country who are developing new ways to increase the representation and advancement of women faculty in STEM and social science careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.
Interdisciplinary Humanities Resource Center (IHRC)
The mission of the IHRC is to:
- strengthen faculty research and creative activity
- enhance its visibility as well as its vertical integration into the curriculum
- support initiatives involving multi-disciplinary research teams (both within the university and with external partners)
- foster intellectual community and public engagement
Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL)
The University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) is a hub of teaching and research on campus. The 194,000-square-foot facility brings together students and faculty from various disciplines to teach, learn and conduct research in a collaborative environment. Research provides content for the curriculum and students learn through the exploration of real-world problems.
Community Engagement Initiative (CEI)
The Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) is charged with prime responsibility for carrying out the University’s strategic vision for community engagement.
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network
UD is a member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)’s international network of top research universities. UD’s membership will mean enhanced opportunities for graduate students to improve their teaching skills, not only through on-campus training opportunities but also through courses and programming offered online and in hybrid formats by other CIRTL Network member institutions.