Using Certificates to Engage Faculty in Professional Development


  • Heather McCullough UNC Charlotte
  • Kim Buch UNC Charlotte


faculty development, teaching, learning, pedagogy, andragogy, teaching certificate


The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is helping to shape the futures of learning in diverse ways. In this paper, we describe a recently implemented micro-credential option for faculty and graduate students, the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. We also report findings supporting micro-credentialing as a popular, flexible, and cost-effective approach to faculty development and teaching excellence.

Author Biography

Kim Buch, UNC Charlotte

Kim Buch, an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist in the Psychology Department, serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning.  Her research is in the area of organizational and institutional change programs and their effects on individual behaviors and attitudes and on organizational structure and culture. This includes institutional and pedagogical interventions targeting student learning outcomes, about which she has published extensively.  Kim has experience, as both practitioner and researcher, in SoTL (the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) and contributes to the Center’s SoTL mission by supporting its SoTL grants program and by providing consultations and workshops to faculty interested in or involved in SoTL work.  




How to Cite

McCullough, H., & Buch, K. (2020). Using Certificates to Engage Faculty in Professional Development . Current Issues in Education, 21(2 (Sp Iss). Retrieved from



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