Beginning with the inaugural Day of Common Learning in October 2002 featuring Stephen Carter and the theme of “Integrity,” the Faculty Life Office (FLO), formerly the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development, has contributed to a campus climate in which research, writing, creating, teaching, and learning are understood and valued as Christian vocations. Our office organizes the Day of Common Learning, major campus lectures, and ongoing professional development for faculty.
Professor of English Susan VanZanten served as the first director (2002–2011), Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology Margaret Diddams served as the second director (2011–2016), Professor of Psychology Dr. Margaret Brown served as the third associate provost for Faculty Life (2016-2020), Associate Professor of Apparel Design and Merchandising Raedene Copeland served as the fourth assistant provost for Inclusive Faculty Excellence (2020 -2022), and Dr. Caroline Maurer is the current assistant provost for Inclusive Faculty Excellence (since September 2022).
Read more about the FLO's current staff here.
The FLO's faculty development programs include opportunities, resources, and support in four areas: teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and sponsored programs (external academic grants) administration. The FLO also manages SPU’s SERVE program (Spiritual and Educational Resources for Vocational Exploration), providing resources and funding to help faculty and students explore their vocational calling, meaning, and purpose.