Course: IDTE 563 Organizational Leadership for Instructional Design

AECT Standard 1 Content Knowledge:

Indicator: Managing – Candidates demonstrate the ability to effectively manage people, processes, physical infrastructures, and financial resources to achieve predetermined goals. 



The adjunct instructors at Samford University are its most valuable resource. As such, Samford is committed to providing a continuum of training opportunities for all adjuncts teaching in the professional studies department. Offerings must be flexible and varied to meet adjunct faculty schedules. Adjunct instructors are critical to our success and their needs and preferences must be taken into account when planning a training program.

The purpose of the Adjunct Training Program is to enhance institutional effectiveness by providing opportunities to promote excellence in performance and personal growth among adjunct faculty.

Professional Development Plan Objectives

Goal 1: Encourage the enhancement of competencies in instructional, organizational, and pedagogical areas.

Objective 1: Provide training sessions to address specific topics identified in the training survey and program reviews.

Objective 2: Provide an annual orientation for new adjuncts.

Objective 3: Provide specific courses in adult learning theory.

Goal 2: Foster innovation and exploration of new ideas and strategies and enrichment of the educational process.

Objective 1: Allocate resources for adjuncts to purchase emerging learning technology (Camtasia, WebEx, etc.)

Objective 2: Provide technology training that supports instructional and non-instructional needs as identified in the annual training survey and program reviews.

Training Areas

In order to accomplish the training goals, the following developmental areas will be the focus of training opportunities.

Content Area Development designed to build knowledge and skills within the academic discipline or professional specialty.

  • Complete approved college or university coursework
  • Publish articles, papers, and books related to work area
  • Provide programs or workshops for faculty
  • Participate in teleconferences, webinars, or online trainings

Instructional Development designed to improve pedagogical expertise, student learning, and assessment techniques.

  • Adjunct Faculty Orientation
  • Attendance at conferences, seminars, workshops, or teleconferences
  • Classroom management, teaching methods, and learning styles
  • Instructional development of curriculum
  • Teaching/Learning Technology Roundtables
  • Peer coaching, mentoring, and study groups
  • Survival skills for online teaching
  • Veterans in the classroom
  • Communication and presentation skills

Assessments and Evaluation

Training needs assessments will be conducted each year to determine the training needs and goals as well as when, where, and how these needs can best be met.

The training plan will be reviewed on a quarterly basis during implementation, annually as a part of the annual report, and as part of the Program Review process every five years.