Our multi-faceted approach

Texas A&M Faculty at workCollege of Dentistry’s multi-faceted approach to faculty development includes programs and activities that promote growth and development of faculty in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Oversight of faculty development is managed collaboratively by the Director of Faculty Development and the Faculty Development Committee (FDC) through the Office of Academic Affairs.  

Actions of the FDC to augment the College’s efforts to enhance faculty development are directed by charges from the Dean through the Committee on Committees.   

Charges and Responsibilities of the FDC: 

  • Continuously monitor and improve plans for faculty development by prioritizing goals with available resources.
  • Promote faculty collaboration through enhanced communication and networking activities.
  • Encourage faculty participation in activities that foster continued improvement such as opportunities for continuing education, faculty development leave and collaborative efforts.
  • Plan workshops and seminars for in-service faculty development.
  • Participate in programs to recognize faculty performance such as the Faculty Teaching, Research and Service Awards.
  • Oversee the use of faculty development grants and assure accountability.
  • Coordinate efforts with all other committees and offices as appropriate.

Meet the Director

Dr. Lavern HolyfieldDr. Lavern Holyfield is Director of Faculty Development and chair of the Faculty Development Committee (FDC).  She is directly responsible for oversight, planning and implementation of initiatives to foster professional development and skills enhancement among the faculty.

Dr. Holyfield is a fellow of the American Dental Association’s (ADEA) Leadership Institute and the 2012-2013 ADEA Gies Foundation Education Fellow.  She also completed the Institute for Teaching and Learning, a program sponsored by the ADEA and the Academy for Academic Leadership.

As chair of the Faculty Development Committee, Holyfield works collaboratively with faculty and students throughout the institution to foster and sustain a culture that practices, values, and rewards high-quality teaching and learning as both an individual and institutional priority.

Dr. Holyfield can be reached at: