Regardless of the focus of the program, there are many
different structures used to carry out these activities. Some
of the most common are shown below:
Faculty Committee Run Programs
Many programs just starting are run by a faculty committee
made up of individuals who have a special interest in the
quality of teaching. They are usually volunteers, unpaid, who
organize and oversee the offerings. When this is the
organizational structure of the development program, there is
a great dependence on the cooperation of peers to conduct the
actual workshops, consultation, research or other activity.
Programs Run by a Single
Alternatively, many new programs have a single individual who
oversees the entire program. This individual might be an
administrator responsible for faculty matters or a faculty
member with a part-time assignment for development activities.
As with the previous structure, this individual must rely on
the cooperation of peers to do the actual work. He or she is
often advised by a committee of faculty.
Centrally Located Centers
Some institutions, particularly larger institutions or those
which have had programs for a number of years, have an
administrative staff unit staffed by professionals and
responsible for development activities. The number of staff
members varies depending on the types and extent of the
programs. For example, faculty development programs tend to be
smaller, while instructional development programs, which often
also house media services, tend to be larger. These centers
are usually administratively located under the Office of
Some larger institutions house development programs within
subunits of the institution. Many programs at smaller
institutions began in such a fashion.