Faculty Support

Faculty teaching hybrid and online courses have a wide variety of places to turn to for help. Here are just a few of the groups around campus supporting faculty and eLearning.


  • The Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center is staffed by tenured faculty consultants with a range of disciplinary and pedagogical expertise.
  • The Pew FTLC works with individual faculty, departments, or other groups looking to refine their teaching and learning efforts. The topics of our workshops, peer learning opportunities, and confidential individual consultations are varied and meet the needs of beginning as well as seasoned instructors. For example, we assist faculty in solidifying student learning objectives, preparing curricular roadmaps, selecting assessment methods, and designing engaging student activities.
  • Customized workshops for individuals, departments, or groups of faculty are available through the Pew FTLC.

eLearning and Emerging Technologies

  • As part of the Information Technology Department, eLearning and Emerging Technologies provides a wide array of services and resources designed to facilitate the support of faculty teaching hybrid and online classes. The eLearning team supports faculty through instructional design, digital media creation, seminars, workshops and individual consultations on how to effectively use and integrate innovative instructional technologies into teaching.
  • The eLearning team provides 4 key areas of assistance:

University Libraries

  • Every department has a liaison librarian available to support all instruction, whether in-class or online. Librarians regularly assist with designing information literacy assignments for specific courses. They can participate in your online class discussions and are available for e-mail and phone consultations. They also help identify media and resources to use in your classes and can provide information about copyright and reusing materials.
  • Contact your librarian as early in the semester as possible to talk about the ways they can work with you and your students.
  • See a list of liaison librarians
  • Learn how the library supports online/hybrid courses
  • Open Educational Resources Subject Guide: a collection of resources to help GVSU faculty find open-licensed textbooks and other educational materials

Provost's Office

  • For questions regarding the Policies and Procedures for distance education, please contact Erica Hamilton, Chair of the Online Education & Microcredential Council, or Christine Rener, Vice Provost for Instructional Development and Innovation and Director of the Pew FTLC.
  • For questions regarding the course approval process in Sail please contact Lisa Surman Haight, Executive Assistant in the Provost Office, or Erica Hamilton, Chair of the Online Education & Microcredential Council.
  • To seek approval to waive the requirement to complete Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development, please complete the Online/Hybrid Faculty Certification Waiver Form. For questions regarding the faculty approval process to teach an online or hybrid course, please contact Christine Rener, Vice Provost for Instructional Development and Innovation and Director of the Pew FTLC.
  • If you would like more information on providing departmental teaching development opportunities, please contact Christine Rener, Vice Provost for Instructional Development and Innovation and Director of the Pew FTLC.

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