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From the Executive Director

Welcome to the Faculty Resource Network. Whether you are a longstanding partner and friend of the Network, or are just beginning to familiarize yourself with our organization, this website will provide you with a helpful snapshot of the unique, expansive professional development opportunities we offer to faculty.


The vitality of any institution of higher learning is determined primarily by the strength of its faculty. A more energized and dynamic faculty offers a greater benefit to students, administrators, and the higher education community. Professional development is of critical importance to fostering and reinvigorating this sense of purpose within faculty. Yet colleges and universities across the country with increasing incidence find that heavier teaching loads and resource shortages introduce a barrier to the pursuit of professional development. As Executive Director of the Faculty Resource Network, I take pride in the never-ending charge of working to create an environment free of these barriers.


This is an exciting time for the Network. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we look forward to planning and implementing several new initiatives, each with the central goal that guides all of our programming efforts: to provide a collegial, non-competitive environment for faculty to engage in dialogues that cross institutions and disciplines. Whether we have worked together before or have yet to meet, I look forward to collaborating with you toward achieving that goal.

Debra M. Szybinski, Ph.D.