Support and Shape the Faculty of the Future

IT IS TIME TO SHAPE THE VALPO FACULTY OF THE FUTURE

When it comes to faculty, we have reached a watershed moment. During the next decade, half of the University’s faculty members will reach retirement age. These women and men are faculty stalwarts: thinkers, researchers, artists, gifted teachers, experienced practitioners, people of faith and ideas and action whose work advances their disciplines as it elevates the lives of the students they teach. And many of them are about to leave, which presents us with both a significant challenge and a great opportunity. Forever Valpo will raise the endowed funds to support and shape the faculty of the future.

Goal: $45,000,000

“I fell in love with Valpo when I visited for my interview,” says MARK BUDNIK, Ph.D., the Paul H. Brandt Professor in Engineering and chair of the electrical and computer engineering department. “Everything I was looking for as a teacher, professor, mentor, and colleague was here for me.”

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THERESA KESSLER, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-B.C., CNE, professor of nursing, was inducted as the Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science in December 2015. While the appointment is an important accomplishment in her teaching career, the real impact will be on her students. As she has since joining the faculty of the College of Nursing and Health Professions in 1994, Professor Kessler directs her efforts toward enhanced learning experiences for nursing students.

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ROBERT CLARK, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, often sits down for a meal with students who are interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (stem). “Our get-togethers are for community building among the students,” Professor Clark explains. “They look forward to it, and it’s also energizing for me. We are like a family.”

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Intrinsic to the successful student-faculty connection is a shared commitment to excel at an institution where faith and learning thrive. To help new tenure-track faculty members better understand what it means to teach, live, and mentor within the Valpo academic community, the University developed the Cambridge Seminar for New Faculty.

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