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Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Faculty at Red Deer College:

  • Are passionate about teaching, learning, and student success.
  • Pursue professional learning to continually enhance their practice and their discipline.
  • Are recognized for their contributions to both local and global communities.

Role Description

As RDC's future takes shape, growing our breadth of credentials (to include our own degrees) and programs, our institution has high expectations of our amazing faculty. But we do recognize that new hires may not have all of the skills and experiences when applying. We want you to know that there is some flexibility to develop your talents over time.  The initial focus for new faculty will be on teaching and student success with lots of opportunity for professional development, growth and collaboration. RDC is committed to all faculty acquiring the identified Key Attributes over time.

Teaching: The faculty member combines discipline expertise with evidence-based teaching to facilitate effective and varied learning experiences. 
Student Success: The faculty member encourages student success in an engaging, supportive environment by being responsive to student needs and ideas.
Professional Development: The faculty member engages in the continuous pursuit of knowledge to maintain currency in their discipline and their teaching practice.
Research, Scholarly and Creative Pursuits: The faculty member has the opportunity to pursue impactful scholarly and creative activities and disseminates knowledge that advances the discipline, enhances the reputation of our institution, and improves communities.
Community Contributions: The faculty member values engagement, contributing knowledge and their own expertise to the betterment of our institution and local communities, as well as discipline-based, national, and global communities.

Core faculty competencies and key attributes

1. Teaching: The faculty member combines discipline expertise with evidence-based teaching to facilitate effective and varied learning experiences. 

This competency is demonstrated by indicators such as:

  1. Planning engaging, effective, and varied learning experiences that promote student attainment of course, program, and/or institutional learning outcomes;
  2. Using evidence-based teaching and assessment practices;
  3. Communicating course content and expectations to students.
  4. Providing feedback that enhances learning and growth;
  5. Conveys passion for discipline, teaching, and student success in a professional manner.

Key Attributes:

  1. Self-reflective: Introspective with a growth mindset and willing to take risks.
  2. Adaptable: Adjusts to changing circumstances and thrives.
  3. Collaborative: Seeks opportunities to work with and involve others.
  4. Broad-minded: Open to feedback, diverse opinions, and inclusive.
  5. Professional: Is confident, competent, courteous, and conscientious.

2. Student Success: The faculty member promotes student success in an engaging, supportive environment by being responsive to student needs and ideas. 

This competency is demonstrated by indicators such as:

  1. Actively engaging students in the learning process and assisting them to assume responsibility for their learning.
  2. Providing varied learning experiences and feedback that promotes learner growth.
  3. Establishing a stimulating, collaborative, and respectful learning environment that promotes critical thinking, curiosity, and inquiry.
  4. Building rapport with students and developing professional relationships.
  5. Providing support to meet the needs of diverse learners, referring them to appropriate services as needed.

Key Attributes

  1. Dedicated: Focused on providing quality learning experiences for students and the supports that promote student success.
  2. Enthusiastic: Inspires students by exhibiting enthusiasm for teaching and course content.
  3. Approachable: Is relatable and accessible to students for course assistance and academic advice.
  4. Learner-Centred: Encourages, supports, and empowers students in their learning.
  5. Supportive: Builds rapport and values educating the whole student.

3. Professional Development: The faculty member engages in the continuous pursuit of knowledge to maintain currency in their discipline and their teaching practice.

This competency is demonstrated by indicators such as:

  1. Setting relevant professional growth goals related to the discipline and/or teaching
  2. Seeking appropriate development opportunities
  3. Being accountable to performance-related expectations
  4. Accessing professional networks and resources that can enhance their learning (peers, administration, our Centre for Teaching and Learning, discipline experts, sector colleagues, professional memberships, etc.)
  5. Supporting and contributing to the growth of other members of the College community
  6. Integrating new learning into current teaching practice and articulating how it impacts their professional growth.

Key Attributes

  1. Self-Aware: Identifies growth areas and pursues relevant learning opportunities
  2. Curious: Strives to continually learn and explore new ideas
  3. Resourceful: Seeks and seizes opportunities
  4. Motivated: Takes initiative and shows interest in learning
  5. Conscientious: Uses resources appropriately and professionally

4. Research, Scholarly and Creative Pursuits: (as a teaching-focused College transitioning to our future as a degree-granting institution) The faculty member pursues impactful scholarly and creative activities and disseminates knowledge that advances their teaching and the discipline, engages students, enhances the reputation of this institution and improves communities.

This competency is demonstrated by indicators such as:

  1. Seeking, initiating, and participating in appropriate research, scholarly, or creative projects, especially the scholarship of teaching and learning, application, and integration.
  2. Engaging in scholarly activity that enriches the student experience
  3. Setting relevant professional goals related to scholarly and creative activity
  4. Accessing professional networks and resources that can enhance their research/creative endeavors (colleagues, administration, discipline experts, Research Common, Library, sector, memberships, etc.)
  5. Disseminating work to peer-reviewed audiences
  6. Being accountable to the research-related expectations including research ethics and approval protocols.
  7. Contributing to the development of knowledge that positively impacts the discipline, the institution, and communities

Key Attributes

  1. Determined: Perseveres and overcomes challenges
  2. Accountable: Follows protocols and meets deadlines
  3. Innovative: Explores and develops unique ideas, processes and/or products
  4. Driven: Goal-oriented and focused
  5. Productive: Generates intended outcomes

5. Community Contributions: The faculty member values engagement, contributing knowledge and their own expertise to the betterment of Red Deer College and local communities, as well as discipline-based, national, and global communities.

This competency is demonstrated by indicators such as:

  1. Establishing and cultivating professional networks.
  2. Seeking and participating in opportunities to provide service to committees, communities, and organizations.
  3. Recognizing the reciprocal benefits of contributing to community organizations, including Red Deer College.
  4. Making meaningful contributions to RDC, communities, and organizations.
  5. Being involved and having a sense of ownership and pride in their roles and contributions

Key Attributes

  1. Dependable: Reliable in fulfilling duties and completing tasks
  2. Diplomatic: Tactful in communication and manner
  3. Resourceful: Shows initiative to provide assistance and contribute knowledge
  4. Commitment to Service

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RDC Main Campus Location
100 College Boulevard | Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta | T4N 5H5