Faculty Resources

We offer workshops throughout each semester for faculty members.

Professional development activities to be supported are those designed to expand the academic expertise of full-time faculty.

The objectives of the faculty development program are to improve instructional effectiveness and promote the professional development of faculty members.

Professional development activities to be supported are those designed to expand the academic expertise of full-time faculty. Included activities:

  • Research
  • Preparation of a product of this research
  • Presentation of this research
  • Writing
  • Delivering academic papers
  • Additional training
  • Retraining to serve the university in a new area
  • Supplemental funds for academic activities
  • Support of course reductions from the university to allow for research time

Instructional development activities to be supported are those designed to increase teaching effectiveness and improve course content, including:

  • Innovations in pedagogy
  • Application of information technology to course content
  • Activities directed at improving course content

Dissertation grants may be awarded to help offset the expenses incurred in preparing doctoral dissertations.

Please refer to the University Handbook, Section XII.3.b.6, Instructional Faculty Personnel Regulations, for more information on the faculty development grant program.

Spring 2022 Faculty Development Grant Deadlines

Date What is Due
March 4, 2022 Applications due to department chairs through Digital Measures
March 18, 2022 Chairs submit recommendations to College Deans through Digital Measures
April 1, 2022 Dean's recommendations due to Faculty Senate Subcommittee on FDGs through Digital Measures
April 15, 2022 Full Faculty Senate votes on subcommittee rankings and recommendations

CNU will offer sabbatical leaves so faculty may extend teaching abilities and continue professional and intellectual growth.

Faculty applications are due to the department chair by October 16 of each year. The department chair will submit the application materials along with his/her letter of support to the college dean via the F drive by October 30.

The dean’s recommendations are due to the faculty senate on November 13; the senate’s recommendations are due to the provost on December 11. The provost will forward his recommendations to the president and notify faculty candidates no later than January 11.

Christopher Newport University will offer sabbatical leaves so faculty may extend teaching abilities and continue professional and intellectual growth. Faculty can propose projects such as:

  • Research
  • Creative work
  • Professional retraining
  • Advanced study

These activities should result in:

  • Improved teaching effectiveness
  • Enhanced research and / or artistic activity
  • New capacity for service to the university or community
  • An advanced degree or retraining that permits teaching in a new area

Please refer to the University Handbook, Instructional Faculty Personnel Regulations, Section XII.3.b.2, for more information on sabbatical leave.

Christopher Newport University and Virginia Commonwealth University have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to share several core research resources in an effort to enhance collaboration, cooperation and interaction between institutions to effectively and efficiently use existing resources. The main means through which this will be accomplished is the reciprocal offer of internal rates for core research resources at each institution.

Eligibility and Process (as outlined in the MOU)

  1. Each investigator must be a member in good standing at their respective institution.

  2. Christopher Newport investigators interested in the use of a VCU shared research resource must contact the responsible individual or shared resource director at VCU to confirm availability of access and learn of any specific policies governing access. Once this is done, the shared resource director at both institutions should be notified that samples and/or data will be sent and asked to provide billing information.

    CNU Shared Resource Director/POC:
    Geoffrey C. Klein, PhD
    Vice Provost

    VCU Shared Resource Director/POC:
    Paul Fawcett, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Research Infrastructure

  3. Each institution shall invoice for the use of a shared resource as requested by each Investigator, and shall provide appropriate billing information to the investigator before the shared resource is provided.

Please direct any questions to Geoffrey Klein, vice provost.

Christopher Newport leadership solicits good ideas and advice from all quarters. How might a new faculty member contribute to CNU’s progress?

CNU’s Captains Care Referral system is a mechanism designed to identify students who may be experiencing academic or personal difficulties early in the semester. Early identification of these students allows the Center for Academic Success and other campus resource offices to provide support systems that address their needs, thereby increasing the likelihood of academic success.

Early detection and communication between faculty and staff is the cornerstone of the Captains Care Referral Program. Any faculty member concerned about a student’s failure to attend class, poor academic performance or personal behavior is encouraged to submit a Captains Care Referral.

What may seem like an isolated behavior in one class may be occurring in multiple classes, and intervention may be required. You can submit a Captains Care Referral through the Faculty Services page of CNU Live.

Faculty and/or advisers may utilize the Captains Care Referral system at any time during the semester. It is critical to refer a student as soon as you identify that the student is in need of support or have discussed a referral with that student. Even if you are working with the student to resolve the concern, a referral can be helpful.

Often students experiencing challenges in one area are also encountering problems in other situations. When support staff start to see multiple referrals and patterns, we can then coordinate our intervention efforts.

This valuable resource has been made available by the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia at the Institution for Innovation in Health and Human Services.

Digital Measures (DM) is a collection tool that houses information that would normally be included in curriculum vitae. The database structure allows this data to be arranged in output documents, including but not limited to, EVAL-6, a vita, presenter biography, a department roster or reports required by accrediting bodies. In addition, information from DM can be used to populate your faculty page on cnu.edu.

Many faculty are actively engaged in their discipline through their scholarly work and involved with students in a variety of exciting and meaningful ways. It is becoming increasingly important for faculty to document this good work so that it can be appropriately acknowledged in annual activity reports, tenure and promotion documents, and external reports to our various constituencies. DM will allow for this collection of faculty activities and allow administrators to view summary reports across department, college or school rather than collating information that comes in separately (on paper) from faculty.


The Faculty Users Guide provides step-by-step instructions for logging into DM, entering of professional activities and accessing different reports.

The Digital Measures EVAL-6 template provides information regarding where data with DM for the EVAL-6 document are pulled for the report. This template is also available within DM.


Workflow is a Digital Measures solution for digitizing and managing faculty processes, including annual reviews and promotion and tenure. It eliminates manual tasks, paperwork, reduces inefficiency and errors, and improves the ability to track progress. Workflow also leverages the data and customization that is already available in Digital Measures.

Training Sessions

Digital Measures ActivityInsight and Annual Review Workflow — June 25, 2020

This is an hour long training session that provides information about entering activities into Digital Measures and the submission of the EVAL-6 for annual review through the workflow function.

Annual Review Process

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide to submit the EVAL-6 for the Annual Review Process.


Evaluation forms are available on Google Drive. You must be logged in to your CNU email account to access these files.

IDEA - Individual Development and Educational Assessment

Christopher Newport gathers student feedback about course instruction using the Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA).

The IDEA Center is a nonprofit organization established in 1975 to help faculty evaluate course instruction. IDEA surveys are nationally normed and well researched. To learn more about the IDEA instrument and related research, visit The IDEA Center website.

Student surveys have two purposes:

  • One is developmental. The critiques and comments offered by students through the IDEA forms are used by the professor to assess his or her own classroom performance in order to make changes and improve the content or delivery of a course.
  • IDEA reports, in combination with a variety of other instructional materials (e.g., syllabi, tests, handouts, self-description of teaching methods, statement of colleagues following class visitation or other statements by colleagues), are used by others at CNU to evaluate teaching effectiveness.

Teaching effectiveness is judged by reviewing these instructional materials from multiple terms; it is not based on a single term or a single course. Success of a faculty member in the classroom is not the only aspect of faculty evaluation, but it is an important and valued element.

For additional information about IDEA, please contact Lorraine K. Hall, assistant to the provost, at lkhall@cnu.edu.

You may also visit the CNU IDEA website for additional IDEA information and resources.

Off-Campus Student Research / Service Project

The form below must be completed when students and faculty engage in off-campus sponsored research, field trips, for-credit internships or service learning projects not indicated in a catalogue course description or described in a course syllabus. If projects are described in these places, the forms are not required.

In the case of multiple class field trips when such trips are not described in the course syllabus, one form for the term (per student) is sufficient if a list of trips planned for the term is appended.

Sale of Textbooks by University Employees

The Code of Virginia section 23.1–1308 A allows faculty to receive sample copies of textbooks, instructor’s copies of textbooks and instructional materials, for free to encourage them to use a particular textbook for a class, whether solicited or unsolicited. However, the code makes clear that, in order to be available, these materials must not to be sold. Thus, desk copies of textbooks, whether the texts are used for a class or not, may not be sold.


Department/Program/Area Title Rank/Eligibility
Center for Academic Success Faculty Director Tenured faculty preferred
Center for American Studies Co-Directors Not specified
Center for Effective Teaching Director Not specified
Center for Effective Teaching Assistant Director Not specified
Center for Community Engagement Academic Director for Community-Based Learning Not specified
Faculty Senate President Handbook specified
Graduate Student Studies Interim Director Not specified
Honors Program Director member of Honors faculty, Provost appointed
Interdisciplinary Studies Director Not specified
International Outreach Provost Special Assistant Not specified
Music Director Music faculty
Opera Director Music faculty
QEP/OURCA Academic Director Tenured faculty per position solicitation
Pre-Health Adviser Director Not specified
Pre-Law Adviser Director Not specified
Public History Center Director Not specified
Public History Center Assistant Director Not specified
Randall Writing Center Director Not specified
Reiff Center Director Not specified
Teacher Preparation Director Not specified, Provost appointed
Theater and Technical Director Director Theater faculty
Wason Center for Public Policy Director Not specified
Wason Center for Public Policy Assistant Director Not specified
Applied Research Center Director Not specified

Not specified = Rank is not specified

Qualtrics introduces faculty, students and staff to a complete and comprehensive survey design solution.

Accessing Qualtrics

All Christopher Newport faculty, staff, and current students have access to Qualtrics.

  1.  Log into myLinks through myCNU Single Sign-On Services web page
  2. Click on the link to Qualtrics
  3. You'll then be redirected to the CNU Connect login screen
  4. Login using your Connect ID and password

Download Links

Qualtrics Support

If you need help, follow these steps:

  1. Log in in to Qualtrics.
  2. Click Help in the upper-right corner.
  3. Click Contact Support.
  4. Select Sign in with SSO.
  5. Organization ID is: cnu
  6. Select the type of support request and follow the prompts.
  7. You will then be offered the currently available support options (Chat, Email, Phone and Community).

Questions? Contact Carolyn K. Davis, director of finance and administration for academic affairs, 4-7218 or carolyn.davis@cnu.edu

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