Welcome to the site of BSU’s Center for Professional Development!

Staffed and directed by faculty members, the CPD addresses a wide variety of professional development needs. It is our hope to be your resource for professional support, increasing teaching effectiveness, mentoring, and engagement within the university community. Our resources are organized through the lens of the criterion for completing your PDP. Click on each Criteria below for information and resources to engage that area.

Demonstrated Ability to Teach Effectively: Click here for resources pertaining to course design, syllabi, class activities, group work, pedagogy, and more. 


Scholarly or Creative Achievement or Research: Click here for resources pertaining to internal grants, library resources, opportunities for campus and community engagement, and more. 


Evidence of Continued Preparation and Study: Click here for resources pertaining to professional memberships, continuing education opportunities, the faculty handbook, and more. 


Contribution to Student Growth and Development: Click here for resources pertaining to campus support centers, advising, UTAP, and more. 


Service to the Department, University, and Community: Click here for resources pertaining to the mentor program, BSU committees, relationship building, opportunities to be part of the BSU community, and more. 


The CPD regularly offers workshops on the Professional Development Plan and Report (PDP/R), and Tenure and Promotion. Click here for more information and past workshops.


Do you have questions that fall outside these areas?: Click here for answers to other questions you may have as a faculty member such as: commonly used acronyms, MyBSU, D2L, the IFO contract, CPD workshops, and more. 


A list of commonly used acronyms throughout academia and BSU.



The Undergraduate Teaching AssociateProgram (UTAP) allows exceptional undergraduates to teach alongside instructors as they plan lectures, run labs, and organize classroom activities. Faculty nominate students on a semester-by-semester basis.


Note: When working on your PDP, PDR, and/or Tenure & Promotion materials, please work with your department chairs and deans for discipline-specific and individual consultation.