Faculty Development

Faculty development opportunities are some of the most important ways that UNLV invests in faculty success. Programs are offered through various units on campus but are coordinated with our office. If you would like to see additional faculty development opportunities that are not currently offered, please contact us.

Instructional Development Resources

Office of Undergraduate Education

The main focus of the Office of Undergraduate Education is the general education curriculum of undergraduate programs at UNLV. Studies of undergraduate students performed by the Office are a useful resource for faculty members to refine their course design and curriculum.

Office of Academic Assessment

The Office of Academic Assessment organizes workshops and colloquia on assessment, teaching and learning, and related topics that are open to all faculty. Additional resources for faculty include summary reports from national surveys administered by the office to UNLV undergraduate students.

Office of Online Education

The Office of Online Education primarily assists faculty with the development of new online or hybrid courses.

UNLV Libraries

Instructional librarians from the UNLV Libraries offer classroom support on a variety of subject matters, including informational literacy and research skills. The Libraries also provide instructional training to faculty through workshops and individual consultations.

Academic Multicultural Center

The brand new Academic Multicultural Center provides faculty members with assistance on instructional development concerns specific to diverse and multicultural students.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Resources

Office of Research and Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development is dedicated to meeting the needs of research scholars on campus. The Office offers a wide range of services and coordinates the following offices:

  • Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Office of Research Integrity
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

Graduate College

The Graduate College provides resources to assist faculty members who conduct research projects employing graduate assistants.

Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research provides support to faculty who perform research with undergraduate student researchers.

UNLV Libraries

The collection of the UNLV Libraries contains more than one million monographs; 20,000 serial subscriptions; 170 electronic bibliographic, full-text and informational databases; 27,000 media materials; 600,000 electronic books; 1.5 million microforms; 20,000 maps; and 1.1 million state and federal government documents. Subject librarians at the Libraries are also available to offer support on research in all disciplines. Faculty members may request a consultation with a research librarian knowledgeable about their area of research.

Writing Groups

In association with the faculty mentoring program, writing groups are formed to offer support to faculty writing proposals, abstracts, articles, book chapters, and presentations.

Leadership Development Resources

Chair Success

The Chair Success program facilitates informal forums for new and experienced UNLV department chairs to communicate and share ideas.

Leaders Forum

Leaders Forum is a conference style leadership development program specifically designed to address the most pressing policy, procedural, and leadership development needs of the UNLV academic administration community.

Leadership Development Academy

One of the key roles of the Provost is identifying and developing campus leaders who are capable of guiding the University toward its identified goals. The Leadership Development Academy is a proactive, inclusive, and engaged approach to the development of future leaders at UNLV.


The purpose of the Mentoring Groups is to enable faculty to achieve high levels of success through mentoring.

University Faculty Travel Committee (UFTC)

Funding to support professional development travel for full-time academic faculty members is available through the University Faculty Travel Committee (UFTC).

Faculty Development Leave & Sabbatical Leave

Faculty development leave and sabbatical leave are administered through the UNLV Faculty Senate. Details on the application and selection process are available on the Senate website.

Release Time

The University may authorize a reduced teaching load for faculty to develop curriculum, pursue research activities, or conduct special projects. Faculty members interested in obtaining release time should contact their Chair and/or Dean.