The concept for FACET was set into motion by then–Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties Anya Peterson Royce at IU Bloomington, Associate Academic Advisor to the President Eileen Bender at IU South Bend, and President Thomas Erlich. Dr. Bender was FACET’s first director.
As the result of a 1995 presidential initiative, FACET’s statewide activities expanded to include teaching colloquia, workshops, institutes, consultation, and communication—the first steps in establishing an IU network for teaching excellence. FACET liaisons (renamed "associate directors")were selected for each campus to coordinate teaching excellence activities and to oversee the nomination process for FACET members.
FACET is a faculty-run grassroots community with statewide and campus steering committees, rigorous statewide and campus selection processes, and as of 2020, a diversity task force to reinforce, nurture, and sustain FACET's commitment to justice in teaching and learning.
FACET’s community of scholars crosses campus and disciplinary boundaries to support scholarly teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. FACET recognizes distinguished service on behalf of teaching with the P.A. Mack Award and has ramped up its leadership in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning through the Mack Center for Inquiry on Teaching and Learning. FACET also publishes the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the Quick Hits book series, which shares techniques and strategies from award-winning college teachers, and the Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology.
FACET remains committed to promoting, nurturing, and recognizing excellence in teaching and learning within and across campuses, schools, and disciplines. In achieving this vision, FACET has led efforts in collaboration with faculty, staff, University Information Technology Services (UITS), and campus teaching centers to develop Teaching.IU and Teaching for Student Success in the IU Expand course catalog, as well as celebrated the Innovate Awards.
FACET is a dynamic, collaborative community of distinguished Indiana University faculty who are dedicated to and recognized for excellence in teaching and learning. FACET advocates pedagogical innovation, inspires growth and reflection, cultivates the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and fosters personal renewal in the commitment to student learning.
IU and its faculty promote, nurture, and recognize excellence in teaching and learning within and across campuses, schools, and disciplines.
FACET members believe in the pursuit and actualization of learning, innovation, community, collegiality, reflection, collaboration, and justice.
We achieve our mission and vision by
Advancing the quality of teaching and learning through dissemination of best practices
Promoting rigorous and robust measurement of teaching and learning effectiveness
Unifying faculty in a community and culture of teaching and learning excellence
Furthering IU faculty engagement with FACET’s publications as evidenced by widespread readership, contribution to the publications, and impact on teaching and learning
This summer, our university has felt compelled to respond to killings of and discrimination against many black and brown individuals across our nation. Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural AffairsJames Wimbush specifically calls on usto work diligently to be "a university where a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students can flourish and feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings."
As a community dedicated to high quality teaching and learning, FACET commits to social justice, in and out of the classroom. As such we pledge to actively identify and eliminate bigotry, be cognizant of the need to reflect on our own policies and practices, and make changes to constantly pursue and actualize our values.
We understand bias is often unintentional and racism may be implicit in policies and systems of higher education, even if it is not explicit. We will take action to intentionally address discrimination based on immutable differences or characteristics that are fundamental to identity or conscience. Our actions will include, but are not limited to:
Identifying and exploring systemic racism, bias, and oppression and related impacts in our policies and practices;
Educating ourselves, each other, and our communities on issues of racism, oppression, and bias; and,
Eliminating barriers and eradicating racism and oppression, intentional or unintentional, systemic and individual, throughout all areas of FACET.
Beginning in fall 2020, we will implement these action items by;
Establishing a diversity committee to make recommendations to the steering committee and ensure equity and anti-racism are immanent in FACET's values, mission, vision, and goals;
Creating a place on the FACET website to anonymously report racism and discrimination and make suggestions for action items;
Creating and implementing a diversity plan and an anti-racist policy for FACET and all FACET events;
Providing resources to help promote education on topics related to anti-racism, bystander intervention, and equity and inclusion;
Supporting research on anti-racist pedagogy;
Creating space and time to ensure visibility for scholars who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), Latinx and international faculty at FACET events;
Recruiting actively BIPOC, Latinx, LGBTQ, and International faculty for membership in FACET and assuring equitable access to FACET campus and statewide leadership roles; and,