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Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching

Professional Development Programs

Professional Development Programs

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching sponsors a number of professional development programs designed to support faculty in the use of evidence-based instructional approaches, to promote the integration of innovative instructional technologies, and to foster students’ academic success. Information about these programs can be found below.

Did you miss a workshop that you were interested in? Resources from past workshops can be accessed on the Past Professional Development Workshops page.

Pandemic PD

Pandemic PD is the Malone Center’s 2020-2021 professional development series. These sessions are held every Wednesday at noon through Zoom. The sessions begin with a brief presentation about the week’s topic, followed by open discussion among participants. Weekly topics are announced every Monday in ValloVoice. Register at the link below to have log in information sent to you. Recordings and resources from past Pandemic PD events are available in the Instructional Continuity Resources Canvas course.

Register Here

Toolbox Talks

Beginning in Fall 2021, our primary professional development series will return to its previous format of Toolbox Talks. These monthly lunch workshops present a how-to guide and hands-on demonstration of an innovative instructional tool. New for 2021, all Toolbox Talks will be offered in a hyflex format. Participants will have the choice to participate in-person, synchronously through Zoom, or asynchronously through the Instructional Resources Canvas page. Lunch will be provided with proper registration for in-person participants. All Toolbox Talks are held in Wills G2, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Upcoming workshops:

There are currently no Toolbox Talks scheduled. Check back at the beginning of August for our Fall 2021 offerings.

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during one of these events should contact the Malone Center ( or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.

Faculty Book Club

Faculty book club meets three times during the semester to discuss a text related to teaching and learning. Limited to 10 participants, book club provides an opportunity for deep discussion in a small group setting.

The Fall 2021 Book Club will discuss Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It by James M. Lang. Please check back in August for registration information.

If you have book suggestions, please email them to Heather Tinsley at

Foundations of Online Instruction 

The Foundations of Online Instruction training is designed to familiarize instructors with the fundamental principles of quality distance education in order to prepare them for a variety of distance modalities including fully online, hybrid, and hyflex courses.

The training course consists of three instructional modules:

  • Module 1: Best Practices contains an overview of best practices in distance education, including pedagogical strategies and course accessibility.
  • Module 2: Policies provides an introduction to the policies put forth by SACSCOC, ACHE, and others to regulate online and distance courses.
  • Module 3: Building Your Distance Course introduces you to the instructional design process and allows you to practice applying what you learned in the first two modules to develop materials for a course of your choosing (or modify previously developed materials).

If you are planning to teach a distance education course at the University of Montevallo and you have not already completed Foundations of Online Instruction or the previously offered Teaching Effectively Online, you can register for Foundations of Online Instruction through the following link.

Register Here

New Faculty Orientation and Resources

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching hosts a two-day new faculty orientation each fall, which is required for all first year faculty. New faculty orientation introduces participants to the University’s policies and procedures that are pertinent to teaching faculty. This orientation is followed by regular meetings throughout the first academic year to better acquaint our newest faculty to the UM campus and culture.

2019 New Faculty Orientation Handbook