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EIU Faculty Development and Innovation Center

Your Faculty Development and Innovation Center Staff:

  • Dr. Newton Key, Director, Faculty Development and Innovation Center, 217-581-7056
  • Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation,, 217-581-8449
  • Dr. Lu Ding, Instructional Designer,, 217-581-3716
  • Graduate Assistants,, 217-581-7051
    • No FDIC GA, Fall 2020
    • Seeking Graduate Assistants (GAs), January 2021-August 2021. GAs to work in Faculty Development and Innovation Center (FDIC) and Center for Student Innovation (CSI) in Booth Library to assist in coordinating programming, maintaining equipment and materials inventories, and technology training. Seeking office staff who can communicate well with other staff, clients, and other university units. Preferred: supervisory experience, clear speaking and writing, office skills (including Microsoft Office 365), flexibility, and willingness to learn. Ideal skills: vlogging and/or podcasting experience, video editing, creative (artistic) aptitude, and/or training/teaching experience. Applications are now being accepted. Interviews will continue until the position is filled. Complete the online Graduate Assistant application from the Graduate School, and email to FDIC Director ( your current resume, a cover letter outlining how your skills and interests might align with the FDIC or CSI, and a list of references with contact information. Possible renewal of assistantship for Fall 2021 depending on budget and performance.

Our Advisory Committee includes colleagues across campus committed to Faculty Development.

Come visit the FDIC

The Faculty Development and Innovation Center reception is Booth 1105 on the North End of the ground floor or basement of Booth Library. When entering from the north doors, turn right, then right again. Our office is located right at the bottom of the stairs.

 FacDev Map1                FacDev Map2

1105 Booth Library
Phone: 217-581-7051

Office hours:

  • MTWTh 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30
  • F 8:00-12:00

FDIC: Promoting Faculty Excellence at Eastern Illinois University 

FDIC Mission

The FDIC helps Eastern Illinois faculty achieve and maintain excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creativity through training opportunities, grants, and fostering a community of collegial learning.

FDIC Vision

FDIC will promote a faculty-initiated culture of collaboration, innovation, scholarship, and student-centered teaching excellence.

FDIC Values

The core values of FDIC that guide our practices are:

  • Encouraging faculty excellence and benefiting the students we educate.
  • Striving for equity, access, and support for professional development for all faculty and at all stages of their careers
  • Supporting a climate for innovation and scholarship through grants
  • Encouraging judicious use of technology to support teaching and learning
  • Encouraging a culture of collegiality and collaboration through social and professional activities
  • Identifying and providing access to resources for addressing the changing environment within and outside of EIU


Past is Prologue

Current and recent programs, grants, faculty communities, and consultations are noted throughout this website. For recent year summaries and reports, see:

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Contact Information

Dr. Newton Key, Director, FDIC

1116 Booth
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Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation

1105 Booth
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Faculty Development and Innovation Center

1105 Booth
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Dr. Lu Ding, Instructional Designer

1009 Booth
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