Strategic best practices of flagship university professional development centers

W. James JACOB*, Weiyan XIONG, Huiyuan YE, Shuo WANG, Xueshuang WANG

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The establishment and promotion of professional development centers at higher education institutions (HEIs) play a significant role in building and supporting faculty teaching and research capacity. Although not all universities and colleges assign teaching the same significance that they give to research, there are many best practices of professional development programs and centers in research and teaching at HEIs, especially at flagship universities. Flagship universities serve as leaders in the development of regional and global higher education with standards of excellence for research and teaching. This study examines several professional development best practices at 16 flagship universities, with a goal to improve student learning, classroom instruction, and research quality. Five recommendations derived from four identified strategic best practices are provided to HEI administrators in the conclusion section on how to develop and strengthen effective practices to promote optimal professional development at the institution-wide and department/unit levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-813
JournalProfessional Development in Education
Issue number5
Early online date10 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • flagship universities
  • instructional practices
  • optimal strategies
  • Professional development
  • professional learning communities
  • research excellence


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