I am an English professor seeking a New Directions Grant that will give me time during this summer, 2012, to devote to intensive reading, resource exploration, and planning for faculty development work, as part of my new position as Coordinator of Faculty Development at Wabash College. I have always enjoyed thinking reflectively about my teaching, doing scholarship of teaching and learning research, and informally mentoring my younger colleagues. This project will allow me to move to the next level of this important work. There is much to learn about the many areas of pedagogical development, including gaining expertise in helping faculty improve their teaching skills in writing, quantitative, and science disciplines, and learning more about effective methods in course and program assessment. I would also like to read in the growing field of student learning, as it includes new discoveries in cognitive and neuro-psychology, an area that up until recently was completely unknown to me. In addition, I would like support for me and three colleagues, Dr. Neil Schmitzer-Torbert, Dr. Crystal Benedicks, and Dr. Richard Warner to attend the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) Conference in Seattle, Washington, in October 24-28, 2012. POD is the major professional organization for faculty developers, and attending this conference should be enormously helpful for our fledgling campus faculty development efforts. As I am five to six years from retirement, I believe it is imperative that I include younger, interested colleagues in this work, and attending this conference together is a strong first step.