Academic Programs

SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD) Academic Programs are designed for the academic communities comprised of faculty, librarians, faculty developers, and instructional support staff. Programs are based upon identified needs from the campuses and SUNY communities and in support of the strategic priorities for Academic Affairs in the SUNY strategic plan. Program areas include all aspects of teaching and learning, research, assessment, and the effective use of technology in education.

Facilitating Communities of Practice (CoP): The CPD relies on the expertise of faculty and staff on SUNY campuses and elsewhere for the design and delivery of our programs. This model provides the opportunity to work directly with the populations we serve at all stages of the professional development process. We do this through engaging with communities of practice (CoP) to design and deliver our programs.

Programs are delivered in a variety of formats:

  • Asynchronous Online Classes
  • Synchronous Online Webinars
  • Face-to-Face Workshops, Events, and Mini-Conferences
  • Video Conferences
  • On-site at the SUNY CPD facility in East Syracuse, NY
  • At our regional campus sites or corporate partner sites

Some of these offerings are bundled together in certificate programs designed to help the target audience learn the knowledge and skills needed to work in higher education. 

The courses in these programs are online and asynchronous as well as engaging and interactive. Certificate completers earn a digital badge that specifies what they learned in the program.

The SUNY CPD (in partnership with other SUNY stakeholders) offers a wide variety of certificate programs including:

Academic Professional Development Consultations: If you would like to discuss how the CPD can help your campus address academic professional development needs not listed here, please contact Academic Programs Manager Chris Price ( or SUNY Online Program Manager Jamie Heron ( to arrange for a consultation.