Mission and History
The Office of Instructional Development (OID) was created in July, 1980 by a university-wide task force of faculty and administrators. Its mission: "to provide resources for improved instruction and the professional development of UND faculty members as teachers."
Originally funded by the Bush Foundation, the office is now supported by state-appropriated funds as well as generous grants from the UND Alumni Foundation.
OID is headed by a Director who reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Director is advised and assisted by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee, a University Senate committee charged with overseeing instructional development programs.
In 1999, the University Writing Program merged with OID, home of Writing Across the Curriculum and the University Writing Center. Although the two programs maintain separate offices, they publish a combined faculty newsletter, co-sponsor a regular box lunch discussion series, and share administrative and secretarial support.