Research indicates that teachers and scholars develop successful careers more rapidly when expectations for successful performance are explicit and intellectual strengths and career development are supported. One strategy by which new faculty members can learn information essential to successful careers is to establish a mentoring relationship with a more experienced faculty member. We have adopted what is referred to a Mutual Mentoring model for our program, acknowledging that each faculty member has expertise and experience that they contribute to a mentor group.
While many units at GVSU assign individual mentors to new faculty, we have developed two complementary program in which small groups of faculty from a wide range of disciplines come together in a mentoring relationship.
One mentoring opportunity we provide is the First Year Faculty Mentoring Community, open to all full-time faculty in their first year at GVSU.
The First Year Faculty Mentoring Community is a university-wide program designed to acculturate new faculty to GV and to provide robust teaching support and general information on scholarship, service, and career planning to all new regular faculty. It was discussed at length over the last two years in our governance committees, and was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate this past year.
New Faculty Outcomes
Through participation in this Mentoring Community, new faculty will:
Format and Scheduling
An experienced faculty member serves as a mentor to groups of 12-15 new faculty. Each session centers around a particular topic but the content is flexible and responsive to the group members.
Groups meet for one hour, six times per semester. Readings, discussion prompts, and supplemental materials available on a New Faculty Blackboard site.