First Year Faculty Mentoring Communities

The Pew FTLC Mentoring Program offers structured meeting opportunities to gather with colleagues and explore the multiple sources of guidance and connection available at GVSU for professional growth and development.  An experienced faculty member serves as a mentor to groups of 6-12 faculty.  Each session centers around a particular topic but the content is flexible and responsive to the group members.  Goals and direction are often quite personal and specific for each person. 

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Tenure-track Faculty

New, non-tenured Regular Faculty are strongly encouraged to participate in a First Year Mentoring Community, per a new Shared Governance policy, detailed on the Office of the Provost Mentorship at Grand Valley State University site

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2021-2022 First Year Faculty Mentoring Communities


Semesters: Fall or Winter

Meeting Schedule: Six one-hour meetings per semester

Description: The First Year Faculty Mentoring Community is designed to acculturate new faculty to GVSU and to provide robust teaching support and general information on scholarship, service, and career planning to all new faculty. Each session centers around a particular topic but the content is flexible and responsive to the group members. Readings, discussion prompts, and supplemental materials are available on a New Faculty Blackboard site. This mentoring program is meant to complement departmental mentoring.

Through participation in this Mentoring Community, new faculty will:

  • Address first year faculty teaching challenges with evidence-based strategies
  • Gain familiarity with GVSU resources for faculty, students, and families
  • Learn from and with faculty from across disciplines and the university
  • Practice work-life balance approaches known to improve the experiences of new faculty and have lasting impact throughout a faculty career
  • Establish short-term and long-terms professional goals

FYF Topic Overview

  • GVSU resources for faculty - including internal and external funding resources
  • Learner-centered teaching; how student learn
  • Engaging learners with active and collaborative learning
  • Rubrics, formative feedback, and helping students become self-directed learners
  • Leading effective discussions in class and online
  • Faculty roles: teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Educational technologies at GVSU
  • Making sense of student ratings of teaching
  • Library resources and services
  • Personnel portfolios & integrative statements
  • Advising as teaching
  • Career planning and work-life balance


Meeting Days/Times

Specific Meeting Dates

Meeting Location


Wednesdays; 9 a.m.–10 a.m.

FALL 2021:  9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
WINTER 2022:  1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13

Online/Virtual with Zoom


Tuesdays; 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

FALL 2021:  9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30
WINTER 2022:  1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12

In-Person; Pew GR Campus


Wednesdays; 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

FALL 2021:  9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1
WINTER 2022:  1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13

In-Person; Pew GR Campus


Thursdays; 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

FALL 2021:  9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2

In-Person; Allendale Campus


Fridays; 4 p.m.–5 p.m.

FALL 2021:  9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/15, 11/19, 12/3

Online/Virtual with Zoom


Thursdays; 12 p.m.–1 p.m.

FALL 2021:  10/8, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2
WINTER 2022:  1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21

Online/Virtual with Zoom

Please contact us if none of these meeting times fit your schedule and we will do our best to make alternate arrangements for your participation. 

Did you know that Grand Valley State University has renewed its Institutional Membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), a nationally recognized, independent organization providing online career development and mentoring?

The subscription entitles ALL faculty, academic staff, post doc and graduate students access to tools to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance.  These tools include:

Learn how to activate your FREE NCFDD Membership by visiting our NCFDD webpage.

Activate your FREE NCFDD Membership

Learn more about NCFDD by visiting our NCFDD webpage.

For additional information or questions, please contact us at [email protected].

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