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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The following menu of mentoring options is designed in response to requests from across the campus faculty community.

Mentoring Resources

Visit our Mentoring Faculty page for sites, articles and books. 

New Faculty Mentoring Communities

Below is a list of mentoring groups designed specifically for new faculty.  Descriptions of each group can be found further below.  Click the mentoring group name to be brought to that description.

Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Program

Below is a list of all faculty-to-faculty mentoring groups.  Descriptions of each group can be found further below.  Click the mentoring group name to be brought to that description.

Fall 2018 Mentoring Group

Meeting Day/Time

Location (Campus)

First Year Faculty (Group 1)

Tuesdays, 1pm—2pm

Allendale Campus

First Year Faculty (Group 2)

Fridays, 3pm—4pm

Pew Grand Rapids Campus

First Year Faculty (Group 3)

Thursdays, 2pm—3pm

Pew Grand Rapids Campus

First Year Faculty (Group 4)

Wednesdays, 11am—12pm

Allendale Campus

First Year Faculty (Group 5)

Fridays, 10am—11am

Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Years 2 through 6—Tenure-track (Group 1)

Thursdays, 12pm—1pm

Allendale Campus

Years 2 through 6—Tenure-track (Group 2)

TBD

Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Years 2 through 6—Affiliate and Visiting (Group 1)

Tuesdays, 11am—12pm

Allendale Campus

Years 2 through 6—Affiliate and Visiting (Group 2)

Wednesdays, 10am—11am

Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Mid-Career Faculty

Tuesdays, 11am—12pm

Allendale Campus 

Senior Faculty

Tuesdays, 1:30pm—2:30pm

Allendale Campus

Faculty in Transition

Mondays, 10am—11am

Allendale Campus

Faculty of Color

Thursdays, 1pm—2pm 

Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Mondays, 10am—11am 

Allendale Campus 


NEW FACULTY MENTORING COMMUNITIES

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

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FACULTY-TO-FACULTY MENTORING PROGRAM

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YEARS 2 THROUGH 6

Semesters: Fall and Winter

Meeting Schedule: Three or four meetings per semester

Description: A small-group mentoring opportunity for faculty beyond their first year of teaching at GVSU. Groups meet monthly, or as desired, over a meal or coffee to discuss topics such as teaching, professional development, scholarship, and service opportunities. In past years, participants have reported that they appreciated getting to know faculty outside their disciplines and to talk about faculty life in a relaxed and confidential settings. This mentoring program is meant to complement departmental mentoring. Mentoring groups are organized separately for tenure-track and visiting/affiliate faculty.

Through participation in this Mentoring Group, faculty will:

  • Learn from and with faculty from across disciplines and the university
  • Explore teaching and learning topics of interest to the group
  • Establish short-term and long-terms professional goals

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MID CAREER FACULTY

Semesters: Fall and Winter

Meeting Schedule: Three or four meetings per semester; Tuesdays 11am—12pm, Allendale Campus

Description: This group is intended for those Associate Professors who have achieved promotion and tenure and who wish to gather to discuss issues specific to mid-career faculty. Often, faculty at this stage have the opportunity to be more selective about the focus of their work while at the same time facing greater leadership responsibilities in their departments.

Through participation in this Mentoring Group, faculty will:

  • Reflect on their path to tenure with a strengths-based perspective
  • Consider goals and direction for post-tenure teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Explore connections within the GVSU university community, as well as disciplinary professional connections
  • Reflect on professional development and strategies for long-term career satisfaction

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SENIOR FACULTY

Semesters: Fall and Winter

Meeting Schedule: Three or four meetings per semester; Tuesdays 1:30pm—2:30pmAllendale Campus

Description: This opportunity for those who have achieved Full Professor status provides a gathering spot across disciplines to share lessons learned.  The directions and aims of senior faculty often encompass career ideals, sharing experiences, and realizing long term professional directions.

Through participation in this Mentoring Group, faculty will:

  • Explore career and professional goals as a senior faculty
  • Reflect on connections within their department and the university
  • Consider opportunities to serve as a guide and mentor to other faculty
  • Reflect on their career trajectory and current career phase

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MENTORING FOR TRANSITION (FACULTY IN TRANSITION)

Semesters: Fall and Winter

Meeting Schedule: Three or four meetings per semester; Mondays 10am—11am, Allendale Campus

Description: This mentoring group focuses on transitions across professional life. Transitions could include, but are not limited to, changing faculty role, changing universities, cultural changes in moving to West Michigan, or shifts in workload responsibilities.

Through participation in this Mentoring Group, faculty will:

  • Work with a mentor with expertise in professional development related to transition and successful adjustment to transition
  • Connect with other faculty who have committed to a variety of strategies aimed at successful and effective transitions
  • Explore resources aimed at maximizing benefits and opportunities afforded in times of change and transition

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FACULTY OF COLOR

Semesters: Fall and Winter

Meeting Schedule: Three or four meetings per semester; Thursdays 1:00pm—2:00pm, Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Description: A mentoring group to support the success of faculty of color in years 1-6.  An experienced faculty of color will serve as a mentor; sessions will center around a variety of topics agreed upon by the mentor and mentees.

Through participation in this Mentoring Group, faculty will:

  • Connect and form networks with one another as well as with supports for faculty of color at GVSU
  • Explore evidence-based strategies for success in predominantly white universities
  • Reflect on strengths and skills enabling navigation of the academic environment

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SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (SOTL)

Semesters: Fall and Winter

Meeting Schedule: Three or four meetings per semester; Mondays 10am—11am, Allendale Campus

Description: A mentoring group to support faculty interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), whether new to the subject or actively engaged in a SoTL project.

Through participation in this Mentoring Group, faculty will:

  • Develop skill and expertise specific to SOTL
  • Explore projects related to design, implementation and evaluation of SOTL projects in their courses
  • Reflect on benefits for students and disciplinary teaching strategies

For additional information about any of these programs, please contact us at ftlc@gvsu.edu.



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