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.


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 (F2F) 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.

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.

FALL 2021 MENTORING COMMUNITIES ARE OPEN AND ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS!

Want to Join a Fall 2021 Mentoring Community?  Email us!

2021-2022 Mentoring Communities

Mentoring Group

General Meeting Day/Time

Specific Meeting Dates

Location (Campus)

First Year Faculty (Group 1)

Mondays; 12 p.m.–1 p.m.

FALL 2021: 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29

Online/Virtual with Zoom

First Year Faculty (Group 2)

Tuesdays; 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

FALL 2021:  9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30

In-Person; Pew GR Campus

First Year Faculty (Group 3)

Wednesdays; 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

FALL 2021: 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1

In-Person; Pew GR Campus

First Year Faculty (Group 4)

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

First Year Faculty (Group 5)

Fridays; 4 p.m.–5 p.m.

FALL 2021:  9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3

Online/Virtual with Zoom

Years 2—6 Faculty (Group 1)

Mondays; 4 p.m.–5 p.m.

FALL 2021:  9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 11/29

In-Person; Allendale Campus

Years 2—6 Faculty (Group 2)

Tuesdays; 4 p.m.–5 p.m.

FALL 2021:  9/21, 11/19, 11/16, 11/30

Online/Virtual with Zoom

Years 2—6 Faculty (Group 3)

Wednesdays; 12 p.m.–1 p.m.

FALL 2021:  9/22, 10/20, 11/17, 12/1

In Person; Pew GR Campus

Years 2—6 Faculty (Group 4)

Thursdays; 9 a.m.–10 a.m.

FALL 2021:  9/23, 10/21, 11/18, 12/2

In-Person; Allendale Campus

Mid-Career Faculty

Tuesdays; 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

FALL 2021:  9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 11/30

In-Person; Pew GR Campus


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NEW FACULTY MENTORING COMMUNITIES

FIRST YEAR FACULTY MENTORING COMMUNITIES

Semesters: Fall or Winter

Meeting Schedule: Six one-hour meetings per semester; options to meet in-person or virtually.

  • Because there are multiple First Year Faculty Groups, please refer to the table above for actual meeting dates and times.

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

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


FACULTY-TO-FACULTY MENTORING PROGRAM

YEARS 2 THROUGH 6

Semesters: Fall and Winter

Meeting Schedule: Three or four meetings per semester; options to meet in person or virtually.

  • Because there are multiple Years 2 Thorough 6 Groups, please refer to the table above for actual meeting dates/times.  

Description: A small-group mentoring opportunity for faculty beyond their first year of teaching at GVSU. Groups meet monthly, or as desired, 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

 


MID-CAREER FACULTY

Semesters: Fall

Meeting Schedule:  Meeting the following Tuesdays from 1pm—2pm

  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16 & 30

Meeting Location:  In-Person on the Pew Grand Rapids 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

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