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Faculty Mentoring and Support

The College of Arts and Sciences is working to create a community in which all students, faculty, and staff participate in an environment of openness and acceptance, and in which people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives feel welcome, safe, and able to thrive. We understand that intentionally fostering a culture of mentorship and faculty support is a collective responsibility and foundational to our College's long-term success. Faculty peer mentoring contributes to an enriched scholarly environment, an improved organizational climate, and enhanced collaborations in research, teaching, and faculty governance. A strong culture of mentoring leads to higher rates of faculty retention and a stronger connection to our scholarly disciplines and the institution. The College of Arts and Sciences is developing a comprehensive approach to faculty peer mentoring which includes training, resources, facilitated peer mentoring groups, departmental faculty peer mentoring policies, and writing groups. In addition, we encourage faculty to reference the materials provided by the Provost's Office of Faculty Advancement and the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.


The College is hosting three lunchtime faculty mentoring discussions this semester. Please email Teresa Smith ( to register. The workshops will be held in 245 Patterson Office Tower and lunch will be provided. Feel free to email me with any questions or suggestions for future workshop topics.


Strategies for Success on the Tenure Track
October 14, 12-1:15 pm, POT 245
Co-facilitated by Christia Brown and Sarah Lyon

Assistant Professors, especially those hired in the last four years, are invited for a lunchtime discussion with Associate Deans Christia Brown and Sarah Lyon. We will share strategies for how Assistant Professors can find the community and mentoring support they need to thrive in challenging times. We will discuss the purpose of progress reviews and annual FMER’s and how to prepare effective review materials. We will also discuss the impact of covid-19 disruptions on faculty productivity and well-being and the steps that we can take to mitigate these impacts for assistant professors who are working towards tenure and promotion.


How to Be an Effective Faculty Peer Mentor
October 28, 12-1:15 pm, POT 245
Co-facilitated by Sarah Lyon and Karen Petrone

Faculty peer mentoring contributes to the success of individual faculty while shaping the intellectual culture and achievement of the entire unit. Faculty mentoring helps us to foster new collegial relationships, develop research and teaching skills, improve work-life balance, and create opportunities to meet faculty from other departments or fields. However, it can be challenging to effectively mentor faculty peers without guidelines that establish clear, professional boundaries and concrete goals. In this workshop we will share resources and strategies for effective faculty peer mentoring.


Finding Your Post-Tenure Pathway
November 4, 12-1:15, POT 245
Co-facilitated by Christia Brown and Sarah Lyon

The path towards tenure in the academy is a difficult one. However, there are many resources available for those seeking guidance and advice along the way. There are fewer resources to support midcareer faculty members on the path to Full Professor. In this lunchtime workshop, we will share strategies for mapping your post-tenure pathway. We will discuss the importance of clarifying your strengths and interests, identifying role models, choosing the right opportunities, and investing your time and energy with intentionality. This workshop will help you clarify where you’re headed and how you can get there without sacrificing your well-being.