Faculty Mentor Program

One of our many endeavors in the Teaching Support Centre is the Faculty Mentor Program. This is quite a special program, it was jointly developed with the University Faculty Association and the University Administration specifically to make the experience, knowledge and expertise of colleagues available to new faculty. There are several projects designed and offered by the Centre to further this goal.

We are organizing a number of special sessions: panel discussions on significant topics that relate to the challenges and experiences of the faculty. These sessions will run during the year and are designed not only to convey relevant information, but especially to encourage interaction among all participants.

Mentoring has proven to be one of the significant common characteristics of a successful academic career. Mentors are experienced faculty who are happy to be an ear, who will respond to questions, explain oddities of the local environment, and offer advice if it is sought. As a new faculty member, there are a number of ways you can take advantage of mentoring. Some Faculties conduct their own mentor programs. For other Faculties, we create a list of departmental mentors who work with new members of faculty. Also, we plan to organize informal gatherings of new faculty to encourage peer exchange of ideas on career challenges.

This year we will be working on different ways to encourage and support a broader conception of mentoring that empowers individual members of faculty to build the networks of support they need for their particular contexts. The Mentoring Micro Grant we offer is an example of such an initiative, embodying our goal to respond to the great diversity of our faculty and the variety of their concerns.

It is exciting to be part of this endeavor. As we begin a new academic year together, let me offer my ear to you. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions, concerns and questions. I look to you for reactions to our programs so that we can respond quickly to faculty needs. To succeed as a teacher/scholar is a wonderful challenge. We hope to facilitate your success.

Madeline Lennon
Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program
mlennon@uwo.ca

Faculty Mentor Program 2014-2015

Preparing Research Grant Proposals: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC

October 3, 2014 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

How is your grant application judged? Will changes in the Councils have an impact on your approach to your application? Knowledgeable colleagues offer guidance and advice on how to best position your application, and share their experiences with grant review panels. We begin this workshop with a brief Meet and Greet period, and continue with introductions and general observations from the panel. Much of the session will be devoted to breakout groups dedicated to each of the three Councils, to provide time for focused discussions and questions. You choose which is most relevant for your area: CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC. Come with your questions and join the conversation.

Panelists:
Dr. David Litchfield, Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Oncology;
Dr. Yining Huang, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry;
Dr. Andrew Nelson, Associate Dean (Research & Operations), Faculty of Social Science, Professor, Department of Anthropology

 

Funding Your Research: Finding Other Sources

October 24, 2014 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

Finding resources outside the three major Councils can be a challenge. Colleagues who have been successful discuss their approaches.

Panelists:
To be announced

Supervising Graduate Students

November 21, 2014 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

Best practices to establish successful supervisor-student interactions. 

Panelists:
To be announced

Tenure and Promotion Under the Collective Agreement: How the Process Works

December 4, 2014 ~ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 258, The D.B. Weldon Library

A panel of representatives from the UWO Faculty Association, the Office of Faculty Relations and the Office of the Provost will explain the procedures and respond to questions.

Panelists:
To be announced

Development of a Teaching Dossier and a Teaching Philosophy

February 6, 2015  ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 122, The D.B. Weldon Library

Get a head start on this part of the promotion and tenure process with tips from the experts.

Presenters:
Debra Dawson
, Director, Teaching Support Centre;
Mike Atkinson, Professor, Department of Psychology; Teaching Fellow, Teaching Support Centre

2014 Presentation Slides:
Teaching Dossiers: Documenting Your Teaching
Developing Your Teaching Philosophy Statement