Faculty Mentor Program

One of our many endeavors in the Teaching Support Centre is the Faculty Mentor Program. This is a special program, 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: workshops 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 encourage departments to assign mentors to work with new members of faculty.

We also work 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
Teaching Support Centre

Faculty Mentor Program 2015-2016

Preparing Research Grant Proposals: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC

October 2, 2015 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

How is your research proposal judged? Colleague-experts in each area share their experiences on agency committees, offer advice and respond to your questions.

Special Mentor Event: So You Think You’re a Fraud? Overcoming Imposter Syndrome 

October 29, 2015  

Morning and afternoon sessions open to all faculty and graduate students on the serious problems we face due to our lack of self-confidence. The first session features Dr. Valerie Young, author of the award winning book “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive In Spite of It.” Lunch and breakout sessions take up different aspects of the issue.

The Role of Mentoring in the Life of Faculty: Whom do we mentor? What makes a good mentor?

November 20, 2015 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

All of us are mentors in different ways, with students and with colleagues. Understanding what good mentoring is and how each of us can develop good mentoring practices needs to happen early in our careers. Participate in this workshop with experienced colleagues to consider your own approach to mentoring.


The Promotion and Tenure Process

December 11, 2015 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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.   

Development of a Teaching Dossier and a Teaching Philosophy

February 5, 2016

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