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 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 discussion and questions. You choose which is most relevant for your area: CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC. Come with your questions and join the conversation.

Our Panelists:

Dr. Frank Beier (CIHR)
CRC in Musculoskeletal Health
Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Dr. Yining Huang (NSERC)
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Andrew Nelson (SSHRC)
Associate Dean (Research & Operations), Faculty of Social Science
Professor, Department of Anthropology

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

October 29, 2015 ~ 9:30 - 11:30 am

Open to all faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students on the serious problems we face due to our lack of self-confidence. The 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.”

Being Mentors: What does this mean for Faculty?

November 20, 2015 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

As Faculty we recognize the responsibilities of research, teaching and community service. There is another aspect of our work that is rarely discussed: the fact that as faculty we are also mentors. At different points in our careers, we are often called upon to mentor students, graduate and undergraduate, and colleagues.

What does this mean in terms of our careers? What are the joys, and the pitfalls, of being a mentor? What issues do we need to keep in mind as we develop different approaches to mentoring?

Our panelists bring their experiences to share with us and also to listen to our concerns and ideas about what is involved in becoming a good mentor.

    • Sarah Gallagher, Department of Physics and Astronomy
    • Joel Faflak, Department of English; Director, School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities
    • David Sherry, Department of Psychology; Advanced Facility for Avian Research
    • Aara Suksi, Department of Classical Studies; Affiliate, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research

Please join us. Everyone is welcome!

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

December 11, 2015 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
NEW LOCATION Teaching Support Centre, Weldon Library Room 121

Faculty who are new and those in tenure-track positions will be interested in this interactive session. Representatives from the University Faculty Association, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Faculty Relations will discuss and respond to questions on the tenure and promotion process. (Note: this workshop does not include information about the tenure and promotion process for clinical faculty.)

Topics will include: the Official File; annual performance evaluation; documenting your career; the balance for teaching, research and service; the P&T Committee; the process of file review; the roles of Chairs, Deans, and the Office of the Provost. 

Our panelists include:

    • Alan Weedon, Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty); Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
    • Alison Hearn, Past President, UWOFA; Associate Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
    • Michele Parkin, Director, Office of Faculty Relations
    • John Ciriello,  Executive Member, UWOFA; Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
    • Deborah Meert-Williston, Library Representative, Taylor Library

Development of a Teaching Dossier and a Teaching Philosophy

February 5, 2016 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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

Additional resources on developing a Teaching Dossier and Teaching Philosophy can be found here: