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

Faculty Mentor Program 2013-2014

Progression Through the Ranks: Developing Your Career as a Recently-Tenured Associate Professor

September 4, 2013, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 122, The D.B. Weldon Library

You are a tenured Associate Professor considering the directions and challenges of an academic career.  What choices do you have in establishing priorities? What are your shorter-and longer-term goals? What should you keep in mind as you move towards the next level of promotion?

Jody Culham, Professor, Department of Psychology;
Nandi Bhatia, Professor, Department of English; Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Brian Timney, Professor, Department of Sociology; Dean, Faculty of Social Science
Alan Weedon, Professor, Department of Chemistry; Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty)

Preparing Research Grant Proposals: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC

September 27, 2013 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

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 relevent for your area: CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC.

David Litchfield (CIHR) Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Onocology;
Kim Baines (NSERC) Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry;
Andrew Nelson (SSHRC) Associate Dean (Research & Operations), Faculty of Social Science, Professor, Department of Anthropology

2013 Presentations:
How is your CIHR Application Judged?

SSHRC The Insight/Insight Development Programs 2013

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

October 31, 2013 ~ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 258, The D.B. Weldon Library

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. 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.

Andrew Hrymak, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Professor, Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering;
Roderick White, Associate Dean (Faculty Development & Research) Ivey Business School
Jeff Tennant, President, UWOFA, Associate Professor, Department of French Studies
Alison Hearn, Vice-President, UWOFA, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Michele Parkin, Director of Faculty Relations

2013 Presentation

Research Support: Beyond the Three Councils

November 22, 2013 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

Shrinking levels of funding call for creative thinking in finding support for research. This session's focus is on the broader scope of programs outside the three government Councils.

Prudence Allen,  Director, National Centre for Audiology, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders;
Hanan Lutfiyya,  Professor, Department of Computer Science;
Susan Roger,  Associate Professor, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Education;
Nandi Bhatia, Professor, Department of English, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts and Humanities;
David Shoesmith, Professor, Department of Chemistry;
Bryce Pickard, Manager (Research Development), Research Development & Services;
Caroline Calmettes, Manager (Contracts), Research Development & Services;
Deanne Babcock, Director (Research Finance), Financial Services

Interdisciplinary Research and the Academic Career

December 10, 2013 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

Your research and publications cross disciplines.  What impact does this have on tenure and promotion? Experienced colleagues will discuss their strategies in the face of challenges such as: what and where you publish; graduate supervision; particular concerns with cross appointments and responsibilities to two areas.

Lorelei Lingard,  Director, Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry;
Carol Jones,  Associate Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy;
Andrew Nelson,  Associate Dean, Research & Operations, Faculty of Social Science, Department of Anthropology;
Jacquie Burkell, Assistant Dean, Research, Faculty of Information and Media Studies;
Bryan Neff, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology

International Research Connections

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

International collaboration may help you achieve your goals in research and teaching. How can you access the international community of scholars? What are some strategies for success in promoting your research? How best can you involve graduate or undergraduate students in international programs? Our panelists have different kinds of experience in international research and teaching. We invite you to hear their reports and engage them in conversation about these important and challenging connections.

Bipasha Baruah,  Canada Research Chair, Global Women's Issues;
Arja Vainio-Mattila,  Centre for Global Studies, Huron University College;
Elizabeth Greene,  Department of Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities;
Irena Creed, Canada Research Chair, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science;
Charles Trick,  Ivey Chair, Interfaculty Program in Public Health

Development of a Teaching Dossier and a Teaching Philosophy

February 7, 2014  ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 122, The D.B. Weldon Library

The theme of this session is a continuation of the meeting held in October on Tenure & Promotion Under the Collective Agreement: How the Process Works. Before applying for tenure and promotion, a teaching dossier and a statement of one's teaching philosophy must be developed. This interactive session will provide valuable material to assist members of the faculty in the preparation of these components for a personal file.

Debra Dawson
, Director, Teaching Support Centre;
Natasha Patrito Hannon, Educational Developer, 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