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 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.

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

Presentation Slides:
SSHRC: The Insight/Insight Development Programs 2014-2015
CIHR: How Is Your Application Judged?

Research Support: Beyond the Three Councils

October 24, 2014 ~ 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. At Western there are Internal Grant opporunities that are especially important for new faculty. The panel will also discuss ways to locate and benefit from the many varied programs and research sponsors outside the University.

Bryce Pickard, Manager (Research Development), Research Development Services
Robert Klassen, Associate Dean (Faculty Development and Research), Ivey School of Business
Erin Huner, Research Officer, Faculty of Social Science
Ruth Wright, Assistant Dean Research, Department of Music Education, Don Wright Faculty of Music
Melanie Katsivo, Research Officer, Schulich Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Ruth E. Martin, Professor and Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs), Faculty of Health Sciences

Presentation Slides:
Health Sector Funding Opportunities Beyond the Tri-Council

Supervising Graduate Students

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

One of the most important roles for faculty is graduate student supervision. It can be a most satisfying part of our teaching, as well as one of the most challenging and frustrating. Our colleague panelists will share their experiences on a variety of topics related to work with graduate students, from establishing a good relationship to different types of supervision (teaching assistants, lab assistants) and advice on helping students complete and graduate.

Nanda Dimitrov, Associate Director, Teaching Support Centre; Adjunct Research Scholar, Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Amanda Moehring, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Anthony Skelton, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Michelle Hamilton, Associate Professor, Department of History; Director, Public History Program

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

December 4, 2014 ~ 3:15 pm - 5:00 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. (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.

Alan Weedon, Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty); Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Alison Hearn, President, UWOFA; Associate Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Michele Parkin, Director, Office of Faculty Relations
Kristen Hoffmann, Vice-President, UWOFA; Associate Librarian and Head, Research and Instructional Services, Weldon Library
Jeff Tennant, Past President, UWOFA; Associate Professor, Department of French, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Michael Milde, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Presentation Slides:
Promotion and Tenure: 2014-2018 Faculty Collective Agreement

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.

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