Faculty Mentor Program

Previous Sessions

Experiential (Community Engaged) Learning - Lunch & Learn

Thursday March 8, 2018 ~ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Weldon Library, Room 120

With increased interest in experiential learning activities at an institutional level, and by the provincial government, many Western faculty have incorporated Community Engaged Learning (CEL) into their pedagogical practices. CEL marries theory and practice by providing students with meaningful community-based opportunities that link to specific course learning outcomes. Join us to learn from faculty colleagues across campus about their CEL courses, and to hear about Western’s ongoing and future commitments to experiential learning. This will be very helpful for faculty interested in incorporating experiential learning into theor courses for the 2018-19 academic year.

Our panelists include Erica Lawson (Women's Studies), Manina Jones (English), Riley Hinson (Psychology), Sarah McLean (Schulich Medicine) and Stephanie Beatty (Associate Director, Experiential Learning, Student Success Centre)

Running Effective Meetings (Lunch & Learn)

Thursday February 15, 2018 ~ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Weldon Library, Room 121

Meetings are a fact of academic life, but we’ve all been in meetings that don't work well - they may lack direction, seem disorganized or do not accomplish what is necessary to deal with ongoing issues. This session will outline the components of a well-run meeting and discuss strategies for keeping meetings organized, on track, and focused. During the discussion, common problems encountered in meetings will be addressed, such as dealing with individuals who monopolize the conversation, keeping the discussion from wandering, ensuring that everyone has a chance to participate and any other issues that you may have noticed in the meetings you have attended. The session will be useful not only for new or future meeting chairs but also for committee members who would like strategies to deal with issues that arise during meetings. Questions and discussion will follow the presentation.

Our presenters for the session are Gloria Leckie, formerly Associate Dean of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and currently Coordinator of the Faculty Mentoring Program of the Teaching Support Centre, and Kristin Hoffman, formerly UWOFA President and currently Research and Instructional Services Librarian with Western Libraries. Together, Kristin and Gloria have many years of experience in chairing all kinds of meetings and have their own tips and strategies to share with you.

Development of a Teaching Dossier and a Teaching Philosophy

Friday February 2, 2018 ~ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Weldon Library, Room 121

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 faculty in the preparation of these components for a personal file. This session will be conducted by:

  • Dr. Nanda Dimitrov, Director, Teaching Support Centre
  • Dr. Mike Atkinson Teaching Fellow, Teaching Support Centre
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

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

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

Friday December 1, 2017 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
University Community Centre, Room 147A/B

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. 

Slides from 2016 presentation


Karen Campbell, Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty)
Jennifer King, Faculty Relations Consultant, Office of Faculty Relations
Albert Katz, Professor, Department of Psychology
Cindy Cossar-Jones, UWOFA Professional Officer

Preparing Research Grant Proposals: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC

Thursday September 28, 2017 ~ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Weldon Library, Room 121

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. Take a look at the application form and come with your questions and join the conversation.


  • Dr. David Holdsworth (CIHR)
    Professor, Departments of Surgery and Medical Biophysics
    Scientist, Robarts Reseach Institute
  • Dr. Brian Branfireun (NSERC)
    Professor and Canada Research Chair
    Department of Biology and Centre for Environment and Sustainability
  • Dr. Jacquie Burkell (SSHRC)
    Associate Professor and Assistant Dean - Research
    Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Program Information

This program is 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.

The Faculty Mentor Program organizes a number of sessions/workshops on significant topics that relate to the challenges and experiences of the faculty. These sessions run during the year and are designed not only to convey relevant information, but especially to encourage interaction among all participants.

We also work on different ways to encourage and support a broader conception of mentoring that empowers individual members of faculty to build their own networks of support 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. To see further information on the Mentoring Micro Grant, go to:  www.uwo.ca/tsc/awards_and_grants/western_funding_initiatives/mentoring_micro_grant.html


Gloria Leckie
Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program
Professor Emeritus
Teaching Support Centre