The Office of the Dean of Faculty supports the mentoring of early-career faculty through a diverse set of initiatives. Our approach is based on the idea that mentoring is best accomplished using a multi-situated approach to faculty development. This approach places the faculty member at the center of their career and supports their ability to build an effective mentoring network that aligns with their personal goals. The College offers a number of different programming opportunities for faculty to to connect with colleagues and to support their professional development. Faculty Fridays, our institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) and grant writing workshops are just a few examples.
New tenure-track faculty can elect to join in a faculty seminar on life at the College. This seminar is coordinated by the dean of faculty's office and the Teaching and Learning Initiative. Early-career faculty are also encouraged to have regular conversations with either of the associate deans of faculty regarding teaching, scholarship and professional development at the College. These conversations are intended as a starting point from which the associate dean and the faculty member can work in partnership to develop a network of mentors.