Faculty Mentoring Program

2015-2016 Faculty Mentoring Workshops

FMP Orientation

 

1. The Importance of Mentors

Presented by the Faculty Mentoring Committee
Friday, October 16, 2015 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the McDermott Suite

Workshop
This workshop is designed to stress the importance of selecting appropriate mentors and establishing productive relationships. Members of the FMC share advice and answer questions.

2. Research Productivity

Presented by the Faculty Mentoring Committee
Wednesday, November 17, 2015 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, SU 2.905

Workshop
This workshop brings mentees together with exceptionally productive junior and senior faculty.

Implementation Session
In this session mentees will engage with inquisitive, creative, and published faculty in discussions about all aspects of the research process from initial ideas through the publication process.

3. Tenure and Promotion

Presented by the Faculty Mentoring Committee
January 27, 2016 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Workshop
This workshop brings together Provost Musselman, Dean Bruce Novak and members of the Committee on Qualifications for a panel discussing what it takes to earn tenure at UT Dallas (and beyond).  Panelists will discuss criteria for promotion, as well as suggestions for how to develop a portfolio of research, teaching and service to meet those criteria, the pros and cons of outside offers, and how to identify and develop potential letter-writers, and strategies for staying sane during the tenure process. 

Implementation Session
In this session mentees will help each other develop goals and concrete plans for research, service and teaching productivity which will lead to successful promotion.  These plans might include research projects to accomplish, courses to develop, grants to apply for, conferences to attend, or any other appropriate activities.  These goals and plans can then be discussed and refined with their mentors and other senior faculty.

4. Grant Activities

Presented by the Faculty Mentoring Committee
February 24, 2016 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Workshop
This workshop brings mentees together with faculty who have been exceptionally successful at obtaining grants.  Panelists will discuss where to send different types of grant requests, how and when to talk with the granting officers and how grants are reviewed and evaluated.

Implementation Session
In this session mentees will help each other with grant activities. This might involve presenting a description of a research project and brainstorming about the appropriate granting agency for funding, bringing a rough draft of a grant application for feedback from the group, or working through the “pieces” of a grant.  Representatives from the Office of Sponsored Projects will be on hand to offer guidance.

5. Teaching

Presented by the Faculty Mentoring Committee
March 25, 2016 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Workshop
This workshop brings together education experts and previous teaching award winners to address common issues facing inexperienced teachers.  Panelists will discuss methods to improve course design, better engage students in and out of the classroom, teach inclusively, manage office hours, and handle difficult students or difficult situations.

Implementation Session
In this session mentees will interact with their peers and staff from The Office of Educational Enhancement to develop plans and consider solutions for current teaching challenges.  Mentees will also evaluate their teaching strengths and weaknesses, and develop plans for self-improvement as well as requests for future teaching assignments which reflect these strengths and weaknesses.

6. Having Difficult Conversations

Presented by the Faculty Mentoring Committee
May 2, 2016 from 11:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Workshop
This workshop brings together senior faculty to discuss how to professionally handle difficult or sensitive issues.  Topics might include how to manage a relationship with a hostile senior faculty member, how to interact with your department chair, area head or Dean, how to ask for a raise, how to negotiate when you have an outside offer, how to request family leave, how to handle harassment or accusations of harassment. 

Implementation Session
In this session mentees will interact with their peers to discuss the challenges they are currently facing with their professional and personal lives, and offer advice and suggestions. 

 

Updated: June 28, 2016