Faculty Development Fellows serve as mentors to new faculty including: pre-tenured, tenure-track, adjunct faculty and lecturers.
They may also mentor faculty of color, mid-career faculty and senior faculty. Mentoring support includes:
Providing help with personal aspects of the local culture--SMC and the extended community:
- Introducing new faculty to College activities, culture and colleagues;
- Developing professional networks on and off campus;
- Assisting faculty new to the Bay Area with information about housing, schools, etc.; also resources of special interest--academic, cultural, social, or artistic;
- Balancing work and personal life.
Providing help with academic procedures and professional development:
- Providing information about resources available to faculty: FD funding, Alumni grants, SoTL, instructional technology (FTG, CaTS), etc.;
- Working effectively within the College systems;
- Navigating the R&T process:
- Preparing the Form A—how to effectively communicate achievements and challenges;
- Balancing teaching, scholarship/research, service;
- Checking on R&T progress (e.g., letters of recommendation, classroom observation, etc.)
- Finding on-campus disciplinary fields or programs to cross-list courses with (e.g. environmental studies, women’s and gender studies, ethnic studies) develop collaborative projects, or establish professional relationships based on common interests;
- Finding campus venues for presenting scholarship or artistic works (such as sabbatical or scholarly research presentations)
- Finding appropriate areas for service
- Helping mid-career faculty remain engaged with the community.
Providing help with classroom concerns:
- Effective teaching and learning strategies;
- Syllabus development: learning outcomes, honor code, etc.;
- Course content that might challenge students’ values or identities;
- Diverse student body (e.g. academic, racial/ethnic, socio-economic, etc.);
- Course material beyond the ability of some students;
- Students with difficult “issues” (e.g. conduct, learning disabilities, social/emotional needs);
- Student presentations of course material.