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Faculty Development

Liz Klarich teaching in the classroom

Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage. The interactive map below highlights the variety of ways that the college offers ongoing professional development for faculty.

Faculty Development Events

Faculty Panel on Competitive Grants and Distinguished Fellowships 
2/12, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Campus Center 205
RSVP here by 2/7

Pre-Faculty Meeting Service Fair
2/26, Tea time, 3:30–4:00 p.m., before faculty meeting
Alumnae House

Faculty workshop, Working for the college and working for you: Approaching college service decisions strategically 
3/2, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Campus Center 205
RSVP here by 2/24

Toward Equity faculty conversation, Managing identity taxation in service at the college 
3/4, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Campus Center 205
RSVP here by 2/26

Toward Equity faculty conversations, Navigating as women leaders in the academy
3/27, 4–6 p.m: Conference Center Oak Rooom
4/1, 12:15-1:15 p.m.: Campus Center 205
RSVP here by 3/20

Toward Equity faculty conversation, Seeking Input to Better Align the Faculty Record Sheet with Equity and Inclusion Values
4/29, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Campus Center 205
RSVP here by 4/22

Write-on-Sites: Writing with Friends
Monthly, Fridays, 1–4 p.m.: Jan. 31, Feb. 28, Mar. 27, Apr. 24 and May 15
Campus Center 204
RSVP here

Faculty Mentoring

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty supports the mentoring of junior faculty members in myriad ways from appointment through the probationary period.

New Faculty Orientation

Each year, the associate dean of the faculty and dean for academic development welcomes all new members of the faculty to a new faculty orientation. The primary purpose of the orientation is to provide advice, information, and inspiration while welcoming faculty to the Smith community. Items reviewed include essential college policies and additional resources to complement on-boarding materials included with the hiring letter. The new faculty orientation is an opportunity for new faculty to re-connect with junior and senior members of their department, ask key questions from affiliates across campus, and serves as a medium to engage fellow colleagues as they each embark on a new journey at Smith.

Board of Counselors

The associate dean of the faculty and dean for academic development oversees the Faculty Board of Counselors. The board includes senior faculty members who provide individual and collective extra departmental mentoring to tenure-track faculty members in their first and second years. The counselors are also willing to meet with any recently appointed faculty members who seek advice. Additionally, the board advises senior faculty members and administrators on their work with newer colleagues.

Departmental and Program Mentoring

Departmental mentoring introduces tenure-track faculty to the culture of the department, college, Five College community, and profession. Departmental mentors support their mentees through regular meetings regarding strategies for prioritizing and performing scholarship, teaching, and service. Mentors address questions and concerns, and assist mentees in building connections and accessing resources.

Faculty Development Map

To explore the interactive map, please click on the image below.


Resources for Faculty Development