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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of November 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.

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 Series—Fall 2020

All faculty members are welcome.
 

Every Semester Needs a Plan
9/2, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 8/31
We will share and learn from each other about creating a plan for the fall semester. This is particularly important during these extraordinary and challenging times. Participants will have the opportunity to begin goal-setting in small groups.
Participants are strongly recommended to watch in advance the *NCFDD webinar “Every Semester Needs A Plan.” Time permitting, participants can also watch the NCFDD Core Conversation “Adapting your Strategic Plan Amidst Uncertainty and Change.”

Rescheduled: Towards Equity: What I Wish I Knew
10/19, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 10/15
This is an opportunity to have a reflective conversation with other faculty about what we wish we knew about a career in the academy, work expectations, Smith, and other topics.
Faculty with an identity that has been historically underrepresented in their discipline or in the academy more broadly are particularly encouraged to attend.

Canceled: Balancing Work & Life in the Time of COVID
10/19, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
We will discuss how to achieve your professional goals while finding time for the other parts of your life. Participants will have the opportunity to identify priorities and strategies to improve work-life balance in small groups.
Participants are strongly recommended to watch in advance the *NCFDD webinars “Align Your Time With Your Priorities” and “Mastering Academic Time-Management”. Time permitting, participants can also watch the NCFDD Core Conversation “Protecting Your Boundaries and Well-Being.”

Toward Equity: Identity Taxation
11/19, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 11/17
This is an opportunity to share experiences, listen, and strategize about the extra burden of service responsibilities placed upon faculty members with historically underrepresented social identities in their discipline or in the academy more broadly.
Faculty with an identity that has been historically underrepresented in their discipline or in the academy more broadly are particularly encouraged to attend.

Network-Based Mentoring
12/8, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 12/7
We will discuss how to develop and nurture a strong network and support system so you can thrive at Smith and in the academy. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas in small groups.
Participants are strongly recommended to watch in advance the *NCFDD webinar “Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors & Collaborators”

Rescheduled: Toward Equity: Toward Racial Justice at Smith
1/21, 12–1 p.m.
RSVP by 1/18
Come hear about the strategic plan Toward Racial Justice at Smith that reflects the important work the Office of Equity and Inclusion is leading and to which all of us contribute.

Write-on-Zoom: Writing with Friends
Monthly, Fridays, 1–4 p.m.: Sep. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, and Jan. 15
RSVP
Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that your writing is easier when done with good colleagues? Earmark your calendar, connect on Zoom, and join these online opportunities. Come any time during the sessions.


*Members of the Smith community can access all of the NCFDD professional development resources—including offerings as diverse as online writing challenges, motivating weekly email messages, and their extensive webinar offerings—for free. Go to the NCFDD website and use your Smith email account to make your own account, if you do not already have one.


Faculty Mentoring

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty supports the mentoring of junior faculty members in myriad ways.

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.


Non-Tenure-Track Mentoring Team

A team of four Non-Tenure Track Mentors are available to support all non-tenure-track faculty, who are in positions that are not renewable, in navigating and being successful during their time at Smith. The mentors meet regularly with the associate dean of the faculty and dean for academic development to discuss their mentoring meetings and to address questions and issues that arise.


Faculty Development Map

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

 

Resources for Faculty Development