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A Culture of Care >> Read Smith’s plans for the summer and fall 2021 semesters.

Faculty Development

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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—Summer 2021

All faculty members are welcome.

Research Accountability Group: Every Summer Needs a Research Plan 
6/10, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Register by 6/8
Belonging to a community of support keeps us motivated and accountable. Let’s support each other in creating our research plans for the summer. Participants will have the opportunity to set goals in small groups. Follow-up meetings in late June, July, and August.

Research Accountability Group: Check-in and Writing Tips
6/29, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
Register by 6/27
We will update each other on our research plans, share writing strategies, and motivational tools. The idea is to help you make progress and to increase your productivity. Follow-up meetings in July and August.

Research Accountability Group: Stick to Your Research Goals
7/27, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
Register by 7/25
Connect with your research community to keep you accountable and achieve your goals. Share what works for you or what is holding you back. We will learn from each other and design solutions to make progress. Follow-up meeting in August.

Research Accountability Group: Meeting Your Goals
8/19, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
Register by 8/17
Share your research accomplishments and reflect on what worked for you this semester. Cultivate a community of support for your future research endeavors to help you write regularly and be a productive scholar.

Write-on-Zoom: Writing with Friends
Monthly, Fridays, 1–4 p.m.: 6/11, 7/23, 8/27
Register by 6/9, 7/21, 8/25
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.

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