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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 Series—Spring 2021

All faculty members are welcome.

Research Accountability Group: Every Semester Needs a Research Plan 
2/10, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 2/8
Belonging to a community of support keeps us motivated and accountable. Let’s support each other in creating our research plans for the spring semester. Participants will have the opportunity to set goals in small groups. Follow-up meetings in March, April and May.

Research Accountability Group: Check-in and Writing Tips
3/8, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
RSVP by 3/4
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 April and May.

Toward Equity: Racial Justice Across Disciplines
3/15, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
RSVP by 3/11
Are you interested in advancing racial justice in your discipline and throughout the Smith curriculum? Learn and listen from colleagues who center racial justice work from a disciplinary perspective and integrate racial justice into their courses. What actions can you adopt to work on racial justice in your field? In partnership with the Office for Equity and Inclusion and the Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning.

Faculty Panel on Competitive Grants and Distinguished Fellowships 
3/29, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
RSVP by 3/25
Come hear from a panel of colleagues with success in competitive grants and fellowships external to Smith. Whether you are new to this process or have experience, you’ll learn strategies and resources for identifying opportunities and crafting a strong application. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty and Grants and Sponsored Programs.

Research Accountability Group: Stick to Your Research Goals
4/12, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
RSVP by 4/8
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 May.

Student Mental Health Support
4/15, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
RSVP by 4/14
How do we best recognize students who need mental health support? What are the resources on campus? How can the institution help both instructors and advisers to support students experiencing mental health issues? Sponsored by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty and Schacht Center for Health and Wellness.

Co-Creation of Knowledge: Beginning the Conversation
4/28, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
RSVP by 4/26
The complexities of the changes that are sweeping the planet require researchers to pool their vast intellectual resources. We’ll discuss one such change with a focus on how combining content and process across disciplinary traditions can evoke new ways of knowing. We’ll also consider the impact of co-creation on community based research and learning partnerships, as well as how to continue the conversation after the hour is over.  

Toward Equity: Toward Racial Justice Community Engagement
5/3, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
RSVP by 4/29
In an effort to support faculty in the pursuit of racial justice, the goal of this session is to create a network and identify colleagues who would be interested in serving as department liaisons to help carry forward the work of the Toward Racial Justice strategic plan within their departments or programs. In partnership with the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
 
Research Accountability Group: Meeting Your Goals
5/10, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
RSVP by 5/6
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.

Writing and Public Discourse (WPD) Learning Community
5/17, 12:15–1:15 p.m. 
RSVP by 5/13
Are you looking for opportunities for students to engage in discipline-based, public-facing writing? Learn from colleagues who successfully developed course modules with public discourse at the center. Participants will also have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas in small groups to apply for a WPD curriculum enhancement grant for 2021-2022 courses. In partnership with the Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning.

Write-on-Zoom: Writing with Friends
Monthly, Fridays, 1:30–4 p.m.: Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14
RSVP by 2/10, 3/10, 4/7, and 5/12
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