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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—Summer 2022

All faculty members are welcome.

Write-On-Site
6/9, 1–4 p.m.
Ford 340 Pearsall Seasons Room
Register by 6/2
Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that your writing is easier when done with good colleagues? Let’s cultivate a community of support to help you write and be a productive scholar. Earmark your calendar, grab your laptop, and join us at this write-on-site opportunity! Refreshments provided. Feel welcome to join anytime.

Hiking and Writing with Friends: Community Building at MacLeish Field Station
TBD, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station
Register by TBD
Do you want to spend time on your writing and have a change of scenery? Come find inspiration in a place of natural beauty for the day or part of the day! We will write in the company of others at the MacLeish Field Station, in the hills of West Whately. In the afternoon, participants will either enjoy a loop trail in the woods (weather permitting) or keep writing. Lunch and snacks provided. Feel welcome to join anytime.

Write-On-Site
7/7, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ford 340 Pearsall Seasons Room
Register by 6/30
Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that your writing is easier when done with good colleagues? Let’s cultivate a community of support to help you write and be a productive scholar. Earmark your calendar, grab your laptop, and join us at this write-on-site opportunity! Lunch provided. Feel welcome to join anytime.

Write-On-Site
7/28, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ford 340 Pearsall Seasons Room
Register by 7/21
Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that your writing is easier when done with good colleagues? Let’s cultivate a community of support to help you write and be a productive scholar. Earmark your calendar, grab your laptop, and join us at this write-on-site opportunity! Lunch provided. Feel welcome to join anytime.

Hiking and Writing with Friends: Community Building at MacLeish Field Station
8/11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station
Register by 8/4
Do you want to spend time on your writing and have a change of scenery? Come find inspiration in a place of natural beauty for the day or part of the day! We will write in the company of others at the MacLeish Field Station, in the hills of West Whately. In the afternoon, participants will either enjoy a loop trail in the woods (weather permitting) or keep writing. Lunch and snacks provided. Feel welcome to join anytime. 

Write-On-Site
8/17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ford 340 Pearsall Seasons Room
Register by 8/10
Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that your writing is easier when done with good colleagues? Let’s cultivate a community of support to help you write and be a productive scholar. Earmark your calendar, grab your laptop, and join us at this write-on-site opportunity! Lunch provided. Feel welcome to join anytime.

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