Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.
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
Every Semester Needs a Plan
9/2, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 8/31
Rescheduled: Towards Equity: What I Wish I Knew
10/19, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 10/15
Canceled: Balancing Work & Life in the Time of COVID
10/19, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Toward Equity: Identity Taxation
11/19, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 11/17
12/1, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 11/27
Toward Equity: Toward Racial Justice at Smith
1/20, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
RSVP by 1/18
Write-on-Zoom: Writing with Friends
Monthly, Fridays, 1–4 p.m.: Sep. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, and Jan. 15
RSVP by 9/23
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.