About our 2016-17 Workshops

Welcome to the 6th year of the FIU Faculty Mentoring Program. We continue our partnerships with the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, Engineering & Computing, and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, as well as the Office of Research and Economic Development, in order to bring you an expanded assortment of speakers and workshops.

This year, Provost Furton is sponsoring the expansion of the program to all tenured/tenure track faculty at FIU as one component of the new Office to Advance Women, Equity, and Diversity (AWED).

We are glad to welcome new and returning Mentees and Mentors. If you wish to participate or continue to participate, please fill out this short survey by Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at: Mentor Program RSVP.

We hope to bring you some of the following workshops: NIH for Dummies Workshop, NEH Humanities Workshop, Tips on Tenure & Promotion, Faculty Writing Workshop, Program Evaluation, Summer Planning, Mentor Lunches, and additional invited speakers from the Office of Research and Economic Development giving presentations on a host of specific research topics.

Click here Mentor Program 2011-16 Schedule to see prior year activities, mentor workshop summary reports and photos.

2011-16 Activities

From 2011-16, workshops were organized on Grantwriting, Leadership, Tips to Tenure & Promotion, Summer Planning, 3rd Year Review, Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals, and NSF and NIH Grantwriting, Assertive Communication, and Leadership among many others (see above for 2015-16 listing and sidebars for other years). The University of Michigan CRLT Theatre group also returned with their spring performances of The Fence and Faculty Advising Faculty in 2012, Navigating Departmental Politics, 2013, and No Offense, 2014.

A variety of mentoring workshops and events were held over the course of the 2011-16 academic years to assist mentor pairs in achieving a successful relationship. Mentees (new assistant professors) were matched with mentors (established associate or full professors) from different departments who shared research interests or disciplinary demands.

At least two beginning-of-year Mentor Orientation sessions are held each September (and three sessions were held in September 2012 when the College of Engineering & Computing was added to the program) to allow mentors and mentees time to discuss and set goals for the Faculty Mentor Program, exchange CVs and review best practices.

In addition, networking lunches are provided throughout the year and at most events to facilitate discussion for mentors and mentees - with each other and with other faculty. Mentor pairs also meet independently a minimum of two times per semester.

Workshop materials, activities and strategies were derived from academic research on faculty mentoring from successful faculty mentoring programs at other universities, including UCLA and University of Michigan.