LAUNCH Talk

Detailed Evaluation Results for LAUNCH: Individualized Mentoring Team for New Faculty with Katherine Spindler

21 of the 36 faculty that attended completed evaluations.

The workshop was led by Katherine Spindler from the University of Michigan. She is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the UM medical school. She also is on the UM ADVANCE advisory board and has served on their STRIDE committee.

Faculty responded in the surveys that the session lived up to their expectations and helped them understand the pros of team mentoring for new faculty, as well as being provided useful ideas for overcoming any obstacles. They learned to "help those hired and to ask the right questions," the "value of individual mentoring versus workshops," and "the idea of required meetings." Some faculty wanted to know "what could be applied from the Michigan experience to FIU," and "more about initial motivations."

Overall, participants said that this "appears to be an excellent program for faculty" and that this was "a very good presenter!"

Questions & Responses

The LAUNCH workshop lived up to my expectations.
N=21 Mean=4.14 SD=1.06 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

This session allowed me to learn useful suggestions on various aspects of mentoring.
N=21 Mean=4.43 SD=0.87 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

The session prepared me to understand the pros of team mentoring for new faculty, and provided useful ideas for overcoming any obstacles.
N=21 Mean=4.43 SD=0.98 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

I am glad I took the time to participate in this workshop.
N=21 Mean=4.57 SD=0.81 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

Questions & Answers:

Please give at least one specific example of something you learned and will definitely take from the workshop, LAUNCH: Individualized Mentoring Teams for New Faculty.

  • Working in a new position is always hard to get used to. So having those kinds of programs would be so helpful to a member of the place and to feel comfortable and focus on research.
  • Model for systemic mentoring.
  • The idea of required meetings is great, yet seems so simple. I am going to use them with my mentor.
  • New faculty need more support than they are receiving.
  • Convener can ask questions launchee may be afraid to ask.
  • Outside person might be able to solve problems.
  • My department could make more positive changes.
  • Value of individual mentoring vs "workshops".
  • It is working in Michigan.
  • The need to have an "outside" (the discipline) faculty member involved in the mentoring enterprise.
  • That the idea of "launching" faculty makes somewhat efficiency of problem solving.
  • No one knows all the necessary information good to systematized list of issues.
  • Help those hired and to ask the right questions.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this workshop?

  • No - maybe another launchee by various units.
  • No.
  • What could be applied from the Michigan experience to FIU.
  • Links & Social Sciences?
  • Microphones for the panel.
  • More about initial motivations.

General Comments about the overall workshop?

  • Appears to be an excellent program for faculty.
  • Excellent.
  • Great idea.
  • A very good presenter!
  • Nice job!