Mentor Plan for New Faculty - Professional Development

Spring 2008 Learning College Week workshop.The Professional Development New Faculty Mentor Program is an optional program designed to fulfill the College mission "to create and implement staff development programs and training and evaluation procedures which will ensure a staff of highest quality."

For mentoring a new faculty member for one academic year, the Division Dean may request for the mentor a stipend up to $125 for a semester and $250 for an academic year. In most cases a mentor program should involve a year; however, the background of the new hire can alter the length of time. If a new hire has been an adjunct instructor at Ohlone College for several years and/or may have several years teaching experience, a full year of mentoring may not be necessary. The stipend is adjusted accordingly. Should funds be limited, money will be allocated first come, first served.


New Faculty Mentor Program Goals

The purpose of the mentor program is to assist new faculty to become familiar with the Ohlone College environment and to learn the policies, procedures and standards of the College and department. Additionally, this is a time for faculty to develop and strengthen active and/or collaborative learning methodologies, technology-assisted learning methodologies and become actively engaged in curriculum development, such as Learning Communities. To accomplish this mission, the completion of the following goals is necessary.

Examples of what has been done in the past with each of the Goals include:

Goal 1. Orient instructor to college's policies and procedures and physical environment.

Your mentor is available to review the following items with you during your first year:

  • Division Office processes;
  • Office of Academic Affairs processes;
  • Web Advisor/grade submission;
  • Grade issues (paperwork);
  • Ordering office supplies;
  • Obtaining furniture from warehouse if needed;
  • Use of phone system (voice mail and campus phone numbers);
  • Use of copy machine in immediate work area;
  • Rules of mailroom/duplicating (both hard copy form and online offerings);
  • Use of scantron machine;
  • Use of PDF Adobe files to send items cross platform, cross campus;
  • Review of Faculty Handbook and UFO contract (include discussion on how to advance on the salary scale)
  • Locations of classrooms and restroom (other campus-buildings).
  • Visit Human Resources, Payroll Offices and Library
  • Other

Goal 2. Serve as advisor on teaching/learning methodologies and curriculum development.

  • Meet with instructor on a weekly or as needed basis during the first 6 weeks of fall semester;
  • Meet with instructor on bi-monthly basis during the 7 th-16 th week of fall semester;
  • Meet with instructor at least once a month during the spring semester;
  • Meet official course outline requirements (The official course outline is the official contract between college, instructor and student. A course outline gives the basic components of a course which are required to be taught by all instructors.);
  • Clarify that the syllabus is a tool allowing the individual instructor to carry out the "terms" of the official course outline (The syllabus allows the individual instructor to include learning methodologies, grading standards, and topics which may go beyond the course outline. It gives the instructor the opportunity to bring out own talents and strengths.) ;
  • Assist instructor on developing student learning outcomes for course/program, if necessary;
  • Discuss successful strategies for teaching/learning which actively engage the student;
  • Assist mentee in developing strategies to assess course and program student learning outcomes;
  • Mentee can observe mentor teaching or vice-versa with feedback.
  • Other

Goal 3. Serve as advisor on faculty evaluation process.

  • Share a self-evaluation report;
  • Observe instructor in the fall and spring providing a report on each;
  • Assist in selection of a peer group;
  • Conduct an informal focus group with students at midterm and share feedback.
  • Other

Goal 4. Serve as advisor for specific departmental and division policies and procedures.

  • Discuss duties of full-time faculty and adjunct faculty within the department;
  • Discuss the role of the faculty and dean and how to foster a collegial relationship;
  • Discuss the Program Review process and how to plan it;
  • Discuss how courses and program fit with the College Strategic Plan;
  • Discuss the role of faculty in college/department committees and college council;
  • Assist instructor with organizing teaching responsibilities with departmental and college-wide activities and responsibilities.
  • Other

Goal 5. Explain course development and CurricUNET.

  • Explain procedures for developing a course;
  • Identify contacts in Curriculum;
  • Assist with course and program development and review.
  • Other

Goal 6. Mentor and Mentee submit joint report prior to finals week of Spring semester for payment of stipend.

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