A variety of Faculty Mentor Program workshops and events were held over the course of the 2011-12 academic year 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.

Two beginning-of-year Orientation Sessions were held in September 2011 to allow mentors and mentees time to discuss and set goals for the mentor program, exchange CVs and review best practices in faculty mentoring. Throughout the 2011-12 year, a variety of workshops were provided: Preparing for the 3rd Year Review, Tips for Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals, Summer Planning, Assertive Communication, and a performance on Faculty Advising Faculty. (See sidebar menu for individual workshop narratives and evaluation results).

In addition, networking lunches were provided at all events to facilitate discussion for mentors and mentees - with each other and with other faculty. Mentor pairs also met independently at least once per semester.

Orientation Session & Social Hour

Thursday, September 29, 2011
3:30-5:00pm, AHC3-203
Friday, September 30, 2011
3:30-5:00pm, ECS 451, Dean's Office

Two Mentoring Workshops for CAS Faculty

Friday, November 18, 2011
1:00-5:00pm, GL 220

Each panel will consist of FIU colleagues and faculty sharing their expertise. Items include preparing for the third year review, administrative view and formal guidelines, the department chair's perspective, tips for publishing in peer reviewed journals, and a networking reception.  

CRLT Performs! Faculty Advising Faculty

Thursday, March 1, 2012
3:30-5:30pm, GC 150

University of Michican's CRLT theatre troupe will be performing a sketch on Faculty Advising. This performance is open to all faculty and administrators and is sponsored by Academic Affairs. The sketch explores the junior faculty-senior faculty mentoring process and examines the many factors, both individual and institutional, that can hinder or foster effective mentoring.

Assertive Communication Workshop for Women Faculty

Thursday, May 3, 2012
12:00-4:00pm, CBC Special Events Center

Please join us for a Networking Lunch with colleagues from the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Business Administration and the College of Medicine as this interactive session on Negotiation Skills explores some of the common situations encountered by faculty: establishing authorship credit, working with colleagues and graduate students, and responding to concerns about teaching and service.

We will also discuss "Creating a Positive Image" in a session emphasizing skills such as proactively responding to criticism, giving and receiving praise and maintaining a positive image of yourself in the workplace.

Networking Lunch & Summer Planning Workshop

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
12:00-5:00pm, AHC1-110

For the last CAS/CEC Faculty Mentoring event of the 2011-12 year, we invite mentors and mentees to lunch to review the progress you made on your beginning-of-the-year goals, and to attend a session on summer planning immediately following the lunch.

The summer planning workshop is called "Capitalizing Gains and Maximizing Progress During the Summer." It will cover ways to improve your work efficiency, create sub-goals, identify roadblocks and locate resources to assist with your productivity.