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Supported by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Faculty Development and Scholarly Excellence (CFDSE) serves faculty across Loyola University Chicago. The CFDSE is dedicated to assisting faculty at every level of their career - from junior faculty to full professor - at the lecturer, tenure, and clinical tracks.

The CFDSE provides professional development support to all faculty in the form of seminars, workshops, presentations, funding opportunities, and online resources on a diverse set of topics focused on research, writing, publishing, and professional development.

Workshops

Preparing Your Tenure Dossier

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and the Center for Faculty Development has prepared this workshop designed for tenure-track faculty. It is ideal for those who are just completing the fourth year or fifth year on the tenure track. The workshop will overview the tenure review process and cover topics such as selecting external reviewers, preparing the tenure dossier with Interfolio, and advice for preparing research, teaching and service statements. Members of school promotion and tenure review committees are also encouraged to attend. This workshop is designed to help both those who will be going through the tenure process and those who will be reviewing someone going through that process.

Preparing Your Promotion Dossier

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and the Center for Faculty Development has prepared this workshop designed for tenured faculty who are preparing to submit their dossier for promotion to full professor. The workshop will overview the tenure review process and cover topics such as selecting external reviewers, preparing the promotion dossier with Interfolio, and advice for preparing research, teaching and service statements.

Peer Mentoring

Benefits of Mentoring

Good mentoring is often cited as a key factor in the professional advancement and career satisfaction of faculty members. Each stage of the faculty lifecycle requirements the development of new skills. New faculty can benefit from mentoring by learning how to transition and acclimate to their new institution (and, in some cases, new city) and how to navigate the balance between research, service, and teaching.

Traditional 1:1 mentoring can provide a useful relationship for some faculty. However, this conventional mentoring style can have some limitations. Many people have different ideas of what it means to be a mentor, which can result in an uneven mentoring experience for mentees. In addition, traditional 1:1 mentoring is based on a "guru" model that assumes one person can meet the diverse needs of a faculty mentee (research, teaching, navigating departmental/disciplinary politics, personal issues, etc.).

Faculty Mentoring Handbook

CFDSE Peer Circle Mentoring Program

Peer mentoring or "networked mentoring" creates a community of shared knowledges and experiences, meets the diverse needs of faculty mentees, and normalizes cultivating a support system of multiple mentors and sponsors.

The goals of peer mentoring are to provide:

  • Professional development (time management, conflict resolution, project planning, grant writing, basic organizational and management skills).
  • Access to opportunities and networks (research collaborations, funding , etc.).
  • Emotional support (to deal with the stress and pressure of the tenure track and life in a new location),
  • A sense of community (both intellectual and social).
  • Accountability (for research and writing).
  • Institutional/political sponsorship (someone to advocate their best interest behind closed doors).
  • Role models (who are navigating the academy in a way they aspire to).
  • Safe space (to discuss and process their experiences without being invalidated, questioned, devalued and/or disrespected).

(from the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development)

CFDSE Peer Mentoring Circles are facilitated by two senior faculty. Mentoring circles will take place for 75 minutes each month from October-May. The format of the meetings is 10 minutes, 50 minutes of open discussion, and a 10 minutes recap and preview of the next meeting. The topic for the first meeting will be pre-determined with subsequent meeting topics determined by the circle.

CFSDE offers affinity-based peer mentoring groups in order to address the specific and unique challenges faced by "solo faculty" from groups that have been historically underrepresented in academia and who may be the only or one of few people in their department/school with a minoritized identity.

Confidentiality within peer mentoring circles is both an expectation and a priority. Facilitators and group members will discuss in the first session trust will be established and maintained.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, Peer Mentoring is open to early-career faculty (assistant professor level/pre-tenure ).

How to Join a Peer Mentoring Circle

Peer Mentoring circles are based on an empowerment model meaning that the questions and topics of discussion should be generated from group members, not Faculty Facilitators. Participants are responsible for sharing ideas and experiences within their circle, offering feedback, raising questions, etc. Attendance at all circle meetings is a priority.

All participants must enroll in the program orientation offered by the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

In order to participate in the Peer Mentoring Circle Program in AY 21-22, please fill out this form. Circle facilitators will review survey responses and assign participants to circles. If you have questions or would like more information about this program, please email the Center for Faculty Development and Scholarly Excellence (Faculty_Develop@luc.edu).

How to Become a Peer Mentoring Circle Faculty Facilitator

We invite experienced faculty at the rank of senior lecturer, associate and full professor to serve Peer Mentoring Circles Facilitators.

Two Faculty Facilitators guide discussions with a group of 5-8 early-career faculty. In order to become a Faculty Facilitator, you must attend an orientation workshop to learn about the networked mentoring model, faculty group facilitation best practices, and preparation for the first session. As a facilitator you will have access to facilitation guides, workshop materials, and other resources.

The monthly time commitment is approximately 3 hours/month, which includes one circle meeting (75 minutes) and one debrief/training booster with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and/or the Director of CFDSE. Facilitators will receive recognition from the Office of the Provost, the Center for Faculty Development and Scholarly Excellence, and will be considered for nomination to the University’s prestigious faculty mentoring awards. Peer mentors receive a small stipend for their participation.

To become a Faculty Facilitator Program in AY 21-22, please fill out this form. If you have questions or would like more information about this program, please email the Center for Faculty Development and Scholarly Excellence (Faculty_Develop@luc.edu).

External Links

Loyola University Chicago holds an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), which is an external organization dedicated to “supporting faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in making successful transitions at every stage of their academic career.” NCFDD offers great resources on topics relevant to faculty life  - there are workshops on topics ranging “Moving from Resistance to Writing” to “Drama-Free Collaborations: How to Develop and Sustain Healthy Partnerships with Co-Authors” to “Cultivating Your Network of Mentors and Sponsors.” 

All faculty, graduate students, and postdocs have full access to all NCFDD resources.  

To activate your membership, simply do the following: 

  1. Go to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity website (www.facultydiversity.org)
  2. Select the “Become a Member” tab and choose “Individual Membership.”
  3. On the Individual Membership page select “Click Here”
  4. On the “Select Your Member Type” page, select “Institutional Sub-Account”
  5. On the “Select a Username” page use your institution issued e-mail address in the Username box
  6. Complete the registration process
  7. You will receive a welcome e-mail at that e-mail address within 24 business hours confirming that your account is now active and you can begin fully using your new NCFDD membership.