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In Homer’s Odyssey as Odysseus prepares to leave for the Trojan War he asks Mentor, an old friend, to guide his son Telemachus until he returns.Artist: Raymond AugusteQuinsacMonvoisin Title: Telemachus and Eucharis Date: 1824 http://www.redbubble.com/people/thaggerty/works/10053933-telemachus-and-eucharis-1824?p=framed-print
And it is a subcommittee of the Faculty Development CommitteeOverviewThe goal of the faculty mentoring program at the College of Southern Maryland is to provide sharing partnerships to foster success in the classroom and to encourage creativity in teaching.The program includes three kinds of mentoring situations:1. Division mentoring for new full-time faculty2. Division mentoring for new part-time faculty3. Cross-divisional mentoring for experienced faculty who wish to improve their skills (e.g. distance learning).These mentoring partnerships are available on campuses in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties.Image: PowerPoint
The mentoring program seeks the following outcomes:1. Improved instruction2. Increased exchange of ideas between new faculty and faculty members who have experience teaching at CSM3. Enhanced understanding of the mission of the community college4. Increased awareness of the diversity of our students5. Shared strategies for student-centered learning6. Increased support for new faculty, so that they enjoy their first semester and wish to continue teaching at CSMImage: PowerPoint
…with the exception of division chairs.Division Chairs may not serve as mentors, to preserve confidentiality. Faculty members who are not Chairs, but who supervise faculty members in their discipline and report to the Chairs, (e.g. paralegal studies or early childhood development), may not serve as mentors of faculty in the discipline. Except in unusual circumstances.Image: PowerPoint
Faculty members will be offered mentors. Priority will be given to new full-time faculty. Experienced faculty members who would like mentoring to learn a new skill may contact the committee to request a mentor.If budget funds permit, new part-time faculty who would like a mentor, may be set up in a partnership.Department (and Division) Chairs, who have not taught at the college prior to being selected as Chair, may be mentored in classroom teaching skills, but not in administrative tasks. Image: PowerPoint
Although we have one on one mentoring here at CSM, no one person can answer all the questions…so just answer questions you know and seek out answers from others to the questions you don’t know.Image: PowerPoint
The mentor's chief responsibility is to work with the partner to assess his or her needs, so that together they can formulate goals and plans for meeting those needs. Other responsibilities include:Attending an initial orientation sessionConferring with the partner as soon as possible, after the mentoring committee identifies the partner (preferably before the semester begins), to discuss goals and plans for the relationship and to fill out the required forms (included in this booklet).Working with the partner throughout the semester to set specific goals and plans, to evaluate same, and to revise if necessaryMaking weekly contact with partnerReminding or making the partner aware of all important dates and deadlines (e.g.: midterm and final grade reporting, conference travel requests, tuition wavers, budget requests, development plans, evaluation packets, date of mentoring luncheon, etc.) Helping to evaluate the mentoring program Image: PowerPoint
Partner Responsibilities The partner's chief responsibility is to participate fully in the dialogue with the mentor, so that goals and plans they agree upon are effective. Other responsibilities include:Conferring with the mentor as soon as possible (preferably before the semester begins) to discuss goals and plans for the relationshipWorking with the mentor throughout the semester to set specific goals and plans, to evaluate same, and to revise if necessaryMaking weekly contact with mentorHelping to evaluate the mentoring programImage: PowerPoint
The following are especially important topics to cover in the initial meeting, if time permits. If time is short, items 6 & 7 could be pushed to the second meeting but should be covered as soon as possible. 1. Reviewing mentor booklet and completing mentor/partner agreement forms (see pp. 6-7)2. Exchanging contact information and meeting times that fit into your schedules3. Discussion of how to draft a syllabus (Bring a syllabus of your own and offer to review the partner’s syllabus. Be sure s/he is aware of the requirements for syllabi that are found on the syllabus checklist in the part-time and full-time faculty handbooks.)4. Discussion of the partner’s prior teaching/training experience as it relates to teaching methods that will serve the diverse needs of CSM student5. Activities for the first day of class6. Characteristics of CSM students7. Survival ChecklistImage: PowerPoint
The coordinator, currently Mary Beth Klinger, acts as the liaison between the committee and the mentors and partners to preserve confidentiality. The coordinator will keep track of the mentor/partner agreement forms, the development plans, the program evaluation forms, and the total hours spent by mentors. The coordinator will give composite reports on goals and program evaluations to the committee. The coordinator will invite mentors and partners to a thank-you luncheon held by the committee at the end of the semester. The coordinator will serve on the Faculty Mentoring Committee and will receive one service unit and $200 for each semester of service. The mentor coordinator will be chosen by the Faculty Mentoring Committee from among faculty members who volunteer for the position.Image: PowerPoint
Per partnership per semesterImage: PowerPoint
Possible Action ItemsThe following activities are example of action items that mentors and partners might agree to do:Review the latest College Fact Book to learn about our students and deviseteaching strategies basked on the informationReview literature on adult learning and identify the implications for teachingadults in the partner's disciplineWork on the syllabus throughout the semester to revise it for the followingsemestersTry different strategies for encouraging collaborative learning and evaluate theresultsDevelop methods for assessing student performanceReview the faculty Survival ChecklistDiscuss alternative delivery systems for courses, such as distance learning, web-based courses, and unusual time formatsImage: PowerPoint
In fact it is on Google Docs and only takes a few minutes to fill out.
The mentoring program includes an evaluation of the process by mentors and partners each semester. The committee will make revisions of the program, based on these evaluations.Image: PowerPoint
The evaluation forms are also electronic now. At the end of the semester we will invite you to fill out the evaluation.
And we will invite the partner to fill out an evaluation, too.
CSM Mentor Presentation
CSM Faculty Mentoring Program
Faculty Mentoring Committee
administers the program