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APSU launches mentoring program for new faculty

With full endorsement from the Faculty Senate on Oct. 27, APSU is launching its first campuswide Mentoring Program for New Faculty.

Through the program, experienced faculty mentors will devote one academic year to assisting new tenure-track faculty in transitioning to the University community and adjusting to the myriad roles of professor. The pair will meet on a regular basis to discuss subjects such as teaching strategies, classroom management and expectations of the University.
With full endorsement from the Faculty Senate on Oct. 27, APSU is launching its first campuswide Mentoring Program for New Faculty.

Through the program, experienced faculty mentors will devote one academic year to assisting new tenure-track faculty in transitioning to the University community and adjusting to the myriad roles of professor. The pair will meet on a regular basis to discuss subjects such as teaching strategies, classroom management and expectations of the University.

According to Dr. Mickey Wadia, professor of languages and literature, who served on the Mentoring Program for New Faculty Committee, the most beneficial aspect of the program is the opportunity it provides for a smooth transition.

“I believe that a mentoring program for new faculty is one of the best tools for helping them get acquainted with the culture of Austin Peay State University, as well as the greater Clarksville community,” he says.

“The mentors will help new faculty members learn about APSU's policies on retention, tenure and promotion, as well as provide guidance on matters of teaching effectiveness, professional scholarship and collegiality.”

The program, which already has paired 50 mentors and mentees this year, was designed by the Mentoring Program for New Faculty Committee, including: Dr. Charles Pinder, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and committee chair; Dr. Diane Berty, interim associate vice president for student affairs; Dr. Stanley Groppel, dean of extended and distance education; Sean Hogan, assistant professor of library administration; Dr. Harriett McQueen, dean of enrollment management and academic support; and Wadia.

Mentors and mentees are matched based on recommendations of the department chair/director, in agreement with the academic dean. Mentors' requests for specific assignments will be considered, and the Office of the Provost will have final approval.

New faculty and their mentors are invited to attend the “Mentoring Program Q&A Workshop” from 3:15-3:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 in Morgan University Center, Room 305. Following the workshop, Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president, will host a reception for all new faculty, deans, chairs and mentors.
For mentoring program guidelines, visit www.apsu.edu/academics/faculty.htm.

For further information, contact Diane McDonald, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, at (931) 221-7992. —Terry Stringer Damron