The Faculty Mentoring Program, first initiated in 2012 by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost to support the retention and success of new faculty at UNLV, is now in its second year. I am the successor of the program, which was temporarily administered by Dr. Rainier Spencer after the departure of the first Provost Fellow, Dr. Liam Frink in July 2013. I bring to this role an expertise in workforce development that will allow me to identify, utilize and strengthen the organizational systems to support the success of new faculty beyond their first year, the continuing development of mid-career tenured faculty and support for women and underrepresented populations as they build their careers at UNLV. Since beginning in this role in January 2014, my focus has been on establishing an infrastructure for the program, planning mentoring opportunities for program participants, as well as work with the Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research, Dr. Mary Ann Winkelmes, on expanding opportunities for professional development. I am also responsible and currently planning Faculty Orientation and on-boarding of new faculty.
Plans for kicking off the expanded program will take place this fall semester and I invite current and past participants to become involved. This spring I plan on connecting with current and past participants to assess their needs, as well as senior mentors about their participation in the program. In the meantime, I am happy to answer any questions and provide support needed until the expanded program is officially introduced.