Faculty Development & Mentoring
There are many paths to success as a faculty member, but career goals are difficult to accomplish alone—we all need support to be successful. Professional development programs coupled with effective mentoring can provide support for individuals to gain new skills and knowledge. The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) provides programs to enhance the academic and professional development of faculty in their roles of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service, and leadership.
Faculty Development Programs:
Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP): targeted to assistant professors, this year-long program provides an extensive curriculum in professional development coupled with a scholarly project conducted with the guidance of a senior faculty mentor.
Leadership Speaker Series: seminars and workshops by national speakers and UMMS experts address approaches to leadership that can improve and enhance leadership skills.
Preparing for Promotion: monthly, one-hour sessions from September to May educate faculty on the process of promotion and tenure and includes topics such as: Promotion at UMMS, Effective CVs, Letters of Reference, and Tenure.
New Faculty Orientation: a day-long program scheduled for September 8, 2011, designed to orient new faculty to the institution, introduce them to leaders and colleagues, and start them on a path to success.
Mentoring at UMass WorcesterMentoring at UMass Worcester
is a new initiative that will provide support for mentors and mentees across all learner communities on the Worcester campus. Plans include workshops and online resources for mentors and mentees, a mentee-mentor matching program, and a campus-wide survey of mentoring needs.