In 2019 the Communications Committee of the GFC initiated a project to see what, where, and how GF members received mentoring in their positions. Mentoring can focus on teaching, research, and/or service, or focus specifically on preparing for promotion. As a first step, we surveyed all schools at UVA, and found the only comprehensive mentoring policy was in the Curry School of Education and Human Development.
In December 2019, we launched the Mentoring project with an event at Bavaro Hall in the Curry School of Education and Human Development. Shortly thereafter a survey was sent out to all GF. We received almost 300 responses. As of late February 2020, what is clear is that:
- General faculty see a need for mentoring and being mentored
- Mentoring topics include work/life balance, effective teaching, and understanding the promotion and reappointment processes
- A group mentoring model (rather than matched one-on-one mentoring) will be used
- Developing "affinity groups" around common interests may be the best way to provide help and support to each other
Next steps include planning a late spring event to bring more GF members together and developing a plan for creating affinity groups. If you are interested in this project, please contact Diane Whaley (email@example.com) for more information!