The University Faculty Mentoring Network (UFMN) is a program sponsored by the Provost Office in collaboration with CTLT and the Office of the Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The purpose of the UFMN is to promote an environment of support that encourages the personal and professional development of faculty. The program is aimed for junior faculty within their first three years at ISU. This program is intended to supplement, not replace, existing mentoring programs at the department or college levels. Our goal is to help faculty have a successful career at ISU and support them throughout their academic journey. The UFMN provides programming through three domains: a teaching strand, scholarship strand, and a person/wellbeing strand.
Through this network, we hope to:
Teaching strand: Aligned with the Science of Learning and Classroom Climate and Culture dimensions of the Framework for Inclusive Teaching Excellence, the teaching strand of the UFMN will focus on discussions central to how students learn through the lens of Yosso’s Cultural Wealth Model (2005). Participants will explore Yosso’s model in August, then explore the book How Learning Works- Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Ambrose et al., 2010). These discussions will help faculty understand how to grow collaborative relationships with their students across learning contexts. Registration is not required.
Scholarship strand: Aligned with the Faculty Success Teacher-Person-Scholar model, the scholarship strand will focus on creating a supportive environment to help faculty master best practices in academic time management, build a network of mentors, plan strategically for all aspects of academic life, develop a writing routine, identify resistance and develop strategies to move through it, and learn about resources to support scholarship and creative activities. Registration is required.
Person/wellness strand: Aligned with the Faculty Success Teacher-Person-Scholar model, the person strand will focus on wellness and connecting faculty with others in the campus community to create a supportive personal and/or professional network of individuals to support faculty success. These sessions will provide an opportunity to engage in conversations with different groups so that faculty can meet others who share similar cultural and social identities, as well as learn about wellness. The person strand will meet four times per semester. Registration is required