The CTE is seeking to expand on the success of its Faculty Mentorship Program by exploring the utility of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) as an extension of the one year mentorship program. The development of junior faculty is a challenge faced by every university and VCU is no exception. As you can imagine, no faculty member should be denied tenure because of unclear or confusing expectations, bureaucratic obstacles, or poor time management. Our feeling is that sharing information, success stories, resources and even challenges would allow faculty to identify solutions and best practices that could serve as a knowledge base for the university community. This first cohort-based learning community will serve as a pilot for others covering different topics and different cohorts. As such, your work will involve the exploration of the development of junior faculty starting from their second year and leading to their third year review.
Participants may engage in the following activities:
- Meet twice a month throughout the Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 semester
- Identify key issues to be explored by your faculty learning community
- Actively participate in discussions and creation of ideas
- As a community, share your knowledge of junior faculty development with the larger VCU faculty body through either a web site, workshops, or some other medium
- As a community, share your thoughts / plans about creating, supporting and sustaining additional FLCs at VCU