Supporting New Faculty Success

One of the most important and exciting things we do is hire new faculty. As a community, we invest a great deal of time and effort into the selection of promising new tenure-track and career faculty, all with impressive records due to their hard work and previous success. We believe in our investment, and are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for our new faculty so that they enjoy a successful, long and fulfilling career with us at UO.

We know there are a number of challenges for new faculty. Many have left behind their communities of support and are taking on new teaching or scholarly responsibilities. The path ahead is not always clear regarding how to successfully balance job responsibilities with home life, or how to build the necessary record of success for promotion and/or tenure. We can help.

Specifically, our goal is to assist new faculty in improving:

  1. Work/life balance
  2. Writing productivity and/or teaching quality
  3. Self-efficacy regarding the promotion and/or tenure process

Faculty Onboarding and National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Thanks to the thoughtful actions and funding from the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Yvette Alex-Assensoh, all faculty have access to resources from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) www.facultydiversity.org.

At New Faculty Onboarding in September all new faculty will be introduced to this rich resource and engage in the NCFDD mentoring-network exercise.

Units will send the provost’s office the name of the local point-person for each new faculty member. This person is not expected to be a magical all-knowing mentor, and will not be the department head, but is instead someone that can help a new faculty navigate local logistics or point them to helpful campus resources.

New Faculty Success Program

New Faculty will be invited to sign up for the New Faculty Success Program — a collaboration between the Office of the Provost and United Academics which meets monthly on a Thursday from 12:00-2:00 p.m. over lunch. All participating new faculty will be assigned to a small group with a faculty peer-coach who will provide support and accountability for the new faculty’s goals during the monthly meetings. In addition, the New Faculty Success Program will engage the NCFDD webinar series to compliment panel discussions about best practices for success.

Every month, on a Thursday from 12:00-2:00 p.m. the New Faculty Success Program will meet to:

  1. check-in with their support and accountability group led by the faculty peer-coach,
  2. discuss the content of the assigned webinar with a panel of current UO faculty,
  3. watch a short snippet for the following month’s assigned webinar.

Timeline

  • In June, units will confirm the local point-person for each new tenure track and career faculty member. The provost’s office will reach out to the local assigned point-person to ensure they understand their role.
  • In July, new faculty will receive an invitation to the September New Faculty Onboarding.
  • In September, new faculty will attend New Faculty Onboarding daySeptember 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 pm—and be introduced to NCFDD resources and the mentoring-network mapping exercise, in addition, to support for teaching and research/scholarship and more.
  • In September, new faculty will be invited to sign up for the New Faculty Success Program.
  • In October, at the first New Faculty Success Program meeting, participants will meet their small group and faculty peer-coach for the first time.

For questions about support for new faculty, please contact the Office of the Provost at OtP@uoregon.edu.


Overview of Core Curriculum

Descriptions of each section can be found on the Faculty Success Core Curriculum page.

Fall 2019: Navigating the University and Expectations of an Academic Career

Session 1: October
Faculty Panel:  Successfully Navigating the University and Quarter System
NCFDD curriculum:  Every semester (term) needs a plan

Session 2: November
Faculty Panel: Departmental Expectations for Career and Tenure Track Faculty
NCFDD curriculum: How to align your time with your priorities

Session 3: December
Faculty Panel: Strategies for Enhancing Your Productivity in Research, Creative Practice, and/or Teaching
NCFDD curriculum: How to develop a daily writing practice

Winter 2020: Successfully Managing Work-Life Balance

Session 4: January
Faculty Panel: Successfully managing your life as an academic
NCFDD curriculum: Mastering academic time management

Session 5: February
Faculty Panel: Moving through Resistance and Successful Grant Writing and Fellowships
NCFDD curriculum: Moving from resistance to writing

Session 6: March
Faculty Panel: Your Strategic Plan, Service Expectations, and Choosing Venues for Your Work
NCFDD curriculum: The art of saying no

Spring 2020: Building Healthy Relationships with Our Work, Students, and Colleagues

Session 7: April
Faculty Panel: Successfully Cultivating your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, and Collaborators
NCFDD curriculum: Cultivating your network of mentors, sponsors, & collaborators

Session 8: May
Faculty Panel: Successfully Navigating Challenges in the Classroom
NCFDD curriculum: Overcoming academic perfectionism

Session 9: June
Faculty Panel: Managing Grads, Labs, Teams, and Difficult Colleagues
NCFDD curriculum: How to engage in healthy conflict