Faculty Mentor Program

DESCRIPTION

The Faculty Mentor Program is a series of workshops designed to help faculty successfully balance their teaching, research, and service and to successfully navigate major milestones, such as achieving tenure, obtaining their first grant, or planning a sabbatical. Some presentations are held every year (such as Preparing Tri-Council Grants, or Developing a Teaching Dossier) but others vary from year to year.

 

2019-20 Series


Workshop Description

This 3-hour workshop gives you the tools to take a strengths-based approach to wellness in your role at Western. Learn how to practice wellness in your daily life, promote wellness in your professional role, and refer individuals struggling with their mental health to professional support. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: describe the elements of – and challenge misconceptions about – mental health and mental illness; apply tools and resources to identify students in distress and support them in accessing appropriate mental health resources; design new strategies to reach students who are less likely to request mental health support. This session will be facilitated by:

  • Melanie-Anne Atkins, Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Rebecca Smith, Student Experience
  • Erin Anderson, Student Experience

Workshop Description

Students always enter teaching environments with personal histories which we might not know, but nonetheless impact how they learn and engage in classrooms. This is also true for courses that explore topics like racism, sexual violence, homophobia, etc., where our students might have personal histories of trauma and/or violence as a result of their lived experiences relating to these issues. This workshop provides an overview of some best practices for teaching 'sensitive' issues online, through trauma- and violence-informed approaches. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities involved in teaching sensitive material; describe four key principles of trauma- and violence-informed care; and implement teaching strategies based on these principles for teaching about sensitive issues online. This session will be facilitated by:

  • Melanie-Anne Atkins
  • Nicole Fice

 

2020-21 Series


Workshop Description

Students always enter teaching environments with personal histories which we might not know, but nonetheless impact how they learn and engage in classrooms. This is also true for courses that explore topics like racism, sexual violence, homophobia, etc., where our students might have personal histories of trauma and/or violence as a result of their lived experiences relating to these issues. This workshop provides an overview of some best practices for teaching 'sensitive' issues online, through trauma- and violence-informed approaches.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities involved in teaching sensitive material; describe four key principles of trauma- and violence-informed care; and implement teaching strategies based on these principles for teaching about sensitive issues online.

Presenter: Melanie-Anne Atkins, Centre for Teaching and Learning


Workshop Description

Please note: Workshop anti-requisite: Leadership in Wellness: A strengths-based approach

You have learned the basics about mental health and mental illness. Now you want to learn how to take a strengths-based approach to cultivating student mental health in your classroom. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: describe the elements of – and challenge misconceptions about – mental health and mental illness; apply tools and resources to identify students in distress and support them in accessing appropriate mental health resources; and design new strategies to reach students who are less likely to request mental health support.

Presenters:

  • Melanie-Anne Atkins, Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Rebecca Smith, Studetnt Experience

Workshop Description

Please note:

  • Workshop anti-requisite: Leadership in Wellness: A strengths-based approach
  • Workshop pre-requisite: Cultivating Student Mental Health

In this highly interactive workshop, practice and participate in multiple feedback cycles using the Notice-Listen-Connect model to: initiate a mental health conversation with a struggling student; engage in an authentic, strengths-based dialogue with your student; and refer your student to professional support. Be prepared to use your webcam and microphone during the session.

Presenters:

  • Melanie-Anne Atkins, Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Rebecca Smith, Studetnt Experience

Workshop Description

How you can you apply the concepts of cultural humility and cultural safety to develop a culturally affirming teaching practice? In this workshop, we will examine how we might begin to dismantle six stumbling blocks to intercultural communication (Barna, 1998) in order to better meet the needs of a diverse population of learners. Be prepared to: reflect on the intersection of your personal and professional identities; share your ideas about how to amplify underrepresented voices in your classroom or curriculum; and make a plan for next steps to change how you teach, mentor, and assess your students.

Presenters: Melanie-Anne Atkins, Centre for Teaching and Learning


Workshop Description

Navigating academia requires intercultural communication skills. Often, we give feedback to students using taken-for-granted assumptions derived from our disciplinary traditions and previous experiences with feedback. In this workshop, we will examine how diverse perceptions and understandings about power distance, time, criticism, initiative, and originality contribute to misunderstandings when giving and receiving feedback.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: identify elements of effective intercultural feedback; use an intercultural framework to reflect on misunderstandings; and plan how you might rethink and restructure the way you give feedback to – and receive feedback from – your students.

Presenters: Melanie-Anne Atkins, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Series Information

Upcoming Sessions

  • October 26: Developing a Culturally Affirming Teaching Practice - 1:00-3:00pm
  • November 23: Effective Feedback in the Intercultural Classroom - 1:00-3:00pm

Registration

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our FAQs or contact ctl@uwo.ca.

Audience

Some topics apply specifically to tenure-track faculty, while others apply to all instructors, including tenured and/or part-time faculty.

Offered

Typically four to six sessions offered each year.

 

Topics Covered:

Promotion and tenure, developing a teaching dossier/teaching philosophy, running effective meetings, preparing Tri Council grants, preparing for sabbatical, tips for graduate supervision, and applying for promotion to full professor.

 

Previous Series:

2019-20 Series

Who's Calling the Shots? Negotiating a Fair and Balanced Workload for Graduate Supervisors and Students

September 25, 2019

safeTALK for Faculty

November 6, 2019

Tenure and Promotion Under the Collective Agreement: How the Process Works

December 6, 2019

Development of a Teaching Dossier and a Teaching Philosophy

February 7, 2020

Mindfulness at Work

March 11, 2020

Strategies for Tailoring Your Teaching to Increase its Significance for You

April 22, 2020

Leadership in Wellness: A Strengths-Based Approach

May 13, 2020

Teaching Sensitive Topics Online: A trauma and violence-informed approach

Jun 18, 2020

2018-19 Series

Mindfulness at Work

March 6, 2019

Developing Your Academic Social Media Presence

February 13, 2019

Development of a Teaching Dossier and a Teaching Philosophy

February 1, 2019

Tenure and Promotion Under the Collective Agreement: How the Process Works

December 6, 2018

Lunch and Learn on Planning an International Sabbatical

October 25, 2018

Preparing Research Grant Proposals: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC

September 20, 2018

2017-18 Series

Experiential (Community Engaged) Learning

March 8, 2018

Running Effective Meetings

February 15, 2018

Development of a Teaching Dossier and a Teaching Philosophy

Friday February 2, 2018

Tenure and Promotion Under the Collective Agreement: How the Process Works

December 1, 2017

Preparing Research Grant Proposals: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC

September 28, 2017

 


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