Professional Development and Mentoring

Professional Development Seminars

Attendees at a professional development seminarWe offer a holistic array of professional development seminars and panels to support faculty and academic staff success. Offerings include in-person viewings of NCFDD webinars during Wayne State faculty and staff can interact, compare notes, and support each other's success; seminars on strategies to improve scholarly productivity, networking and mentoring, work-life balance, and cultivating a positive workplace culture; and seminars focused on career advancement in which successful colleagues discuss their strategies for career and leadership development. Programming for the 2020-21 academic year can be found below.

Click here to view previously offered professional development seminars.


Mentoring Resources

With the assistance of faculty and academic staff, the Office of the Provost has gathered resources to enable faculty and academic staff to seek out high quality mentors and to serve as committed mentors. In this section, you will find a number of resources to get you started. We will continue to build out this section of the website to describe other efforts to support effective faculty/staff mentoring practices.


Women in Leadership Reading Group

Reading groups tackle issues of practical importance in academic life in an informal setting. Participants in reading groups select short readings and articles on a particular theme and meet monthly to discuss the articles and share strategies to improve academic culture at Wayne State. This group is co-led by WSU's Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success Sara Kacin and Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost Marquita Chamblee.
 
Reading group meetings for the 2020-21 academic year will begin later this Fall. Please check back soon for more info.

Writing Accountability Groups

Writing Accountability Groups (WAGS) are small peer groups of faculty, students, or staff who meet weekly to support each other's scholarly writing goals. WAGS typically commit to daily or weekly writing and productivity goals. Stay tuned for more information about how the Office of Faculty Development and Faculty success supports this work with digital tools. More information coming soon!


New Faculty Coffee Hours

Join Associate Provost Boris Baltes and Assistant Provost Sara Kacin for New Faculty Coffee Hours. These Coffee Hours are designed to be informal sessions during which first and second year new faculty can network with each other, share successes and challenges, and learn more about Wayne State resources and strategies for success. See the schedule of events below for this year's coffee hours.


2020-21 Professional Development Programming

  • New Faculty Coffee Hours | Oct. 28, 9 – 10 a.m.

    Join Associate Provost Boris Baltes and Assistant Provost Sara Kacin for New Faculty Coffee Hours! These Coffee Hours are designed to be informal sessions during which first, second, and third year new faculty can network with each other, share successes and challenges, and learn more about Wayne State resources and strategies for success.

    Click here to RSVP!

  • Parenthood on the Tenure/ESS Track | Nov. 18, 12 – 2 p.m.

    This two-part session includes an overview of legal and contractual issues in preparing for parenthood. The first hour includes discussion of FMLA and "modified duties" as laid out in the WSU-AAUP contract. The second hour includes a panel and interactive discussion with faculty and staff who will share the everyday challenges and rewards of parenting on the tenure-track. Come for one or both parts of this session. This seminar is co-sponsored with Office for Teaching and Learning.

    By attending this session, you will be able to:

    1) Identify your legal and contractual rights with regard to parental and family leave
    2) Employ strategies to navigate work-family challenges both before and after the arrival of a child
    3) Build your network of faculty and staff who have successfully navigated this personal and career transition

    Panelists include:
    Sarah Doyle, Academic Advisor III, Social Work
    Michelle Fecteau, Executive Director, AAUP-AFT 6075
    Cherise Frost, Academic Advisor III, Student Disability Services
    Lars Johnson, Assistant Professor, Psychology
    Rebecca Russell, Academic Advisor III, Biological Sciences

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  • Learn about the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) | Dec. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

    Meet a panel of WSU faculty who have previously used resources and attended programs from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). Participants will learn about NCFDD and how their programming can be beneficial to faculty and academic staff. As institutional members of NCFDD, WSU employees receive free access to NCFDD’s seminars, writing challenges, and skill-building courses.

    By attending this session, you will:
    1) Hear from panelists on their experiences with NCFDD and how to fully utilize their resources.
    2) Learn about the signature Faculty Success Program (FSP), Campus Workshops, and, for newly tenured faculty and FSP alumni, the Post-Tenure Pathfinders Program.
    3) Be able to activate your free institutional membership with NCFDD.

    Panelists include:
    - Kevin Deegan-Krause, Associate Professor, Political Science
    - Poco Kernsmith. Professor, Social Work
    - Caroline Maun. Department Chair, English
    - Nicole Trujillo-Pagan, Associate Professor, Sociology

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  • New Faculty Coffee Hours | Dec. 15, 9 – 10 a.m.

    Join Associate Provost Boris Baltes and Assistant Provost Sara Kacin for New Faculty Coffee Hours! These Coffee Hours are designed to be informal sessions during which first, second, and third year new faculty can network with each other, share successes and challenges, and learn more about Wayne State resources and strategies for success.

    Click here to RSVP!