Professional Development and Mentoring

Professional Development Seminars


We 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.  

Reading Groups

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. The first of these reading groups is the Gender in Academia Reading Group which kicked off February 8, 2019 and is co-led by WSU's Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success Annmarie Cano and Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost Marquita Chamblee.

Please contact Associate Provost Annmarie Cano or Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Marquita Chamblee for more information on upcoming reading group meetings. 

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 Provosts Annmarie Cano and Boris Baltes 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. Coffee and pastries will be served.