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. Programming for the 2020-21 academic year can be found below.
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
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
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.
- Kevin Deegan-Krause, Associate Professor, Political Science
- Poco Kernsmith. Professor, Social Work
- Caroline Maun. Department Chair, English
- Nicole Trujillo-Pagan, Associate Professor, Sociology
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.