Faculty professional development and mentoring

Professional development and mentoring of faculty supports faculty recruitment and retention, enhances faculty scholarship and teaching, and is foundational to achieving our vision to educate and graduate the best-prepared, confident leaders for the state, national, and global community; to be a nexus for research and creativity that focuses on the vital issues of our time; and to serve as a catalyst for the betterment of our society.

The Office of the Provost supports formal development and mentoring opportunities for faculty, and we encourage faculty to pursue informal opportunities such as organic peer mentoring networks.

Faculty development and mentoring opportunities

ACUE

In partnership with colleges and universities, ACUE prepares, supports, and credentials faculty in using evidence-based teaching practices.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The University of Nevada, Reno is now a member institution of the NCFDD, an organization offering professional development, training, and mentoring resources to faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students at colleges and universities across the country.

Faculty workshops

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs host numerous workshops throughout the academic year in support of faculty. This includes new faculty and department chairs, promotion & tenure, annual evaluations, sabbatical, classroom management, etc.

Annual all-chairs retreat

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs host an annual all department chairs retreat. Topics vary on an annual basis, but are timely and strategically selected to promote and encourage vibrant and health departments. The chairs retreat is held the second Friday of the Fall semester.

Teaching Excellence Initiative

The Provost sponsors the Teaching Excellence Initiative program which brings together faculty that have completed the ACUE program, teaching award recipients and Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) to share a variety of best practice teaching methods, instructional design/technology uses, and offer services such as peer teaching review and feedback for faculty. The program is new in Spring 2020, so keep an eye out for more information.

Faculty Academic Leadership Program

The Faculty Academic Leadership Program (FALP) is a 12-week program designed to provide

  1. A deeper understanding of university business and functions
  2. An opportunity to explore personal leadership skills
  3. Interaction and networking with University leaders, including student government.

You must be nominated by your dean, and final participants are selected by the Provost Office. The FALP runs every-other odd year.

Mentoring Mentors

The Mentoring Mentors workshop series covers best practices in evidence-based mentoring of graduate students and postdocs. The workshops are hosted annually by the Vice Provost of Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School. 

College, school and department mentoring programs

All colleges have formal mentoring programs for assistant and associate professors. In some colleges this extends to additional/or specialized mentoring programs in individual departments. The important thing to know is that mentoring is available within your own discipline. Take the initiative and contact your department chair, associate dean or dean to inquiry about unique mentoring programs in your area.