If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please contact Julia Kubanek, Associate Dean.
I. New Faculty Mentoring Program
- To guide and prepare new faculty for success as teachers, research leaders, and effective managers of people
- To create a network of early career College of Sciences faculty who can help each other solve problems and enrich their campus community
This program uses a cohort model of faculty mentoring for first and second year tenure-track faculty (pre-tenure assistant and associate professors), teaching faculty (academic professionals), and research scientists managing their own research groups within CoS. The program consists of a rolling calendar of events that new faculty join at their time of hire and participate in throughout their first two years at Georgia Tech. In future years, the program may be expanded beyond first and second year faculty, addressing the mentoring needs of mid-career and/or senior faculty. Alumni of the program who are beyond their first two years are welcome to continue to participate as they see fit.
Each fall and spring semester, three workshops are offered on topics related to teaching, research, and leadership. Each meeting lasts 90 minutes and is discussion-oriented, typically utilizing outside experts or colleagues as guest discussion leaders. Associate Deans Julia Kubanek and David Collard facilitate and participate in each meeting. Format and topic suggestions from participants are used to refine topics, with the expectation that successful topics will recur every two years and new topics will be introduced as the program develops.
Past workshop topics have included:
- Planning a new course: course design, syllabus construction, learning objectives, and partnering with students in and out of the modern, interactive classroom
- Recruiting, mentoring, and leading graduate students and other researchers in your research group
- Building an independent, original, and productive research program, including expectations for a successful transition through promotion and tenure
- Teacher and learner assessment: tools for evaluating student learning and teaching effectiveness
- Preparing your first major research proposal, including navigating research collaborations, establishing independence from previous advisors, and designing broader impact activities
- Professional service: balancing contributions on campus, to your broader discipline, and influencing the future of your field by participating in peer review, curriculum design, and other committee-based service
- Creating a classroom environment that promotes student learning: practical tools you can implement right away, what the pedagogical literature says about how classroom atmosphere affects student performance, and what Georgia Tech expects of us as teachers
- Time management, prioritizing, and multi-tasking to launch your career in academia while striving for work-life balance that keeps you sane, happy, and the person your dog thinks you are
- Preparing early career proposals and fellowships (NSF CAREER and others): when to get started, how to straddle expectations about broad appeal and focus within your discipline, and how to avoid rookie mistakes
- Encouraging student productivity, guiding student career development, and resolving conflict with students in the classroom and in research
- Navigating peer and non-peer relationships with faculty colleagues and collaborators, including how to chair a meeting and handle difficult co-workers with flair
- Opportunities for building relationships with federal agencies
- Research and funding opportunities with the Department of Energy
For more information, email Associate Dean Julia Kubanek firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently, women faculty meet for lunch each semester, which has started an important networking process (luncheon signup form).
- For general mentoring questions or requests contact Dr. Julia Kubanek.
- Also, CoS Chairs work with faculty to identify a mentor within their department.