From the Faculty Center

There are several updates from the Faculty Center noted below.  Please take a moment to check them out.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an email.
Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs
Director of the Faculty Center

Event Upcoming
There will be a Great Ideas Meet Up (GIMU) held on April 21, at 1:00 in Morris Hall Craven Lounge.  GIMUs are short group sessions that allow faculty to hear a variety of best practices in a short time window.  These are held in a large room with small stations.  Each station has one lead faculty member sharing one fabulous idea for a brief informal chat with three to four faculty as participants.  Each chat is 15 minutes long and is participatory in that the “presenter” shares the great idea and then engages the “audience” in a chat about how the idea is implemented.  After 15 minutes, a chime or other indicator will sound to ask people to select a new table.  The participants can move to any table. There is no set pattern and participants do not need to visit every table.  The event will last approximately 75 minutes. Can’t make it right at 1:00? No problem.  You can jump in at any time.

Input from You
In order to better plan for future events, The Faculty Center is teaming with TLTC to gather input from you.  You can find the online Needs Assessment here.  The survey will only take about ten minutes.  Please complete the survey before April 1st.  We appreciate your willingness to participate.

Call for Mentors
The Faculty Center invites you to consider serving as a mentor for a new faculty hired for the coming fall.  Mentors make a difference in the quality of experience for new faculty and your professional service as a mentor is valued at SUNY Oneonta. Faculty selected to mentor for the coming academic year will receive a $200.00 professional development credit for both their service as a mentor and for attending the mentor preparation meeting.  This two hour training will be held in early August.  Mentors will be invited to Orientation for new faculty the week prior to the start of classes to meet their mentee in person.  There will also be a brief check in meeting for mentors at the end of the fall semester.  In addition to the credit, mentors will receive a gift card of $25 for either Starbucks or Seasons.  This card is for you to take your mentee out for coffee throughout the semester.  Mentors must be employed as full-time, tenured or tenure track faculty (with at least two contract renewal cycles completed) and be willing to serve for the entire academic year.  It is expected that the mentors will engage in informal meetings on or off campus with the mentee at least three times each semester and will provide on-going communication as needed through either email or phone.  If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out the mentor application found online here Mentor Application Form.

Stay in Touch
You can view upcoming events by checking out our CollegiateLink page for Faculty.  This page will list upcoming events Click here for upcoming events. From this page you can view events across offices for faculty and not just Faculty Center offerings.  You can RSVP for an event and even add it to your Outlook Calendar.