Date:                      April 26, 2011

 

MEMO TO:        Tenure-Track Faculty & Division Chairs

 

FROM:                  Cheryl K. Contant, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean

                                    Gordon McIntosh, Chair, Faculty Development Committee

 

SUBJECT:           Faculty Enrichment Program 2011-2012

 

Tenure-track faculty are invited to apply for the Faculty Enrichment Program 2011-2012.  Hard copies of the Faculty Enrichment Program guidelines and applications are attached, but you may also apply online at www.morris.umn.edu/services/acad_affairs/aavarious.html#FEP.  Deadline is May 4, 2011.

 

What is the Faculty Enrichment Program?

 

The Faculty Enrichment Program fosters the professional development of tenure-line faculty by providing them with a senior mentor and by providing a stipend for professional development purposes.  For example, the stipend could be used for the purchase of professional books, journals, software, teaching aids, or attendance at professional meetings, such a the conferences of the Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning, held in the Twin Cities twice a year.  Faculty mentors also receive a stipend.

 

The UMM Faculty Enrichment Program is aimed at assisting probationary tenure-track faculty in becoming fully integrated into UMMÕs teaching mission.  The one hundred thirty-eight UMM faculty who have participated in this mentoring program over the past 13 years have given strong testimony to its benefits. 

 

One of the strengths of the program often mentioned by participating faculty is its flexible structure, encouraging the mentoring pairs to develop a plan of activities that meets individual needs.  Within the general guidelines of the grant, the participants determine the goals of the mentor-mentee partnership and the procedures for meeting these goals.

 

Selection of mentees is made by the Faculty Development Committee and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean based on general criteria that are reflected in the information requested on the application form.  Faculty chosen to participate in the program will select their own mentor in consultation with their division chair.