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1 Project Promote Mentoring Early Career Higher Education Faculty Lloyd Rieber Department of Educational Psychology & Instructional Technology Greg Clinton Center for Teaching and Learning The University of Georgia

2 Project Promote What is it and why did we build it? What is it and why did we build it? How does it work? How does it work? How was it built? How was it built? What issues are we now confronting? What issues are we now confronting?

3 Project Promote What is it and why did we build it? What is it and why did we build it? How does it work? How does it work? How was it built? How was it built? What issues are we now confronting? What issues are we now confronting?

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6 “This idyllic career poses hazards; its attractiveness is matched only by its risks of failure - especially at the outset.” - Boice, 2000 The University Faculty Career

7 “The early years of a faculty appointment are both difficult and critical for success.” - Olsen & Sorcinelli, 1992

8 The Early Career Faculty Experience Absence of that wonderful support network found in graduate school Absence of that wonderful support network found in graduate school A new environment A new environment A need for information A need for information The solution? Mentoring!! But … The solution? Mentoring!! But …

9 The Early Career Faculty Experience A sense of vulnerability A sense of vulnerability Senior colleagues have a certain amount of power over early career faculty. Senior colleagues have a certain amount of power over early career faculty. As one early career faculty put it, “The real mentoring happens outside of official programs.” As one early career faculty put it, “The real mentoring happens outside of official programs.” Early career faculty can have burning questions across a range of issues … Early career faculty can have burning questions across a range of issues …

10 The Early Career Faculty Experience For example: For example: “There seems to be little money for materials in my department. Is this the same everywhere?” “There seems to be little money for materials in my department. Is this the same everywhere?” “I want to post an op-ed piece on my office door that some may find controversial. Is this ok?” “I want to post an op-ed piece on my office door that some may find controversial. Is this ok?” “I know my instruction needs to improve. But should I admit this to my colleagues?” “I know my instruction needs to improve. But should I admit this to my colleagues?” “I think my colleague is having an affair with a student. Should I be concerned?” “I think my colleague is having an affair with a student. Should I be concerned?” “I’ve caught a group of students cheating on my exam. Should I follow university policy to the letter?” “I’ve caught a group of students cheating on my exam. Should I follow university policy to the letter?”

11 This Is a Job For … An Online Resource for Mentoring Early Career Faculty at the University of Georgia

12 Project Promote What is it and why did we build it? What is it and why did we build it? How does it work? How does it work? How was it built? How was it built? What issues are we now confronting? What issues are we now confronting?

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14 Noteworthy Features Confidentiality Confidentiality Option only for early career faculty Option only for early career faculty Senior faculty’s identity always known Senior faculty’s identity always known Q&A features Q&A features Browsing the Database Browsing the Database New Question Status New Question Status Spotlight Question Status Spotlight Question Status Communicating Priority to Senior Faculty Communicating Priority to Senior Faculty Automated Automated

15 Project Promote What is it and why did we build it? What is it and why did we build it? How does it work? How does it work? How was it built? How was it built? What issues are we now confronting? What issues are we now confronting?

16 How was it built? Phase 1 – Preliminary prototype Phase 1 – Preliminary prototype Phase 2 – Input from early and senior faculty Phase 2 – Input from early and senior faculty Phase 3 – Develop prototype Phase 3 – Develop prototype Phase 4 – Beta testing of prototype Phase 4 – Beta testing of prototype Phase 5 – Develop version 1.0 Phase 5 – Develop version 1.0 Phase 6 – Release to UGA community Phase 6 – Release to UGA community Phase 7 – Support & Maintenance Phase 7 – Support & Maintenance August 2005 August 2006

17 How was it built? Active Server Pages (ASP) Active Server Pages (ASP) A major adaptation of a Q&A tool Lloyd developed for his online teaching A major adaptation of a Q&A tool Lloyd developed for his online teaching Built onto an open source tool called SoopRaven Built onto an open source tool called SoopRaven

18 SoopPortal.org

19 Other Open Source Tools PhpBB PhpBB XOOPS XOOPS Mambo Mambo Joomla! Joomla!

20 Project Promote What is it and why did we build it? What is it and why did we build it? How does it work? How does it work? How was it built? How was it built? What issues are we now confronting? What issues are we now confronting?

21 Current Issues Avoiding “mission creep” Avoiding “mission creep” Classifying subscribers Classifying subscribers Encouraging use Encouraging use We built it, will they come? We built it, will they come? Maintenance Maintenance

22 Why should I care?

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24 Lloyd Rieber Greg Clinton

25 Wanna Dance?


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