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NEW FACULTY 101 HOW TO BE A “QUICK STARTER” Adapted from R. Boice, Advice for New Faculty Members, Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 2000.

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1 NEW FACULTY 101 HOW TO BE A “QUICK STARTER” Adapted from R. Boice, Advice for New Faculty Members, Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 2000

2 What is a “Quick Starter” Approximately 95% of new faculty take 4 to 5 years to meet their institutions teaching and research expectations The other 5% - the “quick starters” - achieve this in the first 2 years of their appointment How do they do this?

3 How to become a “Quick Starter ” It takes a village

4 A Primer on becoming a Quick Starter Most New Faculty: Talk a lot about the importance of scholarly writing and research, but actually spend very little time on either Spend up to 27 hours a week per course preparing for classes, and equate improving their teaching with improving their lecture notes Put so much material in their lectures they have to rush to cover it and fail to allow time for interaction and discussion Fail to spend time developing relationships with their colleagues

5 What the other 5% do Schedule a time for writing on a daily basis and actually use that time to write Limit course preparation after the first offering to less than 1.5 hours of prep for each hour of lecture Teach at a slower pace, allowing more time for student interaction Integrate their research into their lectures Network with colleagues 2 – 4 hours each week


7 ADVANCE FACULTY AFFAIRS AND DIVERSITY OFFICE Mission The ADVANCE Office builds faculty diversity and promotes faculty success through research and programming on recruitment, re-appointment, promotion and tenure practices; policy reform; mentoring; leadership and career development Visit our website at: to learn more about programs and resources available to new faculty

8 ADVANCE Programs Designed Specifically for New Faculty Mentoring New Faculty Transitions Sign up for these programs on the ADVANCE website

9 The Importance of Mentors It is clear that appropriate mentoring and support can significantly shorten the professional learning curve The ADVANCE Mentoring Program provides mentoring support for new faculty New faculty are matched with senior colleagues who are outside the junior faculty members' home units These university-wide efforts augment, but do not replace, the mentoring and coaching provided within faculty's home colleges and departments.

10 New Faculty Transitions A semester-long series of sessions for new faculty Each session focuses on an issue important to faculty success, for example the RPT process, research support, ethics, mentoring students The goal is to help new faculty navigate their first years at UNC Charlotte, while building a sense of community Sign up on the ADVANCE website:

11 Survival Guide for New Faculty The ADVANCE Office has produced an interactive Wiki site for New Faculty called, “Survival Guide for New Faculty” Mission: to ease your transition to UNC Charlotte Information on where to find what at UNC Charlotte, teaching, research and writing resources, career advice, legal issues and organizational tips Link to Wiki on ADVANCE website under Resources for New Faculty

12 Research & Economic Development Strives to advance the quality, diversity and growth of research at UNC Charlotte Committed to providing a sustaining environment where your research, creative, and service activities will flourish The Office of Proposal Development (OPD) provides consultation services to faculty who are developing grant proposals. They can help develop research ideas, locate and evaluate funding sources, plan proposal and budget strategies, develop budgets and edit and review proposal drafts

13 The Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) The portal for business-university partnerships at UNC Charlotte Regionally CRI works with the community and the campus to accelerate technology commercialization, increase the growth of entrepreneurial ventures, develop intellectual capital, partner in new business and research ventures to spur economic growth in the community, region, and state CRI helps companies initiate new partnerships at UNC Charlotte and offers a variety of opportunities to engage talented faculty and make use of specialized resources available at UNC Charlotte.

14 CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING Pedagogy Active learning Critical Thinking Teaching large classes Blended/Online Team - Based Learning Instructional design Classroom observations SOTL/Summer institutes Engaging students Technology Tools Moodle/Centra Clickers Smart Podiums Podcasts Google Apps Video capture Web-based course evaluations

15 Library Resources/Services TEACHING SUPPORT Every class has a Librarian: Subject Librarians available to teach research skills, citation styles etc. One-on-one assistance from Subject Librarians available via chat, email or in-person visits RESEARCH SUPPORT Help with obtaining scholarly resources (purchase or via inter-library loan) Digital Scholarship Lab: education/consultation on the creation/use of digital scholarship, including advice on copyright issues and authors’ rights

16 Writing Resource Center (WRC) Fosters an environment of active, collaborative learning outside the classroom Provides one-to-one writing instruction to students, faculty, and staff to develop better writing skills WRC staff offer presentations and host workshops on such topics as avoiding plagiarism, documenting sources, peer response, and revision strategies

17 The Graduate School To be engaged in graduate education, faculty must be members of the Graduate Faculty. The main responsibilities of Graduate Faculty are to teach graduate students effectively, to do scholarly research and creative work of high quality, and to direct the research of graduate students The Graduate School website serves as a centralized resource center: staff/gpd-resource-center

18 The Office of International Programs Seeks to make international understanding and global awareness a fundamental part of the curriculum and an integral part of campus programming Opportunities for faculty include faculty exchanges, international travel grants, faculty-led study abroad programs, opportunities to serve as guest lecturers, and opportunities to add international components to the courses you teach Visit to learn more

19 How to Become a “Quick Starter” is available for download on the ADVANCE website under Resources for New Faculty ms/resources-new-faculty

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