I did not know what to expect when I signed up for the Faculty Fellows program. What I found was much-needed organization and reflection, long-term view of career goals, and a community of like minded individuals. I would highly recommend the faculty fellows program to my colleagues. – Faculty Fellows program participant, 2014-2015
My first year at MTSU has been both challenging and rewarding. I am grateful for the opportunity to work at this institution and to participate in the Teaching and Professional Development program. This program gave me the opportunity to share with and learn from experienced professors, as well as with others during their first year. – Dr. Jason Pettigrew, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2011-2012
This was such an enriching experiencing! It motivated me to produce by setting attainable short- and long-term goals on the FDP. Before completing my FDP, all of my goals were in my head (and I was not attaining very many of them). When I wrote them out and completed a timeline, I have found that I am more disciplined. – Faculty Fellows program participant, 2012-2013
I especially appreciate hearing the various perspectives and experiences from the different faculty members as we discuss ways to foster and build a true "learning community" at MTSU. We are all at different points and places in our careers, and this has greatly enriched our conversations. As our mission states, we should foster an environment conducive to learning and personal development, and I witness this in our meetings. – Dr. Terri Tharp, Elementary and Special Education Department, Faculty Development Campus Civility FLC, 2012-2013
If our questions and uncertainties are any basis for generalization, there remains
a need at MTSU for consistent and effective professional mentoring, periodic progress
reviews and support for formal faculty development plans. My participation in this
FLC will help to make me a more effective mentor to junior faculty in my department.
While I am already a veteran of college-level as well as departmental promotion and
tenure review committees, my exposure to procedures and issues from other departments,
thanks to this FLC, will assist me in future deliberations and policy recommendations. – Dr. Michael Fleming, Department of Recording Industry, Mid-Career Faculty Development
On a personal note, participation in the FLC has allowed me to focus on my own behavior with respect to civility. Although I did (and do) not believe I have an issue with incivility, it was revealing to realize that many seemingly innocuous behaviors may be considered uncivil by others. Worse yet, the offending behaviors are very likely to never be called to my attention, propagating the problem. It has been a richly rewarding year, to say the least. I am now far more conscious of the insidious ways that incivility can be expressed, and I take a more active role in controlling it. – Dr. Tony Johnston, Agribusiness and Agriscience Department, Faculty Development Campus Civility FLC, 2011-2012
The mentoring program is a great opportunity to be trained by a seasoned professor that has been nationally recognized and awarded for exceptional teaching. The mentor patiently provided instruction and supervision in all aspects of pedagogy, building confidence in basic teaching skills and interpersonal connections with students. My teaching skills have improved considerably since working with the Mentoring Program. It was a delightful experience and answered many questions I had as a new assistant professor. – Faculty Mentor program participant
Tim has helped me reframe and refine my pedagogical practice in new ways, suggesting
such tools as a learning log for recording my use of certain strategies and outcomes.
Overall, my mentoring experience can be best described as "thought provoking, insightful,
professional, and fun! When it ended, I was reminded about the question Mosley raises:
"Why be afraid of something we want?" I wanted to be the best teacher I could be.
What are you waiting for? GET A MENTOR...you'll love the experience just as I have.
– Faculty Mentor program participant