Mentoring and Advocacy

mentoring and advocacy

Tenure-Track Mentoring Program

The Bellevue College Tenure-Track Mentoring Program is run by the Faculty Commons and supported by the Office of Academic Affairs. It is designed to support recently hired full-time faculty as they adjust to and navigate the first year of the tenure process. Recognizing that each tenure candidate is different—some are experienced teachers while others are brand new to teaching, some are long-time Puget Sound residents while others just moved to the area—the mentoring program offers one-on-one and small group mentoring as well as cohort activities to help each individual in each tenure cohort feel supported and part of a larger faculty community.

Support Opportunities

Participation in the mentoring program provides candidates with opportunities to:

  • navigate the first year of the tenure process
  • orient themselves to the college
  • reflect on their personal and professional goals
  • foster meaningful working relationships outside their program and division
  • foster a sense of community within the first-year tenure cohort
  • receive constructive feedback related to their teaching
  • familiarize themselves with the offerings in the Faculty Commons.

One-On-One Mentoring

  • Each tenure candidate is assigned a tenured faculty mentor. These mentors are considered tenure process neutral and do not fill out a peer evaluation or otherwise inform the tenure process. Each mentor-mentee pair is expected to maintain confidentiality and meet for at least two hours per quarter to support the candidate in those areas that the candidate most needs/wants support. These meetings may be online or on the phone until it is safe to meet on campus again.
  • Tenure candidates are also encouraged to connect with Leslie Lum, the Mentoring Program Lead. Leslie is available to meet online or chat on the phone until it is safe to meet on campus again. The Mentoring Lead is considered tenure process neutral and does not fill out a peer evaluation or otherwise inform the tenure process.

Adjunct Mentoring Program

The Faculty Commons Adjunct Mentoring Program brings new and current faculty together with trained mentors to provide support in a coordinated way. A survey of needs helps us create a meaningful mentoring pair. Mentors can provide an early point of connection, to orient and welcome faculty to the Bellevue College campus community and resources, as well as support instruction or receive support to advance their career.

Since the start of the Adjunct Mentoring Program in Fall 2017, 50 adjunct faculty have received 299 hours of mentoring with a trained faculty mentor. Mentors have received a total of 53 hours of mentor training. Adjunct faculty from all 7 areas of the college have received mentoring, by 23 different mentors from 5 divisions. Mentoring pairs have also had access to 452 hours of one-on-one support by Archana Alwar, the Mentoring Lead.
Our program promotes connection, communication, trust, and community. To support the growth of our faculty, we incorporate the practice of reflection on each instructor’s current position, goals, and teaching approaches. Mentors are afforded a significant leadership opportunity and a chance to re-invigorate their passion for their career by sharing their expertise with others.

Fall 2021/Winter 2022 Cohort

Faculty Commons is still accepting applications for adjunct faculty who are interested in having a mentor for Fall 2021. All Adjunct Faculty who are currently teaching at BC are eligible to participate in the mentoring program as mentees. We will accept applicants for Fall Quarter until Thursday, September 16. So register now!! Space still available for fall! Archana Alwar will contact you during opening week to discuss the next steps.

Would you like to earn 6 or 12 hours of professional development by participating in our Adjunct Mentoring Program? In fall 2021, the mentor-mentee collaboration will be one quarter only. You will be meeting for a minimum of 6 hours during fall quarter. Then, in winter 2022, the entire cohort will have the opportunity to continue working together through regular Virtual Teaching Talks. Our program promotes connection, communication, trust, and community. To support the growth of our faculty, we incorporate the practice of reflective conversations on each instructor’s current position, goals, and teaching approaches.

Our two-quarter mentoring model includes:

Fall: One-on-One Mentoring – 6 Hours

In the first quarter, mentoring pairs are matched based on a survey of needs. Mentees explore their roles, responsibilities, and individual goals within the scope of the Bellevue College culture of Teaching and Learning Excellence with the guidance of an advocate in their mentor without the pressure of formal evaluation. Mentees regularly meet their mentors in a mutually agreed-upon way. These meetings create opportunities to explore future possibilities and incorporate new understandings.

 Winter: Virtual Teaching Talks – 6 Hours

Mentees can choose to continue working together through regular Virtual Teaching Talks to share teaching concerns and discuss techniques and strategies with experienced and inspiring instructors. This is open to all adjunct faculty, but adjuncts in the Adjunct Mentoring Program will receive PD hours.

Mentees: Upon completion of this two-quarter program, participants will earn a certificate of twelve hours of professional development.

 

Please use this link to submit your application.

For more information contact Archana Alwar, Adjunct Mentoring Lead.

 

Faculty Mentor Training

Are you interested in serving as a mentor next year (2021-22) in the Tenure Mentoring or Adjunct Mentoring Programs?

Beginning 2020-2021, all prospect mentors are required to complete the Faculty Mentor Training in order to mentor in one or both of these programs, even if you have mentored before.

 

This training will be offered only once per year. Participants will be compensated $200 for successful completion, which will include 3.5 hours of online work and a 1.5-hour meeting in late summer/early fall. Please join us and your fellow mentors as we work to collaboratively support new tenure-track faculty and new and current adjunct faculty.

By the end of the workshop, we hope that faculty mentors will be able to:

  • build and maintain an effective relationship with their mentee.
  • understand cultural differences and use that understanding to communicate and interact effectively.
  • provide guidance in identifying objectives/goals and feedback to enable their mentee to be successful.
  • seek opportunities for conversations that support the growth of the mentee by creating an atmosphere of trust and support.
  • refer their mentee to the variety of resources on campus available to support faculty.
  • have a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities as mentors in the Tenure Mentoring Program and/or the Adjunct Mentoring Program
  • understand the value of confidentiality in mentoring relationships and be able to create their own mentoring confidentiality agreement.
  • use guidelines in developing a partnership agreement and develop a strategy to achieve the mentee’s goals.
  • recognize the need for closure when partnerships don’t go as expected and reflect on the learning from that experience

For more information contact Archana Alwar, Adjunct Mentoring Lead, aalwar@bellevuecollege.edu.

Support Opportunities

Participation in the mentoring program provides adjunct faculty with opportunities to:

  • become oriented to campus culture
  • access to support services
  • reflect on their personal and professional goals
  • foster meaningful working relationships outside their program and division
  • foster a sense of community
  • receive classroom support and constructive feedback
  • familiarize themselves with the offerings in the Faculty Commons

 

Advocacy

President and VPs Office Hours

Take advantage of a direct connection to leadership! Come and talk with the president and vice presidents during their office hours. They are interested in hearing what’s happening in your area of the college as well as brainstorming improvements. We make every effort to schedule each person at least once per quarter. Because of their ever-changing schedules, watch for our weekly emails for the most up-to-date schedule. You can also visit their SharePoint site for more information about the areas on campus they oversee and their initiatives.

Faculty Commons Leads Office Hours

All of the Leads in the Commons hold weekly office hours to support you. You may drop in or contact the Leads directly to schedule an appointment or communicate via email. The current Leads are:

Policy and Recommendation Work Groups

In 2017-2018, the Faculty Commons began its support of faculty workgroups to write new policies to submit to the Faculty Council. The theme of the year was Positive Policies for Adjuncts. The group wrote 4 policies, all of which have been sent through the BC governance process.

For 2018-2019, we supported 2 policy groups, one for adjuncts and the other for diverse faculty.

Last Updated August 26, 2021