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 the Adjunct Support 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.

2022 Cohort

Our two-quarter adjunct mentoring model includes:

Teaching Talks for Adjuncts

In Spring 2022, mentees who started the program in winter can choose to continue working together through regular Teaching Talks to share teaching concerns and discuss techniques and strategies with experienced and inspiring instructors and staff from across campus. These sessions are open to all adjunct faculty, but adjuncts in the Adjunct Mentoring Program will receive 6 PD hours.

Please register here to participate in the Teaching Talks for Adjuncts. The days, times, and topics will be announced once we know who’s coming!

One-on-One Mentoring – 6 Hours

In Fall 2022, we will be starting our next cohort of mentoring pairs. If you haven’t yet participated in this program as a mentee, please consider. 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 their mentor without the pressure of formal evaluation. Mentees and mentors meet regularly in a mutually agreed upon way.

Upon completion of this two-quarter program, participants will earn a certificate of twelve hours of professional development. In addition, they will have the option of completing a post-cohort project for a $75 stipend.

Reach out to Taylor Dalrymple, the Adjunct Support Lead, for more information!

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 March 10, 2022