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 Instruction, and 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.
  • Tenure candidates are also encouraged to visit Tim Jones, the Mentoring Program Lead, during his weekly office hours—five per week—in the Faculty Commons. The Lead is also 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 mentors to connect, orient, and welcome faculty to the Bellevue College campus community and resources. The mentoring program provides one-on-one and small group mentoring, supporting our faculty in the professional growth and development of excellence in current teaching practices.

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

One-On-One Mentoring

  • Each adjunct is assigned a faculty mentor. Each mentor-mentee pair is expected to maintain confidentiality and meet for 6 hours during a quarter to support the adjunct in those areas that the candidate most needs/wants support.
  • Adjunct faculty are also encouraged to visit Archana Alwar, the Adjunct Mentoring Lead, during her weekly office hours—five per week—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 the Faculty Commons SharePoint site or website for more information about the areas on campus they oversee, the initiatives they are working on this year, and the days and times of their office hours.

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 the 2017-2018, the Faculty Commons began its support of faculty work groups 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 are planning on supporting 2 policy groups, one for adjuncts and the other for diverse faculty.

Last Updated July 2, 2018