Teacher2Teacher, the Manassas Campus pilot mentoring program, was an Achieving the Dream (ATD) initiative designed to help new full-time and part-time faculty transition successfully into the Manassas learning community.
The pilot program was implemented in Fall 2010 and continued through the 2012-2013 academic year. The program gave the Campus the opportunity, with ATD’s support, to test the mentoring design’s effectiveness. Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy gave the green light to continue the program as a permanent good practice on campus.
The pilot program was coordinated by Dr. Laura Casal, who gathered a team of outstanding faculty to be mentors: Ray Bailey, Michael Carrington, Pat Gary, Dahlia Henry-Tett, Anne Kutha and Kathleen Ludlow. The program mentored more than 90 new faculty members.
In each of the three years the program started with a new hire orientation that focused on teaching and learning. Guest speakers discussed the art of teaching and learning, and mentees had the opportunity to meet their mentors. Throughout the year, the mentors and mentees met to discuss complex to simple issues that are part of teaching and learning. Brown Bag lunches enhanced the experience by bringing teachers together on specific issues. The program was designed, implemented and evaluated by faculty. The purpose was to keep the program a teacher-to-teacher experience.
In Fall 2014, the program transitions into a permanent discipline-specific focus with each discipline having a designated mentor. Casal will coordinate the transition from pilot program to permanent program. The permanent program will ensure all new hires can discuss and share issues with an experienced colleague in their discipline.
A special note of gratitude goes to Vice President George Gabriel and the ATD initiative for the funding and opportunity to develop this program, and to Ramsammy for ensuring its continued success.