On August 26, the Manassas Campus held the seventh annual kickoff event for the Mentorship Program Teacher2Teacher/New Faculty Orientation. New faculty networked and participated in activities with Manassas colleagues throughout the day. New faculty members met mentors and key campus representatives. They were also offered various perspectives and insights into teaching/learning and received additional resources. The event was well attended and, according to several faculty members, a true “value-add.”
The event had a hero-themed Teacher2Teacher Orientation and Peer Share Sessions. New faculty learned about the Manassas Campus Mentoring Program. Mentees met their mentors and became acquainted with other new mentees in their discipline. Current faculty shared their experiences, strategies and proficiencies. Special thanks to Dr. Mark Kidd, Dr. MaryAnn Schmitt, Dr. Diane Mucci, Professor Katrina Guins, Professor Bill Ruffle and Professor Rebecca Hayes.
There was also a Teacher2Teacher TWEAK Session. Manassas Campus Achieving the Dream co-chairs, Professor Maryellen Ryan and Dr. Chris Hafen, lead the Teacher2Teacher TWEAK (Tiny, but Worthwhile, Easy to implement Additions to your teaching tool Kit) session. This informative session featured the work of Dr. Carol Dweck the author of “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” and a discussion on its application to teaching and learning.
There was an interactive activity, “Speed Dating,” with faculty and staff representatives. Mentees were invited to learn more about various Manassas Campus resources by actively interfacing with key professionals and departments on campus. During this session, they meet with various faculty and staff, obtained answers to FAQs and were given a chance to ask specific pressing questions. In true “speed dating” fashion, they sat for several minutes with each faculty or staff representative before the next rotation.
Much gratitude to all of the departments and professionals who represented their areas: Dr. Tonya Cherry, Carolee Cawthon, Melanie Medina, Professor Alicia Tucker, Cari Dresser, Professor Bernice Mayfield, Dr. Barbara Lash, Dr. Donna Minnich, Professor Matthew Westerhoff and Professor Rizza Hansen.
Much appreciation to the Teacher2Teacher Advisory Board Members as well: Dr. Molly Lynch; Mucci, Schmitt, Ryan, Cherry, Mary Anstice and departmental mentors.
Raffle donations and giveaways were provided by Ramunda Young, campus and community relations; Mucci, science and applied technologies dean; Diana Davis, Campus Bookstore; Marcie Schreibman, Student Life; and Amy Moore, CommonHealth. Special thanks to Vice President George Gabriel for supporting the program.
The year-long faculty-facilitated mentorship program is coordinated by Dr. Dahlia Henry-Tett, interim associate dean for the communications technologies and social sciences division. The program was launched seven years ago as part of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) initiative. Program participants are partnered with a faculty mentor in their discipline, invited to attend the orientation event and attend tailored workshops offered throughout the year. The acclimation program is an invaluable supplement to help new faculty navigate the complexities of the academic experience.