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First Year Faculty Fridays

Online Sessions | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Each month, new faculty from across the university are invited to gather for facilitated discussions about topics and issues that will put them on the path to success. These sessions are specifically designed for faculty in their first year, but all faculty in their first 1-3 years of employment at UTK are invited to join.

For some sessions, attendees will be asked to review materials or engage in an activity prior to joining the session to get the most out of the session.  To view the videos hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), you will need to create a free account using the UTK institutional membership: (see Activate Your Account).

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September 10 | Mastering Academic Time Management

This session is designed to help new faculty transition to their role as professor by focusing on time management.  This includes aligning work time with institutional and personal priorities, creating time for academic writing and research, developing realistic expectations regarding time and how long it takes to complete various activities, and how to organize support and accountability networks.

Before the session:  Watch NCFDD’s Core Curriculum video Skill #4: Mastering Academic Time Management (1hr 25m):

October 8 | Leveraging your Strengths

 Prior to this session, attendees will be invited to complete a strengths assessment and during the session Vice Provost Amber Williams will lead the group through understanding, interpreting, and applying their strengths to their work as faculty.

November 5 |  Pursuing your Scholarly Agenda

 This session will provide an overview of resources to help you pursue your scholarly agenda and persist in the face of distractions and setbacks (we all have them!).  You will also learn about best practices in supporting student researchers who you might be supervising or who are interested in doing a project with you.

February 4, 2022 | Cultivating your Mentoring Network

In this session, you will learn how to map your current mentoring network, identify your unmet needs, and expand your existing mentoring network. You will also learn about opportunities and strategies for cultivating mutual mentoring groups.

Before the session:  Watch NCFDD’s Core Curriculum video Skill #7: Cultivating your Network of Mentors, Sponsors and Collaborators (45m):

March 4, 2022 | Engaging in your Department/College and Being a Good Citizen

 In this session, faculty will consider their role in the department/college and their approach to service and faculty governance.  What does it mean to be a ‘good’ department/college member?  What is the governance structure in your department/college and how are decisions made? How does your department think about equity?  What is your service framework and philosophy? What skills and knowledge might be necessary to contribute positively to shared governance?

April 1, 2022 | Teaching Reflections

 In this session, faculty will engage in a supportive community discussion about what has worked well in their courses and how they know these approaches have worked well. Faculty will also be encouraged to reflect on the underlying assumptions they made about students when designing past assignments, how these assumptions did or did not hold, and how they have updated their assumptions.

May 6, 2022 | Every Summer Needs a Plan

The summer is finally here and you plan to go into productivity overdrive, right?! Wrong. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of taking time off to relax and rejuvenate, and of the importance of having a specific and realistic schedule for your work projects so that you can start the fall semester feeling energized and accomplished.

Before the session:  Watch NCFDD’s Core Curriculum video Every Summer Needs a Plan (1hr 23m):


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