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Faculty Community Groups Program

The purpose of the Faculty Community Groups Program (FCG) is to promote networking and collegiality across university divisions by bringing together faculty members who would not otherwise easily meet.

While most departments provide mentoring within their disciplines, many faculty members also find connections across campus useful and stimulating, both for professional networking and mentoring purposes, and to provide more ways to chat with colleagues about all we are experiencing. This program facilitates small groups (4 to 5 individuals) that provide opportunities for support, networking, and peer mentoring, based on a specific identities and/or areas of interest.

How It Works

Matching. Upon signing up for the program, you will be matched with other faculty members from across campus, in groups of 5 members maximum, based on interests indicated in the registration form.

  • You can choose to participate in groups consisting only of specific demographic groups (e.g. women faculty, faculty of a specific ethnicity or race, and several other options), or faculty of varied demographics.
  • You can also specify professional or social interests, to help focus your group’s activities.

Meeting. Once you have been matched to a group, our staff will provide logistical support for groups to meet online, several times during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semester. We offer scheduling support to help groups decide when to meet, as well as preparing Zoom sessions and related communication support. We recommend meeting at least twice in the fall and twice in the spring, but how many meetings your group holds—and what you decide to talk about or do in your group—is up to you!

Eligibility. All full-time faculty are welcome to sign up for this program.

Timeline of Programming

The deadline to sign up for the FCG for the 2020-2021 academic year is the end of the day on October 26. Groups will then be matched and notified by October 30. Groups are encouraged to meet as many times as possible throughout the remainder of the fall 2020 term and throughout the spring 2021 term.

Aren’t sure if you can commit to a Faculty Community Group?

Then you might consider the new Faculty Roundtables program, hosted by Teaching & Learning Innovation. These informal get-togethers will allow you to connect with colleagues and share perspectives and ideas about current and emerging topics without committing to a group.

Register for FCG Today!