Peer Faculty Mentoring and Experts

Peer Faculty Mentoring Program

New incoming full-time faculty who are not limited term have the unique opportunity to participate in a university-wide Peer Faculty Mentoring Program coordinated by CELT. Seasoned faculty at VSU can share what they learned and get to know new faculty by mentoring them.

Specifically, we pair new faculty with mid-career and advanced career faculty from different departments at VSU by using best practices in faculty mentoring. The mentors and mentees exchange e-mails in July after matches are announced, gather for the first time in person for a CELT mentoring luncheon and workshop during new faculty orientation in early August, and meet one-on-one throughout the academic year. They are also required to attend an additional relevant workshop or training sponsored by CELT or the Office of Employee and Organizational Development at VSU and invited to special social gatherings just for new faculty and their mentors. Sample workshop and training topics include tips for effective mentoring, mentor mapping, and research and strategies for addressing the needs of early career faculty.

Objectives of the program:

  • Assure that new faculty who are not limited term have a point person (a mid-or-advanced career faculty member) outside their department whom they can go to with questions during their first year at VSU
  • Increase new faculty competence, confidence, and sense of belonging to better retain and prepare them to succeed during their first year as well as through promotion (and tenure, if relevant to their position) at VSU
  • Enhance support for new faculty who are underrepresented minorities at VSU
  • Articulate and apply best practices in mentoring and career development for faculty
  • Build relationships, community, and a peer faculty mentoring network that bridges ranks, disciplines, departments, and colleges at VSU

To volunteer to be a mentor or for new faculty to request a mentor, see instructions and deadlines below to fill out questionnaires. Mentoring matches are made by the Director of CELT in consultation with representatives from the Department Head Council, Provost's Office, Office of Employee and Organizational Development, Human Resources, and the Center for eLearning.

CELT's Peer Faculty Mentoring Program supplements any informal or formal mentoring that occurs within departments and disciplines. Research on mentoring recommends that faculty have multiple mentors for different purposes.

Questions? Contact the Director of CELT, Dr. Jamie Landau (jlandau@valdosta.edu, 229-333-6032). 

Volunteer to Be a Mentor

Are you tenured or a promoted lecturer who would like to share the lessons that you have learned working at VSU with new faculty? Maybe you had a great mentor earlier in your career and want to give back now? Mentoring goes both ways, so it is common for seasoned faculty to be energized by new colleagues even as they support them.

Participation in CELT’s Peer Faculty Mentoring Program is a unique opportunity but voluntary. As a result, tenured faculty or lecturers who have received promotion must volunteer to be a mentor by filling out this Volunteer to be a Mentor brief questionnaire that asks a few questions about professional and personal areas in which you could support new faculty, and upload your CV. This information will be used to create effective mentoring pairs.

For Academic Year 2019-2020, the deadline to volunteer to be a mentor has passed

New Faculty Request for a Mentor

Are you a new incoming full-time faculty at VSU, whether tenured, tenure-track, or a lecturer who is not limited term? Research shows that formal mentoring programs for new faculty like you increase your potential for success and happiness during the first year on the job, and in your years ahead through promotion. Mentored faculty feel more “at home” at an institution, have higher job satisfaction, and are more productive in their scholarly activity and teaching.

Participation in CELT’s Peer Faculty Mentoring Program is a unique opportunity but voluntary. As a result, new incoming full-time faculty who are not limited term must request a mentor by filling out this New Faculty Request for a Mentor brief questionnaire that asks a few questions about your professional and personal needs, and upload your CV. This information will be used to create effective mentoring pairs.

For Academic Year 2019-2020, the deadline to request a mentor has passed.

Ask the Expert 

Faculty at VSU have a lot of experience and expertise as teachers. However, too often we are unaware of the excellent work that our colleagues do in the classroom and, in turn, we miss out on learning from each other. Did you know, for instance, that VSU faculty have won awards and published research about teaching online? Perhaps you want to talk to a fellow faculty who has integrated high-impact practices (HIPs) into their courses to find out about the barriers and benefits? These are sample topics that you could ask our own experts.

The Ask the Expert list below is for VSU faculty to easily see who to contact for peer support with particular pedagogy. All of the faculty listed graciously agreed to be a resource for colleagues on campus. If you would like to be added to this list of experts, contact CELT Administrative Coordinator Obi Hall (oehall@valdosta.edu, 229-253-4079). Many of them partner with CELT to facilitate faculty learning communites (FLCs), too, so consider joining an ongoing, active group of faculty who are working together to explore new pedagogy and share teaching tips. 

 

  • Dr. Meagan Arrastia

    College: Education and Human Services 

    Department: Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy

    Title: Assistant Professor

    Email: mcarastia@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.249.2777

    Areas of Knowledge: Service-Learning, Flipped Classroom, Online Teaching, and Kahoot

  • Dr. Li-Mei Chen

    College: Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department: English

    Title: Professor

    Email: lchen@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.7346

    Areas of Knowledge: Student centered learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

  • Dr. Nicole Cox

    College: The Arts

    Department: Communication Arts

    Title: Associate Professor

    Email: nbcox@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.259.5520

    Areas of Knowledge: HIPs: Undergraduate Research, Inclusive Pedagogy, Online Teaching, and Small Teaching

  • Dr. Cori Crews

    College: Business

    Department: Accounting

    Title: Assistant Professor

    Email: cocrews@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.245.3808

    Areas of Knowledge: Online Teaching, Educational Technology: D2L, Blackboard Collaborate, iPad, Educreations, Screencast-O-Matic, Powtoon, Google Hangouts, YouTube Live, Proctor U

  • Dr. Anita Davis

    College: The Arts

    Department: Music

    Title: Assistant Professor

    Email: anidavis@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.5741

    Areas of Knowledge: HIPs: Diversity, Collaborative Projects (Team/Peer-Led Learning), Community-Based Learning, Learning Communities 

  • Ms. Jennifer Gill

    College: Business

    Department: Management and Healthcare Administration

    Title: Instructor

    Email: jdgill@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.245.2239

    Areas of Knowledge: Online Teaching

  • Dr. Anne Greenfield

    College: Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department: English

    Title: Associate Professor

    Email: algreenfield@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.5946

    Areas of Knowledge: Online Teaching

  • Dr. Lee Grimes

    College: Education and Human Services

    Department: Psychology, Counseling, Family Therapy

    Title: Associate Professor

    Email: legrimes@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.245.6541

    Areas of Knowledge: Internships, Team-Based or Peer-Led Learnings, Online Teaching, Blackboard Collaborate

  • Dr. Dixie Haggard

    College: Humanties and Social Sciences

    Department: History

    Title: Professor

    Email: drhaggard@valdosta.edu 

    Contact Number: 229.333.5947

    Areas of Knowledge: Flipped Classrooms

  • Dr. Thomas Hochschild

    College: Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department: Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

    Title: Associate Professor

    Email: trhochschild@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.5483

    Areas of Knowledge: Efficient lectures utilizing various electronic techniques, Engaging discussions focused on student experiences and perspectives, Service-Learning, Experiential Learning, Group Projects and Presentations, Co-Curricular Activities, Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Dr. Leslie Jones

    College: Science and Mathematics

    Department: Biology

    Title: Associate Professor

    Email: lesliesj@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.219.1337

    Areas of Knowledge: Hybrid Pedagogy

  • Dr. Ubaraj Karawal

    College: Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department: English

    Title: Associate Professor

    Email: ukatawal@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.219.3193

    Areas of Knowledge: Online Teaching, Flipped Classroom, Team-Teaching 

  • Dr. Kimberly Kulovitz

    College: The Arts

    Department: Communication Arts

    Title: Assistant Professor

    Email: kkulovitz@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 262-914-9048

    Areas of Knowledge: Video games and behavior, digital gaming, interpersonal communication, small groups, teams, and collaborative play

  • Dr. Jamie Landau

    College: The Arts

    Department: Communication Arts

    Title: Associate Professor

    Email: jlandau@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.6032

    Areas of Knowledge: Inclusive Pedagogy, Teaching for Growth, Small Teaching, Teaching Writing, Peer-Led Learning, Pause Teaching Strategies for Lectures, HIPs: Service-Learning, Undergraduate Research, Capstone Courses

  • Dr. Chunlei Liu

    College: Science and Mathematics

    Department: Computer Science

    Title: Professor

    Email: cliu@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.5781

    Areas of Knowledge: Online Teaching and Resources

  • Dr. Nicholas Miller

    College: Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department: English

    Title: Assistant Professor

    Email: nemiller@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.7348

    Areas of Knowledge: Inclusive Pedagogy, Teaching Writing

  • Dr. Patricia Miller

    College: Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department: English

    Title: Professor

    Email: pmiller@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.7353

    Areas of Knowledge: Flipped Classroom, Online Teaching, Blackboard Collaborate, Internships and Capstone Projects

  • Dr. Rebecca Reynolds

    College: The Arts

    Department: Art and Design

    Title: Lecturer

    Email: rebreynolds@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.249.4873

    Areas of Knowledge: Discussion Based Teaching, Undergraduate Research, Small Teaching Practices

  • Mr. Gardner Rogers

    College: Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department: English

    Title: Senior Lecturer

    Email: gjrogers@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.7337

    Areas of Knowledge: HIPs: Undergraduate Research, Collaborative Problem-Solving, ePortfolios, and Writing-Intensive Assignments, Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT), Universal Design, Flipped Classroom, Inclusive or Dialogic Pedagogies, Team-Based or Peer-Led Learning, Small Teaching, Online Teaching

  • Dr. Victoria Russell

    College: Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department: Modern and Classical Languages

    Title: Associate Professor

    Email: varussell@valdosta.edu

    Contact Number: 229.333.7357

    Areas of Knowledge: HIPs: Undergraduate Research, Service-Learning, ePortfolios, Writing-Intensive Assignments, Internships, and Capstone Projects (Study Abroad), Online Teaching, Flipped Learning

  • Dr. Bobbie Ticknor

    College: Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department: Criminal Justice

    Title: Assistant Professor

    Email: bbticknor@valdosta.edu 

    Contact Number: 229.249.4975

    Areas of Knowledge: Online Learning (Virtual Reality), Kahoot

  • Dr. Cheryl Tillman

    College: Honors & Exploratory Studies 

    Department: Advising

    Title: Director

    Email: cgtillma@valdosta.edu 

    Contact Number: 229.245.4378

    Areas of Knowledge: HIPs, Flipped Classroom, Peer Mentors, Online Teaching