The focus of the Faculty Mentorship Program is two-fold. First, we aim to foster faculty-to-faculty mentoring relationships that inspire, engage, and build a stronger DSC faculty community. Through these relationships, we aim to help faculty set and achieve individual goals and to align their goals with Daytona State College's institutional learning outcomes: critical/creative thinking, communication skills, cultural literacy, and information and technical literacy.
Mentorship takes place during the fall semester. In addition to working one-on-one with a mentor, participants meet four times as a full cohort: an orientation, two teaching and learning workshops, and a wrap-up session. Each participant's experience will be unique and related to individual goals established early in the semester, but all participants can expect to work on several artifacts related to teaching and learning, professional development, and institutional culture.
Here is what recent participants have to say about the Faculty Mentorship Program:
"Between our one-on-one meetings and the larger WAC/WID meetings, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with others outside of my department. This is good for me as a 'newbie,' but it’s also good for all of us pedagogically. When I’m discussing assignments, courses, etc. with people in my department, we’re all coming from a similar place of understanding. Discussing these ideas with instructors from other disciplines allows me a broader view and more diverse perspectives. I have truly enjoyed the collaboration on many levels!" -Aryn Davis, Assistant Professor, Education
"I consider the entire course to be a success! I was encouraged to seek change, experiment,
and approached each day in the classroom confident that I was prepared to challenge
the students to improve their HVAC skills using creative writing and thinking." -William “Robbie” Phillips, instructor, HVAC
"WAC/WID is a program that has opened my mind to additional teaching and learning methods." -Casey Knecht, Assistant Chair, Automotive Service Technology
"The program (I believe) helps one to reflect on one’s efficacy in the classroom in a metacognitive way." -Ted Sofianos, Associate Professor, Student Life Skills