Mentoring

Mentoring

As a course coordinator, you will have Associate Faculty who teach the course(s) you coordinate. New Associate Faculty will need to be oriented to the university, department, program, and course. There are resources through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for university orientation and new Associate Faculty should be encouraged to attend the CTL orientation. However, new faculty also need significant upfront guidance from course coordinators regarding the course and possibly how it fits into the program curriculum. In addition to providing them curriculum (see curriculum development), you will also need to show them how to use FLAGS (Early Warning System), administrative withdrawal, and attendance because these are Gateway policies.

Beyond training new faculty, your role is to be the leader for the course. You will conduct meetings for all faculty teaching the course(s) you coordinate in order to share ideas and convey curriculum and policy changes. In meetings, you can share teaching and learning strategies and methods, invite others to share, and provide in-services, if necessary. Giving your faculty an opportunity to voice their ideas and concerns is motivating. Having a motivated team will go a long way to improving DFW rates and retention because teaching and learning will be improved.

One of your responsibilities as course coordinator is to conduct peer reviews. These peer reviews can be used for improvement plans as well as highlighting and rewarding excellence in teaching. Additionally, reviews are an integral part of the hiring process. You can use Gateway approved peer evaluation forms or coordinate a peer review with the faculty and CTL.