New Faculty Orientation is an opportunity for first-year faculty to become acquainted with UNC Asheville resources and personnel, and to learn about unique aspects of our campus culture. This one-day program takes place during the week before the start of the fall semester.
The New Faculty Mentoring program welcomes new colleagues to UNC Asheville more informally, matching new faculty members with experienced faculty who serve as individual mentors. As noted in the faculty handbook, new faculty success depends not only on expanding academic knowledge and skill sets, but also on the "ability to develop connections and relationships with colleagues." A volunteer program for both mentors and mentees, it provides new faculty the opportunity to meet potential mentors and participate in their selection. In addition to one-on-one, confidential mentoring meetings, mentees and mentors are invited to social gatherings throughout the year. Program co-chairs during 2015-2016 will be Jason Wingert (Health and Wellness) and Mary Lynn Manns (Management and Accountancy).
New Faculty Lunches and New Faculty Learning Circles provide continued orientation opportunities for new faculty as well as the chance to connect with other first-year colleagues. Intended to complement the experiences of participants in the New Faculty Mentoring program, lunches (provided by the CTL!) offer a chance for one-on-one check-in and consultation, while learning circles provide time for reflection and discussion about issues of special importance to early-career professors.