Faculty development

The University of Minnesota's goal to become one of the world's greatest research universities relies upon a great faculty. Well-prepared, fully engaged faculty and staff represent the most important asset the University has in times of change. The skills, knowledge, creativity, dedication and motivation they bring to their work are the core of the institution's competitive advantag. The Senior Vice President and Provost applauds the efforts of colleges and departments to engage faculty in development activities that promote academic excellence; the following programs are sponsored by the Office of the Provost:



New Faculty Orientation

In addition to orientation programs offered by the Office of Human Resources and by individual colleges and departments, new University of Minnesota faculty are encouraged to attend New Faculty Orientation. New Faculty Orientation will be held August 19-21, 2014.

Please email Megan Gonyo for more information or visit the New Faculty Orientation web site:

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Provost’s Department Chairs Leadership Program

The Provost’s Department Chairs Leadership Program has been designed to support department chairs’ leadership and to provide critical information and resources to chairs and heads.  This year-long academic leadership program for new chairs is a collaborative effort between the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources.  Arlene Carney, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, hosts these meetings throughout the year.

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President's Emerging Leaders Program: Mentoring Project

During the 2006-2007 academic year, a President's Emerging Leaders Program group, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, explored mentoring for probationary faculty as their year-long project. Their final report (download PDF) contains a brief literature review, a benchmarking of faculty mentoring practices at peer institutions, a review of relevant University reports, results from a survey of University departments regarding faculty mentoring activities and finally, a summary of University department interviews regarding faculty mentoring initiatives. Their poster presentation (download PDF) summarizes their year-long project.


Jean E. Girves, Yolanda Zepeda, Judith K. Gwathmey (2005) Mentoring in a Post-Affirmative Action World Journal of Social Issues 61 (3), 449-479.



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