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Project Promote Mentoring Early Career Higher Education Faculty

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  1. Project PromoteMentoring Early Career Higher Education Faculty Lloyd Rieber Department of Educational Psychology & Instructional Technology lrieber@uga.edu Greg Clinton Center for Teaching and Learning The University of Georgia gclinton@uga.edu

  2. Project Promote • What is it and why did we build it? • How does it work? • How was it built? • What issues are we now confronting?

  3. Project Promote • What is it and why did we build it? • How does it work? • How was it built? • What issues are we now confronting?

  4. The University Faculty Career “This idyllic career poses hazards; its attractiveness is matched only by its risks of failure - especially at the outset.” - Boice, 2000

  5. “The early years of a faculty appointment are both difficult and critical for success.” - Olsen & Sorcinelli, 1992

  6. The Early Career Faculty Experience • Absence of that wonderful support network found in graduate school • A new environment • A need for information • The solution? Mentoring!! But …

  7. The Early Career Faculty Experience • A sense of vulnerability • Senior colleagues have a certain amount of power over early career faculty. • As one early career faculty put it, “The real mentoring happens outside of official programs.” • Early career faculty can have burning questions across a range of issues …

  8. The Early Career Faculty Experience • For example: • “There seems to be little money for materials in my department. Is this the same everywhere?” • “I want to post an op-ed piece on my office door that some may find controversial. Is this ok?” • “I know my instruction needs to improve. But should I admit this to my colleagues?” • “I think my colleague is having an affair with a student. Should I be concerned?” • “I’ve caught a group of students cheating on my exam. Should I follow university policy to the letter?”

  9. This Is a Job For … An Online Resource for Mentoring Early Career Faculty at the University of Georgia

  10. Project Promote • What is it and why did we build it? • How does it work? • How was it built? • What issues are we now confronting?

  11. Noteworthy Features • Confidentiality • Option only for early career faculty • Senior faculty’s identity always known • Q&A features • Browsing the Database • New Question Status • Spotlight Question Status • Communicating Priority to Senior Faculty • Automated Email

  12. Project Promote • What is it and why did we build it? • How does it work? • How was it built? • What issues are we now confronting?

  13. How was it built? August 2005 • Phase 1 – Preliminary prototype • Phase 2 – Input from early and senior faculty • Phase 3 – Develop prototype • Phase 4 – Beta testing of prototype • Phase 5 – Develop version 1.0 • Phase 6 – Release to UGA community • Phase 7 – Support & Maintenance August 2006

  14. How was it built? • Active Server Pages (ASP) • A major adaptation of a Q&A tool Lloyd developed for his online teaching • Built onto an open source tool called SoopRaven

  15. SoopPortal.org SoopPortal.org

  16. Other Open Source Tools • PhpBBhttp://www.phpbb.com/ • XOOPShttp://www.xoops.org/ • Mambohttp://www.mamboserver.com/ • Joomla! http://www.joomla.org/

  17. Project Promote • What is it and why did we build it? • How does it work? • How was it built? • What issues are we now confronting?

  18. Current Issues • Avoiding “mission creep” • Classifying subscribers • Encouraging use • We built it, will they come? • Maintenance

  19. Why should I care?

  20. Lloyd Rieberlrieber@uga.eduGreg Clintongclinton@uga.edu

  21. Wanna Dance?