Faculty Mentor Program


One of our many endeavors in the Teaching Support Centre is the Faculty Mentor Program. This is a special program, jointly developed with the University Faculty Association and the University Administration specifically to make the experience, knowledge and expertise of colleagues available to new faculty. There are several projects designed and offered by the Centre to further this goal.

The Faculty Mentor Program organizes a number of sessions/workshops on significant topics that relate to the challenges and experiences of the faculty. These sessions run during the year and are designed not only to convey relevant information, but especially to encourage interaction among all participants. This year, we will be offering at least four different sessions including writing successful grant applications, understanding tenure and promotion processes, developing a teaching dossier and teaching philosophy, and best practices in supervising graduate students.

Mentoring has proven to be one of the significant common characteristics of a successful academic career. Mentors are experienced faculty who are happy to be an ‘ear’, who will respond to questions, explain oddities of the local environment, and offer advice if it is sought. As a new faculty member, there are a number of ways you can take advantage of mentoring. Some Faculties conduct their own mentor programs. For other Faculties, we encourage departments to assign mentors to work with new members of faculty.

We also work on different ways to encourage and support a broader conception of mentoring that empowers individual members of faculty to build their own networks of support for their particular contexts. The Mentoring Micro Grant we offer is an example of such an initiative, embodying our goal to respond to the great diversity of our faculty and the variety of their concerns. To see further information on the Mentoring Micro Grant, go to:  www.uwo.ca/tsc/awards_and_grants/western_funding_initiatives/mentoring_micro_grant.html

It is exciting to be part of the Faculty Mentoring endeavor. As we begin a new academic year together, let me offer my ‘ear’ to you. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions, concerns and questions. I look to you for reactions to our programs so that we can respond quickly to your needs. To succeed as a teacher/scholar is a wonderful challenge. We hope to facilitate your success.

Gloria Leckie
Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program
Professor Emeritus
Teaching Support Centre 


Faculty Mentor Program 2016-2017

Preparing Research Grant Proposals: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC

September 30, 2016 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Weldon Library, Room 122

How is your grant application judged? Will changes in the Councils have an impact on your approach to your application? Knowledgeable colleagues offer guidance and advice on how to best position your application, and share their experiences with grant review panels. We begin this workshop with a brief Meet and Greet period, and continue with introductions and general observations from the panel. Much of the session will be devoted to breakout groups dedicated to each of the three Councils, to provide time for focused discussion and questions. You choose which is most relevant for your area: CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC. Take a look at the application form and come with your questions and join the conversation.

Our Panelists:

Dr. David Holdsworth (CIHR)
Professor, Departments of Surgery and Medical Biophysics
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute

Dr. Brian Branfireun (NSERC)
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Biology and Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Jacquie Burkell (SSHRC)
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean – Research
Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Tenure and Promotion Under the Collective Agreement: How the Process Works

December 8, 2016 ~ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Weldon Library, Room 258

Faculty who are new and those in tenure-track positions will be interested in this interactive session. Representatives from the University Faculty Association, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Faculty Relations will discuss and respond to questions on the tenure and promotion process. (Note: this workshop does not include information about the tenure and promotion process for clinical faculty.)

Topics will include: the Official File; annual performance evaluation; documenting your career; the balance for teaching, research and service; the P&T Committee; the process of file review; the roles of Chairs, Deans, and the Office of the Provost. 

Our panelists include:

  • Karen Campbell, Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty)
  • Helen Fielding, Associate Professor; Chair of Women's Studies and Feminist Research
  • Albert Katz, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Michele Parkin, Director, Office of Faculty Relations

Keeping Graduate Students on Track: Tips for Successful Supervision

February 2, 2017 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Weldon Library, Room 121

Are you finding graduate student supervision a challenge? Need some new ideas or approaches to keep your students focused and moving forward? Come and hear our panel of experienced supervisors who will share with us their tips, best practices and pitfalls in supervising graduate students. There will be ample time for questions and discussion about the issues that faculty face as graduate student supervisors.


  • Betsy Skarakis Doyle (Professor, Health Sciences)
  • Rod DeKoter (Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology)
  • Andrew Nelson (Professor, Anthropology)
  • Bipasha Baruah (Canada Research Chair, Women's Studies).

Development of a Teaching Dossier and a Teaching Philosophy

February 3, 2017 ~ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Weldon Library, Room 121

Before applying for tenure and promotion, a teaching dossier and a statement of one’s teaching philosophy must be developed. This interactive session will provide valuable material to assist members of faculty in the preparation of these components for a personal file. This session will be conducted by:

  • Dr. Nanda Dimitrov Acting Director, Teaching Support Centre
  • Dr. Mike Atkinson Teaching Fellow, Teaching Support Centre
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Additional resources on developing a Teaching Dossier and Teaching Philosophy can be found here: 

Using Open Access Publishing to Extend the Reach of your Research

Thursday Mar. 2, 2017 ~ 1:30pm to 3:00pm

How can you get the widest audience for your research? How can you increase the impact of your work? Open access (OA) publishing options make it possible for anyone to freely access the results of your research, and studies have shown that OA results in more readers and more citations. In this session, you'll learn more about how OA benefits authors and how you can make your research more widely available. Topics will include identifying open access journals, maintaining author rights, using Western Libraries' repository Scholarship@Western to make research openly available, and how to meet funding agency requirements for open access. The session will also include time for questions and discussion.


  • Jacquie Burkell, Information and Media Studies
  • Kristin Hoffmann, Western Libraries
  • Anita Kothari, Health Studies and Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Joanna Quinn, Political Science