College Faculty Mentoring Fellows 

The Program is for faculty and academic staff and matches mentors with mentees at the College level. The Program began in Spring 2019 and continues into AY 19-20. It is designed for tenure-stream and non-tenure stream faculty and academic staff. The greatest service to the profession is to help others in their career see ahead and assist them in charting their own paths to intellectual leadership.

Mentors and mentees both receive preliminary training with check-ins throughout the year. Mentees will meet with their mentors once per month and begin in April and May of each year. The goal is to help the mentees establish goals and receive support with the approaching summer. Resuming in August, the mentees will continue to meet at least monthly with their mentors collectively and individually as needed through May the following year. In this way, each mentee will be assured at least one full year of the mentoring program. Mentors will be asked to participate in events during the year and help with program assessment and participate in a debriefing session as a means to evaluate the program. 

The program was organized with the help of Prof. Melissa McDaniels and Prof. Emily Bouck.

AAN Mentoring Resources Page
AAN has a page with mentoring resources that include mentoring best practices, resources for unit administrators, mentoring professional development, and other resources.

College Faculty Development Workshops 

2019 College Faculty Development Workshops 

2020-2021 Workshops:

August 11, 2020 1:30pm via Zoom
Managing Work and Caregiving during COVID-19
Jaimie Hutchinson, MSU’s WorkLife Office

September 16, 2020 at 11:00am via Zoom
Work/Life Balance During COVID-19 and Caring for the Caregivers
Sara Allison, Fiscal Officer in English
Zachary Kaiser, Associate Professor in Art, Art History, and Design
Grace Pregent, Assistant Director of The Writing Center

Research Series:

August 19, 2020 at 11:00am via Zoom
How to Pivot your Research during COVID-19
Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel & Administration
Elena Ruiz, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Suzanne Wagner, Associate Professor of Linguistics
Betsy Sneller, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

October 22, 2020 at 3:00pm via Zoom
Pivoting Your Research During COVID-19: Exploring and Brainstorming
Amy DeRogatis, Professor of Religious Studies 
Jessica Barnes Najor, University Outreach and Engagement 

October 29, 2020 at 3:00pm via Zoom
Pivoting Your Research During COVID-19: Making The Brainstorm Happen
Jessica Barnes Najor, University Outreach and Engagement

October 30, 2020 at 12:00pm via Zoom
What to Do when You Can’t Pivot Your Research 
Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel & Administration

Listening Series:
November 4, 2020 at 3:00pm via Zoom
Listening Session for Faculty and Academic Staff who are Experiencing Extra Caregiving Stresses During COVID-19
Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel & Administration


November 12, 2020 at 11:00am via Zoom
Listening Session for Non-Tenure Stream Faculty and
Academic Staff
Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel & Administration

November 18, 2020 at 12:00pm via Zoom
Listening Session for Pre-Tenure Faculty 
Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel & Administration

November 19, 2020 at 11:00am via Zoom
Listening Session for Full Professors 
Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel & Administration

November 19, 2020 at 3:00pm via Zoom
Listening Session for Associate Professors 
Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel & Administration

University Faculty Development Workshops