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Mentor Programs


The Faculty Center facilitates mentoring programs for tenure-track faculty in the following colleges:

College of Education
College of Science and Mathematics
College of Communication and Creative Arts

Action Plan

Mentor's Worksheet



Mid Semester Focus

The MSF on teaching and learning is a mid-semester evaluation technique that provides instructors with rich and meaningful feedback from their students regarding the learning environment in a course. The process is entirely voluntary and data confidential.

How does it work?
A trained faculty consultant from the Faculty Center contacts the instructor prior to the group to discuss basic course information and any concerns the instructor might have about the course. The consultant then comes to the class and spends 30-45 minutes conducting the focus group with the class. During the session, the consultant guides the students through a discussion based on these questions related to learning:

The students explore these questions individually and in small groups, write their responses on the board, and then the consultant facilitates a discussion with all of the students regarding the information on the board. After the session, the consultant meets with the instructor to discuss the feedback.
Feedback obtained from the session can be used to enhance classroom interactions, student learning, and teaching strategies. Most importantly, the instructor receives feedback during the semester, when the instructor can engage students in the feedback loop, not at the end of the semester when the students have moved on.

MSFs for fall 2014 will be scheduled in October and conducted weeks 6 (Oct. 13), 7 (Oct. 20), and 8 (Oct. 27) of the fall semester. Space is limited; appointments will be made on a first come basis. If interested, contact Michele Pich ( in the Faculty Center.



Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community is a cross-disciplinary group of six to twelve people who come together for a year-long adventure in active, collaborative, and dialogic learning. Participants become a community of learners, not a decision-making body, task-force, or committee.

A community of learners is distinct from other university groups in that it offers opportunities for:

The Faculty Center proudly supported the work of the following Faculty Learning Communities for 2013-2014:

Department Chairs Learning Community, Beena Sukumaran
Medical Education Collaborative Community, Jacqueline Kaari
Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women in Science, Tabbetha Dobbins
New Faculty Learning Community, Kelly Duke Bryant & Jane Bean-Folkes
Linguistic Differences and Student Experiences of Academic Writing, Roberta Zehner

Are you interested in starting your own Faculty Learning Community?

You can download the proposal form and guidelines (both in .doc format) and submit to Deb Martin, Director, Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at

Applications for 2014-2015 are due July 15th, 2014. Any questions, please contact Deb Martin at 856-256-4079.



RU Safe:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual awareness

The safe zone training involves learning about, providing a safe space for, and being a resource for LGBTQIA students on campus. The training is completely voluntary, and those who choose to go through it are invited, but not required, to display a sticker indicating their willingness to provide a safe space in their office and to become a resource for these students. For more information on this program, please contact Dr. MaryBeth Walpole at or 856-256-4706.

If you have an immediate inquiry you can contact:

Creating Safe Zones on Campus
When a Student Comes Out to You
Issues Around Coming Out
Benefits and Risks of Being an Ally
Becoming an Ally
Answers to Commonly Asked Ally Questions

Power Point presentation

Links of interest:

Campus Pride

Gay, lesbian, straight


Lunch With The Provost

Our Provost, Jim Newell, hosts an informal faculty/professional staff lunch in the Provost's conference room, Bole Hall from 12:15-1:30 p.m. The purpose of the lunch is for faculty and professional staff to discuss issues, raise questions, or to have general conversations about activities and initiatives at Rowan. Conversations are open and the agenda is determined by the faculty/staff in attendance.

September 24, 2014 - Associate Professors (10-13 years of service)

October 29, 2014 - New tenure track hires

November 19, 2014 - Full Professors (not chairs)

February 25, 2015 - Professional Staff

March 25, 2015 - Department Chairs

April 29, 2015 - Newly tenured



RILED, the Rowan Instructional Leadership and Educational Development, is a teachers' consortium housed in the Faculty Center at Rowan University. Their mission is to advocate on behalf of Rowan's tenure-track instructors and provide them with opportunities for professional development and leadership in teaching excellence on campus. To this end, the teachers' consortium both serves the professional needs of Rowan's instructors and opens many of its programs and resources to all teaching faculty at Rowan University, as well as other institutions. RILED’s two leaders, Amy Woodworth and Pam Marshall, are joined by an executive board. Email: