The end-of-year conversations between junior faculty and their chairs are designed to be mentoring experiences, not a part of the formal evaluation process. However, these meetings provide essential feedback and opportunity for improvement before the formal third-year and tenure reviews. 

Thoughtful organization of these meetings is one step towards facilitating the development of a community of mentors for junior faculty. Learn more about best practices for these conversations.

Topics that junior faculty have identified as helpful to discuss:

  • Review the teaching schedule for the coming year and beyond so that junior faculty members are not swept to the side when senior colleagues jockey for courses they want to teach.
  • Strategize together about new teaching assignments and review the cumulative number of new preps for junior faculty members.
  • Discuss the balance of conference presentations, publications, grant writing, creative work, and other activities as part of the scholarly agenda.
  • Invite junior faculty members to share long-term goals (beyond immediate teaching assignments or current research projects) and identify what support they need to achieve those goals.
  • Reflect on the sustainability of the teaching workload, research project plans, etc.
  • Consider the role of junior faculty members in the department and in service to the college.
    • Are they doing too much? Are they doing too little?
  • Ask junior faculty members who they turn to for mentoring outside the department.
    • Do they have mentors in their discipline outside of Carleton who can provide guidance about scholarship?
    • Are they using their assigned mentor at Carleton, or have they found someone else at Carleton outside of the department?
    • (Ideally, junior faculty members would have multiple people to mentor them in different domains. Help encourage the development of a network of mentors.)