Leave replacement faculty are invited to participate in New Faculty Orientation and the LTC’s New Faculty Mentoring Program, have access to support from the Provost’s discretionary funds, and are usually treated as full members of their departments. But we should remember that they are in a transient, delicate situation and be mindful of ways we can help them. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Volunteer to visit a few classes (or ensure that a colleague does) so you can give helpful feedback and write a knowledgeable recommendation for the visitor.
  • Give them a reasonable teaching schedule that isn’t loaded with new preparations.
  • Visiting faculty aren’t asked to do committee work. Avoid asking them to take on extra projects or work for your department or program.
  • Unless specifically negotiated as part of their contract, visitors are not expected to advise or participate in comps.
  • Make clear whether or not you expect the visitor to attend department meetings and, in the latter case, which department meetings to attend.
  • Be mindful of their need to spend time applying for jobs, going to conventions and interviews, etc. Talk about this in advance when their schedule is being planned. Be helpful when they need someone to fill in for a class or two.
  • Be aware of their need to produce something professionally while they’re here in order to enhance their c.v. and their chances to land the job they want.
  • Never assume it’s easy for them to get the next job. Recognize that this may be a particularly stressful time for them. Give whatever help and support you can.
  • At the end of the visitor’s appointment at Carleton, schedule time for an exit interview. This is an opportunity to find out how well the New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring Program worked in preparing your visitor to be successful at Carleton, as well as what kinds of support and mentoring that the department provided were most effective/valuable. The Provost’s office conducts exit interviews with all visitors who are at Carleton for the full academic year.
  • If a visitor will continue teaching at Carleton for an additional year, have a year-end conversation to give feedback and discuss professional development plans (see End-of-Year Conversations).