A multi-faceted approach to mentoring

To help new faculty find mentoring for different aspects of academic life, Lawrence offers the following opportunities.

New Faculty Orientation

A day and a half of activities prior to the start of Welcome Week.  New faculty will get acquainted and learn about the university; expectations for teaching, scholarship or creative activity, and service; and resources for faculty and students.

New Faculty Lunches

Two to three lunches per term provide the opportunity to talk with peers and learn about specific topics of interest from experienced faculty and staff at the university.

New Faculty Weekend at Björklunden

An opportunity for new faculty and their families to experience Lawrence's northern campus in scenic Door County, with time for faculty to discuss their adjustment to Lawrence and plans for the rest of the academic year.

Peer Resource Groups

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion coordinates peer resource groups to improve inclusion at Lawrence and support professional advancement.  New faculty often set up their own informal groups to support research and writing, helping to sustain activities not driven by the daily schedule of classes and meetings. In recent years, a group of interested faculty has been organizing a writing retreat at Björklunden in December; look for an invitation to come through email.

Department Chairs & Program Directors

The chair or director of the new faculty member's department or program can answer day-to-day questions and offer guidance for course planning, finding resources, helping students, and managing work.  Department colleagues can also be helpful sources of information on how things work at Lawrence.

Faculty Guides (for tenure-track faculty)

Through biweekly conversations, a faculty guide from outside the department helps each new tenure-track faculty member set goals for teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and healthy balance, and take steps toward personal and professional success.

Calendar of new faculty activities

Fall 2020
(All events on Zoom unless otherwise noted; Topics and dates for lunches TBA)

Mon 8/31-
Tues 9/1

New Faculty Orientation (Monday, 9:00-11:30, 1:30-3:00; Tuesday, 9:00-11:00, 1:00-2:30).
Tues 9/29 New Faculty Lunch  - Institutional Culture at Lawrence
Tues 10/13 New Faculty Lunch  - Working with the CAS
Thurs 11/5 New Faculty Lunch  - Academic Integrity and the Honor Council


Winter 2021 (Topics and Dates TBA)
  New Faculty Lunch (11:10-12:20, Warch Campus Center) 


New Faculty Lunch (11:10-12:20, Warch Campus Center) 
  New Faculty Lunch (11:10-12:20, Warch Campus Center) 


Spring 2020 (Topics and Dates TBA)
  New Faculty Lunch (11:10-12:20, Warch Campus Center) 
  New Faculty Lunch (11:10-12:20, Warch Campus Center) 
  New Faculty Lunch (11:10-12:20, Warch Campus Center)