Faculty FIT recognized at Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching
Professor Craig Gibson of University Libraries recently presented at the Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, hosted by the University of Calgary Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning in May. The theme of this year’s conference was Mentorship in Higher Education, and the Drake Institute’s own Faculty FIT mentoring program was highlighted throughout, including during the conference’s keynote address.
Faculty FIT offers year-long programming and support for Ohio State instructors at any level in their careers – from new faculty seeking to infuse evidence-based teaching practices into their classrooms to more experienced faculty interested in developing their expertise in educational pedagogy and mentorship skills.
Gibson, who also serves the Drake Institute as a faculty fellow and leads Faculty FIT, presented the institute’s model for building interdisciplinary mentoring cohorts. He described the benefits of using such a model to mentors, mentees and students, including building a sense of community around teaching for new faculty mentees, and creating opportunities for mentors to advance their own professional learning as part of a peer group of mentors.
In her keynote address, Beyond tradition: Innovative mentorship models for higher education, Dr. Lorelli Nowell, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Calgary, explored additional evidence-based faculty mentorship models that can be used across higher education. Dr. Nowell mentions Faculty FIT and its usefulness in developing meaningful mentoring relationships around the 25-minute mark of her presentation.