Become a Faculty Mentor

Harvey Knowledge Center is piloting subject-specific mentoring for our academic coaches as a new component of our Academic Coach Training and Professional Development Program.

Harvey Knowledge Center offers academic coaching and subject-specific tutoring for Radford University students in a variety of subject areas. Coaches work with students one-on-one, in small groups, and in workshop settings. Interested faculty will soon be able to apply to serve as Faculty Mentors for these students working in the Harvey Knowledge Center. Faculty Mentors create a link between student support and an academic discipline, fostering excellence within the subject-specific services of the Harvey Knowledge Center through a mentor relationship with a small group of Academic Coaches.

Mentor relationships are crucial to the development of student leaders, and these mentor groups provide opportunities for collaboration, authenticity, and self-reflection—all hallmarks of effective mentorship for new educators. The Faculty Mentor serves as an expert in the subject-matter and as a facilitator of peer-to-peer mentoring, allowing for the sharing of tacit knowledge as students become members of a community of practice. Faculty Mentors also serve as ambassadors from their department or discipline by helping student leaders comprehend material, understand discipline-based instructional methods, and position their nascent knowledge within a larger field of practice. Through this mentor relationship, faculty contribute their expertise to the quality and rigor of the Harvey Knowledge Center’s services.

 

The Faculty Mentors

Faculty Mentors are teaching and research faculty who teach in the disciplines that currently comprise the majority of HKC coaching appointments. 2019/2020 Disciplines include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Math
  • Statistics

Criteria

  • At least 2 years of full-time teaching experience or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success and student learning
  • Ability to connect with and support students in groups and one-on-one settings
  • Willingness to foster a supportive and inclusive learning environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge or expertise within a stated discipline or subject area
  • Ability to generalize or adapt specialized knowledge to the needs of undergraduate students taking a variety of courses within the department or discipline 

Responsibilities

HKC Faculty Mentors serve for one academic year, and contribute approximately 25 hours each semester to the Harvey Knowledge Center. Mentors receive an annual stipend of $1,000 for their participation as mentors in the Academic Coach Training and Professional Development Program, to be paid as $500 each semester.

Faculty Mentors are responsible for the following:

  1. Holding monthly mentor meetings with a small group of Academic Coaches
  2. Observing at least one coaching session of each mentee and providing targeted feedback
  3. Holding synchronous or asynchronous “office hours” to remain available for fielding questions,                conferencing with coaches, and working on materials or resources

In addition to these tasks, Faculty Mentors are committed to assisting student leaders in:

  • Supporting the development of independent and transferrable learning practices
  • Actively engaging in the HKC learning community
  • Practicing self-reflective habits consistent with a growth-mindset
  • Seeking excellence and rigor in their pursuit of knowledge

The Mentees

The Harvey Knowledge Center hires undergraduate students to serve as Academic Coaches, providing one-on-one tutoring, facilitating study groups, and leading workshops. They receive training in study skills, communication strategies, and educational support from the Harvey Knowledge Center. Academic Coaches also participate in professional development workshops on topics that relate to education, interpersonal skills, and social change leadership.

Faculty Mentors fill a special role for these coaches by providing subject-area support and guidance, such as subject-specific approaches, in-depth knowledge of concepts and application of the subject area, and resources and materials to help them better coach students within a particular subject area.

 

How to Apply

In the future, faculty will be able to apply online by submitting a CV, letter, and refereces. 

Faculty interested in participating in the pilot for the 2019/2020 academic year should email Jessica Beckett at jbeckett3@radford.edu