ERIC Number: ED482193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-28
The New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring Program: A Strategic Approach.
Horton, Judy A.; Hintz, Suzanne S.
This document describes a potential crisis at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) due to the large numbers of faculty who are approaching or have already reached retirement age. NVCC is the third largest community college in the nation, made up of five campuses, soon to be six, and an Extended Learning Institute for distance learning. NVCC mirrors their diverse community with an equally diverse student, staff and faculty population. A study by the NVCC Office of Institutional Research found that a large number of the current staff are eligible to retire and many more are approaching eligibility. The Division Chairs Round Table (DCRT) met to discuss how to confront the potential crises of hiring as much as 50% of the division's instructional faculty at one time. The article reviews research on the successful nature of orientation and mentoring programs for faculty. It also describes a plan developed by the DCRT to create a New Faculty Orientation Task Force and the specifics of the task force including the members, the budget, the meeting schedule, and the proposed goals. Following this, the paper describes the development, implementation and the outcomes of the New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring Program. Includes a figure illustrating the phases of the NVCC New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring Program. (JS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A