The new faculty committee will help facilitate the successful transition of new faculty
hires (both full and part-time). The committee will be responsible for designing and
organizing a faculty learning community that engages new faculty in an active, collaborative,
yearlong program consisting of professional development, mentoring, community-building
activities, and academic support. Program elements will be designed to foster a culture
of teaching excellence and service that embraces inclusion, equity, diversity, justice,
and the implementation of evidence-based practices. To effectively support and engage
new faculty, the committee will work closely with various departments and programs
on campus, including academic departments, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and
other academic senate committees (e.g., Professional Development Committee, Adjunct
Committee, and Equity and Diversity Committee).
Contacts new faculty to invite them to participate in a yearlong faculty learning
community with other new faculty hires (both full-time and part-time).
Organizes and coordinates professional development workshops for new faculty that
encourage the use of effective pedagogical approaches focused on inclusion, equity,
diversity, justice, and evidence-based practices. Workshops foster a climate for innovation
in teaching and learning and aid in successful pedagogy development and progress.
Cultivates community through social events and activities that promote community-building,
networking, collaboration, and a safe space for dialogue, sharing ideas, questions,
Arranges opportunities for new faculty to learn about academic support services and
campus resources to improve their student success.
Coordinates faculty development mentoring program for new faculty members to receive
advice, informal feedback, and build relationships with tenured faculty mentors outside
Provides new faculty with opportunities to explore service activities at the institutional,
professional, and community level.
Interacts with other academic senate committees, departments, programs, and services
on campus to support and meet the needs of new faculty as they navigate through their
first year at SMC.
Assess and evaluates the first-year faculty experience and makes recommendations to
the Academic Senate regarding ongoing training, resources and support for new faculty
in their first year and beyond.
Invites recent faculty learning community participants to join the new faculty committee
and improve the yearlong program and successful transition for future new faculty
Agendas & Minutes
In accordance with the Brown Act, agendas are posted at least 3 days prior to scheduled
meetings. Minutes are posted after approval from the Committee.