The goals of the First Year @ Furman program are:
The First Year @ Furman program is designed for our newest faculty colleagues and encompasses two central elements:
Description: A set of regular, structured learning opportunities to discover core aspects of our community, faculty roles and responsibilities, and professional support. All seminars will involve a short overview of topical information provided by guest facilitators, active exploration of specific ideas, and opportunities for questions and conversation. Often, a pre-session reading is provided.
When: 12:35- 1:20 p.m. (Common Hour) on select dates throughout the semester.
Where: All events for AY 2022-2023 will be held in the Trustees Dining Room (Daniel Dining Hall). Lunch is provided, so please arrive a few minutes early to make your meal selections. An option to join virtually will be available for anyone who is not able to join in person (zoom room here).
Description: Four (2 per semester) guided yet informal collegial conversations in self-selected affinity groups during the academic year to share experiences, build connections, and foster mutual support. Over your career, you will develop rich relationships with colleagues who will serve as mentors for your teaching, scholarship, and personal life. At Furman, instead of assigning each new faculty member one institutional mentor, we believe in a collective approach. This involves two components:
When: Group determined time and day on at least 2 occasions per semester. Once groups are established, the FDC will help determine a suitable meeting time for each group and can help make facility reservations if needed.
Where: A location of your choosing. The FDC will provide meal vouchers for campus dinning or will reimburse off-campus expenses within an annual limit. Our office can reserve the Trustees Dining Room as well if available.
Programming dates for 2022-2023 will be announced in early fall. You might consult this handout to review program topics for 2021-2022.
Stay tuned! Program dates for fall 2022 will be announced in early August.
Stay tuned! Program dates for spring 2023 will be announced in early August.
Discussion prompts available here.
PMC Gathering One (Early September – Mid October)
PMC Gathering Two (Late October – Late November)
PMC Gathering Three (Early February – Mid March)
PMC Gathering Four (Late March – Late April)
Special thanks to our fantastic group of 2021-2022 Peer Mentor Circle leaders! 2022-2023 leaders will be announced in early August.