"Four Corners" Discussion Groups / Bright Ideas and Words of Wisdom
- You are not teaching a subject, you are teaching students.
- Reinvent the job you are in
- Make time for collegial exchange
- Students can mentor faculty as much as faculty can mentor students
- Initiate learning with your students, many do not know that learning is an active process
- Late career faculty are not self-promoters; they help others achieve success.
- What happens when there are no reliable mentors in your department? How do we seek out a mentor?
- Mentor students (even after retirement) through the GPS / K-State First program
What is the best role for senior faculty?
- Continued involvement
- Continue to teach and learn from new faculty
- Overcome perceptions (we still have something to offer!)
- We can't afford to lose faculty that care about K-State, our students, and each other
- Share wisdom through learned teaching
- Wisdom = inspiration, drive, experience, a life journey
- Wisdom is personal and important
- Good judgement comes from experience
- Display wisdom through modeling
- Take time to take care of yourself
- Keep your mind active and learning
- Continue to renew your teaching
- Learn to use new technology
- Keep a healthy, positive attitude
- Think about solutions, don't dwell on issues alone
- Be an authentic teacher, share your stories with students
- Leadership is being able to delegate
- A good leader listens, empowers, is strong yet compassionate
- Accept that sometimes you will need to make unpopular decisions
- Find people who are best at completing specific tasks
- Leaders should be predictable and consistent
- 5 Things Every Leader Should Say Every Day:
I'm Sorry, Here's what I'm thinking, Thank you, I was wrong, That was awesome!
- Leadership is a characteristic, not a position
Feedback: What do we need from K-State?
- Technology (and tech terminology) training for senior faculty
- Social media training
- A feeling of appreciation from departments and K-State as a whole
- A faculty club or group, a place for mid to late career faculty
- Mentoring for invested faculty, not just new faculty
- Create a more formal, yet flexible mentoring program
- Collaboration with faculty in other disciplines and opportunities to create satisfying relationships with colleagues (but how?)
- Time to talk to mentors
- Something to offset TEVALS, i.e. peer mentoring, in class assessment
- Promotion and tenure process is too tedious, needs to be re-evaluated
- How do I phase into retirement?
- Collaborate with New Faculty Institute to create senior faculty and new faculty mentoring relationships
- Cross-generational communication
- Assess leadership - give training to faculty transitioning to department head/administrator
- Gather leadership experiences for junior faculty
Polling Questions / Audience Demographics
How old are you?
2% (Over 86)
How many years have you been at K-State?
9% (41+ years)
Do you feel you have wisdom to share?
84% Strongly Agree
Do you mentor anyone?
53% Mentoring more than one person
17% I am assigned as a faculty mentor