Xavier University
2011 Faculty Learning Community
Description and Member Application

Topic: Mentoring Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research

Faculty Facilitators: Cindy Dulaney (Psychology) and Barbara Hopkins (Chemistry)

The FLC on Research Mentoring includes 10 faculty members participating in a year-long discussion beginning January 2011 regarding effective research mentoring with students. Mentoring students in research is a valuable educational tool. It provides an opportunity for faculty members to pass on knowledge and skills in their discipline in a unique learning environment. However, the demands of mentoring students can often be a challenge. The Research Mentoring Learning Community will provide an opportunity for faculty members to enhance their ability to mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students in research. Given our academic demands, some faculty may be interested in incorporating more research mentoring into their classes or fostering more one-on-one or small team research experiences, but wonder how to best engage in this effectively.

Mentoring can be a one-on-one, faculty-student endeavor, a faculty member-several student endeavor, or a tiered endeavor (faculty, graduate student, advanced undergraduate, beginner undergraduate). What are effective ways to structure the research mentoring process? How can we get undergraduate or graduate students involved in research? If already involved, how can we mentor more effectively? When program appropriate, how can we get undergraduates involved with graduate student research and promote a culture of student research at Xavier? The goal of this FLC will be to answer such questions through various means such as scholarly reading, discussion, and active participation in mentoring student research during the year.

FLC members

Ravi Chinta, Management & Entrepreurship
Cynthia Dulaney, Psychology (FLC co-facilitator)
Marco Fatuzzo, Physics
Barbara Hopkins, Chemistry (FLC co-facilitator)
Hem Raj Joshi, Mathematics & Computer Science
Justin Link, Physics
Esmeralda Nastase, Mathematics & Computer Science
Nicholas Salsman, Psychology
Tom Strunk, Classics
Tori Zascavage, Secondary Education
 

Participants will be selected from full-time faculty involved in mentoring undergraduate or graduate student research, interested in exploration of this topic and able to make the commitment to engaging in a year-long community. Criteria for selection include: commitment to reflective teaching, openness to new ideas, level of interest in the program, commitment to full participation in the community, and potential for contributions to the group. We are seeking both participants who have no experience and those who may have some experience with mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate student research. Each participant will receive between $250 and $500 in professional development money, with the precise amount to be determined by the FLC members as they together establish the FLC?s $10,000 budget. This budget may also be used to fund off-campus visits, retreats, visiting speakers, food, and other relevant expenses.

Questions?
Feel free to contact the FLC facilitators about this particular FLC:

Cindy Dulaney (Psychology) dulaney@xavier.edu
Barbara Hopkins (Chemistry) hopkins@xavier.edu

For general questions about FLCs, please see the CTE website or contact:
David Mengel, faculty director of the CTE
mengel@xavier.edu