Faculty Interest Groups

Faculty are asked to register for meetings via the OFE Registration site:

All faculty with interest in specific areas can request the OFE to establish a faculty interest group (FIG) where they and other faculty can meet, share, network, and grow in their skills, knowledge, and understanding. The following FIGs have been created. They are active to the extent that faculty participate in them.

  • Teaching Online Faculty Interest Group – Goal is to support faculty preparing or currently teaching online by sharing tools, strategies, best practices.  At each monthly meeting a faculty member presents on an online teaching topic. The session is then open for discussion of that or any other teaching online topic. Generally meets from 12 noon to 1 or 1:30 pm on the first Wednesday of most months during the fall and spring semesters. For information, contact Joyce Newman by email or at 328-5429.
    Sharepoint Site: https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cfe/online/

  • Faculty Writers Work Group - Currently inactive. Goal to promote faculty success in writing for publication.  Faculty, including emerging faculty, can submit drafts of proposals, abstracts, articles, dissertation chapters for review and discussion by other group members. At the monthly meetings, participants discuss at least a part of each submission. Work can be submitted ahead of time through the FIG site in Sharepoint. Generally meets from 2-4 pm on the first Friday of each month during fall and spring semesters. Feedback on writing is also available at other times by contacting Joyce Newman by email or at 328-5429.
    Sharepoint Site: https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cfe/wwg/

  • Qualitative Research Faculty Interest GroupCurrently inactive. Goal to provide sharing and support of faculty work in qualitative research. For information, contact Hui Bian by email or at 328-5428.
    Sharepoint Site: https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cfe/qualfig/

  • Korean Faculty Interest Group – The goal of the Korean Faculty Interest Group is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and fellowship by allowing a group of Korean faculty to connect with each other around teaching and scholarship issues for their career success. The group also intends to commit to building a sustainable community within and outside ECU. The group collaborates with the ECU group of the North Carolina chapter of Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association in professional and community service activities. For information, contact one of the coordinators by email: Borim Song, Nanyoung Kim, Jungmin Yoo. Coordinators are • Borim Song, Assistant Professor in Art Education • Nanyoung Kim, Associate Professor in Art Education • Jungmin Yoo, Assistant Professor in Interior Design and Merchandizing
    Sharepoint Site: https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cfe/Korean FIG/

  • Asian Faculty Interest GroupCurrently inactive. Goal to promote access to community and campus resources and the opportunity to build community among faculty from Asian countries and other faculty interested in Asian topics. The group developed an interactive resource site with information of interest to Asian faculty.
    Sharepoint Site: https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cfe/asianfaculty/
    2013 Greenville Chinese New Year Show photos
    Asian Faculty Resources website
    2013 Greenville Chinese New Year Show video
    2011 Greenville Chinese New Year Celebration photos
    Greenville Chinese Community Photo Albums & Videos
    ECU Asian Studies Program

  • Emerging Faculty Interest Group – Goal to promote knowledge of teaching and learning at the university level and to build resources and networking. For information, contact Dorothy Muller by email or at 328-1426.

  • Active-Learning Faculty Interest GroupCurrently inactive.  Goal to support development of active learning strategies, such as PBL, in large classes. Monthly sessions involve reading and sharing information on active-learning and sharing planning and implementation of these strategies in ECU classes.

  • Grant Writing Faculty Interest GroupCurrently inactive.  Goal to support grant writing skills and sharing of ideas and resources.

  • Distance Faculty Interest GroupUnder development.  Goal is to provide a connection and resource site for faculty who are distance from the University and not able to take part in campus activities. For information, contact Dorothy Muller by email or at 328-1426.

Other Mentoring

In its effort to foster and support the success of all faculty, including emerging faculty, The Office for Faculty Excellence provides programs and resources and works with other units and offices. Mentoring of new and emerging faculty, as they learn from experienced faculty and staff is an important part of our mentoring effort. But we recognize that even the most experienced faculty are expanding their understanding and need mentoring from experienced people in new areas of interest. The Merriam-Webster Webster Dictionary defines a mentor as "a trusted counselor or guide." We believe a mentor in one area is often a “mentee” in another area.

New Faculty Mentoring:

  • New Faculty Orientation activities and the networking established through that program provide opportunities for new faculty to connect with other faculty and with the university leadership.
  • The University Mentoring Program for First Year Faculty. Each unit is asked to provide a mentoring program (may be formalized or informal) to guide faculty members during their first year at the university. View Resolution 93-27. The OFE and the Faculty Senate Faculty Welfare Committee have compiled information about these programs.

Emerging Faculty Mentoring and Development

  • Some units provide coursework on becoming a faculty member and teaching in the various disciplines.
  • The OFE offers special sessions for emerging faculty. In addition, all emerging faculty are invited to participate in other OFE programming.

Special Mentoring Programs

Teaching with Technology Summer Workshop and Mentoring Program

This especially designed one-week summer program was offered for the first time during Summer 2010. The program provided approximately 20 faculty support in their development of a new online or hybrid course or the revision of a current one. Participants worked with staff and five faculty mentors who continued to support the faculty during implementation in the fall semester. The program will be offered each summer if funds allow. If interested, faculty are asked to complete the online interest form.

Workshop goals:

  • To provide introduction to major vehicles/platforms/software for teaching online and hybrid courses
  • To introduce social media and their uses in the online/hybrid course
  • To discuss course design principles and needs for participating faculty – using syllabi, course descriptions faculty proposals for courses to be developed
  • To provide hands-on opportunity for participants to develop course structures using technologies identified with assistance from faculty/staff mentors
  • To assist participants in locating teaching resources and developing a plan for online/hybrid course development completion
  • To provide mentors during the semester of implementation of the new or revised course.

Faculty Welfare Committee Report on Faculty Mentoring

Mentoring Notes and Request for Input

Resources about Mentoring