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Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Abstract

All universities report being committed to meaningful teaching and scholarship, and supporting faculty in their professional development. Arguably, this commitment is particularly present for a new hire or professor in her early career. This article represents the experiences of a group of first year faculty with a particular focus on transition into a new working environment during our initial year at Lesley University. This article argues that mentorship programs are crucial to the success of faculty development throughout the course of one’s career, and that the University is responsible for helping to create a “culture of care” by supporting mentorship initiatives at the systemic level.

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