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Faculty of Science's Fall Term Update on courses, labs, tutorials, exams, research and fieldwork

Investing In New Faculty & Postdoctoral Fellows

Posdoctorl fellowsTwo first-of-their-kind programs are back to support 28 new faculty members and postdoctoral fellows in the Faculty of Science.

The Faculty of Science was the first at McMaster to introduce a New Faculty Mentoring Program last year while the McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching & Leadership Program remains the only one of its kind among Canadian universities.

Fifteen new faculty members are participating in the year-long mentorship program. Mentees and mentors met for the first time in late September (pictured above). Lovaye Kajiura, Robin Cameron and Ben Evans from Biology, Krista Howarth from Kinesiology and Kalai Saravanamuttu from Chemistry & Chemical Biology were recruited to serve as mentors. Over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year, new faculty members will take part in a series of online workshops, forums, meetings and lunch and learns, including:
  • MacMindfulness workshops led by Jill Axisa
  • New Faculty Orientation and Teaching and Learning Forum delivered by MacPherson Institute
  • Monthly Quad Mentoring Meetings, with one mentor and three mentees.
  • Peer Observations of Teaching throughout the fall and winter terms. academic year
  • MacPherson Professional Development Teaching Workshops.
  • Pan-University Faculty Development Series and Faculty Lunch &Learns presented by the VP Faculty Office, and a
  • Mentorship Program Wrap Up event in May 2021
The mentoring program was introduced during the largest renewal of faculty members in Science's history. The Faculty of Social Sciences has introduced a similar mentorship program this year.

Investments are also being made in future faculty members, with 13 postdoctoral fellows from six Departments and Schools participating in the McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching & Leadership Program. The one-year program, developed by Connie Imbault and Joe Kim from the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior and supported by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, develops the next generation of exceptional teachers, researchers and academic leaders. Several leadership workshops have been added, along with a redesigned education cognition journal club. Postdoctoral fellows will work on a discipline-based education research project and write a research-themed op-ed. Several postdoctoral fellows in last year's program had op-eds published in national media outlets and secured tenure-track faculty positions.
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