Recent News

September 12th @ 3pm – Mentoring Kickoff Meeting

September 24th – Junior Faculty interest forms for participation in Cohort 3 due

October 11th @ 2pm – Program Orientation for Cohort 3

Books Ordered

List of Books Ordered




Both the junior faculty who are the focus of the program and the more senior faculty who serve as mentors benefit from participation in the FDSS program. Benefits include (but are not limited to) the following:


For early-career faculty protégés—

  • Completion of a 3-year Career Development Plan to ensure that junior faculty surpass promotion and tenure requirements
  • Higher levels of research productivity through clear goal setting and support for access to release time and other resources
  • Improved teaching effectiveness and an emphasis on the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Expanded networking and professional socialization opportunities on campus and support for networking within the discipline
  • Establishment of peer-support groups to encourage writing productivity
  • Increased job satisfaction and a sense of belonging at JSU
  • Access to advice on the culture of JSU, finding work/life balance, successful grant proposal writing, finding support for innovative research and teaching at JSU, promotion and tenure expectations, and much more!


For senior faculty mentors—

  • Personal sense of satisfaction from sharing wisdom and experience with younger colleagues
  • Ability to influence another generation of faculty, often leaving their mark on the next generation of faculty
  • Cross-fertilization of ideas, both from junior faculty in the mentor’s discipline and from junior faculty outside the mentor’s discipline
  • Professional rejuvenation through a focus on generating research agendas and improving teaching
  • New skills through participation in workshops and training with the junior faculty
  • Increased research productivity by finding junior faculty collaborators
  • Addition of a highly productive colleague to one’s academic unit or professional network