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Support and Development

Faculty Mentorship

Among CSUSM’s unique offerings is our Faculty Mentoring Program, which since 1991 has paired first-generation and economically disadvantaged students in a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a faculty member to increase retention rates.

Our Faculty Center nurtures a culture of collaboration and collegiality across campus by offering a wealth of programs and activities designed to support professional development in the areas of teaching, learning, research and service. The Faculty Center offers support at all career stages with numerous groups and professional learning communities that allow faculty to work together on projects, learn something new or just chat informally. 

Every year, new faculty participate in our New Faculty Institute to help set them up for success. The New Faculty Institute kicks off in the fall with an orientation designed to help new faculty to be successful in their first semester. There are additional workshops throughout the year as well as two half-day retreats. Workshop topics include inclusive pedagogy, research, networking and campus resources. You’ll even go on an occasional field trip!

Through the Faculty Center, you will also have professional development opportunities regardless of the stage of your career. In addition to the New Faculty Institute, this includes:

  • Connections, a mentoring program that connects junior faculty with more senior mentors
  • Mid-career resources to help you navigate your next steps
  • Retirement planning to help you prepare for the next transition