Resources for New and Early-Career Faculty

New Faculty Resources

Save the Dates

The Dean’s office will send invitations to new faculty members with more details about these sessions. Please save these dates:

New Faculty Onboarding with Academic Assistants
Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 1–4, 2023
New Employee Orientation with Human Resources and Information Technology Services
Monday morning, Aug. 7, 2023
New Faculty Orientation
Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 9 and 10, 2023

Academic Support Assistants

See Academic Assistants for contact information. Academic support assistants are there to help with e-reserves, general administrative work, assistance with courses in PWeb, copy services, office supplies, and much more. Please don’t hesitate to contact them! Help prioritize their workload by discussing your project needs with them.

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment — CLTA and DLAC

See Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CTLA) for training/workshop links, Community Friday information, and learning outcome information.

Information Technology Services

Pioneer One-Card (Identification Card)

The Pioneer One-Card (P-Card) is the campus ID system that provides access to many services at Grinnell College.


P-cards allow access to academic buildings that are open. Please contact your academic support assistant about office and classroom keys.

Faculty Mentoring Network

Research has shown that faculty members, particularly new faculty members, benefit from multiple mentors. Some of those may be formally assigned, but many are less formal (see list below). To help encourage faculty members to develop a set of mentors, we have identified a number of resources to help you do this. First and foremost, your departmental colleagues expect to fulfill this role, whether your department has a formal mentoring assignment or not. Your department chair is a great place to start if you want to know more about how your department supports new faculty members. Second, you will be offered an extra-departmental mentor who will provide the accountability and encouragement to help you develop your own network, and make sure you are following up on all the responsibilities that will lead to success. If you have any questions about the Faculty Mentoring Network or Programs, please contact the Associate Deans’ Office.

Faculty Mentoring Programs

The Early Career Faculty and Staff Group (ECFS)

The Early Career Faculty and Staff Group is open to all new members of the Grinnell College community. For tenure-track and term faculty, the group meets regularly to discuss issues relating to successfully navigating the establishment of an academic career. In addition to supporting each other, the group facilitates programming that allows non-tenured faculty to seek guidance from tenured faculty members, administrators, and other Grinnell College staff members. For all new faculty and staff, the group organizes social opportunities as well as ad hoc working groups on specific issues of concern. The ECFS group can be a safe group to air concerns about early career issues, a valuable source for professional development, and a great way to meet other members of the Grinnell community.

Science Teaching and Learning Group (STaLG)

The Science Teaching and Learning Group (STaLG) is an open discussion group that has been meeting regularly for a number of years. Our goal is to provide a place where science faculty from all disciplines, as well as others involved in science education at Grinnell, can come together for informal conversations, brainstorming and strategy-sharing on a variety of topics in science teaching and learning. We generally have a mix of faculty and staff with a range of experience with students both in and out of the classroom to contribute their perspective on issues ranging from the very practical, such as syllabus design and exam writing, to broader pedagogical questions, such as what it means to have an inclusive classroom environment and approaches to teaching writing in the sciences.

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