• Mission

    The Faculty Mentoring Office supports faculty throughout their careers at Gannon University. The Mentoring Coordinator and Assistant Mentoring Coordinators offer programs of interest to all faculty, orient new faculty to Gannon University, act as a resource for faculty preparing for promotion and tenure, and develop collaborative programs including workshops and learning communities for faculty in all stages of career development.


    Elisa Konieczko

    Elisa M. Konieczko, Ph.D., is the faculty mentoring coordinator at Gannon University. In addition to planning mentoring activities applicable to faculty at all levels of experience, rank and tenure status, she orients new faculty to the University, and helps to prepare all faculty for their rank and tenure applications. In addition to her mentoring duties, she is a full professor in the biology department, where she teaches cadaver-based human gross anatomy lecture and lab. Her research activities include both research with local physicians and scientists and pedagogical research. She is an active member of the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Anatomy Association.

    Weslene Tallmadge

    Weslene Tallmadge, PhD., is an assistant mentoring coordinator at Gannon University. In addition to working with Dr. Konieczko in planning mentoring efforts, she mentors both tenured faculty and faculty who are full professors, helping both groups achieve their professional goals. In addition to her mentoring duties, she is a full professor in the chemistry department, where she teaches general chemistry lecture and lab, physiological chemistry lecture and lab, and upper level chemistry electives. Her recent research activities include characterizing antioxidants in foods and contaminants in environmental samples. She is an active member of the American Chemical Society.

    Emmett J. Lombard

    Emmett Lombard, M.A., is an assistant mentoring coordinator at Gannon University. In addition to working with Dr. Konieczko in planning mentoring activities, he mentors both tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, helping both groups achieve their professional goals, including rank and tenure. In addition to his mentoring duties, he is a full professor of library science and is an outreach librarian at the university. He is an adjunct professor, teaching courses in a variety of campus departments. His scholarship is focused on information literacy across disciplines.

    Mentoring Activities

    New Faculty Orientation

    All new fulltime faculty will participate in a semester long orientation process. This process begins with a two day workshop in which faculty will learn about the expectations of a Gannon University faculty member, the current learning management system, academic calendars, syllabus requirements, external and internal grant opportunities, the rank and tenure process, and other information designed to help new faculty be successful at Gannon University. The process continues with monthly meetings with the Faculty Mentoring Coordinator. During these meetings, discussions about pedagogy and other topics of interest to new faculty occur. In spring 2019, the Ruskin campus new faculty orientation will occur on January 3 and 4; the Erie campus new faculty orientation will occur on January 7 and 8.

    Boyer Model Workshops

    This spring, the faculty-mentoring program will be hosting a series of events to promote discussion of the Boyer Model of Scholarship – a key component of the rank and tenure process. At each event, the discussion will be centered on one or two areas of scholarship. A panel consisting of faculty members who have completed successful projects will start the discussion by giving a brief overview of their projects. Topics for discussion include: hallmarks of the different Boyer Model Category, issues related to qualifying peer review, professional and communicated aspects of our work, and collaboration. The areas of scholarship overlap, and we will discuss that as well. Come to one or all four of the discussions! Find out what scholarship other faculty members are working on and share your work too! All workshops will be held in CBI room 300, from 1:30 to 3 pm.

    Dates and Topics:

    • Scholarship of Teaching - February 1, 2019
    • Scholarship of Integration & Scholarship of Engagement - February 22, 2019
    • Scholarship of Application - March 22, 2019
    • Scholarship of Discovery & including UG students in scholarship - April 26, 2019

    University Level Service Opportunity

    The Faculty Mentoring Program announces the Service in Interdisciplinary Information Literacy Library Skills (SIILLS) program. SILLS is an opportunity for university service (for the faculty peers) and for faculty development in the areas of teaching innovation (especially courses with information literacy objectives), and Boyer Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In this program, faculty peers will provide the Nash Library and Student Learning Commons (NLSLC) disciplinary expertise by creating and/or providing resources (e.g. LibGuides; resource evaluations) and/or services (e.g. instruction) for faculty colleagues.

    The following outcomes are expected:

    1. improve NLSLC resources and/or services;
    2. increase collaboration between colleges and NLSLC;
    3. provide faculty additional service and professional development options necessary for promotion;
    4. increase information literacy for students and faculty.

    Winter Writing Retreat

    The winter writing retreat at St. Mark’s Catholic Center will take place on Saturday, January 26th. The winter retreat is for faculty who want to work on manuscripts, courses, rank or tenure applications, or even accreditation reports. There will be space for up to 30 faculty members. The Center is centrally located in Erie and there is WiFi available. Lunch will be provided.

    Summer Writing Retreat

    The summer writing retreat at the Alstadt Center will take place at the end of June (in the hopes that the weather will be more favorable!). The summer retreat is geared for rank and tenure applicants. Favorable weather will allow faculty to write surrounded by sunshine, nature, and beautiful views of Straw Creek. There will be space for up to 30 faculty members. The parking area at the Center has space for six cars, so we will meet at 8am on campus and carpool down to the Center, and then return at 5 pm. It is a one-hour drive to AND from the Center. NOTE: There is NO WiFi at the Center and cell service is extremely limited. However, you can use your phone as a WiFi hot spot. Lunch will be provided.

    Peer Teaching Analysis

    In an effort to assist faculty who request more individualized assistance with teaching, the Faculty Mentoring Coordinator is presenting the spring 2019 Peer Teaching Analysis Program. This program will provide an in-depth analysis of teaching for any full-time faculty member who requests this service. It is intended to provide a longer-term observation and more detailed assistance than the current, annual peer observation process. This service does not replace the current, peer observation process that is required for annual, self-evaluations. The peer teaching analysis will consist of two announced and two unannounced classroom visits by a trained faculty member. This can be done for online or on ground courses. The analysis may cover one course or multiple courses. After all of the visits have been completed, an analysis of what the observed faculty member did well and what could be improved will be discussed between the colleagues. Observed faculty members can keep this information to themselves, or they can include it in their summative self-evaluation or rank and tenure portfolios. Each trained peer teaching analysis faculty member will observe one faculty member per semester. The results of this process, and any and all communication between peer analysist and the faculty member, will not be shared by the analyst with chairs, deans, or academic vice presidents. This is for both online and on ground requests. Ruskin Faculty can have an analyst participate in on-ground courses using Zoom. This application is for any full-time faculty member, including visiting faculty, who is requesting a Peer Teaching Analysis.

    Teaching Squares

    The mentoring program at Gannon University would like to offer a new pedagogy opportunity to all full time faculty: teaching squares. Teaching Squares is a pedagogy exercise developed by Anne Wesley (St. Louis Community College) used to build the instructional abilities of teachers. A teaching square consists of four faculty from different disciplines who visit each other’s classes within a two or three week period. After the classroom visits, the four get together and discuss the observations. The goal is to gather different teaching approaches that might be used in one’s own classes. The spring 2019 teaching squares will be forming shortly after we return to campus in January.

    Pre-Tenure Review Workshops

    Tenure-track faculty in their third year will participate in a pre-tenure review on June 5, 2019. A brief application is prepared by the faculty member and then this application is reviewed by faculty colleagues who have served on rank and tenure committees at Gannon University. This review helps to familiarize the third year faculty with the rank and tenure process, and provides feedback on their progress toward rank and tenure applications. The Faculty Mentoring Program will offer workshops on this process for third year faculty members during the spring 2019. Dates to be announced soon!

    Rank and Tenure Workshop

    On June 5, 2019, the University will offer a workshop for tenure-track faculty on the rank and tenure process. The Faculty Mentoring Coordinator leads this interactive workshop and provides details on both the application and the process. Also participating in this workshop are the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the three College Deans, and members of both the college and university rank and tenure committees. All tenure-track faculty are welcome to attend this workshop annually. Chairs and program directors are also encouraged to attend, so that they have the latest information to share with their tenure-track departmental colleagues.

    Faculty Groups Mentored

    • First Year Faculty
    • Tenure-track Faculty
    • Non-tenure track Faculty
    • Tenured Faculty
    • Faculty who are Full Professors
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