FAQs

Last Updated August 3, 2022

Mentoring

Is the Director|Chair my official mentor?

No. While all members of your program|department, including the Director|Chair, will appropriately and adequately support your professional development, a tenured faculty member in your program|department will serve in an official capacity.

How much mentoring will I receive from the program|department?

Your mentor will host a one-hour planning and goal-setting meeting with you in Block 1, a one-hour meeting to debrief the year in Block 8, and at least four meetings (two during the fall and two during the spring) for at least one hour during blocks chosen by them and you on teaching, the job market, research, and work-life coexistence.

How much mentoring will I receive from the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program?

The Director schedules 1h meetings with the entire cohort during Block 1, Block 5, and Block 7 (with the Senior Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion, and Faculty Development and Director of the Crown Center attending for the first 15 minutes) and organizes and attends all Mock Job Talk presentations during Block 3. You’ll schedule 45m individual meetings with the Director during Block 2 and Block 6 and meet with an RSiRP alum during the fall semester and another in the spring. Finally you are also expected to engage in faculty development opportunities provided by the Crown Center.

Who do I talk to if I'm having a problem with the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program?

Direct these concerns to the Senior Associate Dean of Equity, Inclusion & Faculty Development, who will help facilitate prudent and meaningful conversations with the Program Director and any other necessary parties.

Who do I talk to if I'm having a problem with colleagues within or outside the program|department?

Direct these concerns to the Dean of Faculty, who will help facilitate prudent and meaningful conversations with any necessary parties.

What if I can't find an RSiRP alum to meet with me?

If you are unable to schedule a fall meeting by the second week of Block 3 or a spring meeting by the second week of Block 7, contact the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

Teaching

How much teaching support will I receive from the program|department?

A program|department colleague (not necessarily the Mentor or Director|Chair) will observe both courses taught by predoctoral scholars and at least two of the three courses taught by postdoctoral scholars, even those in their second year. So as not to overwhelm you and given the intensity of the Block Plan, no more than one faculty member should observe any class, and no more than one observation should occur in any block. Additionally, a program|department colleague (not necessarily the Mentor or Director|Chair) will review your syllabi and other relevant teaching materials, such as rubrics, and share theirs with you. 

Last, but not least, you are required to observe at least one course taught by a faculty member in your program|department and another taught by a faculty member outside your program|department. 

How much teaching support will I receive from the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program?

You are welcome to invite the Program Director to observe your classes. However, so as not to overwhelm you and given the intensity of the Block Plan, we do not recommend you have more than one observer in any given class or more than one observation in any block.

Will I be able to participate in conversations about my teaching load and teaching schedule?

Yes. While scheduling needs for programs|departments vary, impacting the extent to which any faculty member can determine the blocks in which they teach, you should participate in those conversations to the extent possible since special consideration should be paid to your needs concerning the completion of your dissertation or your postdoctoral research progress and job market timelines.

If I'm a predoctoral scholar, will I be expected to teach more than two courses?

No. However, if your program|department needs you to teach adjunct courses or courses that are less than 1 unit, those adjustments may be considered by the Dean of Faculty.

If I'm a postdoctoral scholar, will I be expected to teach more than three courses?

No. However, if your program|department needs you to teach adjunct courses or courses that are less than 1 unit, those adjustments may be considered by the Dean of Faculty.

Will I be expected to team teach courses with other faculty within or outside the program|department?

This may be approved in certain cases depending on various factors that should be discussed with the Dean of Faculty prior to the Director|Chair submitting their course grid.

Will I be expected to teach two-block courses?

This may be approved in certain cases depending on various factors that should be discussed with the Dean of Faculty prior to the Director|Chair submitting their course grid.

Will I be expected to teach adjunct courses?

This may be approved in certain cases depending on various factors that should be discussed with the Dean of Faculty prior to the Director|Chair submitting their course grid.

Will I be expected to advise students or student groups?

Not typically. However, adjustments may be considered by the Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Life in consultation with the Dean of Faculty.

Who do I talk to if I'm having a problem with my teaching?

Direct these concerns to both your mentor and the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program, who will help facilitate prudent and meaningful conversations with any necessary parties.

The Job Market

How much support can I expect to receive from the program|department concerning the job market?

A program|department colleague (not necessarily the mentor or Director|Chair) will read and give feedback on your cover letter, CV, teaching statement, research statement, and other commonly required application materials. You might also request to review samples from your colleagues. 

Additionally, the RSiRP Director will organize and attend all Mock Job Talk presentations in Block 3, which must also be attended by your program|department mentor and 1-2 colleagues you invite from outside the program|department and the RSiRP cohort.

How much support can I expect to receive from the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program concerning the job market?

You may request the RSiRP Director to read and give feedback on your cover letter, CV, teaching statement, research statement, and other commonly required application materials. You might also request to review samples from your colleagues and|or the RSiRP Director. 

Additionally, the RSiRP Director will organize and attend all Mock Job Talk presentations in Block 3, which must also be attended by your program|department mentor and 1-2 colleagues you invite from outside the program|department and the RSiRP cohort.

Why do I have to invite 1-2 colleagues outside the program|department and the RSiRP cohort to the Mock Job Talk?

We want to ensure you have a sizable audience so the experience mirrors what you are likely to face on the job market to the extent possible. Additionally, while we want to mirror that experience effectively, all attendees will be instructed to avoid any behavior that would be considered toxic or hostile. Still, our hope is the colleagues you invite will be those with whom you have begun to develop an effective working relationship so you can see plenty of friendly and supportive faces.

If I have problems during my Mock Job Talk, will that hurt my chances of securing a second year or tenure-track job at Colorado College or elsewhere?

RSiRP will do everything possible to ensure it does'nt. The purpose of the Mock Job Talk is to give your colleagues an opportunity to support you, ask questions, and address concerns you would likely face on the job market. Further, while we want to mirror the experience you are likely to have on the job market effectively, all attendees will be instructed to avoid any behavior that would be considered toxic or hostile. This is partially why we are requiring you to invite 1-2 colleagues outside your program|department and RSiRP cohort. Our hope is the colleagues you invite will be those with whom you have begun to develop an effective working relationship so you can see plenty of friendly and supportive faces. Finally, while we cannot guarantee you will earn a tenure-track job at Colorado College or elsewhere, the Mock Job Talk is intended to help you become a strong candidate to the extent possible.

Who do I talk to if I'm having problems on the job market?

Direct these concerns to both your program|department mentor and the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

Research

If I'm a predoctoral scholar, how much support will I receive from the program|department concerning the completion of my dissertation?

A program|departmentcolleague (not necessarily your mentor or Director|Chair) will read and give feedback on at least one chapter of your dissertation. We also recommend you share pertinent feedback you have received from your dissertation committee whenever necessary and appropriate so they can consider it carefully when providing feedback.

If I'm a predoctoral scholar, how much support will I receive from the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program concerning the completion of my dissertation?

While the Program Director will not be requesting to read any parts of your dissertation, they may be available to do so with advance notice (typically at least one block), and will be requesting specific information about your dissertation progress throughout the year. Further, the Program Director is not likely in your field, so their feedback should be considered carefully alongside the feedback of members of your dissertation committee and colleagues in your program|department. 

If I'm a postdoctoral scholar, how much support can I expect to receive from the program|department concerning my research?

A program|department colleague (not necessarily the mentor or Director|Chair) will read and give feedback on at least one piece of your scholarship. Additionally, we recommend you share feedback you have received (if any) so they can consider it carefully when providing feedback.

If I'm a postdoctoral scholar, how much support can I expect to receive from the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program concerning my research?

While the Program Director will not be requesting to read your work, they may be available to do so with advance notice (typically at least one block), and will be requesting specific information about your progress throughout the year. Further, the Program Director is not likely in your field, so their feedback should be considered carefully alongside the feedback of members of your dissertation committee and colleagues in your program|department. 

Who do I talk to if I'm struggling to complete my dissertation or to conduct my postdoctoral research?

Direct these concerns to both your program|department mentor and the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

Service

Should I attend program|department meetings?

No, because RSiRP is designed to support you in working on your scholarship and bolstering your teaching skills. Program|department meeting attendance is service work you should not spend time on during your participation in the program.

Which program|department events should I attend?

We recommend you attend events like those that feature guest speakers and students presenting their research or those that celebrate graduates, for example, as these opportunities will allow you to build and maintain community. If you need any clarification along these lines, contact your program|department mentor and the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

Will I be expected to serve on program|department and|or college committees?

No, because RSiRP is designed to support you in working on your scholarship and bolstering your teaching skills. Committee work is service you should not spend time on during your participation in the program.

Should I attend the all-college faculty meetings?

Not typically for the sake of prudence and equity, especially considering your non-tenure-track status. However, if there are special cases you and|or your program|department would like to be considered, those should be directed to the Senior Associate Dean of Equity, Inclusion & Faculty Development. If any necessary adjustments are made to this policy, please also inform the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

Employment and Compensation

What is my official job title?

If you are a predoctoral Riley Scholar-in-Residence, your official title is Predoctoral Riley Scholar-in-Residence in [Department or Program] at Colorado College. If you are a postdoctoral Riley Scholar-in-Residence, your official title is Visiting Assistant Professor of [Department or Program] at Colorado College. 

For advice about ways you might include your application to the Consortium for Faculty Diversity on your CV, contact the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

What kinds of economic support should I expect to receive?

Along with a stipend for research and professional development and a college-issued computer for use during your employment, you also may be eligible to receive funding for additional teaching and|or research-related expenses, such as conference travel, from your program|department, Dean of Faculty, and other on-campus sources. Consult with your mentor for more information.

Will I receive benefits like health insurance or contributions to my retirement funds?

According to Human Resources, "Most benefits are effective on the first calendar day of the month once applicable waiting periods have been satisfied. New benefits-eligible employees hired on the first calendar day or first business day of the month will be eligible for coverage on their hire date. Employees hired on any other day of the month will be eligible for coverage on the first calendar day of the following month." For more specific information, visit their website by clicking here or contact their office directly.

 

Am I guaranteed a second year, if I want to stay?

No. Whether or not a second year is extended depends on your willingness to stay along with the needs and abilities of your program|department and the college. However, if you are willing to stay , you may communicate that to your mentor and|or Director|Chair by the end of the fall semester.

If I'm a predoctoral scholar, can I be granted a second year even if I do not complete my dissertation?

Not typically. However, if unique cases should be considered, those should be directed to the Dean of Faculty, by your Director|Chair.

Will I be granted a tenure-track job at Colorado College or elsewhere upon the completion of my fellowship?

We cannot guarantee you will earn a tenure-track job at Colorado College or elsewhere upon the completion of your fellowship.

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