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FAQs

Updated September 21, 2020

Mentoring

Who in the department or program will be my mentor, the chair or director?

Due to time constraints, the department chair or program director should not typically act as the Riley Scholar mentor. However, the chair or director will, of course, participate in the mentoring process to some degree due to the nature of their role. Any possible adjustments to this policy should be discussed with and must be approved by the Senior Associate Dean of Equity, Inclusion & Faculty Development, and the department chair or program director should facilitate conversations along these lines.

When will I know who my department or program mentor is?

Ideally, willing and able mentors within the department or program will be listed at the time the proposals requesting Riley Scholars are submitted in Block 6. This will help facilitate effective transitions for Riley Scholars as early as possible, beginning when you are officially hired. An official department or program mentor should be identified no later than the first day of the academic year so mentoring can begin in Block 1.

How much mentoring will I receive from my department or program?

Your department or program mentor is expected to schedule 45-minute 1:1 mentoring meetings with you each block except Block 3 and Block J. During Block 3, the expectation is that at least one member of your department or program will attend your Mock Job Talk to support you, ask questions, and address concerns about your work that you would likely face on the academic job market.

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

The Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program, will schedule 45-minute 1:1 meetings with you during Blocks 1, 4, 5, and 7. In Blocks 2 and 6, they will schedule 60-minute collective mentoring meetings with the entire Riley Scholars cohort during which the Senior Associate Dean of Equity, Inclusion & Faculty Development will attend for the first 15 minutes. During Block 3, the Program Director will attend your Mock Job Talk, and during Block 8, they will schedule an exit interview with you to discuss your experiences in the program.

You are expected to schedule a meeting with two former Riley Scholars currently employed at Colorado College-one during the fall semester and another during the spring-for which a small stipend will be provided by the Dean's Office so you can enjoy a meal. On that note, before you contact former Riley Scholars to schedule a meeting, contact the Program Director, so they can facilitate scheduling equity. Also, 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. Finally you are also expected to engage in faculty development opportunities provided by the Crown and Colket Centers.

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

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 my department or program?

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 a former Riley Scholar at the college to meet with during the fall and/or spring semester?

Before you contact former Riley Scholars to schedule a meeting, contact the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program, so they can facilitate scheduling equity. 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 and Advising

How much teaching support will I receive from my department or program?

We recommend department or program mentors or other faculty members in your department or program observe both courses taught by predoctoral Riley Scholars and at least two of the three courses taught by postdoctoral Riley Scholars. This should be the case even if you are in your 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, we recommend department or program mentors review your syllabi and any other pertinent teaching materials, such as rubrics, at least one block prior to when you are scheduled to teach, even if you are in your second year. We also recommend department or program colleagues share syllabi with you at the start of the academic year to give you a sense of Block Plan teaching and learning. This is not necessary but is encouraged for Riley Scholars in their second year.

Finally, we recommend you observe at least one course taught by a faculty member in your department or program and another taught by a faculty member outside your department or program during the year. This should be the case even if you are in your second year. If you need support facilitating this within your department or program, contact your department or program mentor. If you need support facilitating this outside your department or program, contact the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

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

Since both courses taught by predoctoral fellows and two of the three courses taught by postdoctoral fellows will be observed by members of their department or program, we do not require any other observations. Still, you are welcome to invite the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program, to observe any one of 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.

Additionally, we recommend you observe at least one course taught by a faculty member in your department or program and another taught by a faculty member outside your department or program during the year. This should be the case even if you are in your second year. If you need support facilitating this within your department or program, contact your department or program mentor. If you need support facilitating this outside your department or program, contact the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

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

Yes. While scheduling needs for departments and programs 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 in your field.

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

No. However, if your department or program 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 fellow, will I be expected to teach more than three courses?

No. However, if your department or program 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 department or program?

This may be approved in certain cases depending on various factors that should be discussed with the Dean of Faculty prior to the department chair or program director submitting their department or program's course grid for the forthcoming academic year.

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 department chair or program director submitting their department or program's course grid for the forthcoming academic year.

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 department chair or program director submitting their department or program's course grid for the forthcoming academic year.

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 department or program mentor and the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program, who will help facilitate prudent and meaningful conversations with any necessary parties.

Scholarship and the Job Market

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

We recommend your department or program mentor read and give feedback on at least one chapter of your dissertation in the fall semester and another during the spring. We also recommend you share with the mentor pertinent feedback you have received from the dissertation committee whenever necessary and appropriate so the mentor can consider it carefully when providing feedback. So as not to overwhelm you, considering your Mock Job Talk in Block 3, we do not recommend departments or programs feature you as a speaker during any additional events that showcase colleagues' scholarship. Additionally, we do require at least one department or program colleague attend your Mock Job Talk to support you, ask questions, and address concerns about you work you would likely face on the academic job market.

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

Keep in mind, the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program, is not likely to be a member of your academic field, so the Director's feedback should be considered carefully alongside the feedback of members of your dissertation committee and colleagues in your department or program at Colorado College. Further, while the 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.

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

We recommend the department or program mentor read and give feedback on at least one piece of your scholarship (preferably one that will be or is currently being peer-reviewed) during the year. Additionally, we recommend you share with the mentor feedback you have received on the piece (if any) whenever necessary and appropriate so the mentor can consider it carefully when providing feedback. We also encourage your host department or program to feature you as a speaker during any additional events that showcase colleagues' scholarship. Finally, we do require at least one department or program colleague to attend your Mock Job Talk to support you, ask questions, and address concerns about your work that they would likely face on the academic job market.

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

Keep in mind, the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program, is not likely to be a member of your academic field, so the Director's feedback on your research should be considered carefully alongside the feedback of members of your field and colleagues in your department or program at Colorado College. Further, while the Director will not be requesting to read your research, 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.

Why do I have to invite 1-2 colleagues outside my department or program and Riley Scholars cohort to my Mock Job Talk?

We want to ensure you have a sizable audience so the experience mirrors what you are likely to face on the academic 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 that 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?

The Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program will do everything possible to ensure that it does not. The purpose of the Mock Job Talk is to give the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program, your fellow Riley Scholars, your department or program colleagues, and other members of the college an opportunity to support you, ask questions, and address concerns about your work that you would likely face on the academic 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 department or program and your Riley Scholars cohort. Our hope is that 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 the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program does not 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 as much as possible.

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 department or program mentor and the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

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

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

Service

Should I attend department or program meetings?

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

Which departmental or programmatic events should I attend?

We recommend you attend events like those that feature guest speakers, feature students presenting their research, or 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 department or program mentor and the Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

Will I be expected to serve on all-college or department or program committees?

No, because the program 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 department or program would like to be considered, those considerations 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. We recommend you include this in the "Teaching Experience" (or similar) section of your curriculum vita (CV) the way you would any other job for which you've been hired to teach.

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, such as start-up funds, moving stipends, and things of that nature, should I expect to receive?

You will receive economic support from the college similar to that received by new tenure-track faculty, such as a moving stipend and start-up funds. For more specific information, contact the Dean of Faculty.

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 eligible to receive support from my department or program, the college, or divisional committees for conference travel and/or other research and teaching-related needs?

Typically yes. For more specific information contact your department chair or program director.

Am I guaranteed a fellowship in the second year, if I want to stay on?

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

If I'm a predoctoral Riley 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 considerations should be directed to the Dean of Faculty, by your department chair or program director.

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

While the robust and collaborative mentoring offered through the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program is intended to strengthen your chances, the program cannot guarantee you will earn a tenure-track job at Colorado College or elsewhere upon the completion of your fellowship.

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