First-Year Faculty Experience

An Athens State University faculty mentor is an experienced and trusted faculty member who works with a first-year faculty member (a.k.a., protégé) participating in the First-Year Faculty Experience.  A faculty mentor serves as an available resource, a supportive and friendly guide, a respectful advocate and an active listener for the protégé.

The Athens State University First-Year Faculty Experience will become a culture of mentoring faculty members culminating in the long-term success of all faculty members who have participated in the program.

The program provides a supportive framework for its new faculty members (protégés) to achieve success by strategically assigning mentors to protégés leading to a professionally trusting relationship.  Moreover, the First-Year Faculty Experience offers opportunities for protégés to interact across academic departments, colleges and other university units through engaging, collaborative, informational sessions and workshops.

Program Goals

  1. To help new faculty members acclimate to the Athens State academic, administrative and physical environments.
  2. To understand the meaning and the execution of effective teaching at Athens State University
  3. To foster a relationship with a faculty mentor that should be free from scrutiny, creating a relationship in which a new faculty member has a sense of discretion when sharing concerns regarding general or specific aspects of the academic appointment
  4. To provide a forum through which new faculty members discuss how to promote student success
  5. To assist in the retention of good faculty members
  6. To establish a sense of camaraderie among the new faculty members across colleges and appreciation for members of the staff and administration
  7. To educate new mentors about the mentoring process
  8. To establish a desire among faculty to serve as a mentor or serve multiple times as a mentor.

Contact Information
Ronald L. Merritt, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mathematics
Phone: 256-233-6527

Members of the 2019-20 FYFE Cohort

New Faculty MemberTitleFaculty Mentor
Jamie AdamsProf. Jamie Adams
Assistant Professor of Art (Studio Art)
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Mary Beth Johns
College of Arts and Sciences
Nick AgrawalProfessor Nick Agrawal
Instructor of Computer Science
College of Arts and Sceinces
Dr. Derek Newland
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Kris ErskineDr. Kris Erskine
Assistant Professor of Education (Social Studies and History)
College of Education
Dr. Bridgette Chandler
College of Education
Dr. Mark GaleDr. Mark Gale
Assistant Professor of Education (Instructional Design)
College of Education
Dr. Wendy Cowan
College of Education
Jessica SpowartProf. Jessica Spowart
Assistant Professor of Art (Graphic Design)
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor Pamela Keller
College of Arts and Sciences
Lanie WilliamsonProf. Lanie Williamson
Assistant Director of the Kares Library
Instructor Dakota Cotton
Kares Library