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CEHS Research Office

Faculty Mentoring Activities

The CEHS Research Office provides several programs and activities to support faculty members’ research and scholarly activities. Faculty members who are interested in participating should contact the  Associate Dean for Research.

Among the goals for the faculty mentoring programs are to:

  • assist new CEHS faculty members to become productive and successful researchers, scholars, and teachers
  • establish and sustain faculty members’ professional development
  • help new faculty members make a strong transition from graduate school to the professorship and WVU
  • provide opportunities for new faculty to develop professional relationships within the college
  • invite senior faculty to share their expertise in support of new faculty members. 
  • All new untenured, tenure-track faculty (at any stage) are invited to join these programs and may participate through the completion of their tenure year.


Tenure Track Discussion Groups

Discussion groups for all tenure track faculty members are organized based on common times when individuals are available. Typically, groups consist of 4-6 persons. The groups meet with the Associate Dean for Research for 2 hours once each month. The group meetings provide occasions for individuals to share their research – study ideas, data, manuscripts, feedback from journal reviewers/editors – and receive assistance and support from group participants. Periodically, meetings focus on tenure-and-promotion policies and processes, finding mentors, and other timely topics that are relevant to faculty members on the tenure track. 

Complete Your Manuscript Workshops

The CEHS Associate Dean for Research organizes and leads a full-day workshop for tenure-track faculty members that assists individuals in completing an in-progress manuscript or grant proposal for submission to a journal or funding agency. Faculty members are encouraged to apply to participate in these workshops – typically offered twice annually. Look for announcement for upcoming workshops. 

Writing Day

Writing Day provides an opportunity for faculty members to focus on writing for three uninterrupted hours each Friday morning. Participation in Writing Day is simple: Bring an idea for a manuscript or an in-progress manuscript to write or revise. Bring a laptop computer. Turn off cell phones and commit to three hours of writing. Gather with other faculty members for peer support (but take conversations out of the room to avoid disturbing others’ work). Coffee and tea compliments of the Dean’s Office.
Location: Room 700A, Allen Hall (Fall, 2014)
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
When: Every Friday (except holidays)

BrownBag Buzz: Research Support Workshops

Workshops are offered on a periodic basis to provide information, resources, and additional supports for faculty members. Some workshops are provided by the  WVU Office of Sponsored Programs. Topics include PIVOT database training, IRB protocol training, data management, and data analysis. 

Peer Reviews of Grant Proposals

Grant proposals to federal agencies (e.g., IES, NIH, NSF) can benefit from pre-submission reviews by scholars whose work has been funded by these agencies. Faculty members submitting grant proposals to federal agencies are invited to identify up to five such peer reviewers. The Dean’s Office will pay a peer reviewer $250 to read and provide feedback that will enable the faculty member to develop a highly competitive proposal. Potential reviewers should be identified at least one month prior to submission deadline to allow time for a review. Submit peer reviewer information to the Associate Dean for Research.


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

WVU is an institutional member of the NCFDD. The Center is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of over 40,000 graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members. NCFDD is dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. The Center offers on-campus workshops professional development training intensive mentoring programs WVU faculty members can sign up to receive the weekly “Monday Motivator” newsletter from NCFDDwhich provides tips and strategies for successfully negotiating academic demands and responsibilities.