The Scholarship Development Program: A Team-based Mentoring Approach to Support Scholarship Productivity for Untenured Faculty

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The Journal of Faculty Development


The Scholarship Development Program (SDP) was created four years ago to promote scholarly productivity for early career faculty. The SDP consists of professional development sessions, formal mentoring, and small research interest groups, all involving senior faculty members. The components of the SDP allowed for a team-based approach to mentoring. Reflecting on the results of year-end surveys completed by SDP participants led to recommendations for those creating similar programs: (1) team-based mentoring promotes retention and socializes new faculty into the institution's culture; (2) participants are more satisfied with content when they help create it; and (3) annually assessing the program allows for organizers to tailor it to the current needs of faculty.