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Faculty FAQ

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Can faculty present at SOURCE?

YES!  While facilitating students' professional development is a SOURCE priority, presentations by Central faculty and staff are welcome to celebrate the depth and diversity of scholarly inquiry and creative expression at Central Washington University

What happened to the faculty peer review category?

The faculty peer review category was discontinued due to difficulties in identifying and recruiting qualified peer reviewers in a timely manner.

Am I qualified to mentor a student project for SOURCE?

YES!  There is no experience necessary to be a mentor.  Mentoring is a relationship in which a faculty or staff member provides guidance to a student who is working towards successful completion of research, scholarship, or a creative activity. The mentoring relationship develops as a student requests advice and guidance on their project and as they develop professional skills consistent with their discipline.  Mentors may work with teams of students or in one-on-one relationships..

What does a mentor do?

A mentor sets up a regular meeting schedule with their mentee to provide guidance and answer mentee's questions and concerns. Discussion topics range depending upon the challenges and progress of the project undertaken.  It is HIGHLY recommended that mentors discuss project expectations and workload requirements with their mentee before agreeing to assist students with their projects.

How much time does mentoring require?

Mentoring is a major time commitment that usually proceeds over multiple quarters.  Given the time requirements, many mentors choose to work with teams of undergraduate students on a single project which then also aids students in developing collaboration and communication skills.  Establishing expected benchmarks and timeframes early in a project may also assist students in completing work in a timely manner. 

What are the benefits of being a mentor?

A faculty or staff's participation as a mentor is a critical component in developing well-rounded, educated, and capable graduates.  Bonds formed with mentees often last throughout  a student's academic and post-graduation career and a mentor's energy and enthusiasm contributes to creating a welcoming and comfortable learning environment for students. 

Overall, faculty benefit in terms of both personal and professional satisfaction. As students are more productive, faculty in turn attract better students, extend their professional network of future colleagues, and amplify their own success.  Faculty at Central list their SOURCE mentoring on their annual activity report and their structured performance reports for reappointment, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review.

What types of projects can students present at SOURCE?

SOURCE supports four standard formats for presenting research, scholarship, or creative activities: 1) oral presentations; 2) poster presentations; 3) creative works; and 4) creative expression.  Students and their mentors should discuss the presentation type that would be best for presenting the student's work.

I work at the University Centers; can my students still present at SOURCE?

SOURCE occurs during the third week in May on the Ellensburg campus and at the University Centers, including the Des Moines and Lynnwood Centers.

What options are there at Central for funding student researchers?

Several programs exist to fund student research, scholarship, or creative activities at Central.  In addition to Undergraduate Research or Travel Fellowships offered through the Office of Undergraduate Research, check out other funding opportunities listed at the Office of Undergraduate Research Student Resources: Other Opportunities web page.

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