Mentorship & support

New Faculty and Librarian Orientation

This series of welcome events and presentations is designed to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the University and introduce you to key information that will ease your transition into your new role. This is especially important as we transition back to face-to-face teaching for this coming fall and the University continues its academic mission in new and innovative ways. We hope that the all of sessions will provide a stable source of assistance and inspiration during your first term and help develop a sense of community. In order to provide much-needed flexibility during your first term, there will be a combination of face-to-face and online events taking place from late August to late September 2021.

New Faculty and Librarian Supportive Communities Program

VPAC’s New Faculty and Librarian Supportive Communities Program, hosted by Academic Planning, is designed to bring together new faculty and librarians with peers at all career stages to share their experiences and expertise. The program’s guiding principles and structure are designed to create opportunities for faculty and librarians to connect, network, teach, and learn from each other. The program provides opportunities for both new and established faculty and librarians to connect with each other through multilateral knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities, including group and peer support and both informal and formal networking activities.

The structure of supportive relationships is determined by the goals of the new faculty and librarians. Peer support will be comprised of “pods” of 6-8 faculty members. Typically, this is comprised of 1 established “senior support” faculty or librarian, and 5-7 new faculty or librarians, or “peer supports”). Each pod is comprised of different faculties and unit types. Unlike formal mentorship relationships that exist within each unit, this program’s goal is to create multi-directional relationships that span disciplines. The program serves as a means of sharing common goals, challenges and experiences, networking beyond expertise, and learning about the broader campus community.  Faculty and librarians will also have opportunities to meet with all participants in the program, including those outside of their pod for additional support and networking.

For more information about the New Faculty and Librarian Supportive Communities program, please visit our Handbook. If you are a new faculty member interested in participating, please fill out a Peer Support Welcome Questionnaire by September 23, 2021 to be included in the 2021-22 intake.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Grindlay at or 250-721-7012.

The Faculty Mentorship Program

The Joint Faculty Mentorship Committee (JMC), a joint Faculty Association and Administration committee, is thrilled to announce the launch of a pilot Faculty Mentorship Program.  


This program is intended to support and encourage assistant professors and assistant teaching professors as they work towards reappointment, continuing appointment, tenure and promotion to associate, as well as associate professors and associate teaching professors as they work towards promotion to professor or teaching professor. 

Program Details: 

The mentorship program has two components:  

  1. Faculty Mentor Advisors (FMA) who provide individualized support.  
  2. Annual workshops on topics to support building a strong academic record and help prepare you for the consideration process. 

2021/2022 Faculty Mentor Workshops Include:

  1. Building Your Academic Record With Intention (Originally presented Nov. 25, 2021)

2. Preparing for the Promotion, Tenure or Continuing Appointment Process - Research/Teaching (Originally presented March 4th, 2022)

Upcoming Workshops:
  1. Preparing for the Promotion, Tenure or Continuing Appointment Process as an Indigenous Scholar 

Learn more about our Faculty Mentor Advisors: 


Faculty: Human and Social Development, School of Social Work

Dr. Jeannine Carrière (she/her/elle) is available to support Indigenous Faculty Members.

Dr. Jeannine Carrière is Métis and was raised in St. Adolphe Manitoba.  She has been teaching social work since 1994 in Alberta and at the University of Victoria since 2005 where she teaches in the School of Social Work. Her role in the school has included being Chair of the Indigenous Specializations and to oversee the Indigenous Student Support Center for the faculty of Human and Social Development. Her research interests include Métis children’s identity and needs for cultural safety in adoptions and child welfare services. Dr. Carrière has been a practitioner in Indigenous child and family services for over thirty years and has conducted several research projects related to her research interests. Jeannine has a number of publications including a co-edited book, Calling Our Families Home: Métis Peoples’ Experiences with Child Welfare (2017) which is the first book on Métis child welfare in Canada. She has also published on Indigenous knowledge building, health equity and the rights of sex workers and their families. Dr. Carriere has received a number of awards including the University of Victoria Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Award for her work with Métis and First Nation People.


Faculty: Human and Social Development, Teaching Professor (tenured)

Dr. Maureen M Ryan (she, her, hers) is available to support Teaching Stream Faculty Members.

I (Maureen) am a daughter, mother, sister, cousin who shares a history with the Mi’kMaq peoples on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick and Irish settlers who sought refuge on the land.  I am a tenured Teaching Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development (School of Nursing).  My work is informed by the philosophies of Mi’kMaq elders and critical theorists who seek to question and interrupt pedagogy that oppresses teaching and learning. I have extensive experience with the teaching peer review process and am familiar with a wide range of approaches to teaching and learning.

A fun fact about me…I like to play music (guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bodhran). My dogs are my biggest fans 😊.


Faculty: Social Science, Department of Political Science

Dr. Amy Verdun is available to support Research Stream Faculty Members in the faculties of Business, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Human and Social Development, Law, and Social Science.

Dr. Verdun is Professor of Political Science and the founding Director of UVic's European Studies Program (1997-2005), served as Graduate Advisor (2007-2009) and Chair of the Department (2010-2013). In July 2017 she was awarded the first Distinguished Lansdowne Fellow of UVIC’s Faculty of Social Sciences. She was a UVic Senator and member of the Faculty Association Salary and Benefits Negotiation Team in 2004-2005. Dr. Verdun holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute Florence Italy (1995). She has been a faculty member at UVic since 1997.

imageFaculty: Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Computer Science

Dr. George Tzanetakis is available to support Research Stream Faculty Members in the faculties of Engineering and Computer Science, Science and the Division of Medical Science.

Dr George Tzanetakis is a Professor of Computer Science (also cross-listed in Music and Electrical and Computer Engineering) at the University of Victoria. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from Princeton University in May 2002 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University working on query-by-humming systems with Prof. Dannenberg and on video retrieval with the Informedia group. His interdisciplinary research deals with all stages of audio content analysis such as feature extraction, segmentation, classification with specific focus on Music Information Retrieval (MIR). His pioneering work on musical genre classification is frequently cited and received an IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Award in 2004. He was Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Computer Analysis of Audio and Music from 2010-2020 and received the Craigdarroch research award in artistic expression at the University of Victoria in 2012. He has presented tutorials on MIR and audio feature extraction at several international conferences. He is also an active musician and has studied saxophone performance, music theory and composition. More information can be found at: 

Contact Faculty Mentor Advisors for one-on-one confidential advice on:

  • how to plan your research trajectory (for research stream faculty) or scholarly activity (for teaching stream faculty).
  • how to focus your limited time to best position you towards promotion.
  • strengthening your teaching and teaching-related activities.
  • discussing and addressing any barriers you may face to promotion.
  • putting together dossier materials for your reappointment, continuing status or promotion process. 

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact