Berkeley Faculty Link Program
Promoting faculty success, satisfaction, and belonging
Faculty Link is a faculty-led program designed to build connections and community across campus through events, career mentoring, and support. The program has four components: on demand one-on-one advising, forums, conversations, and identity gatherings.
The program is available to senate faculty, as well as adjunct faculty, clinical faculty, and cooperative extension specialists.
Faculty Core Advisors from a variety of disciplines are available for one-on-one advising and support. Discussion topics can range from serious issues and concerns to where to find the best coffee near campus. Reach out to one (or more) of our outstanding faculty Core Advisors for advice, support, or just to chat!
Faculty Link forums are larger group events on topics related to faculty experiences (e.g., getting grants, work-life balance, new research directions, etc.), designed for meaningful discussion and career support.
Our conversations are small, informal discussions with a general theme (e.g., publishing, DEIB work, mentoring students, etc.), each hosted by two faculty Core Advisors.
Identity gatherings offer faculty with shared identities opportunities to build community in casual get-togethers (e.g., LGBTQ+ faculty, Black faculty, LSOE/LPSOE faculty, etc.).
It was a lifeline in a semester when I was really rethinking everything about my career. Very helpful to have frank conversations with faculty outside my department.Program participant
I valued hearing from a wide variety of perspectives, and realizing that we all face different versions of the same challenges.Program participant
Faculty Leads: Special Advisors to the Provost on Climate and Mentoring
I believe mentoring the next generation of scholars, particularly first generation faculty and students, is one of the most important responsibilities and commitments I have. I have had the privilege of mentoring and apprenticing both students (graduate, undergraduate, and postdocs) and faculty (particularly early and mid-career faculty) at my institutions and in professional arenas since I was an early career scholar myself.
I have served as a primary mentor for graduate students for nearly 25 years. These graduate students have come from very diverse backgrounds, with equally diverse current circumstances, and a broad range of strengths, interests, and career goals. Over the years, I have also mentored and regularly offered advice to junior (and sometimes) senior colleagues. My approach to mentoring/advising is direct and pragmatic, but also compassionate.