“Dive!”, a workshop project launched last academic year to support new faculty members, held a workshop entitled “I’ve Become a UTokyo Faculty Member! What Should I Do? Welcome Workshop for New Faculty Members” on Friday, February 16th, 2018.
The workshop was held in Fukutake Learning Studio, Fukutake Hall. Eighteen faculty members who were appointed within the last five years joined the event. They came from more than 10 departments consisting of both science and humanities.
The workshop started with greetings and an introduction by Associate Professor Jun Nakahara (Center for Research and Development of Higher Education). It was followed by an activity of sharing and organizing the troubles and concerns the participants encounter as a faculty and an activity to reflect on their successful experience and advantages using building blocks and set goals for the next academic year, which were facilitated by the staff of the Division for Learning Environment and Educational Technology of the Center. Also, we provided the participants with various resources that would be helpful to faculty members.
All participants answered “Extremely satisfied” or “Satisfied” with the workshop in the questionnaire. They also answered that the workshop would be either “Very helpful” or “Helpful” to them in working/living as a UTokyo faculty member. Regarding whether they would like to recommend the workshop to other new faculty members, they answered either “Yes (Very much)” or “Yes.” In addition, we received feedback as follows: “I got to know people from other departments and was able to share meaningful information with each other,” “The workshop broadened my horizons,” “I realized that everyone has the same concerns to some extent,” and “It was worthwhile taking time out of my busy schedule to join the workshop.”
As described above, it seems that the workshop was highly appreciated, but we will reflect on the event with all the members and plan and organize better events for the next academic year.
Dive! Project is eager to plan workshops to support new faculty members to become the leading researchers of the next generation and educators of the University of Tokyo.