Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Faculty Mentoring for Teaching at U of T

Based on the findings in the Faculty Mentoring for Teaching Report (CTSI, 2016), CTSI piloted a mentoring program: Peer-2-Peer (P2P) Faculty Mentoring for Teaching @ U of T in 2016-17 – read the Pilot report. Based on the success of and enthusiasm for this initiative, we are launching a 2017-18 cohort.

APPLICATIONS for the 2018 P2P Program are now closed.

What is P2P?
P2P is a faculty mentoring for teaching program run by the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) that involves a cohort of paired colleagues collaborating through structured, facilitated workshops and 1-1 partnerships to improve the quality of their course, the student learning experience, and to offer a supportive space for instructors to try new strategies, approaches and build confidence in their teaching.

When is the P2P program?

  • P2P will run from December 2017 – May 2018, with an introductory workshop in December 2017

What are the purposes and goals of P2P?

  • to increase reflection on one’s teaching and gain a better understanding of students’ learning needs
  • to build leadership capacity and mentoring opportunities for faculty at U of T whereby methods and approaches that support effective teaching can be shared (PATS Guide, 2011)*
  • to provide a “structured framework for ongoing improvement of a [course] and learning practice with input, assistance and guidance from faculty teaching leaders” (PATS Guide, 2011: 2)
  • to improve the quality of a course and student learning experiences within that course through a focus on quality teaching and through analysis of student course feedback.

What program model does P2P use?

  • P2P draws on U of T- specific findings from the CTSI Report [link] and employs a dyadic peer assisted teaching partnership model, combined with a network model
  • the co-mentoring approach allows for both faculty members to participate in peer observation of teaching, review course evaluation/feedback data, conduct mid-course feedback with students, and establish teaching-related goals
  • during the program you will receive materials and resources to support your teaching and upon completion of the program CTSI will provide a letter of recognition for your participation.

What are my commitments to the program?

  • the P2P process requires a commitment to three CTSI-facilitated meetings/workshops, (pre, during, and post semester), a peer observation, collecting mid-course feedback from students, and engaging in regular conversations with one’s mentor-coach.
  • The dates for the CTSI-facilitated workshops are as follows:
    • December 1, 1-4 pm
    • January 15, 1-4 pm
    • May 17, 1-4 pm

How many participants will be in the P2P program?

  • A maximum of 30 participants (15 pairs) to ensure all program sessions allow a space for reflection and opportunities to interact with other participants and senior CTSI facilitators

How will I be matched with a peer?

  • CTSI staff will match instructors by campus, related disciplines, and with a colleague from their appointment stream (e.g., pre-tenure with a mid or later career tenured faculty member; pre-promotion teaching steam with post-promotion teaching stream)

“Faculty mentoring has shifted from a focus on hierarchical support and coaching for new hires and junior faculty to addressing the mentoring needs of individuals across their career spans.”
(Ponce et al., 2005)

*PATS Guide refers to the Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme developed by the University of Monash, Australia: