The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development (CAT+) supports the development of Xavier’s faculty across all career stages and areas of professional responsibility. Faculty are supported in their teaching, mentoring, scholarship, service, and work/life balance. CAT+ provides comprehensive facilities and resources, creative and relevant initiatives, and expert staff. Because effective mentoring is at the heart of Xavier’s Project Pathways, CAT+ provides specific support to faculty in developing and nurturing their mentoring relationships through the Preparing Mentors and Advisors at Xavier (P-MAX) mentor training program. P-MAX is designed to provide participating faculty with the knowledge and skills needed to mentor and advise undergraduate students, particularly those engaged in research. The Program addresses topics such as mentor-mentee communication, goal and expectation-setting, cultural competence, issue identification and resolution, and best practices for good mentoring and advising. Faculty are also provided a repository of resources to support their growth as mentors. The Program begins with an intensive, day-long, workshop followed by at least three additional one-hour workshops during each of the subsequent fall and spring semesters. Case studies are routinely used to stimulate discussion on the topic to be addressed, and faculty are encouraged to bring their own real-world experiences for discussion. P-MAX programming is made accessible, relevant and inviting and by offering varying formats (panel discussions, hands-on workshops, seminars), locations (program locations vary across campus and online) and expert presenters/facilitators (outside speakers and consultants are frequently brought in to conduct workshops and seminars and advise CAT+ staff).

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