Constellations of Support: A Community Development Model

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This article describes the rationale, development process, and initial artifacts and outcomes of a faculty support (a.k.a. mentoring) model developed for a specific academic context: a College of Education at a Southeastern comprehensive public university. The purposes of this article are to (1) describe the research and theoretical models that guided the development of the program; (2) provide a research-based rationale for a context-based community development model of faculty support; (3) propose a set of principles for a context-based developmental community model of faculty support; (4) describe the process for developing a community development mentoring model for faculty at all career levels; and (5) offer artifacts, tools, and activities that faculty developers and institutions may use or adapt for their own context-based communities of support.

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mentoring, faculty fellow, community-based participatory research, developmental community

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Smith, T., & Spooner, M. (2021). Constellations of support: A community development model. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 40(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.3998/tia.505
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Tracy Smith orcid logo (Appalachian State University)
Melba Spooner orcid logo (Appalachian State University)

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