Gannon University Announces New Faculty Career Mentoring Coordinator

Posted: February 10, 2017

Gannon University has appointed Elisa Konieczko, Ph.D., to the position of faculty career mentor coordinator. In this position, Konieczko will be building on the work of Phil Kelly, D.A., who recently retired, to ensure ongoing institutional support for the development of new processes and systems for promoting faculty excellence.

Konieczko will be responsible for developing and facilitating programs for new faculty, acting as a resource for faculty preparing for promotion and tenure and developing collaborative programs, including training workshops, for faculty in all stages of career development.

The coordinator will also chair a newly created faculty career mentoring committee. This committee will function similar to an advisory board to help Konieczko and Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, develop activities and structure for a full faculty mentoring program.

Konieczko has been both a mentor and a mentee and believes that it is a beneficial relationship. "A large part of mentoring is just listening to the mentee and finding out what their concerns are and then just being a sounding board for them to help them figure out how they should solve their problem," Konieczko said.

"I am so excited to help my colleagues achieve their professional development goals and succeed at the University," she said. "I'm looking forward to helping my colleagues-at whatever level they're at-go to their next adventure."