Faculty Guides

Faculty Guides serve the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences community as an independent and confidential resource to discuss challenging faculty issues and identify related information regarding institutional policy. Through their service, Guides help ensure the appropriate  use of policies, and thereby a positive and equitable work environment.

Guides are also available to chairs. Although chairs have comparable policy expertise, Guides can help chairs consider multiple perspectives and understand the university policy environment more broadly.

What can you ask a Guide about?

Guides are available to meet one-on-one, to listen and help faculty members understand which university and school level policies might be relevant to a specific professional and/or personal situation. Guides provide information so that individual faculty members and chairs better understand what policy options and resources are available. Examples include:

  • Utilizing faculty leave (e.g., parent or medical leaves)
  • Mental health resources for faculty and staff
  • Understanding and navigating potential conflicts of interest
  • Finding out more about retirement before talking to HR or your chair
  • How to find information about promotion and tenure procedures

Meet Your Guides

John O’Brien is the NEH Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professor and teaches in the Department of English. He has been on faculty at the University of Virginia since 1998.

Bethany Teachman is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology. She has been on faculty at the University of Virginia since 2002. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist.

Contact the Guides or Make an Appointment

Schedule an Appointment

You can also email the Guides at facultyguides@virginia.edu

Additional Information

Guides do not offer therapeutic counseling and will not directly advise individuals to take particular actions. Given the informal and independent role of the Guides, they do not participate in formal investigations or formal issue resolution processes; serve in any organizational role that would compromise the neutrality of the Guide position; nor make binding decisions or mandate policies.

Guides will help you navigate the policy terrain at UVA, and put you in touch with the right resources and people to meet your needs.

The Faculty Guides Program is being launched in the fall of 2015 as a two-year pilot available to faculty members in the College and Graduate School Arts and Sciences. If successful, the Provost's Office will consider expanding it to other schools.

Related Resources

Provost Office Policies

Arts & Sciences Policy Page

All University Policy Directory