Faculty Mentoring Program


Mentoring is a critical component of career advancement for all faculty.  For our purposes, mentoring is defined as a collaboration between a early career faculty member and a group of senior faculty members.  The primary goal is to enhance and facilitate the early career faculty’s professional development through ongoing dialogue, support, and guidance through this collaboration. Faculty mentors can contribute significantly to the development of their mentees’ research, teaching and practice skills, particularly with respect to career satisfaction, career management and networking.

The School of Public Health has developed this initiative to improve mentoring for all faculty.  All tenure and appointment stream faculty will be automatically invited and strongly encouraged to participate in the program upon appointment.  Faculty receiving mentoring through other programs (such as the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) CTS Scholars Program (KL2)) are not obligated to participate in the School of Public Health program, but they are welcome to participate in both.  The mentoring program will pair early career faculty members and newly appointed faculty with a team of three senior faculty members.  The mentoring program will be supplemented and expanded with training programs and resources based upon the needs identified by faculty and their mentors.

Goals of the Program

Mentoring is an important part of career development, as the early career faculty member is guided and assisted in their professional development and career advancement by a team of senior members.  This mentoring includes assistance from individuals within their specific academic field, as well as from other fields, disciplines, and roles to assure a holistic and comprehensive approach to mentoring.  The program aims to achieve the following goals:

  • To provide new and existing early career faculty members with an opportunity to thrive in the academic setting through mentorship
  • To establish upfront and transparent academic goals and benchmarks for progress through feedback and support from established faculty members
  • To identify and develop a team of senior faculty who meet with early career faculty to share their own challenges and successes to assist the mentee in achieving their self-identified professional and career goals
  • To create a database of mentors and mentees for improving coordination and sustainability of the program
  • To develop a model mentoring process to serve as a framework for program dissemination and monitoring
  • To prospectively develop guidelines for the responsibilities for both mentors and mentees
  • To develop approaches and processes for program evaluation from both the mentee and mentor perspectives for quality improvement, adjustments, and long-range planning
  • To provide support for the mentors to develop effective mentorship using curricula and workshops provided by the school and University
Mentoring Team Composition and Selection Process

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Responsibilities of the Mentee

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Responsibilities of the Mentor

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Meeting Schedule

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Mutual Benefits for the Mentor and Mentee

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