What processes do you use to ensure that all new faculty, especially pre-tenure faculty, are offered a mentor if they want one?
New faculty are required to attend CEHD New Faculty Orientation during the first semester with the College. Mentors are assigned to them at this time and then mentors and mentees meet a various times during the first semester. Following the first semester, they then meet on an as needed basis. If a new faculty member needs to be reassigned to another mentor, we work with them to find a senior faculty member who's research, service and teaching are more in line with goals of the new faculty member. We regularly communicate with our new faculty during their first semester to ensure they are receiving the support they need.
Do you track how many faculty are mentored, and if so how?
All new faculty receive mentors for their first year. We have learned that many of our third year faculty still work with mentors that were assigned to them during their first year. The same can also be said of our second and first year faculty. Since that time, at least 40 faculty members have established a mentoring relationship with a senior faculty member at the CEHD and with other colleges and departments on campus.
Do you evaluate the success of the program, and if so how?
We evaluate the success of our program based on the feedback we receive from junior faculty and our retention rates.
The College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) supports mentoring of faculty through a new faculty orientation that is held each fall and through department retreats, workshops and special mentoring sessions. The following documents provide more details on the faculty mentoring program in the CEHD.