The chair, associate chair, or a senior faculty member meets with every new faculty member on an informal basis to go over mentorship on grants and grant-related administrative issues (eg. PCF). Pre-tenured faculty are advised to choose their own mentor(s). Senior faculty also provide successful grants and grant templates to junior faculty, when appropriate. Mentorship is reviewed for each faculty member during the annual review period.
Faculty are advised to choose their own mentors - some choose multiple mentors while others may choose one. Mentorship is tracked informally during general discussion in faculty meetings and with each faculty member during the annual review period.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Each junior faculty is assigned a senior faculty as mentor. The two will have periodic meetings during which issues such as difficulties in the classroom, progress towards tenure and promotion, research and publication, or any other relevant issues are discussed. The department chair also has similar meetings with the junior faculty during the course of the year and will provide a formal evaluation of performance and progress towards promotion and tenure each year.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
In addition to the mentoring that the Chair provides to all pre-tenure faculty, a senior faculty member (typically a full professor) is also assigned to all new ECE faculty members.
The Department of Engineering Fundamentals has tenured, tenure-track, and term faculty. For most faculty in this non-degree granting department, their primary focus is teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning, including engineering education research. As such, the chair encourages all faculty to attend workshops, seminars and other professional development for improving teaching and student learning.
New tenure-track faculty are assigned a mentor immediately upon hire. The mentor meets with them on a regular basis (1-2 times per semester) to review research progress, to answer questions, and to guide the documentation of materials required for tenure. The departmental faculty personnel committee evaluates the progress toward tenure of junior faculty every two years, to add to the input the chair gives faculty.
Industrial Engineering does not have a formal mentoring program. But, each of our assistant professors have lots of interaction with senior faculty. Our informal process seems to work well, possibly because our department is so small and we are so closely located to each other.
What processes do you use to ensure that all new faculty, especially pre-tenure faculty, are offered a mentor if they want one?
ME Department has a formal faculty peer mentoring policy. Within 30 days of the appointment start date of a fulltime, non-tenured member of the faculty, the department chair shall select a tenured faculty member to function as a peer mentor to that person.
Do you track how many faculty are mentored, and if so how?
Do you evaluate the success of the program, and if so how?
Success is evaluated through questions asked by the chair of mentees.
For more details, consult the Mechanical Engineering Peer Mentoring Program Policy (pdf)