Faculty Mentoring Scholars


Faculty Mentoring Scholars | 2022-2023 

The Office of Faculty Professional Development (OFPD) is hosting the 2022-2023 inaugural cohort of the Faculty Mentoring Scholars Program. Scholars will spend the academic year focusing on the theory, research, and practice of excellent mentoring while connecting to faculty across campus on mentoring initiatives. 

Mentoring as a practice is both professional and personal development; as academics, we mentor our undergraduate and graduate students, junior colleagues, and peers. The benefits of strong mentoring affect the professional development of mentees, student and peer success, and personal and professional growth.

What are effective strategies to engage these different groups? How can faculty strengthen their mentoring practices? How can faculty support a culture of mentoring in their units and colleges? 

We will explore these questions and more in the Faculty Mentoring Scholars program. Faculty members of all ranks who are excellent mentors or would like to dedicate more time to effective mentoring are invited to apply. 

During and after the program, Scholars serve as mentoring advisors in their colleges or units -  the “spokes” in each college and major unit who represent the OFPD “hub” and can support their peers in growing a culture of mentoring at Tech.

The inaugural cohort of Faculty Mentoring Scholars are

  • Carina Baskett, Senior Scientist, Biological Sciences, College of Sciences
  • Marlee Givens, Librarian, Georgia Tech Library
  • Caitlin Kelly, Academic Professional, Literature, Media, and Communications, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts 
  • Brandy Stanfield-Nagel, Faculty Researcher and Extension Professional, Enterprise Innovation Institute, Office of the Executive Vice President of Research
  • Mayuresh Patel, Professor of the Practice, School of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Amanda Timmerman, Research Scientist, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Sciences
  • Chaowen Ting, Associate Professor, School of Music, College of Design
Call for Applications (Closed)

Program Logistics
Over the course of the academic year 2022-2023 (beginning in late September), Scholars can expect to 

  • Meet monthly to discuss a mentoring topic of interest and how that new knowledge can be applied in each faculty member’s work that month (September 27, October 25, November 15 for fall)
  • Offering at least one workshop or some sort of mentoring programming in the college/unit during the spring semester with support of OFPD and Scholar peers
  • Optional one-on-one or small group coaching with OFPD director, Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark.

Topics of Discussion
Over the course of the academic year, Scholars will engage in conversations about

  • defining mentoring
  • aligning mentor-mentee expectations
  • maintaining effective communication
  • addressing equity and ethics
  • fostering independence
  • articulating a mentoring vision.

Faculty of all ranks and types are invited to apply. Two candidates from each College as well as from GTRI, GTPE, and the Library will be selected to participate in the Scholars program. 

Applicants must be available to meet with the cohort on the last Tuesday of the month from 11 to 12. Fall dates are September 27 (in-person), October 25 (virtual), and November 29 (TBD). Half of the sessions will be in person and half virtual.

Applying to the Scholars Program 
The program application form will ask you to provide the following:

  • Statement (no more than 200 words) describing why the Mentoring Scholars Program appeals to you and the mentoring activities you have participated in 
  • Brief statement (no more than 100 words) of how you could contribute to a supportive, diverse, interdisciplinary cohort of faculty mentors

The reviewing committee values reflection in responses and in diversity, both of identity and disciplines.

Application Form: Closed
Application Deadline: Sunday, July 31, 2022 at noon
Notifications: Early August 2022

Questions? Contact Rebecca Pope-Ruark
Director, Office of Faculty Professional Development 

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