Faculty Mentoring Scholars


Faculty Mentoring Scholars | 2023-2024

The Office of Faculty Professional Development (OFPD) is hosting the 2023-2024 cohort of the Faculty Mentoring Scholars Program. Scholars will spend the academic year focusing on the best practices 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? We will explore these questions and more in the Faculty Mentoring Scholars program. Faculty members of all ranks who would like to dedicate more time to effective mentoring are invited to apply. 

Call for Applications

Program Logistics
Over the course of the academic year 2023-2024, Scholars can expect to 

  • Meet twice monthly in the fall to discuss a mentoring topic of interest and how that new knowledge can be applied in each faculty member’s work that month. Readings for the sessions will come from The Elements of Mentoring, 3rd edition, by W. Brad Johnson and Charles R. Ridley
  • Developing a mentoring project in the Spring semester, perhaps a needs assessment or workshop for colleagues
  • One-on-one project 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. Applicants must be available to meet with the cohort on either September 7 or 8 from 11-12. The group will meet twice per month, TBD in August.  

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: Open now
Application Deadline: Monday, July 31, 2022 at noon
Notifications: Early August 2022

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

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