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In support of the third pillar of Centenary’s strategic plan, “Be a Great Place to Work,”* faculty mentoring aims to foster community and collegiality, help new colleagues navigate Centenary’s culture, support excellence in teaching and research, and empower new faculty to grow professionally. By investing time and energy into the intentional integration of new faculty into our community, we support the recruitment and retention of a highly-valued, diverse faculty while also enhancing the college’s reputation as a supportive and productive workplace.

 

MENTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide institutional history and context
  • Advise on overall professional goals and career choices
  • Support and Advise on academic scholarship
  • Facilitate professional networking within and outside of the institution
  • Support the development of teaching skills
  • Advocate for your mentee within the institution
  • Help Mentee balance responsibilities/resist over-commitment
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the unique challenges experienced by faculty from historically underrepresented groups. Examples include “cultural taxation, isolation, and exclusion from informal collegial networks, unintended bias, and devaluation of scholarship focused on minorities or women, and biculturalism”**

 

MENTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify specific key concerns and professional developmental goals
  • Commit to setting meeting times and agendas to ensure a productive relationship
  • Initiate and follow through on both setting and completing agreed-upon goals
  • Solicit and consider thoughtful feedback, both positive and negative

 

FOCUS AREAS (May be considered one-on-one or discussed in group sessions)

  • Institutional Navigation
  • Expectations for achieving academic goals and timelines
  • Direction of scholarly work
  • Strategies for measuring and reporting progress
  • Development of internal and external professional networks
  • Teaching, Course Evaluations, Advising
  • Service, including how to serve effectively on a committee
  • Academic service/citizenship—what, how much, and when
  • Strategies for success and advancement within the institution, school, or department, including formal and informal measures of success
  • Expectations for academic advancement
  • Opportunities for Collaboration
  • Career planning, including short-, mid-, and long- term goals
  • Identifying Barriers to Progress
  • Emergent Challenges and Conflict Resolution

 

 * https://www.centenary.edu/files/resources/centenary-strategic-plan.pdf

** https://provost.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/content/MentoringBestPractices.pdf

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