Here you will find resources to help you thrive in your first few semesters at Centenary. Don't hesitate to discuss these resources with your mentor, department chair, or the associate dean.

It is also helpful to expand the list of those who may be able to mentor and support you in your early professional development. Consider working with your mentor, chair, trusted senior colleague, or the associate dean on making a mentor map.

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



Resources related to these focus areas are added periodically. Also consider discussing these with your mentors and senior colleagues.

  • Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Grading and Evaluating Student Work
  • Course and Program Assessment
  • Grant Writing and Funding
  • Professional Networking and Collaboration
  • Navigating Promotion and Tenure
  • Academic Citizenship
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Committee Work
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