University of Vermont

Faculty Mentoring Program

General Info

WELCOME to the UVM Faculty Mentoring web site!


The purpose of this program is to pair new and junior faculty members and lecturers with senior members in a related discipline of the UVM community. This relationship can support junior faculty and lecturers (the "proteges") to become familiar with institutional expectations, networks, and practices that are relevant to productivity and advancement at UVM. Research has supported the importance of mentoring for academic and career satisfaction and achievement. Research reports that mentors also gain a variety of tangible and intangible benefits from the mentoring process.


In April, 2008, participants in UVM's Faculty Mentoring Program completed a program evaluation that strongly confirmed these beneficial effects and provided helpful suggestions.  Proteges (mentees) reported that mentors were extremely helpful in providing advice about teaching, research, and operations at UVM as well as providing connections with and support from others on campus.  Mentors reported on their satisfaction that came from connecting and sharing professional and personal experiences, feeling helpful, witnessing their protege's progress, and the two-way learning that was a part of their mentoring relationships.  The greatest challenge for both proteges and mentors has been dealing with time constraints that limit their contact.

 

A summary of the Faculty Mentoring program evaluation results is available HERE (pdf).

Junior faculty and lecturers who wish to have a mentor assigned to them should link to this APPLICATION.


The Faculty Mentoring Program ascribes to a structured mentoring format based upon a guiding list of principles (pdf).  In addition to matching mentors with proteges, we also provide various programmatic features to support the mentoring pairs - such as training, faculty development tips, and workshops.

The Faculty Mentoring Program is sponsored by UVM's Faculty Senate and is guided by a Mentoring Advisory Committee, a group of talented faculty members from across the university.

This program and web site will continue to evolve over time, so please check back for updated information.

I hope you'll get involved in whatever ways you find useful! Feel free to contact me with questions or comments at Lisa.M.Holmes@uvm.edu or 656-4475.



Lisa Holmes, Director

Last modified March 12 2013 02:32 PM

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