University of Vermont

Faculty Mentoring Program

Purpose of Faculty Mentoring Program

The Faculty Mentoring Program pairs new and junior faculty members with senior members in a related discipline outside the mentee’s department. This relationship can support junior faculty and lecturers (the "protégés") 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.

Goal: Support junior faculty (referred to as the “mentee” or “protégé”) to:

  • Become familiar with institutional expectations, networks, and practices that are relevant to productivity and advancement at UVM
  • Establish productive courses of scholarship, publication, and extramural funding
  • Develop effective strategies in coordinating work and parenting
  • Understand how to “navigate” UVM culture, systems and colleagues
  • Communicate a few times each semester (1X per month)

Specific mentor characteristics that applicants most often seek are:

  • Familiarity with the applicant’s scholarly area or analytical approach
  • Successful history in scholarship and teaching within the UVM setting
  • Experience working to balance family and work
  • Gender and/or race/ethnicity identification that resembles the applicant

Junior faculty and lecturers who wish to have a mentor assigned to them should fill out an APPLICATION.

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

This program and website 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 Jim Vigoreaux@uvm.edu
Jim Vigoreaux, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Last modified April 06 2016 01:28 PM

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