Mentoring for Success Program
The Mission of the Mentoring Program
The Faculty Development Mentoring for Success Program (MSP) is inspired by the principles of Catholic social teaching to foster a high quality mentoring culture at UST. We strive to promote faculty well-being and success through a mentoring process that is illuminating and supportive. The Mentoring for Success Program reflects three University of St. Thomas convictions: dignity, diversity and personal attention.
Definition of Mentoring
Many scholars have attempted to define mentoring. One of the best definitions of mentoring is the following by Bernice Sandler:
Mentoring involves teaching, coaching, advising, supporting, guiding and helping mentees achieve their goals. Mentors should teach mentees what they need to know and what they should avoid.
Why being a mentor for a younger faculty member benefits YOU
Yes, you have a busy schedule this year, but here are some reasons to consider becoming a faculty mentor through our program:
- The time expectations are reasonable and limited through the program
- You'll receive training (brief) and support from our mentoring consultant, Buffy Smith, and have access to relevant books and resources through the Faculty Development Center
- You'll broaden your networks of UST connections by meeting other mentors and mentees during training and social events
- It allows you to stay abreast of concerns and issues facing junior faculty outside your department
- It provides an opportunity to exchange teaching strategies or scholarly ideas with energetic younger faculty
- You have a chance to give back: Think of the big and small ways that mentors have supported you over the years!
Requirements: If you are a tenured member of the UST faculty, you can sign on as a mentor for a junior faculty member. We are also looking for senior faculty to mentor mid-career faculty.
Expectation: You will make a 1 year commitment to your mentee and the mentoring program, and agree to meet with your mentee 2 hours (minimum) per month.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Buffy Smith, Faculty Mentoring Consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BOOKS IN THE FDC LIBRARY