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 Ann Johnson.
Testimonials from faculty mentees:
"I had a great experience with my mentor! We were able to work out a specific plan to help me reach my research goals, and our meetings helped keep me on track. It was also so helpful to have a more senior colleague (but someone outside of my department) to go to with career questions (teaching, research, service, generally navigating university life)."
"Together with my mentor, I set goals for teaching and scholarly productivity, worked through obstacles, and celebrated successes; the Peer Mentoring program created a wonderfully supportive environment to flourish as a pre-tenure faculty member."
Recent Books on Faculty Mentoring
- Mentoring in Higher Education: The Effects Faculty Mentoring Has on Academic Performance and Satisfaction of Students... (Feb. 24, 2015) by Dr. Theola M. Blakley-Moore
- Faculty Mentoring: A Practical Manual for Mentors, Mentees, Administrators, and Faculty Developers (July 31, 2015) by Susan L. Phillips and Susan T. Dennison
- Faculty Mentoring / Mentor Guide: Tips for Mentors Inside or Outside the Department (July 31, 2015) by Susan L. Phillips and Susan T. Dennison
- Mentoring as Transformative Practice: Supporting Student and Faculty Diversity: New Directions for Higher Education... (Sept. 21, 2015) by Caroline S. Turner
- Modeling Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender: Practices to Cultivate the Next Generation of Diverse Faculty (Nov. 18, 2014) by Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner and Juan Carlos González
- Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education (March 11, 2013) by Peter Felten and H-Dirksen L. Bauman
- Faculty Success through Mentoring: A Guide for Mentors, Mentees, and Leaders (The ACE Series on Higher Education) (Jan. 26, 2012) by Carole J. Bland and Anne L. Taylor
- Mentoring Faculty of Color: Essays on Professional Development and Advancement in Colleges and Universities (Nov. 20, 2012) by Dwayne Mack and Elwood Watson