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, 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.

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